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Roasted Vegetables with Quinoa and Green Tahini Sauce

From Bon Appetit 2014 Food Lover's Cleanse

This combination and modification of three Bon Appetit recipes goes excellent together and produces a follow-up salad for lunches or a dinner later in the week. The Tahini sauce needs to be done at least 1 day in advance, and the vegetable roasting can largely be done ahead as well.

Serves 2 with leftovers for a salad (see below).

Roasted vegetables with green tahini sauce
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Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango

While a perfectly ripe mango is delicious on its own, coconut sticky rice makes a marvelous pairing. The coconut sticky rice can also mask a less-than-perfect mango to make a delightful treat. Adapted from my favorite Thai food blog, She Simmers.

Serves 2-4

1/2 cup uncooked sticky rice, cooked
1/2 cup coconut milk, or whatever you have leftover in your can from whatever you made earlier
1/4 cup or less sugar, to taste

Mango Sticky Rice
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Kale Chips

Take flat-leaf kale and cut the leaf only parts into chip-sized pieces. Toss lightly with olive oil, and spread out on a ceramic plate.

Sprinkle lightly with salt and spices (garlic powder works well), microwave for 3-5 minutes until crisp.

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Kale Chips
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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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Beets with Citrus and Nuts

1 ½ pounds beets, trimmed and halved horizontally
1 ¼ c water
salt and pepper
3 T light brown sugar, packed
1 shallot, sliced thin
1 t grated lemon zest
½ c whole almonds, toasted and chopped
2 T chopped fresh mint
1 t chopped fresh thyme

Place beets, cut side down, in a single layer in an 11-inch saute pan or dutch oven. Add water and 1/4 teas salt; bring to a simmer over high heat. Reduce to low; cover and simmer until beets are tender, 45-50 minutes.

Beets with citrus and almonds
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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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Black Rice Salad with Mango and Peanuts

This Bon Appetit rice salad was easy and delicious. It also could easily be made vegetarian (and is already gluten free) by omitting the fish sauce or replacing it with soy sauce. The fish sauce smell can be a bit off-putting on the first day, so if you're not a fan, just skip it.

Serves 2-4

1 orange
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 tablespoon fish sauce (optional)
1 cup black rice (preferably Lotus Foods Forbidden Rice)

Black Rice with Mango Salad
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Strawberry, Almond, and Pea Salad

A delightful spring salad from Bon Appetit. We didn't feel the peas added much, so they are listed here as optional.

1/2 cup Marcona almonds
2 tablespoons white wine or rice vinegar (or pomegranate vinegar if you have it)
2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups baby arugula or watercress, thick stems trimmed
2 cups pea vines
8 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled, halved or quartered if large (about 2 cups)
1 cup shelled fresh peas (Optional, can also sub in blanched asparagus)
1 ounce Parmesan, shaved

Strawberry Salad
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Sushi

SUSHI!

More to follow. Maybe.

Sushi (crab rolls in the foreground)
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Burnt Eggplant with Pomegranate Dip

Ingredients:
2 large eggplants
3 gloves garlic, minced
Grated zest of 1 large lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
4 Tbsp olive oil

To finish:
2 tablespoons parsley
2 tablespoons mint leaves, chopped
Seeds of 1/2 pomegranate
Salt and Pepper to taste

Optional: top with smoked salt.

Char eggplants on a stove top (~20 minutes), grill or on a broil mode in the oven (~45 minutes, turning twice). Turn around so it is very charred all around. If broiling, piece the skin in multiple places.

Burnt Eggplant
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Malaysian Steak Skewers

Last summer, we made this delightful Bon Appetit recipe. I forgot to record it at the time and kept trying to find the recipe online. I remembered that it was a Malaysian-style dish, but because Bon Appetit didn't have "Malaysian" in the title, my half-hearted attempts to find it bore no fruit. Finally, I used the power of Google and, somewhat embarrassingly, found the recipe in 5 seconds.

Malaysian Steak Skewers
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Thai Yellow Curry

On our vacation to Thailand a few years ago, we spent one of our days in Chiang Mai at the Thai Farm Cooking School. Some of the dishes we made were really delicious and frankly quite easy (if somewhat challenging to find all of the ingredients in the DC metro area).

Thai Yellow Curry Paste
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Gluten-Free Pie Crust

From http://www.seasonalfamily.com/2010/12/gluten-free-almond-flour-pie-crust.html.

2.5 cups almond flower

2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
6 Tbsp melted shortening
~ 2 Tbsp ice water to combine

Combine almond flour, sugar, and salt in a medium sized bowl.
Add in your melted shortening until well combined.
Slowly add in one teaspoon of ice water until a firm ball is formed.
Press dough into pie pan / cooking dish. Smooth out with bottom of a cup or measuring cup until flat like a pie crust.

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Quinoa with Butternut Squash and Preserved Lemons

We hosted family for Thanksgiving this year and found ourselves innovating to accommodate a gluten-free family member. We very easily modified David Lebovitz's original recipe to create a delicious dish that everyone loved.

​1 1/2-pounds butternut squash, peeled and seeded
1 large onion, peeled and minced
1 cup quinoa (alternatively, for a gluten dish, use 1 3/4 cup Israeli couscous, or Italian pepe-style pasta)
1 small cinnamon stick
1 large or 2 small preserved lemons

Quinoa and Butternut Squash
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Chana Chaat

Indigo, the Indian food stall at Eastern Market, makes a spectacular chana chaat - basically, a chick-pea/vegetable salad/snack thing.  It's quite frankly delicious.  In anticipation of an Indian dinner party were we hosting, I coaxed the main ingredients out of the very nice woman who does all the cooking at the stall.  While she wouldn't reveal her secret spice blend, some internet reserach gave us enough clues to fill in the holes.

Obviously, this is a very notional recipe and the proportions can be added to suit your taste.  The resulting product shouldn't be soupy, but dressed in the sauce blend as a salad would be.

Chana Chat
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Steak

I basically don't eat steak out anymore. It's just... I can make it better, reliably.

Quick guide: Sear :30/:30; Near heat: 3/3m Smoke 1.5/1.5, Sear :30/:30, Rest 3

Sourcing

I only buy the "Natural" (no antibiotics, grass fed, grain finished) prime, bone-in delmonico (ribeye) steak from Canales Quality Meats in Eastern Market here in DC. Grass fed beef is much leaner than grain, but with an amazing taste - and, it's better for you, with a much better balance of Omega fatty acids. Get the most marbled cut you can find, but realize that it'll still be about half as marbled as a grain-fed steak. And for the love of all things tasty, get the bone in.

Preparation

Up to four days ahead, but ideally at least 24 hours, rinse the steak and pat dry. Wrap in cheesecloth (~1 layer per day). Place it on a rack in the top back of your fridge. This is an at-home method to dry-age your cut, and it tenderizes the meat and deepens the flavor. Watch a video on the technique here: http://lifehacker.com/5865849/dry+age-steak-at-home-for-steakhou... . Vary the smoke/indirect heat time by the aging length - the more aged the meat, the closer to 1.5mins/side you want. For a steak you bought today, I'd move that to 2-3 mins/side.

Two hours before you're going to put it on the grill, take it out and unwrap the steak. Plop it down on some waxed paper and salt both sides (I like using a bit of alderwood smoked salt and some kosher salt, about a teaspoon or two per side). Let it sit - it will juice and then re-absorb, bringing in the smoke and salt flavors deep into the meat.

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Grilled Marlin with a lime-butter sauce

Blue Marlin steaks, salted and with lemon pepper. Spritz with lime juice a few minutes before grilling.

Lime caper butter sauce, per steak:

3 T butter
1/4 red onion or 1/2 shallot, chopped. Sub in garlic scapes for part of this.
1/4 cup white wine
2 limes, juiced
1 T capers, drained

Chili/lime powder for serving.

Sautee the onions/shallots in the butter while grilling the marlin. When soft, add the lime juice and wine, reduce by half and add in the capers, continue reducing until no liquid remains. Serve on top of the marlin with chili/lime powder.

Grilled Marlin, roasted cherry tomatoes and asparagus
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Texas Smoked Brisket

Brisket (give at least 60 minutes per pound, though thicker or larger non-point cuts might take as much as 90 mins / pound) 4 Pounds is a good base point. You should bring the brisket up to room temperature before anything else

Prepare the spice rub and a mop

Spice rub: Salt (smoked salt better) and coarse ground pepper in a 3:5 ratio, with a few other spices like onion and garlic powder, a dash of cayenne, ground mustard seeds and even a few ground juniper berries to taste.

Brisket
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Corn Soup

With a hat-tip to Bon Appetit

butter
2 medium leeks, white and light-green parts only, coarsely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups); can substitute yellow onions
5 ears shucked corn, kernels cut from cobs, cobs reserved
1 cup coarsely chopped peeled potato (about 1 medium)
4 cups good-quality vegetable stock
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (optional)
1/4 cup crème fraîche or sour cream
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives

Corn Soup
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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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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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Southwest Salmon

This recipe just sort of happened one day. We had some miscellaneous items we wanted to use up, and it turned out delicious! The amounts used here served 2.

Ingredients
Salmon (1/2-2/3 lb)
Southwestern seasonings (blend of salt, chipotle, dash chili powder, cumin, dash of coriander, lime juice)

Corn (1 ear)
Tomato (1 med, chopped)
Onion (1/2 small, chopped)
Cilantro (about 1/2 cup, separated from stalks)
Salsa / hot sauce (about 2 tbsp)
Lime (juice from 2 limes)

SW Salmon
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Shrimp Saganaki

Garides (Shrimp) Saganaki is one of Audrey's favorite dishes (though no longer on the menu) at Zaytinya, one of her favorite restaurants in DC. This recipe is a surprisingly easy replica of that dish. It's fast and can be made mostly with ingredients we already have in our kitchen.

Shrimp Saganaki with sauteed Kale flowers
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Kale with Bacon, Cranberries, Onions, and Cheese

Makes a nice side dish for two. Any type of kale will do, Very easy to double, triple, etc until pan size becomes limiting factor.

Courtesy of the Washington Post Express (page 36).

Kale and Bacon
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Fresh Mango Salsa / Chutney

This is a great fresh chutney that could go with most carribean or indian dishes. Vary the size of the mango chunks to taste.

Mango Salsa
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Shahi Paneer

A really yummy recipe - great on the first try. The original recipe was for chicken tikki masala, but we used paneer instead of chicken and the result was pretty similar to some of the best Shahi Paneer we had in India.

Modified from Food and Wine.

Shahi Paneer alone
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Mediterranean Style Hummus

Adapted from a blog that apparently isn't public anymore.

Hummus
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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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Jamaican Rice and Peas

2 cans dark red kidney beans
1 can coconut milk
3 cups water or broth
2 cups rice
1 scotch bonnet or habanero pepper, whole
4 T butter
salt, pepper and thyme

In a very large pot, heat kidney beans with their can-water, water, coconut milk, and spices until simmering. Add rice, butter and pepper. Bring back to simmer, let cook, covered until done, approx. 30 minutes. Remove cover near the end, to let the mixture dry out a little.

Rice and Peas
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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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Jamaican Coconut Soup

Inspired by a soup served at Hotel Mockingbird Hill, Jamaica, which is captured here and here.

Serves 4-6 as a side

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  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cans (28oz) coconut milk (milk of two dried coconuts)
  • 2 tbsp butter or coconut oil for frying
  • 8 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/2 medium white onion
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Coconut soup
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    Baked Potato Soup

    Adapted from @MikeCotton's famous potato soup. Full instructions for that are at the end. This recipe can (and usually should) be halved!)

    5 lbs baking potatoes
    ¾ lbs (3 sticks) butter
    1 lb applewood smoked bacon, chopped
    1/2 lb sharp cheddar, grated or finely diced
    5+ cloves garlic
    1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
    sea salt, black pepper to taste

    Optional: Sour cream and chives.

    Kitchen needs: a large pot, another pot, and a lot of large prep bowls

    Prep

    Potato Soup
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    Drinker's Choice

    In Austin, there used to be a fantastic Turkish restaurant called Ararat - one of Austin's best kept restaurant secrets (that everyone knows). They had bellydancing all weekend and live bands during the week, and some of the best middle eastern food you'll find. It was a small place with rug-covered walls that was always jam-packed.

    Drinker's Choice
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