Fall

Sourdough (discard) crackers

This is adapted from the https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/sourdough-crackers-recipe">King Arthur recipe

  • 1 cup (113g) King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup (227g) sourdough starter, unfed/discard
  • 4 T (57g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 T herbs (rosemary)
  • olive oil, for brushing
  • coarse / flakey salt (such as kosher or sea salt) for sprinkling on top

Mix together the flour, salt, sourdough starter, butter, and herbs to make a smooth (not sticky), cohesive dough.

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Sourdough Bread

This recipe is based off of the New York Times' "No-knead" Sourdough. Though as far as I can tell most sourdough is "no-knead" so… Anyhow, it is at least a straight-forward and "simple" (in the world of sourdough) recipes.

  • 3 ½ cups (475g) bread flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon/6 grams kosher salt
  • ¾ cup (180g) sourdough starter, “fed”

The Day before

Feed your starter to wake it up.

The night before

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt.

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Spicy Shrimp Salad

A very tasty and very easy recipe from The New York Times. Especially easy if you use peeled and deveined shrimp.

3 ounces lime juice (from about 3 limes)
3 tablespoons fish sauce
1 ½ tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons nam prik pao (Thai chile paste in oil -- we used our supermarket's sweet thai chili sauce)
2 finely chopped Thai bird chiles, or to taste
1 pound large shrimp
2 stalks lemongrass, outer layers removed and white parts finely sliced
1 large shallot, thinly sliced

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Fattoush Salad

The fattoush salad has always been one of my favorite salads. It is a lettuce-less salad and has bread in it -- what's not to like! But fattoush salads are the kind of dish where everyone's grandmother makes it differently. This recipe is the closest I've found to my ideal fattoush salad.

Ingredients

1 whole wheat pita bread
[roughly equal parts cucumber, tomato, red pepper + half-part onion]
1 large English cucumber OR 2 small Persian cucumbers, diced

Fattoush Salad
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Sunomono-ish Cucumbers

Although not strictly necessary, the smashing of the cucumbers in this Bon Appetit recipe does yield a nice texture and, as Bon Appetit says, creates nooks and crannies for the marinade.

1 pound Persian or English hothouse cucumbers
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more
3 scallions, sliced
4 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
Red chili flakes

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Broiled Salmon with Sesame Seeds and Scallions

Tasty and easy Bon Appetit recipe, tweaked only ever so slightly.

Serve with steamed white rice and a vegetable side such as sunomono-style cucumbers or stir-fried broccoli.

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons honey
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

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Sesame Noodles with Crispy Tofu

This Bon Appetit recipe was good, but I've posted it here with a few tweaks we'd recommend for next time.

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Fried Chicken

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 3–4-lb. chicken parts (just boneless breasts worked fine)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2-3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 qt Peanut oil (for frying)
Fried Chicken
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Menu for the week of December 15: Eat down some misc stuff in the freezer

Sat: Pizza
Sun: Beef/venison chili (use frozen hamburger patties, fridge chiles) https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/jons-chili and https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/corn-pudding
Mon: Fall salad (greens, apples, cheddar cheese, fried squash, pom seeds, spiced pecans, TJs vinaigrette)
Tue: ALL THE FROZEN ASIAN THINGSSSSS (tempura shrimp and veggie pouches and edamame and mango sticky rice rolls)
Wed: frito pie
Thus: chicken fingers with tater tots and green vegetables
Fri: Order in

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?)

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