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Barley and Endive Salad with Parsley Pesto PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Thursday, 11 December 2014 15:39

 

 

My father-in-law is vegan, and he eats a decent amount of tofu. In fact, I never really enjoyed tofu until he made me his signature dish.

 

He mixes together a mean stir-fry of tofu, broccoli, onions, chili oil, and he uses garlic so judiciously that I don't even know it's there.

 

How awesome is that?

 

And I like to make him little meals to give him the night off from cooking occasionally.

 

This meal came about when I was craving barley for lunch and I decided to make a huge barley salad with enough leftover to send out to him.

 

Barley may seem like a slightly odd thing to crave, but it's been more and more on my mind - and on my plate. It's ridiculously good for you, and it's filling.

 

Oh, and it's inexpensive.

 

Also because it's December, endive seemed like an appropriate addition. Add some cherry tomatoes for color, a whole lot of herbs – and hello, pretty and healthy salad!

 

My father-in-law is fairly low-key kind of guy, so when my husband came home from the salad delivery and said that his father “loved it,” well, I felt like I'd won a Nobel prize.

 

“So, your Dad liked it?”

 

“No Launie, he loved it.”

 

“Holy macaroni.”

 

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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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Spicy Lentil Salad with Chili Oil Vinaigrette PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Thursday, 18 September 2014 15:19

 

 

Happy 350th recipe everyone! That's kind of a fun number, so I'm going to post this recipe which is one of my favorites.

 

I love this salad. The hands on time is basically about 5 minutes, and it's deliciously spicy and fresh. It's perfect for lunches (or even lunch boxes) because it's delicious at room temperature.

 

Oh, and it's ridiculously good for you. And inexpensive.

 

I could eat it several days in a row, and sometimes I do.

 

Be right back! I'm off to make another batch.

 

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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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Orzo Salad with Oregano, Parsley and Chive Pesto PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Monday, 01 September 2014 13:56

 

Fasten your seat belts folks, we're getting into the thick of produce season. And I love it.

 

I have a remarkably short memory when it comes to produce. Every summer (usually in June) I get really excited for tomatoes and peppers. Of course, completely forgetting that they don't come in big batches (or at all) until later in the season.

 

Which means that this week has been fantastic, because the Produce Fairy came! Between the CSA and the farmers market, I'm drowning in vegetables. Bright and sweet peppers, plumb little cherry tomatoes, corn on the cob, kale, herbs, herbs and more herbs, you name it – and it's in the kitchen.

 

(Yellow cherry tomatoes!)

 

(The peppers in the plastic bag are habaneros. My pepper lady at the farmers market was afraid I'd get the sweet and spicy mixed up. Talk about customer service!)

 

 

So even though it's Labor Day weekend, it's officially summer in our little apartment. We have bouquets of herbs and flowers on pretty much every available surface.

 

(Parsley with sunflowers peeking shyly from the background.)

 

Yay!

 

And this salad idea came to me just by looking at our library table. “Hmmm, chives, parsley and oregano would be great in a pesto – on a pasta salad,” I thought.

 

I gathered up the herbs, ran into the kitchen and threw them into the food processor. Within 15 minutes this salad was plated, and I was happily devouring it.

 

This is the part of summer I love.

 

 

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