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Steak with a Herbed Cutting Board Sauce PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:24

 

 

In summer there's nothing more decadent than having a plethora of herbs to play with. In the winter, a bunch of oregano costs $2.00 for an anemic bunch of straggly little greens. In the summer, you can purchase a bunch of oregano the size of your head for $1.50.

 

What's not to love about that?

 

Other herbs are just as lush and inexpensive. However, now we're at the end of October and things aren't quite as bountiful. But I have a very kind mother who gave me a huge bunch of herbs from her garden. I promptly cleaned and froze them, and they sit available whenever I want to brighten up a meal.

 

They also create the base for one of my favorite very, very, very, fast and satisfying meals.

 

Meat with an herb board sauce. This one was steak, but it works really well with pork and chicken.

 

You can't go wrong with this dish.

 

I topped the steak with turnips that had been pickled with baby beets to make them vibrantly pink, and we had one of those meals that still makes you feel like you're eating like August.

 

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Pico de Quinoa PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Saturday, 25 October 2014 15:37

 

 

Jedd and I went to Maine for a couple of days, and it was amazing.

 

The first day was sunny and the sky was bright blue. The second day we were pummeled with wind and rain and crazy high waves.

 

 

 

It was kind of the best of both worlds.

 

 

But even being out of the kitchen for a couple of days is like a mild form of withdrawal. (Let alone walking into a hotel room and not seeing the furry faces of our cats. On our last really long vacation, we may or may not have called our answering machine while we were tipsy to leave a message for the cats. “Mommy and Daddy lurve you! We'll be home tomorrow!”)

 

So, as much as I love to travel, it's also wonderful to get home.

 

And I really love to get back in the kitchen. For no apparent reason I always crave healthy food once the suitcase is unpacked. Maybe it's using public restrooms while traveling and feeling like Rodney Ruxin's character in The League.

 

“Forever uncleeeeeeen!”

 

However, I surprised both of us with our “Welcome Home” dish.

 

I was craving quinoa.

 

Quinoa isn't something I normally consider “craveable” food, but once I spiced it up with lime, tomatoes, jalapenos, scallions and cilantro – it made an amazing dinner.

 

The dish was healthy, bright, spicy, savory, and completely hit the spot after a four hour car trip.

 

Bonus: It was the first time I dipped into our “winter reserves” of frozen tomatoes, scallions, and jalapenos from summer's bounty. They were great.

 

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Easy-to-Make Weeknight Heirloom Tomato Galette PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Monday, 15 September 2014 09:45

 

 

This time of year (at least where I live), having puff pastry in the freezer is like having half of a meal made before even starting to cook.

 

Just throw something pretty on puff pastry, add some cheese, and (wowza!) dinner's on the coffee table in 30 minutes.

 

And because I hang out at the farmers market with Jedd selling his wares, that means I get to know the vendors. They're nice and generous. Sometimes they slip me extra tomatoes because they know that I'm a tomato geek.

 

As a gesture of goodwill, I bring them scones on chilly days.

 

It's a good relationship.

 

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Blackened Chicken with Grilled Avocados and Jalapenos PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 19:30

 

 

This little dinner is stunning and pretty healthy. And by “pretty healthy,” I mean “very healthy.” The spices are all good for you and avocado and jalapenos? Oh, yeah.

 

Bonus: by grilling the avocado you end up with a wonderfully softened and savory side dish. I just want to grill an avocado two or three times a day.

 

They're that delicious.

 

And grilling the jalapenos takes away some of the spice, and leaves them irresistible.

 

But don't take my word for it. Try this recipe out for yourself. The chicken is spicy, the avocado is creamy and the jalapenos and onions make everything better.

 

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Yes, Virginia. You Can Freeze Scallions and Make a Sriracha Pancake with Them PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Monday, 04 August 2014 17:48

 

The title is a play off of the movie “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus,” because for the last two years I've only had these amazing scallions in the summer and was stymied about how to make them last.

 

Then it dawned on me - freeze them for the winter! Yay! It's like Christmas in August. So, instead of having my refrigerator overrun with two-foot scallions that go bad before I can use all of them, I have them for soups, stews, sauces and salsas in December.

 

 

(Just so you can wonder at the amazing size of these scallions, I placed them next to new kitchen twine and a 50 cent piece for scale.)

 

Phew. Problem solved.

 

But, I was curious how they'd reheat. Would the texture be okay? Would they be watery? So, I decided to make a savory pancake with them – and use sriracha.

 

And since Jedd and I have been binging on "Top Chef," I thought it might tickle him to be a “judge,” so he'd get to say things like, “flavor profile,” “texture” and espouse about seasoning.

 

Some couples hike. Some couples shop. We like to talk about food.

 

His notes: “The sriracha gave it a good and spicy bite without being overpowering and the pancake was seasoned well. The texture was good, and it would be a pretty delicious post-bar dish. As easy to cook as scrambled eggs, but way better.”

 

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