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Farmers Market Saturday: Braised Summer Scallions and Baby Onions PDF Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 00:00

Between our CSA and our addiction to the farmers market, we have an embarrassment of riches right now. And two of the ingredients we are loving at the moment are baby onions and farm fresh scallions that are so big that they can nearly double as leeks.

Which led us to want to braise them.

After they were braised, the onions and scallions were bright and a little lemony from the wine, and very decadent from the butter.

It was a good combination.

These items aren't available all year long, in fact they're not even available all summer long. So, we're enjoying playing with them while they're in season.

A Dream Realized: Baby Artichokes with Lemon and Fresh Basil PDF Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Friday, 10 May 2013 16:29




It was April, 2002, when a tentative and occasional home cook saw baby artichokes in the grocery store for the first time. She bought a package of them and brought them home. Because she was a little nervous by nature and was working long hours, she kept putting off trying to solve the mystery of how to cook them.


They went bad in the refrigerator before she opened the package. Funny what intimidation can do to ingredients.


But every spring that woman went back to the same grocery store, searching for another package of those little globes. They haunted her dreams. She wanted to cook with them!


Yesterday she found them. After 11 years of searching.


So she snapped up 2 packages. And coincidentally she's had “It Takes Two” in her head for the last 24 hours.


Wooh! Yeah! Wooh! Yeah!


She knew what to do with them this time, though. She had researched those little artichokes for years. She had wanted to be prepared if they ever crossed her path again.


It was worth the wait. These little guys were perfect.


They were lemony and luscious. Oh, and completely adorable too.


Wooh! Yeah!


Spicy Broccoli Rabe, Sausage and Bell Pepper Saute PDF Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Tuesday, 09 April 2013 16:14


Two weeks ago, Jedd and I packed our bags and headed to Maine for two nights and one glorious day of hanging out on the beach. Sure, early April isn't the warmest time to play near the ocean – but we were lucky enough to have the sun shining and temperatures that were in the upper 50s.



In other words, it was perfect.


Because it was in the off-season, it was just us and the people who lived there. In fact, it was so “off-season” that we were the only people staying in the motel. Even the office closed after 9 p.m.


Have you ever been the only people in a motel on the beach with a full moon and an empty parking lot? It's eerie and awesome at the same time.



But the lack of tourists didn't mean that everything was closed. We had some great meals and chatted with cool bartenders and wait staff while we dined.


And this meal was inspired by a soup that Jedd had at a – there's no other way to put this – bizarre sports bar that was open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The reason I describe it as “bizarre” is because I've opened and closed places that serve alcohol, and trust me on this, the guy who's there until last call isn't necessarily the person I would want to see stroll in for eggs benedict five hours later.


That might be just me, though.


So, that's what I was pondering while I ate the greatest turkey club sandwich of my life, and Jedd had a soup loaded with sausage and greens.


While he happily ate his soup, it dawned on me that a spicy sausage and broccoli rabe saute would make an excellent side-dish.


A Saint Patrick's Day Potato Recipe Round-up PDF Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Friday, 16 March 2012 16:54

(Roasted Chicken with Potatoes, Carrots and Lavender)


Saint Patrick's Day isn't all about hitting the first open bar at 9 a.m. and then eating lunch sans pants.


To me it's a day to celebrate the potato. My cousin and I even have a Saint Patrick's day tradition where we call each other and shout out the names of potato dishes, before we mutually clink the phone with our whiskey glasses.


However, as a woman with a whole lot of Irish in her, I always feel guilty laughing at the old John Belushi skit, "Bad Luck of the Irish." Especially when he yells, "Potato famine! Still scares 'em doesn't it!"


But, let's not think about that. Instead, let's go through some of my favorite potato dishes that have graced our plates over the past 12 months.


Rice Out of a Box is Fine, but Homemade Rice Pilaf is Better PDF Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Monday, 20 February 2012 16:40


Rice pilaf mixes used to be a crutch for me before we started our year of only eating unprocessed food. I would open the little bag with rice and seasonings, dump it into a bowl, add water and microwave it for 17 minutes. I thought it was a pretty elegant side dish, so I would make it once or twice a week, because it was a simple thing to make after work. And truthfully, I made it so much because it tasted good and it was easy.


Once we started cooking everything from scratch I learned (surprise!) that it's incredibly easy and much more delicious from scratch. And the best thing is that you can dress it up with spices or herbs in the kitchen, so it's not the same thing every time. So, for this batch I used a pinch of saffron from the container that Jedd's mother gave us recently.


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