Monday, September 30, 2013

Indian Spiced Vegetables

The usual.  Pretty tasty.  Go last day of September!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Lentil Spinach (Chard) Soup

Jamie Oliver, pg 137.  Pretty much followed the recipe, except used chard instead of spinach.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Fasty Tacos

The three of us really appreciated them tonight.  Julia will too.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Raspberry Buttermilk Cake

Using fresh raspberries of course!  Our top oven cooks weird though.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pesto Pasta

The usual pesto recipe, but used walnuts instead of pine nuts this time.  Put in peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, broccoli.

Monday, September 23, 2013


We haven't made these in a long time.  They were tasty as per usual.

Put a whole chicken breast (or more) into boiling water, return to boil, cover and turn off the heat.  Let sit for 15 minutes or so until it's cooked.  Cool slightly and shred.

Mix the shredded chicken with a can or two of beans and a good amount of chilis.  We used hatch this time since we had that.  Add some cumin and chili powder.  Mix well.

Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray.  Put a good amount of filling on flour tortillas, add some shredded cheese, wrap and lightly brush the tortilla with water.  Place on the cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes until the tortillas are crispy.  Top with guacamole.

Next time we might put the queso in before the filling.  It might keep it from oozing out as much when it baked.  But since we sprayed the sheet with oil they didn't really stick either.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Slow-Baked Salmon with Lemon and Thyme

Bon Appetit, May 2011.  Also epicurious

We used a one pound fillet and kept the lemon/thyme amount the same.  Ended up baking it for a half hour or so.  Next time we should cut the one big piece into smaller pieces.  Served with acorn squash and rye bread.  We thought it was delicious, Julia less so (but she still ate a lot).

Real easy dinner.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Carne Asada Tacos

It wasn't exactly a grill swan song, but we grilled up some carne asada from the carniceria, topped with guac and their fresh salsas.  Turned out quite well this time.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Banana Bread

Mmm Mei's banana bread.  Used 3/4 stick of butter plus whole fat yoghurt.  Some day we'll try it with sour cream.

The Fridge Clearer

This was born out of the desire to use leeks, plus other rando stuff in our fridge.

Chop fingerling potatoes and beets, place in a 9x13 pan, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper, and bake at 450 until done (half hour or so).

Chop leeks lengthwise and then into 1/4" slices (I did 1" slices but the texture was a bit odd).  Melt some butter, add some oil, and sautee leeks for a while.  Then chop 1/2 lb mushrooms into quarters and add to the pan.  Season with herbs.  I used thyme, marjoram and tarragon.  After the shrooms seem mostly cooked add some wine (I used 2/3 c) and let it reduce to half or whatever.  Mix in the roasted veggies.  Serve over rice.

This ended up being fairly good (see the note about the leek size though).  Wasn't mind-blowingly delicious or anything, but was a good usage of veggies and was good enough.  Didn't get two dinners out of it though.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tunisian Pepper and Potato Couscous

Deborah, pg 255.  Finally, we made this again.  Potatoes, peppers, chickpeas, tomatoes.  Basically delicious.  We used fresh mint (added at the end), and a couple extra tomatoes.  It takes a while to get it all chopped up, but yummers.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Oat Scones

Williams Sonoma Baking, pg 113.  I put in just a bit too much milk, and our upper oven tends to get the bottoms too brown.  But otherwise they were very yummy.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Stuffed Poblanos

Mostly sort-of followed the recipe.  We got pre-roasted poblanos.  2 cans of beans, extra tomatoes.  Also added some diced chilis to the mix.  Little easier on the sour cream.  Cut the tops off the peppers, stuffed them then baked them for half hour or so at 350.

Turned out pretty well.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Sloppy Tacos

Bon Appetit, Sept 2013.  In the recipes please section in the front.  Also,

We didn't have any worchestershire sauce.  And I thought the 3 T of chili powder was too much, but everyone else seemed to be ok with it.  Don't add sugar next time.  We also chopped 3 poblanos and added them to the mix.  Used the big cast iron pan.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Salmon Burgers

Grill pan Spinach Feta salmon burgers with a side salad.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Red Sauce Pasta

Whipped up some pasta esta noche.  Zucchini, peppers, mushrooms, sweet Italian sausage (so that maybe Julia can eat it).  Tomato sauce, onions, garlic.  Some spices I assume.  Browned the meat with onion, added tomato sauce and simmered.  Sauteed the peppers, mutnoons, squash separately and then combined.  Turned out pretty well.