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Cucumber and Peach Salad

A delightful Bon Appetit summer side.

Serves 2

2 Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced
1 large, ripe peach, pitted and thinly sliced
Juice of 1 lime
Flaky sea salt
Aleppo pepper

Combine.
Toss.
Eat.

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Pasta Primavera

What a delightful spring pasta recipe, courtesy of The New York Times.
¼ pound sugar snap peas, stems trimmed
½ pound asparagus, ends snapped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
¾ cup fresh English peas
¼ cup thinly sliced spring onion, white part only (or use shallot)
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
½ teaspoon fine sea salt, more as needed
Black pepper, more as needed
12 ounces fettuccine or tagliatelle, preferably fresh (see recipe)
⅔ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, at room temperature

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Crispy Gnocchi with Cherry Tomatoes and Cheese

Courtesy of The New York Times

Serves 4

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
2 (12- to 18-ounce) packages shelf-stable or refrigerated potato gnocchi
¼ cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
¼ teaspoon red-pepper flakes, plus more for serving
Kosher salt and black pepper
2 pints small tomatoes, such as cherry, grape or Sungold
¼ cup thinly sliced or torn basil leaves (optional), plus more for serving

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January 2021 Menus (Mexican, Italian, Japanese, Chinese,

Menu for the week of Jan 1: Back to Reality

 

Easy Shrimp Scampi

Based on this New York Times recipe, this dish was a snap. Use peeled frozen shrimp for an even easier dish that can be made almost entirely of pantry staples.

Serves 2

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup dry white wine or broth
¾ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
3/4 pounds large or extra-large shrimp, shelled
⅓ cup chopped parsley
Freshly squeezed juice of half a lemon

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Menu for the week of Mar 16 - Ir-ish in the time of coronavirus

  • Sat: Chicken Pot Pie
  • Sun: Lox and bagels!
  • Mon: Potato Soup w/ salad + pumpernickel bread
  • Tue: Juniper Cured Salmon w/ latkes (sour cream, applesauce), seed crackers, Hot Smoked Salmon sauce
  • Wed: Chicken pot pies w/ green beans (sautee mushrooms for enchiladas next week)
Juniper Cured Salmon Lox

Menu for the week of Mar 1 - Italian

Mon: Spaghetti w/ Turkey and beef meatballs, marinara, focaccia, salad
Tue: White Bean Ragout (use focaccia in place of ciabatta) w/ green veg
Wed: Panzanella Salad (using leftover focaccia)
Thus: Mushroom arancini w/ Garlic scape pesto, salad
Fri: Neapolitan pizza, arugula salad

Neapolitan Pizza

Menu for the week of Jan 13

Sat: Lasagna w/ broccolini
Sun: [grill chicken] Smoked salmon w/ focaccia, green veg, https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/mahi-mahi-smashed-white-beans-...
Mon: Chicken Caesar Salad w/ focaccia croutons
Tue: Leftover lasagna
Wed: Fried eggplant w/ marinara sauce
Thus: Leftover lasagna
Fri: Leftover lasagna for lunch; D: BBQ

Summer Squash and Basil Pasta

A tasty and easy (if somewhat time-consuming) Bon Appetit recipe. Bonus - our toddler loved it!

¼ cup olive oil
8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 pounds assorted summer squashes and zucchini, quartered lengthwise, sliced
Kosher salt
1 teaspoon Aleppo-style pepper, plus more for serving
8 ounces paccheri, fusili, or other non-noodle pasta
2 ounces Parmesan, grated (about ½ cup), plus more for serving
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
½ cup basil leaves, divided

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium.

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Menu for the week of May 12

Sat: Date Night!
Sun: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/neapolitan-pizza w/ pineapple (but only on audrey’s part), arugula salad
Mon: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/white-bean-ragout, asparagus [use frozen ciabatta roll]
Tue: Composed Salad (greens, smoked fish, asparagus, marinated mushrooms, tomatoes)
Wed: (A out, J out)
Thus: pasta? w/ green veg (A out)
Fri: ???

Menu for the week of March 10

Sat: make corned beef, langostinos soup with green salad https://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/icelandic-creamy-langoust...
1 part cream, 3 parts broth, 1 part langoustines
Sun: make plokkfiskur, corned beef with potatoes and asparagus
Mon: plokkfiskur with green veg
Tue: reubens like the sandwich
Wed: pub salad with hard boiled egg, beets, green beans, cheddar, tomatoes, cucumbers
Thus: plokkfiskur leftovers with green veg
Fri: corned beef hash

Menu for the week of Return from Vacation: Italian! (Feb 13)

Wed: Barley Risotto https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/barley-risotto
Thus: (Valentine’s Day) Panzanella salad https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/panzanella-salad
Fri: Neapolitan pizza https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/neapolitan-pizza (prosciutto, red onion?, basil, arugula, fresh parmesan)
Sat: Union market early dinner date with Noah?
Sun: Lasagna (batch x3 + extra marinara sauce for freezing) with caesar salad (make extra dressing) https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/meat-lasagna

Menu for the week of Dec. 8

Sat: Out for date nighttttttttt (Union Mkt lunch,glass bottles)
Sun: Lasagna + green salad
Mon: Lasagna leftovers + veg
Tue: Lasagna leftovers + veg
Wed: Composed Italian Salad (greens, can tuna/salmon or salmon salad, cherry tomatoes, marinated mushrooms, burrata/fresh mozz, misc Literris/Union Market yummis)
Thus: Eggplant Parmesan
Fri: PIZZZZZZAAAA (make or order in?)

Menu for the week of Nov 10: Soup and leftovers

Sat: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/joses-basque-tuna-stew , make https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/dinner-rolls and https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/pie-crust
Sun: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/mikes-potato-soup
Mon: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/easy-hanger-steak + persimmons/burrata/pomegranate seeds with baguette
Tue: Spaghetti and meatballs, veg, baguette
Wed: Leftover tuna stew (chop veg for salad?)
Thus: Panzanella salad with leftover baguette
Fri: Leftover potato soup

Menu for the week of November 3

Sat: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/hot-smoked-salmon with creme fraiche sauce, baguette, https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/dill-cucumber-salad,
Sun: 2x “Classic” Pizzas
Mon: Composed salad - greens, green beans, and avocado + salmon + pickled items + cheese?
Tue: Arancini with sausage marinara sauce and green salad
Wed: pizza leftovers
Thus: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/white-bean-ragout
Fri: Spaghetti w/ sausage marinara sauce and salad or green veg

Menu for the week of Oct 6

Sat: Grill Steak, baguette, salad
Sun: Neapolitan pizza, make tomato sauce
Mon: Fried eggplant w/red sauce https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/bernices-fried-eggplant and broccoli
Tue: Composed salad (green salad with green beans, avocado) w/salmon, 1 burrata, TJ cherry toms, marinated mushrooms on the side
Wed: Frozen ravioli with red sauce, broccoli
Thus: Aperitivo: green salad, cured meats, 1 burrata, TJ cherry toms, marinated mushrooms

Menu for the week of Aug 27: Vaguely Italian

Sat: (Ashleigh’s Bday party?) ham, cheese, mushroom, and spinach frittata with green beans https://skillet.lifehacker.com/how-to-make-a-frittata-the-omelet...
Sun: (Splash Park); Steak, https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/bloody-mary-tomato-salad, corn + smoke salmon and cook Noah hamburger x2
Mon: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/hot-smoked-salmon as a large component of a composed salad -- greens, salmon, marinated mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, green beans, beets, onion, cherry tomatoes, with TJs vinaigrette and baguette on the side

Menu for the week of July 2

Sat: Gazpacho: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/spanish-gazpacho
Sun: Chickpeas ad Chorizo: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/fried-chickpeas-chorizo-and-spi...
Mon: Salad w/goat cheese
Tue: Gaz. Leftovers + tapas
Wed - Sat: Texas

Gazpacho

Menu for the week of May 7: Italian / Spring

Sat: Meat Lasagna https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/meat-lasagna (make 2, 3 ? )
Sun: Neapolitan pizza with jarred tomatoes
Mon: Italian / composed salad w/ tuna or panzanella salad
Tue: Lemon Skate https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/lemon-skate , baguette, veg
Wed: Leftover Lasagna w/veg
Thus: Pasta w/ Garlic scape pesto, veg, salad?
Fri: Leftover Pizza w/ salad

Meat Lasagna

Menu for the week of March 17 (Early Spring + St. Patty’s Day)

Sat: Corned beef
Sun: Garlic Quiche w/ salad https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/caramelized-garlic-quiche (make x3), prep salmon
Mon: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/strawberry-almond-and-pea-salad
Tue: salt-cured salmon, bagels https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/citrus-cured-salmon
Wed: Corned beef hash w/ fried eggs, green veg http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/corned-beef-hash-2
Thus: salt-cured salmon w/ chevre + avocado on toasts w/ salad

Corned Beef Hash

Menu for the week of Jan 8: Italian

Sat: Laura and Tom’s Lasagna, arugula salad
Sun: Order in
Mon: Leftover lasagna, green salad, bread
Tue: Leftovers
Wed: Ravioli w/ veg marinara, asparagus
Thus: Italian Composed Salad with ficelle
Fri: Garlic scape pasta w/ mushrooms, green beans ; Kat’s thing?

ravioli.

Menu for the week of Nov 25

Sat: [smoked salmon lunch] Thanksgiving take 2, defrost lasagna
Sun: Lasagna w/ caesar salad, garlic bread
Mon: Pasta w/ mushrooms and garlic scape pesto
Tue: Lasagna leftovers / caesar salad
Wed: Panzanella Salad night
Thus: Take out
Fri: Lasagna leftovers / caesar salad / broccoli

Panzanella Salad

Icelandic Langoustine Stew

A few years ago when we visited Iceland, we had an amazing langostine stew at Fjörubordid near Reykjavik. It was so good, we detoured to return on our way back through. This recipe (which we haven't made yet) looks close to replicating it.

  • 2 lb. shell-on whole langoustines
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil (for stock)
  • 2 carrots, minced (for stock)
  • 2 stalks celery, minced (for stock)
  • 1 large yellow onion, minced (½ for stock)
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. paprika
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Menu for the week of Nov 4 (Nordic)

Sun: Steak, green salad with cherry tomatoes, fingerlings, green onions?
Mon: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/march-2008-spinach-and-smoked... with goat cheese
Tue: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/plokkfiskur-icelandic-fish-stew
Wed: Smoked salmon with seed bread, tarragon creme fraiche, cucumber pickles, etc.
Thu: Wild mushroom pasta with garlic scape pesto

Plokkfiskur

Menu for the week of Oct 21 (Italianish fall)

Sat: Literary Feast
Mon: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/white-bean-ragout with salad
Tue: Out
Wed: Eggplant parmesan
Thu: Fall salad - greens, apples, nuts, (c)raisins, chevre/cheddar, sliced beets, balsamic dressing
Fri: Berber eggs https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/berber-eggs and cauliflower https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/spice-crusted-winter-vegetables...

Eggplant Parmesan

Menu for the week of August 7

Sat: sushi
Sun: ribs and corn, make green sauze
Mon: gazpacho with tomato toast and https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/blistered-padr%C3%B3n-peppers
Tue: ribs leftovers
Wed: weeds salad
Thu: tortilla
Fri: tapas
Sat: Hangar steak w/ green sauce; grilled veg/corn,
Sun: Smoked Salmon + corn/grilled veg + tomato and baguette
Mon: smoked salmon Salad
Tue: Leftovers

Ribs

Menu for the week of Jul 29

Sat: Grilling: steak + tom/shallot salad https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/tomato-salad-shallot-vinaigrette + baguette + corn
Sun: Out
Mon: Pizza https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/neapolitan-pizza
Tue: Pizza leftovers
Wed: Salad w/ tomato and burrata
Thu: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/spanish-gazpacho
Fri: BELTs

Neapolitan Pizza

Menu for the week of May 27 (Spring)

Sat: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/lao-crispy-rice-salad tacos
Sun: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/poached-salmon-peas-and-mushrooms
Mon: BBQ!
Tue: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/strawberry-almond-and-pea-salad
Wed: BBQ leftovers
Thu: Pasta w/ Mixed sauteed spring vegetables (fiddleheads, asparagus, mushrooms...) topped with https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/garlic-scape-pesto cream sauce
Fri: Moar BBQ or omelet

Strawberry Salad

Corned Beef Hash

  • 2 pounds uncooked corned beef brisket (about 1 small), rinsed, trimmed if fatty, spice packet discarded if included
  • 4 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 bay leaves, torn
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 medium onion, peeled, halved through root
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled, halved crosswise
  • 1 12-ounce bottle Guinness stout or other stout or porter
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds

Hash

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus more for serving
Corned Beef Hash
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Menu for the week of Mar 19

Sun: Corned beef w/ roast veg http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/homemade-irish-corned-beef-and-... ; make bread http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/seeded-whole-grain-soda-bread
Mon: Cured salmon with rye bread/toasts, etc.
Tue: baked potato with corned beef
Wed: corned beef sandwiches
Thu: Cured salmon salad
Fri: Corned beef hash w/egg [https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/corned-beef-hash]

Corned Beef Hash

Eggplant Involtini

A recipe not yet tried from Cook's Illustrated.

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Cheese Souffle

A recipe not yet tried from Cook's Illustrated.

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Plokkfiskur (Icelandic Fish Stew)

Serves 4

  • 1 lb cod, haddock, or halibut filet
  • 1 lb waxy potatoes, boiled (or microwaved) and roughly chopped
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 12 oz milk
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • salt and pepper
  • (mustard? Curry? thyme? )
  • ½ cup of breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup grated cheese (edam or mild, easy-melting cheddar)
  • 2 tablespoons chives
  • White wine (optional)

Serve with plenty of rye bread and butter!

Salt fish and turn on broiler to low

In a (very) large skillet, saute fish in half of the butter (and white wine if available) until cooked through and flaking, flipping halfway through and covering to heat through

Remove fish and set aside, reserving liquids.

Add the remaining butter to the pan and saute onions over medium heat until translucent [Add any additional desired spices, such as mustard powder.]

Sprinkle flour on and stir to coat, then add the reserved liquids and deglaze the pan if needed

Gradually add milk, slowly heat until steaming. (This would be another option to add additional seasoning, such as thyme or other herbs, to allow their flavors to infuse the milk.)
Simmer for 3-4 min, stirring often, until the mixture becomes creamy.

Add potatoes and stir briskly to break up the potatoes a bit.

Add fish & stir gently. Adjust seasoning / salt and pepper.

DO AHEAD:
Fish stew base can be made up to this point and reserved for serving at a later time.

DAY OF:
Spoon into ramekins or another baking dish.
Add bread crumbs and cheese.
If fish stew base is still hot, broil for 5 minutes until cheese is bubbling and golden brown
If fish stew base is cold, heat through in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes, then broil briefly to brown cheese.

Sprinkle ea serving with 1/2 tbsp chives. Serve hot w/dark rye bread & butter.

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Menu for the week of Jan 1

Sun: Tuscan baked chicken with salad or green veg
Mon: Mushrooom fritatta (potato “crust,” sauteed onions, mushrooms, spinach, eggs, cheese)
Tue: Lasagna and green salad
Wed: Chicken caesar salad
Thu: Shrimp saganaki with green veg
Fri: Leftover fritatta with salad

Mushroom frittata

Menu for the week of Nov 12: Mediterranean

Sat: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/salmon-tomato-and-olive-salsa and green veg
Sun: Steak with salad, sweet potato, green veg
Mon: Out
Tue: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/wheat-berry-fennel-and-pomegran...
Wed: Ricotta ravioli w/ pesto and salad
Thu: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/fried-chickpeas-chorizo-and-spi... (use kale!)
Fri: Fried eggplant or arancini with marinara sauce and salad

Wheat Berry Salad

Menu for the week of Oct 9

Sat: lasagna https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/meat-lasagna - our marinara + meat + BA bechamel + halfway between BA and our cheese + BA method w/ lima beans
Sun: Hamburgers
Mon: (pasta?)
Tue: Italian composed salad - greens, cherry tom, green beans, mini potatoes, hard boiled egg, tuna
Wed: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/white-bean-ragout
Thu: leftover lasagna and salad
Fri: Radici?

Menu for the week of August 28th

Sun: gazpacho lunch; (grill/brats + corn) grilll extra corn and squash/zucc+ smoke salmon; make bread (sauce?)
Mon: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/hot-smoked-salmon with https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/dill-cucumber-salad a la http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/hot-smoked-salmon-with-tarragon...
Tue: Stone fruit salad + seared bread
Wed: BLTs
Thu: Salmon salad or lox/bagels
Fri: Go Out

Smoked Salmon

Menu for the week of June 25

Sat: Burritos and FroYo
Sun: Grill + baguette + tomato shallot salad + corn [make Gazpacho]
Mon: Gambas al Ajillo http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/gambas-al-ajillo with Gazpacho Shooters and Salad
Tues: Fregola melon mint, peas, and feta a la https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/pasta-salad-melon-pancetta-and-... and https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/melon-and-mint-tabbouleh
Wed: Gazpacho and Salad
Thus: Tapas (melon and ham, tuna with caramelized onion and tomato pulp, olives, sauteed mushroom)
Fri: Fried eggs and chorizo (or out?)

Gazpacho

Eggs Benedict

For 4 eggs:

4 English muffins
8 slices smoked salmon or ham
4 very fresh eggs, drained of louse whites and poached for 3 minutes

For Hollandaise:

1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon water
1 teaspoon lemon juice from 1 lemon
Pinch Kosher salt
½ stick unsalted butter

Prep english muffins and sliced meat. Set up mise-en-place

Combine egg yolk, water, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt in the bottom of a cup that barely fits the head of an immersion blender.

Melt butter in a small saucepan that is easy to pour from over high heat, swirling constantly, until foaming subsides.

Eggs Benedict
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Hot Smoked Salmon

Based on this recipe.

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt (ideally use ½ kosher, ½ smoked salt)
  • 1-2 lbs Salmon, center/thick cut is best

  • Cedar plank(s) to put salmon on

  • Wood chunks (Alder or other mild wood - apple, cherry)
  • Leave-in thermometer
Smoked Salmon
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Menu for the week of Oct 26

Sat: Out to movie/Ethiopian
Sun: Hot-smoked salmon w/ salad
Mon: Steam buns w/pork belly + bok choi
Tue: Heirloom squash farrotto http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/heirloom-squash-farrotto 
Wed: Smoked salmon salad (w/ apple, nuts, goat cheese, red/caramelized onion, mustard vinaigrette)
Thu: Pasta w/ http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/garlic-confit-toast + salad
Fri: Leftovers (salmon, plus cheeses, pickled things)

Smoked Salmon

Mussels a la Dubrovnik

This is a modified recipe of "Mussels à la Buzara", trying to replicate a dish from http://www.dubravka1836.hr/

2 lbs mussels, scrubbed and de-bearded; dispose of any mussels with shells that stay open.
2 medium tomatoes, diced
¼ cup breadcrumbs
4 garlic cloves, minced or sliced
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 cup dry white wine
½ cup parsley, chopped
olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Mussels a la Dubrovnik
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Menu for Week of August 16th

Tue: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/falafel-spiced-tomatoes-and-chickpeas-on-flatbread  
Wed: Out to Piola
Thu: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/corn-and-zucchini-salad-with-feta  
Fri: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/spaghetti-with-no-cook-tomato-sauce-and-hazelnuts 

Ajo Blanco

1 1/2 lbs blanched almonds
6 cups water
2 large or 3 small garlic cloves
1/3 cup sherry vinegar
2 1/2 cups good extra virgin olive oil
3 slices rustic style bread, crusts removed
1 Tbsp chopped chives
pinch of salt

Put blanched almonds into a bowl and cover with water. Let the almonds soak overnight. Don't throw out the soaking water!

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a small pot over high heat. Add the garlic and boil for one minute until garlic gets soft. Drain from water.

Ajo Blano
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Parmigiano Gelato

Courtesy of The Washington Post Magazine.

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Barley Risotto

1 cup pearled barley
8 cups vegetable or chicken broth
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 medium onion, finely chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
2 cups baby spinach
1 cup parsley, thick stems removed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 garlic clove, finely grated
1 teaspoon finely lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup finely grated Parmesan
⅓ cup chopped tender herbs (such as tarragon and/or chives)

Barley risotto with spinach
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Menu for week of Sep 12

Sat: Fried eggplant with tomato sauce
Sun: Steak w/ tomato shallot vinaigrette salad and grilled corn
Mon: eggplant parm
Tue: white bean ragout
Wed: Composed Niçoise Salad

Fried Eggplant

Menu for week of July 21

Sat: Spanish Tortilla with Salad
Sun: Paella [Make Gazpacho]
Mon: Gazpacho with Salad
Tues: Paella leftovers
Wed: Leftover Gazpacho and Tortilla
Thus: Out
Fri: Tapas

Paella

Paella with chicken and shrimp

5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (preferably Spanish), divided
1 pound uncooked large shrimp, peeled, deveined, butterflied
1 pound skinless boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 pound oyster mushrooms, sliced
1 cup chopped onion
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 1/2 cups paella rice (short-grain white rice)
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
1 dried California chile or New Mexico chile, stemmed, seeded, finely ground in spice mill
3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon saffron threads, crumbled
2 cups low-salt chicken broth, divided
1 cup mushroom broth

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Menu for week of May 30

Menu for week of May 3

Mon: Lemon skate with bucatini
Tue: Snap pea salad with burrata
Wed: Poached chicken with Morels and Asparagus (from Harvest to Heat)
Thu: Leftovers
Fri: Beet, rhubarb, snow pea, citrus salad

Beet, Rhubarb and Citrus Salad

Mustard-Crusted Branzino

For some reason, Bon Appetit recommends using a whole butterflied fish, but that just presents you with many small bones to deal with. This dish will be equally good with filets. Serves 2 and can easily be doubled.

2 branzini/ Mediterranean sea bass filets
1/8 cup olive oil
1 tablespoons whole grain mustard
1 small garlic clove, finely grated
1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (or fresh coarsely chopped breadcrumbs, preferably sourdough)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Mustard Crusted Branzino
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Purée Freneuse (Rice and Turnip Purée)

A surprise winter hit from Julia Child's
Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 2:

4 turnips (or rutabagas) (~3" diameter each) - chopped into ¼" cubes
2 cups milk
1 cup white rice
½ t salt
¼ t thyme
1 bay leaf
2 T butter
3 cloves garlic, mashed
3 T cream (or butter)
salt and white pepper to taste
parsley (optional, for garnish)

Rice and Turnip Puree
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Apple Cake

1 1/2 pounds Granny Smith or Gold Rush apples, peeled and cored
1 cup + 3 tbsp all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 T Calvados or brandy
1 t lemon juice
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg + 2 large egg yolks
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup whole milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp confectioner's sugar + 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, for topping

Preheat oven to 325F. You will be placing the cake on the bottom rack, so make sure the oven is set up for this.

Lightly grease a 9-inch springform pan (NOTE: a 10" pan is too wide, and the layers will be too thin)

French Apple Cake Slice
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Duck Confit with Spicy Pickled Raisins

Bon Appetit comes through with another winner. We made this for Christmas 2013, and it was great. While total cooking time (roughly 5 hours) is a bit steep, most of that is hands off, and all but the last 30 minutes can be done ahead of time and frozen. Serves 8. Great for a dinner party.

  • 8 skin-on, bone-in duck legs
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper plus more freshly cracked
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 10 sprigs thyme, divided
Duck Leg Confit
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Smoked Salmon Dip

My goodness was this delicious. You have to give Martha credit where credit is due.

8 oz smoked salmon, roughly chopped, divided
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup mayonnaise (for texture; can be omitted if you don't like mayo)
2 Tbsp diced red onion
1 Tbsp capers
1 tsp prepared horseradish
Juice of half a lemon

Smoked Salmon Dip
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Spaghetti al Limone

Courtesy of Cook's Illustrated.

Serves 2

1/2 lb spaghetti
Olive Oil
1 small shallot, minced (about 1.5 Tbsp)
1/8 cup heavy cream
1/8 cup lemon juice
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
1 Tbsp shredded fresh basil leaves
Salt and pepper

Bring 2 quarts of water to boil in a saucier pan.
Add 1/2 Tbsp salt and pasta to boiling water.
Cook, stirring frequently, until al dente.
Reserving 1 cup cooking water, drain pasta into a colander and set aside

Spaghetti Al Limone
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Brioche

Courtesy of Cook's Illustrated.

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Chocolate Truffles

Courtesy of Cook's Illustrated.

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Crepes

2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk (CI uses 3 whole eggs)
1 cup buttermilk (or milk)
¾ cup rye (or AP, or white wheat) flour
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons plus 4 tsp. sugar
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted, plus 8 tsp., room temperature
Lemon wedges (for serving)

Blend eggs, egg yolk, buttermilk, and milk in a blender until smooth. Add rye flour, all-purpose flour, salt, and 2 Tbsp. sugar and blend well. With blender on low, gradually stream in melted butter. Strain batter through a fine-mesh sieve into a large measuring cup or medium bowl.

Crepes
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Deep Dish Pizza

This recipe is courtesy of our friends Sarah and Jason. They gave us a wonderful wedding gift set of a deep dish pizza pan, italian spices, and a great cookbook. Helpfully, they included this recipe as well!

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Tomato Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette

A nice Bon Appetit recipe that is a great summer side.

1 tablespoons minced shallots
2 tablespoons red wine or sherry vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2-3 ripe beefsteak or heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch slices
Freshly ground black pepper
3 fresh medium basil leaves, torn into approximately 1/2-inch pieces

Combine shallots, vinegar, sugar, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in oil to blend. Set vinaigrette aside.

Tomato Salad
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Ciabatta

Courtesy of Jon's mom.

1 T yeast
1½ C warm water
3 C flour
1½ t salt

Mix together to form a dough

Divide into 3, shape (loosely) and place on one or two parchment-paper lined baking sheets.

Spray with olive oil, let double or more (approx. 30 minutes)

Poke dents across the top of each loaf.

Optional: sprinkle chopped rosemary and salt or other hardy spices on top.

Bake at 450°F until tops are dry and lightly browned.

Ciabatta
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Cocktail Popovers

Courtesy of Post Express.

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Menu for the week of June 22: Italian

Sat: Tomato Tart
Sun: Steak
Mon: Gnudi
Tues: Panzanella Salad
Wed: Strawberry-fennel gazpacho with leftover tart
Thus: Antipasti
Fri: Leftovers or out?

Tomato Tart

Strawberry, Tomato and Fennel Gazpacho

Recipe in progress, using these two as guides:
http://www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org/recipes/strawberry-fennel-g...
http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/strawberry-tomato-and-fennel-...

Strawberry Fennel Gazpacho
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Ricotta Gnudi

16 ounces ricotta (about 2 cups)
1 large egg, beaten to blend
1 large egg yolk, beaten to blend
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan or Grana Padano plus more
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus more
1/2 cup all-purpose flour plus more

3 cups Pomodoro Sauce or other sauce

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Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic scape pesto is a wonderful thing. It is delicious, easy to make*, easy to use, and freezes well. We try and make a big batch of this when garlic scapes appear at the farmer's market in late spring. Freeze in ice cube trays for easy use later.

2 cups garlic scapes, cut into ½" pieces (stringy and blender-killing otherwise!)
⅔ cup olive oil
1 cup shredded parmesan (or substitute) cheese
⅓ cup pine nuts
⅓ tsp salt

Blend all ingredients in food processor until a pasty consistency.

Garlic Scape Pesto
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Pappardelle with Arugula and Prosciutto

1/2 pound pappardelle or fettuccine
Kosher salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 leeks, white and pale greens only, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest plus more for serving
1 bunch arugula, thick stems trimmed, leaves torn (about 4 cups)
1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan plus more for serving
Freshly ground black pepper
3 ounces prosciutto, torn into 1-inch pieces

This makes 4 servings

Pappardelle with Arugula and Prosciutto
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Shrimp and Hearts of Palm Rémoulade

Rémoulade

1/2 cup loosely packed flat-leaf parsley leaves
1 celery stalk, coarsely chopped
1 small shallot, coarsely chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled

1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce

Pulse the first four ingredients in a food processor until finely chopped. Add mayonnaise, mustard, horseradish, lemon juice, paprika, and Worcestershire sauce; process until smooth. DO AHEAD: Can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and chill.

Shrimp

Shrimp Remoulade
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Meringue

Preheat oven to 250F, with the rack in the center of the oven.

3 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup superfine sugar
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. You can form the cookies with a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) plain tip, or I often just use two spoons to make the cookies.

Beat the egg whites on low-medium speed until foamy.

Add the cream of tartar and continue to beat the whites until they hold soft peaks.

Meringue Cookies
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Lemon Skate

This was a meal we put together in Venice from what we found at the farmers market - and was one of the best meals we had in Italy.

  • 1 skate (3/4 lb)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bayleaves
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 3 leaves fresh sage
  • 4 tbsp lemon olive oil
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Fresh Pasta

Sautee the garlic, onion, and herbs until soft and beginning to caramelize. Remove and set aside, picking out stems from the herbs.

Simmer the skate in a bath of lemon-olive oil and lemon juice.

Skate, at the market
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Juniper Cured Salmon

This recipe is a modified version of one from the Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook, using a salt-cooking/curing method from the Pacific North-west:

1/2 lb of raw salmon is one serving of cured salmon for lox/sandwich/in a salad.

For under 1lb salmon: 1.5 cups each of plain, fine-grain kosher salt and sugar
For a 1 lb salmon: 2.5 cups each salt/sugar
For a 2 lb salmon: 3 cups each salt/sugar

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Salmon Curing
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St. Patty's Week Menu for 2013

This is Irish week!

Sat - Guiness Cottage Pie
Sun - Mike's Potato Soup and Soda Bread
Mon - Leftover cottage pie
Tues - Salad with house-cured lox
Wed - Leftover soup
Thus - Eat out at Star and Shamrock
Fri - Bagels and Lox

Potato Soup

Neapolitan Pizza

We put together a simple-but-wonderful Neapolitan style pizza, largely following this SeriousEats recipe, as most other recipes required a wood burning oven or breaking your home oven's cleaning cycle lock.

Ingredients

  • Pizza dough for 2 10" rounds
  • 14 oz can of whole San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 medium-large balls of fresh buffalo mozzarella
  • Good quality olive oil
  • Fresh basil leaves
Neapolitan Pizza
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Menu for Week of March 1

Yet another week in our very difficult world of combing through our recipes to take photos of everything for the recently-refurbished Recipes Box - this week, we're doing Italian:

Pan-seared salmon with Quick Tomato Olive "Salsa"

Meat Lasagna with Caesar Salad

Pizza

Smoky Chocolate Crackers

Via http://www.bhg.com/blogs/delish-dish/2013/02/05/dorie-greenspan-... , see also http://discoveringblog.com/httpdiscoveringblogcom/discoveringsmo...

ingredients
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 egg whites
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds, toasted

In a medium bowl sift together the flour, cocoa powder, smoked paprika and salt; set aside.

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Blistered Padrón Peppers

1/2 pound fresh padron, shishito, seranno, small Hatch, or hot banana peppers, washed and thoroughly dried
1 tablespoon olive oil
Coarse sea salt, such as fleur de sel or Maldon

Place the peppers in a medium bowl, add the olive oil, and toss to coat; set aside.

Heat an indoor sautee pan or outdoor grill to medium high.

When the grill is ready, place the peppers on the grill in a single layer, making sure they’re not touching; reserve the bowl they were in. Grill the peppers uncovered, turning them occasionally, until they start to char and blister, about 6 to 8 minutes total.

Charred Peppers
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Butternut Squash Mascarpone Agnolotti

We had a butternut squash and some mascarpone in the fridge, and I was feeling like pasta. We've done ravioli before, so I thought we should try something new.  So I googled "butternut squash and mascarpone agnolotti" and came up with this recipe. We shamelessly copied it, and it turned out great. You absolutely must go to their site to watch the videos showing how to create the agnolotti.

Agnolotti
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Meat Lasagna

This recipe is a hybrid of Sharon's recipe and and a very intense online recipe. My guess is that both are derived from the Betty Crocker Cookbook.

Serves 6. Bakes in a 9x9 pan.

Meat sauce:

Cook and stir together until meat is brown and onion is tender:

  • 3 Italian sausages (approx 0.5 lbs, mixed between mild and spicy; can substitute ground beef for all or part)
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup sliced mushrooms
Meat Lasagna
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White Bean Ragout

Based on this recipe from Bon Appetit, we modified it to use what we had on hand, and it turned out great.

1/2 large onion
1/2 red pepper
2 clove garlic (mince one, reserve one for the bread)
2 tablespoons marinara sauce (or tomato paste)
1 can (15oz) Cannellini beans (rinsed, drained)
1 cup vegetable broth
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
parmesan cheese, grated
extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
parsley, chopped (optional)

White Bean Ragout
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Pasta Salad with Melon, Pancetta, and Ricotta Salata

Not really hearty enough for a meal, but a nice (non-vegetarian) pasta salad to bring to a party or have as a side dish. Courtsey of Bon Appetit, but slightly modified.

Ingredients

2 ounces thinly sliced pancetta (Italian bacon)
4 ounces orecchiette (ear-shaped pasta)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons Champagne vinegar, white wine vinegar, or rice vinegar
1 1/2 cups 3/4" square diced pieces peeled cantaloupe
1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint

Pasta Salad with melon, ricotta, pancetta and mint
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Panzanella Salad

Basically a recipe of my own creation

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  • 2 medium tomatoes, or 1/2 pint of cherry tomatoes, chopped into large pieces
  • 1/2 large English cucumbers, chopped into medium pieces
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped into medium pieces (and roasted in oven, optional)
  • 1 sweet red pepper, chopped into medium pieces (and roasted in oven, optional)
  • 1 pint-sized container of mini mozzarella balls (or cut a larger piece of fresh mozzarella into small chunks)
  • Panzanella Salad
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    Poached Salmon with Peas and Mushrooms

    This recipe, modified from a Bon Appetit recipe, was an instant spring hit.

    2 6–8-ounce center-cut wild king salmon fillets (each about 1 1/2-inch thick)
    1 cup dry white wine
    2 tablespoons kosher salt plus more for seasoning
    2 tablespoons (¼ stick) unsalted butter
    4 ounces fresh morels; sliced, or oyster or shiitake
    ½ cup shelled fresh peas
    ⅓-⅔ cup heavy cream
    Freshly ground black pepper
    2 tablespoons minced fresh chives or finely chopped garlic scapes

    Poached Salmon with peas and mushrooms
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    Belga Cafe

    Cost: 
    $$ - Average

    Location

    Belga Cafe
    514, 8th Street, SE Capitol Hill
    Washington, DC
    United States
    38° 52' 56.1828" N, 76° 59' 41.5968" W

    (202) 544 0100

    Known for their brunch, but their dinner really shines. Skip the mussels and try out their more adventurous dishes, and hard-to-find Belgian beers! When you do eventually end up there for brunch, their Hollandaise is excellent.

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    Seventh Hill

    Cost: 
    $$ - Average

    Location

    Seventh Hill
    327 7th St SE Capitol Hill
    Washington, DC
    United States
    38° 53' 7.2816" N, 76° 59' 47.3784" W

    (202) 544-1911

    Seventh Hill is the (not so) secret DC spot for amazing pizza - their regular menu (recently upgraded) is reliable, the sandwiches and desserts are sinful, and the featured specials are off the charts.

    Share the special (whatever it may be) and have a dessert. Their beer selection is small but well done, and their wines are perfectly matched (the benefit of sharing space with a French restaurant!)

    Two words: duck prosciutto. That's all you need to know.

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    Jose's Basque Tuna Stew

    WoW...

    One of our favorite recipes from our signed copy of Jose Andres' Made in Spain cookbook. Serves 4-6.

    Ingredients
    1 pounds fresh bonito or yellowfin tuna
    2 slices day-old bread, preferably country-style
    1/2 cup Spanish extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

    3 cups thinly sliced onions (about 2 large onions)
    2 tbs minced garlic
    2 medium green bell peppers, roughly chopped
    1 pound tomatoes (5-6 plum or 2-3 medium), roughly chopped

    Tuna Stew
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    Four Cheese Quiche

    This recipe is meant to replicate an amazing quiche I had at La Galette, in downtown Dakar, served as a 6" quiche with a green salad on the side.

    1 pastry shell (use the pastry crust from the tomato tart recipe.

    4oz st nectaire (soft, ripened cheese) without the rind
    3oz chevre
    1oz blue d'Auvergne or Roquefort (optional)
    2oz of grated emmental cheese
    2 eggs
    2 egg yolks

    Cheese Quiche
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    Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs

    We merged a Bon Appetit recipe with a (strikingly) similar recipe from my canning book (which recommends topping the finished product with pickled red onions) and sprinkled it with input from Tom Colicchio.

    Makes about 4 servings.

    Ingredients

    Beef Short Ribs
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    Caesar Salad

    For the Cæsar salad dressing:

    • 1 clove garlic, chopped
    • 2-3 anchovy fillets
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
    • 1 lemon, juiced
    • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1/8 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for garnish
    • Freshly ground black pepper

    Blend together garlic, anchovies, egg yolks, dijon and lemon juice until smooth. Slowly add in the olive oil and emulsify. Stir in pepper and parmesan.

    For the salad, combine chopped romaine and croutons (toast diced baguette cubes tossed with olive oil)

    Caesar Salad components
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    Bernice's Fried Eggplant

    ... with just a little tweaking.

    Serves 8.

    Ingredients:
    2 medium-large eggplants
    1.5 cups breadcrumbs (panko or regular)
    1/2 cup freshly-grated parmesan cheese
    Spices from your pantry (such as garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper)
    2 eggs
    1/2 cup or more of all purpose flour
    Vegetable oil
    [Note: halve these proportions for a medium-sized eggplant]

    Pre-prep:

    Fried Eggplant
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    Salmon with Tomato and Olive "Salsa"

    Audrey whipped this up to go with grilled or pan-seared salmon. It was easy and delicious!

    For the salsa fresca:
    2 parts cherry tomatoes, quartered
    1 part rough chopped kalamata olives
    1 part diced red onions
    1 part feta, crumbled
    lemon juice
    olive oil (if possible, from a jar of sundried tomatoes)
    Salt and pepper, to taste

    For the salmon:
    Wash and thoroughly dry the fillet.
    Season the flesh side with salt and pepper, a dash of smoke salt, garlic powder, lemon pepper, and a dash of herbs de Provence

    Heat grapeseed (or other, high-heat) oil in a skillet

    Salmon with Tomato-Olive-Onion-Feta salsa
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    Fruit Jam

    This is my basic jam recipe. It can be used for just about any type of fruit jam (strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, apricot, peach, blueberry, etc.).

    Yield: 4 half-pints

    4 heaping cups of fruit
    1/2 to 1 cup water (depending on natural juiciness of fruit)
    1 package no-sugar pectin (= 3 Tbsp no-sugar pectin)
    sugar to taste (probably about 1/4 cup)
    Pinch of spices, if desired (things like allspice, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel can be a nice addition, depending on the fruit)

    Many Jams
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    Seared Scallops with Pommes

    This was in response to our taking advantage of a recent livinggrouponsocial deal with Arganica, and opting for one of their more CSA-like "give me a box of random local, organic goodies." We're already, honestly, pretty damned tired of kale and brussel sprouts, and hoped this would provide something slightly different. We got... chard and turnips. Well, OK. The dinner turned out quite good, and is somewhere between classic French and New American. We made the chard into a warm salad by wilting it and steaming it with a bit of apple cider, then tossing it with vinegar and adding pecans.

    Seared Scallops
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    Caramelized Onion and Apple Flatbread

    Adapted from a recipe we found online, this flatbread or pizza is easy to make and tasty. Cut it into small squares to serve at a party.

    Caramelized Onion and Apple Pizza
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    Rugelach

    For some reason, I got on a baking kick this week. And I decided to make rugelach. Rugelach is a jewish pastry, sort of. Like all "jewish" foods, its a European thing, brought to America first by Jews, and adopted into Jewish culture. I like them, and I thought I'd try and make them.

    Rugelach: in progress
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    Spanish Gazpacho

    I grew up eating americanized gazpacho (from various supermarkets and restaurants) that, though good, has nothing on a true creamy Spanish-style gazpacho. On my first trip to Spain, I had an absolutely delicious gazpacho in a random (and probably tourist trap) restaurant on Las Ramblas in Barcelona. I still remember that dish and seek out true Spanish-style gazpacho wherever I can.

    So I was delighted to find, upon reading James Michener's Iberia on my second trip of Spain, a recipe for authentic gazpacho included in this wonderful travelogue of the author's time in Spain in the 1960s. Even though Spain has changed much since this book was written, it is still a very interesting account of the country, and I would highly recommend this book for anyone traveling there. (As a side note, unrelated to gazpacho, while I was in Toledo, I sought out a restaurant that Michener frequented and spoke with the owner, "la jefa," who fondly remembered him.)

    (And back to the soup... beginning on p. 340, incidentally where my book is starting to come apart) Michener says "gazpacho is Spain," and he is absolutely correct. He tells the reader, "If you ever travel in Spain and come upon a restaurant that serves gazpacho, take it, because no other dish in the country will you remember with such affection." After describing the recipe, he remarks "No part of this strange recipe sounds very good, but taken together and properly blended, these ingredients produce a soup which is as distinctive as vichyssoise."

    Whenever I make gazpacho, I use Michener's recipe because I know it is pure, authentic Spain. No exact measurements, no modern interpretations - just the soup as it has been made for generations. In describing the typical preparation, he notes that Spaniards prefer the soup made with one cup of olive oil and no more than a tablespoon of vinegar. He then says that "Americans, of which I am certainly one, prefer not more than a quarter cup of oil and four tablespoons of vinegar." After a bit of experimentation, we found ourselves somewhere in the middle. This recipe is our version of the dish, americanized to be sure, but all Spanish heart.

    Gazpacho
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    Fried Chickpeas with Chorizo and Spinach

    This runs the risk of being Very Salty, but if you can avoid that fate, it is Very Tasty.

    From Mark Bittman via Tex-Mix

    1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
    2 cups cooked dry or canned chickpeas, as dry as possible
    Salt and black pepper
    4 ounces Spanish chorizo, finely diced (3 or 4 small links)
    1/2 pound leafy spinach, roughly chopped
    1/4 cup sherry (or sweet vermouth, or red wine - but not sherry vinegar)

    Chickpeas and Chorizo
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    Smoked Salmon Crepe Pinwheels

    A delicious and fun twist on Kevin Dundon's salmon cake recipe.

    These are crepes, layered with cream cheese and smoked salmon (lox), rolled and cut into pinwheels. Great for a party!

    2/3 cup AP flour
    1 jumbo or 2 small eggs
    about 1 cup milk
    8oz smoked salmon slices
    8oz whipped cream cheese (with herbs/chives if available)
    1 tbsp snipped fresh chives, scallions, garlic, shallots, or your favorite herbs
    juice of 1/2 lemon

    Salmon Crepe Pinwheels
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    Red Wine Risotto

    A twist on classic risotto. Doesn't taste too red winey.

    From http://www.newitalianrecipes.com/red-wine-risotto.html. Makes 3-4 side dish servings.

    Ingredients:
    About 3 cups of chicken or vegetable broth. (Amount needed to finish the red wine risotto will vary, so have an extra cup ready, just in case.)
    5 fresh basil leaves
    1 sprig fresh thyme
    1 T extra virgin olive oil
    1.5 T minced shallots
    2 cloves minced garlic
    1/2 cup Italian Arborio rice
    1/3 cup good quality red wine

    Red Wine Risotto
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    Shallot Confiture (Onion Jam)

    Yield: abt 2.5 pints

    2.5 lb shallots
    .75 c salt
    6 c white wine vinegar
    4 c granulated sugar
    for the spice bag:
    4 cardamom pods
    2 cinnamon sticks
    3 strips lemon rind
    1 Tbsp caraway seed
    1 Tbsp cloves
    .5 bird's eye chile

    Blanch and peel shallots. Make sure root ends stay intact, or shallots will disintegrate during cooking.

    Place peeled shallots in large glass bowl. Cover with cold water and add the salt. Mix until dissolved.. Weight shallots down (with a plate works) and leave for 24 hours.

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    Stuffed Cherry Peppers

    Roasted cherry peppers stuffed with Serrano ham, basil, and goat cheese. From Epicurious : http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/STUFFED-CHERRY-PEPPERS-12...

    Ingredients
    12 hot cherry peppers
    5 ounces fresh goat cheese
    12 paper-thin slices of Serrano Ham (jámon Serrano) or Prosciutto - anchovies are also tasty, and consider olives as a stufffer as well
    12 medium-sized fresh basil leaves
    1 clove garlic
    1/2 C Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    2 T Sherry Vinegar
    1/2 t salt
    6 basil leaves, coarsely chopped

    Preparation
    Crush the garlic and add it to the olive oil. Set aside.

    cherry peppers.
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    Guinness Cottage Pie

    This is an abomination, mixing in Guinness into a cottage pie.

    The Guinness stew recipe parts are pulled from this recipe; the Shepherd's (lamb) and Cottage pie ingredients have been pulled from here and Epicurious. Cooking for Engineers has a nice pictoral guide.

    Guinness Cottage Pie/Stew
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    Spanish Tortilla

    This recipe combines a few other recipes. We've made this twice now, and continue to tweak the balance; if anything, go lighter on the potatoes, and the cheese may or may not actually work well in conjunction with easy flipping of the tortilla. Nevertheless, it's hearty, tasty, just-oily-enough. Bonus: it's one of those wonderful dishes that's possibly even better as leftovers the next day.

    Spanish Tortilla 2
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    Egg Bread

    This recipe, from Diana's Desserts tasted great, but was not the best for the bread machine - it was super flaky/crumbly, and took some serious effort to extract. Perhaps using the machine to make the dough and then continuing in the oven would work better?

    Ingredients for 1 Pound Loaf:
    1/2 cup milk
    1 large egg
    1 tablespoon butter or margarine, cut up
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    2 cups bread flour
    1 tablespoon granulated sugar

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    Truffle Cream Sauce

    Inspired by the best meal we had in Paris, at Un Jour a Peyrassol. Goes with the potato gnocchi.

    Truffle Cream Sauce with Agniolotti, served with salad and a roll
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    Potato Gnocchi

    The gnocchi are surprisingly easy (if messy) to make; and freeze well. This goes great with almost any creamy pasta sauce, but especially will with a truffle cream sauce, makes ~100 gnocchi

    2 lbs whole baking potatoes
    2 beaten egg yolks
    1 1/2 cups flour
    Pinch of salt

    Making Gnocchi
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    Purpled Salmon with Mushrooms

    I sat down to cook up some dinner. The goal: tame my basil plant that's turning into a small bush and occupying more and more of my not-that-big kitchen. So - pesto it is. But what to go with the pesto? Noodles seem to be too easy, heavy, and obvious. So some pesto-encrusted salmon. Also, I had some shitake mushrooms that needed cooking, and bought some fresh asparagus at the farmer's market this morning. I reduced some syrah with the mushrooms, because shitakes sauteed in wine = the shiznizzle.

    Purpled Salmon with mushrooms, Photo by Jon
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    Fresh Tomato Tart with Chevre

    This is a recipe created by Jon's Mom based on the amazing brunch tart from A Priori Thé in Paris, hidden in the Galerie Vivienne nearish to the Bourse. It is absolutely worth the effort to squeeze into a booth here, if only for this tart. The original has a dry cheddar-like cheese (Cantal) melted on top, but we find that unnecessary, given the massive amount of cream cheese and chèvre already being used. This dish is amazing in its simplicity.

    For the tart's pastry
    10" tart pan:
    1½ cups flour
    ¾ tsp salt
    ½ cup butter (freeze)

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    Pizza

    Makes 2 12" round pizzas.

    This was the first recipe Jon learned from his Mom, because, damn it's good pizza!

    Dough

    make about 2 1/2 hours before serving

    • 1 package active dry yeast (2.25 tsp)
    • About 4 1/2 c. all purpose flour (have 6 c available for kneading/rolling)
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 1/2 c. water

    In large bowl, combine yeast, 2 cups flour and 1 teaspoon salt. In small saucepan, heat water until very warm (120 to 130F.).

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    Peasant Bread

    Thick and crusty, relatively easy to make. Bonuses, it has almost no fat (it uses steam to keep it moist, but this means it doesn't last long. It's easy to add creativity to the recipe with herbs and cheese. However, this bread is fucking excellent right out of the oven with soft butter and honey.

    peasantbread-withbisque.jpg
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    Asparagus and Parma ham frittata

    From deliciousmagazine.co.uk ; we subbed in green beans during the summer season

    2 medium waxy potatoes (about 400g)
    4 tbsp olive oil
    1 onion, finely sliced
    125g sprue or young asparagus
    1/2 tsp salt
    4 large free-range eggs
    4 slices Parma ham, torn into shreds
    Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

    1. Roughly dice the potatoes and boil in plenty of salted water for 8 minutes, or until just tender. Drain thoroughly and set aside.
    2. Heat the oil in an ovenproof frying pan over a medium-low heat. Fry the onion for 5 minutes, stirring now and then, until it starts to soften.
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    Wild Mushroom Arancini

    From delicious magazine. Difficult to form, but tasty! Freeze (and reheat) leftovers for an easy weeknight meal.

    2 tbsp butter
    1 cup assorted wild or chestnut mushrooms, wiped clean and sliced
    1 onion, finely chopped
    1 garlic clove, crushed
    1.5 cups arborio rice
    1/3 cup white wine
    3 cups vegetable stock, hot (approx - make more if needed)
    1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
    4 oz buffalo mozzarella ball, cut into 12 pieces
    4 tbsp plain flour
    3 tbsp vegetable oil

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    Tuna with Basil Cream Sauce

    From great-chicago-italian-recipes.com

    2 8oz. Tuna steaks, cut into 1 inch pieces
    5 long green onions, chopped
    1 small zucchini, sliced in 1/4 inch circles
    2 cloves of garlic, chopped
    4 Tbls of extra virgin olive oil
    1/2 cup of fresh basil, broken into pieces
    1/2 cup of chicken broth
    1 cup of heavy whipping cream
    2 Tbls of flour
    1 tsp of freshly ground black pepper
    1 lemon
    1 pound of bow tie pasta

    Sauté the garlic, onions and zucchini in 2 Tbls of olive oil until tender, around 3 minutes.

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    Crab Carbonara with peas

    From great-chicago-italian-recipes.com:

    1 pound of linguini
    2 cans of crab meat or 16oz. of imitation crab meat
    2 oz of pancetta or 4 strips of bacon chopped
    2 Tbls of butter
    1 bunch of long green onions, chopped
    1 shallot, chopped
    3 cloves of garlic, chopped
    6 baby portabella mushrooms, sliced
    1/2 cup of FRESH peas (sub out peas for another mild veg if fresh not an option)
    1/2 cup of white wine
    !/2 cup of chicken broth
    1 cup of heavy whipping cream
    1/2 tsp of salt
    1/2 tsp of fresh ground black pepper
    1 cup of fresh grated Parmesan cheese
    1 egg

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