Monthly Archives: August 2010

Fried Wax Beans

Fried Wax Beans

This is an incredibly simple dish that is tasty all out of proportion to its ingredients.

In short, this is a recipe that lives and dies by the quality of its ingredients.

We had found yellow and purple wax beans at the farmer’s market and I couldn’t resist. My husband had been wishing for yellow beans for some time, but you don’t often see green beans at the local store, much less yellow. I thought the purple ones were fantastically…

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Cauliflower Gratin

Cauliflower Gratin

We had a head of cauliflower that we wanted to turn into a gratin. Originally, we had it all planned out, then promptly failed to write it down and forgot everything. Whoops.

So, I went looking for a gratin recipe to try. It seemed that most of the recipes I came across fell into one of two camps – either based on Ina Garten’s recipe and essentially a mac’n’cheese with cauliflower or based on Thomas Keller’s recipe as given in his book…

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A Simple Pesto

One of the best things about the local farmer’s market is being able to get baggies of fresh basil cheaply and easily. And the best thing about big bags of basil is PESTO!

There are so many ways to make pesto, many of which don’t even call for basil but for some other green, leafy thing. Spinach, parsley, you name it. Some with nuts, some with cheese, some with both.

So, this is only one simple way to make pesto and the high quantity of nuts and tomato make this a fairly dull-looking sauce. I have to say…

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Honey-Cranberry TVP

Just a quickie today. I’ve mentioned that we’ve been eating a lot of TVP because it’s so easy to flavor and add. I especially like to use it in place of ground meat for tacos – it tastes just like taco-seasoned ground chicken! We wanted to do something a little different and my husband was thinking of the sweet pork and raspberry-chipotle chicken offered at a local Mexican restaurant that just opened here in our town.

It came out so well, I thought I’d share. It’s sweetly spicy, a bit fruity and goes extremely well with refried black beans…

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Stuffed Zucchini

Stuffed Zucchini

Boy, you can get some HUGE zucchinis locally. I tried to grow two plants but the bugs ate my seedlings. :( Luckily, even monsters like the one I bought only cost 50c at the market.

The huge zucchinis are nowhere near as tender as the little 6″ – 8″ guys you find at most grocery stores. So, while they’re good to fry up (they take a while), they’re really good to stuff and bake. You definitely get your veggies out of this one…

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Braised Radishes and Zucchini

Braised Radishes and Zucchini

Okay, I admit – this is an odd one. Everyone, or so it seems, in the food world has been talking about cooking radishes this year. Food & Wine featured an article on a famous chef, I forget his name, presenting four different types in a little garden looking dish and various bloggers emulated it.

Now I’ve only recently decided that I like radishes – I spent a long while not liking them one bit! But I was really…

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Deconstructed Tortilla Salad

Deconstructed Tortilla Salad

Mangoes are in season now and we’ve been getting a bunch of them for great prices lately. We also lucked into a fresh, ripe pineapple so I decided to try making a fruit-based salsa. It came out beautifully!

It’s hard to believe when a salsa I create from scratch comes out so nicely that just a couple of years ago I couldn’t make a salsa if my life depended on it.

So, we decided to make a bunch of different…

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