Winter

2014 Food Lover's Cleanse: Week 1 (Asian Theme)

So, I definitely felt the pounds go on this holiday season. In an effort to get those off quickly, and jump start our healthy eating for the year, we incorporated some meals from the Bon Appetit Food Lover's Cleanse into our meal plan for the week. We by no means went all-in. Breakfast and lunch remained largely unchanged, and I did fudge some of the recipes to make them more delicious. All in all, it was okay. None of the recipes were really winners, though I recorded many of them because they are healthy.

Sun: Lemongrass Chicken with Coconut Black Rice and Garlicky Bok Choy
Mon: Soy-braised Short Ribs (admittedly not part of the cleanse diet) with more of the delicious Bok Choy
Tues: Avocado and Grapefruit Salad with Edamame (with fried won ton wrappers added for crunch) with Sesame Miso Vinaigrette
Wed: Cheat and go out to Bluejacket (but we ate healthy, I swear…)
Thus: Chicken, Mango, and Black Rice Salad
Fri: Sushi at home

Lemongrass Chicken with bok choy and black rice

Lemongrass Chicken with Black Rice and Garlicky Bok Choy

From Bon Appetit 2014 Food Lover's Cleanse

Serves 4, or 2 + 2 leftover portions to use in a salad (see below).

Lemongrass Chicken
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Soy-Braised Short Ribs

This Bon Appetit recipe was a bit too umami for Audrey's taste, but a nice recipe nonetheless.

Serves 6

3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
4 pounds beef short ribs (optionally cut cross-wise (flanken style) into 2-bone pieces), about 1 1/2-inch-thick
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3/4 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems chopped, caps sliced, divided
1 bunch scallions, whites chopped, greens thinly sliced, divided
1 1-inch piece peeled ginger, thinly sliced

Soy Braised Short Ribs
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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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Torta Rojel

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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XMas Dinner 2013

We experiment a bit with our xmas dinners - while the Thanksgiving menu is well locked-in with the annual turkey and dressing with sides, we don't feel as bound to repeating that for xmas. Last year, we tried goose, but ... well, let's say we didn't instantly adopt it as a tradition. This year, we're going with duck confit:

Duck leg confit with spicy pickled raisins

Brussels Sprouts with chestnuts (not a repeat dish)

Beets with citrus and nuts

Hot rolls

And for dessert, a classically over-complicated Cook's Illustrated French Apple Cake

Duck Leg Confit

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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Fesenjoon (Walnut Pomegranate Stew)

I've had versions of this dish in various restaurants, but never attempted it at home before. I found a lot of recipes online and cobbled together a best of breed. This recipe isn't difficult, but it does take about 4 hours from start to finish.

Walnut stew
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