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Pea Shoots (and Peas), Parsley, Sheep Feta, Apricots, First Cherries of the Season.

13 May

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Arugula, Baked Egg, Garlic Yogurt, Paprika Butter

20 Apr

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Cooking from Plenty. Excellent.

And the Straus plain Greek yogurt is now my favorite brand.

Eggs Baked in Delicata Squash, Kale

15 Jan

That thing where you bake oiled delicata squash slices in the oven for 40 minutes at 400F, and crack a raw egg into them 15 minutes before the end? Still really good, and easy. +Oven-roasted kale and pancetta.

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Brussels Sprouts and Kale, 8 Ways

14 Jan

I’ve finally started reading On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee (1984). It’s not really recipes but more a book about the science, history, and nature of individual ingredients.

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It’s inspired me to occasionally pick a single ingredient and prepare it several different ways to compare side by side. Taken to a ridiculous extreme for a solo dinner on a busy weeknight, I cooked brussels sprouts and kale four ways each (roasted dry or coated with oil, boiled, raw, raw soaked in lime juice):

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Without salt or any seasoning except for olive oil, to try to really compare. It was fascinating. I’m not going to write a lot about it now, but this may become a new occasional evening project…

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Swordfish, Arugula, Roasted Plums, Dill Butter

14 Jul

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Spinach, Ribeye, Garlic, Beets

28 Mar

Steak

Seared a delicious half-pound Five Dot Ranch ribeye 4 minutes on each side in a cast iron skillet and set aside to rest.

Deglazed the pan with red wine, added a pat of butter, and fried (very thin-sliced) three cloves of garlic, a cippolini onion, and a beet.

Yeah, that was good.

Poached Eggs, Nettles, First Spring Peas, Pepper, …

23 Mar

A nice breakfast at home after a long week:

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Poached eggs, spinach, nettles (good!), bacon, first peas of the season, and a dressing of olive oil, black pepper, poppy seeds, fresh horseradish, and orange juice.

Salty Salmon, Poached Egg, Butter Spinach

18 Feb

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A quick, satisfying dinner during minimal-starch month (and after a weekend of salt-depleting exercise).

I’d shopped with Niçoise salad on the brain, but ended up making: salmon rubbed with salt, white pepper, and sesame seeds, broiled for 8 minutes skin-side-up, on a bed of butter-sauteed lettuce, celery, and black olives, topped with chopped up crispy salmon skin and a poached egg.

Kale, Smoked Salmon, Grilled Haloumi Salad

18 Jan

 

 

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A quick salad-as-mostly-healthy-meal for visiting family: kale (salted raw, let sit, then rinsed), celeriac, smoked salmon, broccoli, lemon-garlic-olive oil dressing (using a smokier heirloom garlic with less bite raw), and grilled haloumi cheese. It worked.

(Campari-soda with meyer lemon as apertif, and the still-amazing Dandelion Madagascar chocolate for dessert)

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Lentil Soup, Roasted Stonefruit Salad

1 Jul

For dinner: bread, cheese (Humboldt Fog and a Neals Yard cheese that wasn’t their cheddar), mixed greens with roasted peaches and radishes, and a bowl of figs.

Followed by lentil soup based on the version I liked so much earlier this year, involving sweating the lentils, shallots sauteed in bacon fat, nora pepper, and this time a dried ancho pepper for a little extra kick. I did the “add a big bunch of spinach a few minutes before serving” thing again too:

It was a good day for food (and, alas, my first time cooking in a few weeks).