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Homemade Tahini: The Easiest and Most Delicious Paste You'll Make PDF E-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Monday, 02 February 2015 18:26

 

 

For Christmas I received a small food processor as a gift from my cousin. It's amazing. And the first thing I made with “Baby Blue,” was homemade tahini.

 

 

Tahini isn't only a foundation for hummus, it's a wonderful addition to vinaigrettes, cold noodles – and don't forget chicken shawarma. The pure sesame taste is incredibly addictive.

 

Bonus: It's so simple to make that you'll be incorporating a lot more tahini into more dishes of your own.

 

Double bonus: It will keep for two months in the refrigerator.

 

 
Avocado Salad with Grapefruit and Lime Vinaigrette PDF E-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Monday, 26 January 2015 15:55

 

 

 

Considering the name of this recipe, you might be wondering why there's not a photo of a grapefruit in the photo.

 

Funny story.

 

If you're a multiple pet owner, I'm sure you've had the experience where one pet – prefers one person.

 

That's certainly the case around here.

 

Big Ginger Cat is my guy. He follows me around, is only really happy in my lap, and sleeps on my head.

 

Little Black Kitten, however, loves Jedd. He really loves Jedd. He practically knocks over furniture when he hears Jedd come through the door.

 

Don't get me wrong, Little Black Kitten likes me – but I'm no Jedd.

 

So, today when I was photographing this delicious little salad – something amazing happened.

 

I sat down for a moment to refresh the bluegrass radio channel on my laptop, when I realized I'd been photographing the dish without the grapefruit.

 

Just as I was standing up to head to the kitchen, Little Black Kitten jumped on my lap.

 

He jumped on my lap!

 

And then he snuggled into my arm!

 

And then he purred!

 

And then he closed his eyes and fell asleep!

 

Needless to say, I chose kitten snuggles over a fully finished photo of the dish.

 

 

(For reference, how can you resist that face?)

 

 

However once he woke up, the light was gone.

 

So, there's no grapefruit in the photo.

 

It's an awfully good salad though. Don't let my lack of attention to detail serve as a reason not to try this.

 

It's full of citrus and spice and creamy avocado.

 

You can't go wrong with that.

 

 
Lemon Pepper Steak with Red Wine Shallot Sauce PDF E-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Thursday, 15 January 2015 20:19

 

 

Going through the freezer a couple of nights ago looking for an elusive bag of green beans, I stumbled on a grass-fed piece of steak that Jedd bought at the farmers market this fall.

 

Hot diggity!

 

I marinated it in lemon juice and pepper and threw together an insanely simple wine sauce.

 

Are you in a rush for dinner? This might be your newest favorite weeknight meal.

 
Self-Soothing Chicken Noodle Soup PDF E-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 17:36

 

 

I think that most people have a favorite version of chicken noodle soup. Whether it's their grandmother's recipe – or they add a cup o' water to some condensed soup in a can – there's usually a sentimental favorite.

 

My favorite chicken noodle soup recipe is the opposite of a sentimental favorite though.

 

It's a recipe I put together one day a few years ago when Jedd had a bad flu. I kept him hydrated with ginger ale, water and chicken bouillon, but I needed a little comfort too. He rarely gets sick and seeing him feverish was freaking me out.

 

So I self-soothed with chicken noodle soup.

 

Whenever I make this on a cold night, I think of those couple of miserable days when he was down with the flu.

 

It's a mixed bag of emotion.

 

“Mmmm, this is amazing chicken noodle soup.”

 

“Ugh, but it reminds me of when Jedd had the flu.”

 

“But, it's really, really, good.”

 

 
Herbed Lasagna with Oregano Puree PDF E-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 19:29

 

 

There are two ways you can make this dish: The easy way or the fun way.

 

Of course to me, “fun” sometimes means taking a couple hours to make it from start to finish.

 

But - in defense of my insanity – I received a pasta roller for my birthday last week.

 

A gorgeous, red pasta roller.

 

Oh, and for Christmas Jedd surprised me with a homemade pasta drying rack.

 

A wonderful handmade pasta drying rack.

 

I promptly burst into tears when I unwrapped it.

 

(Again, in my weird defense it has been a rough holiday season. My grandmother has been really ill, and it was difficult to feel the “holiday spirit.” It was a very un-Christmas-like Christmas. So, seeing the love and work that Jedd put into that pasta rack made me cry the happy tears.)

 

At any rate, I was feeling like I needed a project on a cold and windy Monday. So I decided to make lasagna completely from scratch.

 

And this was definitely a “project.” However, it was soothing – and at times pretty funny – because we have a small space. At one point between the sauce, the hanging noodles, the large pot of boiling water and trying to balance the lasagna pan on the toaster and microwave, I definitely got the giggles.

 

If you decide to use pasta from a box, it will be much easier.

 

However, I loved the herby homemade lasagna noodles and Jedd raved about the silky texture of both the noodles and the sauce. Also, for someone who loves to cook, one of the best smells in the world is a cheese sauce bubbling away on the stove top.

 

The one thing that is actually easy as pie, though, is the oregano puree. It comes together in seconds, and I want to eat in on everything.

 

Everything.

 

Playing with new toys? Check. A hearty meal? Check.

 

It was a lovely way to spend a cold afternoon.

 

 
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