Winter

Menu for the week of Nov 30/Dec1 (Mexicanish)

Goat Cheese and Corn Mole Enchiladas

Sat: Chiles rellenos
Sun: Turkey leftovers
Mon: mole enchiladas
Tue: A salad and cottage cheese
Wed: A salad and cottage cheese
Thu: Eat all the leftovers!!

Poblano Rice

Poblano Rice

Cribbed from Marcela.

3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1/2 medium white onion, chopped
2-3 poblano chiles, stemmed, seeded and chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth, plus more if needed
1 cup long grain rice

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium, heavy nonstick skillet over medium heat.
Add the onions and saute until translucent, about 3 minutes.
Add the poblano chiles and saute, about 8 minutes.

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Frisco Sour

Frisco Sour

2 ounces rye whiskey
½ ounce Benedictine (see note above)
½ ounce fresh juice from 1 lemon

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add rye, Benedictine, and lemon juice. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into cocktail glass and serve.

Some history: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/29/dining/29tipsy.html

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Pumpkin Curry

Pumpkin Curry
  • 2 lbs pumpkin
  • 14oz (1 package) Firm tofu, optional
  • 4 cups (2 cans) coconut milk (can use light milk, and/or sub in a cup of water)
  • 3-5 tablespoons Vegetarian Red Curry Paste
  • 8 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 chili peppers (fresh red thai, or 1 jalapeno)
  • 2" fresh galangal (peeled and thinly sliced), or 2 T galangal powder (or ½ equivalent ginger)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 sprigs Thai basil

We used a marina de chiogga pumpkin, but any firm, yellow-flesh, slightly sweet/nutty pumpkin will do.

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Cheesecake Brownies

Cheesecake brownies (halloween edition!)

Makes 16, 2-inch Brownies -- add food coloring (like yellow and red) to make it seasonal!

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cut into 8 pieces
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Brownie Batter

  • ⅔ cup (3 1/3 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped fine (Giaredehli or Hershey's)
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Green Sauce

Green Sauce

This sauce was AWESOME, and I made it all by myself.

Makes about 1 cup:
2 cups unpacked parsley
1 cup unpacked mint
1 cup unpacked basil
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar or rice vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon

Blend all ingredients, preferably with an immersion blender, until smooth.
If needed, add more oil (and/or vinegar, to taste) to help blend.
Alternatively, double (or triple!) the ingredients to make it easier to blend in a conventional blender. Trust me, you'll eat it all.

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Caramelized Garlic Quiche

Caramelized Onion Quiche

For Crust (enough for two crusts)
2½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup (2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

For Quiche:
5 large eggs
3 heads of garlic, cloves peeled
Kosher salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
dash nutmeg
Freshly ground black pepper
6 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, grated (about 2 cups)
2 cups baby spinach, lightly chopped
1 cup crème fraîche
½ cup milk

Crust

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Menu for Week of March 15th

Caramelized Onion Quiche

Sat: Carmelized Onion Quiche ; make corned beef, cure salmon
Sun: Grill
Mon: Leftover quiche +  salad w/ salmon and chevre
Tues: Corned beef hash  http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/corned-beef-hash-2 
Wed: Out
Thus: leftovers

Menu for Mar 7

Tamales

Sun: Fish tacos with Mango Salsa, Avocado, Tomatoes, Crema, Hot Sauces
Mon: Rick Bayless salad with sautéed shrimp
Tue: Tamales with black beans and crema; side salad
Wed: Mexican Salad

Feb 15: Ethiopian Week

Fasolia and friends

This week we finally tried making Ethiopian food for ourselves - it's one of our favorite meals to eat out, so it was high time we explored the process. For a first try with nothing to go on but some recipes gathered from the Internet, we did... OK. All of these need tweaking and further work to really match our favorites from the amazing Ethiopian restaurants in DC.

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