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Recipes that include vinegar (sherry)

Kale Salad with Grapes and Toasted Hazelnuts

Monday, October 21, 2013

For my mom’s birthday (in September), we threw a casual dinner party and had family over. It’s my mom’s ideal way to celebrate. She’s the biggest fan of my cooking (maybe tied with Lon) and I know what she likes which makes it easy to impress her. We started with pizza as an appetizer, topped with crumbled sausage and green peppers. The main course was bouillabaisse served with fresh baked crusty bread. There was a side of Balsamic Drenched Portobellos, a safe winner that I’ve made for my mom so many times. And, the salad stole the night! I made the most gigantic bowl of Kale Salad with Grapes and Toasted Hazelnuts, a combination I dreamed up just that day, and it was devoured. Everyone raved! Even my dad, a no-veggies kind of guy (especially salad) took seconds. Even as dessert, a Peaches ‘N Cream Pie, was served, the last few bites of kale salad were being polished off.

Kale Salad with Grapes and Hazelnuts (title pic)


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Fresh Peas with Mint

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Finally! We moved, but it’s not all smooth sailing yet. We’re living out of boxes and we don’t have a kitchen yet. While our perfect kitchen is being built (which we will be talking about soon), I’m going to have to get crafty. I do have many plug-in appliances (rice cooker, toaster oven, panini press, waffle maker, microwave, etc.) so we’re still going to have a ball here. I think we’re going to be pleasantly surprised with how much I (or you) can do without a kitchen. (Gulp) Determined to eat well every single day without exceptions, here goes…

I get the favorites questions a lot. What’s your favorite restaurant? What’s your favorite dish to make? What’s your favorite cuisine? I simply can’t answer a question like that. It’s like choosing a favorite child. After being asked this question for the billionth time, I sat deep in thought, on the train, trying to drown out the sounds of the obnoxious guy playing music on his ipod. (Dude, it’s called headphones!) Could I pick a favorite if I really tried?

With serious effort, I still could not. Instead, I realized that I could categorize all foods into three categories (I think). Let’s say roughly 40% fall into favorites, 10% into not-so-favorite, and 50% into that middle ground. Notice that I don’t have dislikes because I really don’t. I eat everything that is considered real food and though there are a few things that I don’t order myself, I still take a bite if Lon has it on his plate.

Fresh Pea Salad in a spoon 12


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Fiesta Egg Roll

Sunday, June 21, 2009

For our Reader’s Choice: Egg Roll, you voted and the Black Bean Burrito Roll won. I changed the name but it’s basically the same concept. It has a couple of different components, so feel free to just use parts of this recipe. The Chipotle Rice that Lon made, is a nice side dish with some heat. The Black Bean Corn Salsa is an easy and colorful accompaniment for any barbecue or picnic. If you have time, put it all together, and have a fun Tex-Mex inspired Egg Roll. The Cotija Cheese, which I first heard about at The Duo Dishes, was a perfect match for this dish. It’s crumbly and doesn’t melt, but softens nicely, adding a nice salty milkiness.

Fiesta Egg Roll 4


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Latin Fried Rice

Thursday, October 16, 2008

We got home tonight from the Light the Night Walk, an awareness / fundraiser for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It was really a great time — we took Ice (our dog) down to South Street Seaport and signed in. We got a few hot dogs, balloons, wrist bands, a bag of chips and hung around the huge crowd. Fortunately, we happened to be near the starting point of the walk, so we were amongst the first few hundred people heading to the Brooklyn Bridge. We walked halfway across then turned around and walked back. When we got off at City Hall Park we fed Ice and then it was our turn.


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Chimichurri Flank Steak

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Chimichurri is one of my favorite flavors. I have made it with different types of vinegars and gone back and forth between cilantro and parsley, but all versions come out wonderful. If you have extra sauce left-over, save-it. It goes well on chicken, fish, almost anything. I wrote down the recipe we used for our July 4th barbecue yesterday. Hope you had a fun and yummy one!

grilled Chimichurri steak


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