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Late Summer Seaweed Salad with Cucumbers and Avocado

Sep 17 2013

Summer is on its way out, but cucumbers are still here and it’s still in the upper 90s in Texas. So we’re still enjoying the refreshing produce before we say goodbye to cucumbers for a good long while (well fresh ones, anyway – there’s always pickles!). Now is a great time to savor cukes before we transition into soups and stews and yummy winter squash and cold-weather crops like broccoli and Brussels sprouts. I’m really ready for the change and am beginning to stockpile butternut squash, acorn squash and spaghetti squash. So keep an eye out for heartier recipes to come. … Read On »

Seaweed Salad with Cucumber and Avocado

Out of the ordinary salad with balanced, interesting flavors from simple ingredients. This recipe is inspired by one from a Maine seaweed harvester named Kacie Loparto and I used wakame from the Maine Coast. Wakame seaweed becomes slimy when soaked, but instead of being turned off by this texture, you can reap the health benefits ...

Crunchy Cabbage Slaw

A simple, bright slaw for the summer to complement your favorite protein, such as grilled fish or smoked pork ribs. Soaking the cabbage in a warm salt water brine lightly cooks the fibrous vegetable for better digestibility, but you’ll get crunch back with raw carrot and crispy sunflower seeds.

Crunchy Cabbage Slaw

May 27 2013

It’s Memorial Day weekend and the grills are hot. So is the muggy Texas weather! I had an unexpected day off at the restaurant-on-a-farm and we squeezed in an impromptu get-together with a few pals. As a group, our homemade menu included salmon burgers and mango-cucumber salsa, local beef hot dogs (made by the new butcher shop, Salt and Time) topped with spicy mustard, minced onions and daikon pickles, red potato salad with bacon, capers and arugula, homemade root veggie chips fried in Dai Due lard with onion-sour cream dip, and my crunchy cabbage slaw. Plus some nice bourbon-based cocktails. Bocci ball was played, but no one kept score since our dog’s tomfoolery got in the way. She really wants to play fetch with the bocci balls; alas, they are heavier than tennis balls. … Read On »

Thai Lettuce Cups with Minced Pork, Crisp Vegetables & Toasted Coconut

May 03 2013

So pretty and so tasty. I love the Thai-inspired delights in a little lettuce cup. There’s strong savory flavors from the pork, tamari and fish sauce, brightened by a stack of crispy raw vegetables and a punch of tangy, refreshing lime—delivered by a light sauce with fresh lime juice and by eating the small segments of lime inside the lettuce cups, peel and all. Morsels of lime and toasted coconut are borrowed from miang-kam, which happens to be the perfect blend of salty, savory, sweet, sour and pungent; do try the Thai snack food if you’d like to experience perfect food harmony. My simple version of lettuce cups are not so perfect, or Thai, and a little messy to eat, but that’s fun, as long as you have napkins. … Read On »

Beef Picadillo with Summer Squash

May 02 2013

For a quick and satisfying dinner, I have a go-to meal, a very loose adaptation of Spanish-style picadillo, improvised with foods I usually have in my kitchen. Using staple ingredients makes this recipe easy to pull together, but it’s also just pleasantly simple to prepare. I make this dish when an extra trip to the grocery store isn’t going to happen, or when I want a hearty dish but don’t feel like working too hard. Even just to peel and cut onions and garlic – there are times I’m not going to be bothered. We always keep ground grass-fed beef in the freezer for quick dishes. I omitted the tomatoes usually found in picadillo because they tend to cause some joint pain for me, but I find that the paprika and chili powder (although they are in nightshade family) are less aggravating and add a nice smokiness to the balance of flavors, including the light salt of the olives and sweetness of the raisins. Preparing the squash and the meat in one (albeit heavy) cast-iron skillet cuts back on time and energy and that only makes me love my cast-iron skillet even more. … Read On »

Beef Picadillo with Summer Squash

A quick and easy one-pot meal, with the Spanish flavors of smoked paprika and green olives, balanced with a tiny bit of sweetness from raisins. Most of the ingredients are easy to keep in a well-stocked kitchen. This recipe is easily adaptable to suit food-allergies and availability of ingredients.