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Cool Avocado Soup July 31, 2012

I rarely pull recipes off restaurant websites – I always feel like they’re going to leave off a key ingredient in order to inspire me to come back to their spot instead of making a dish myself. But, when I got this recommendation, it sounded too good to pass up.

Before I made this, I’d never eaten a cold soup. Now, I basically want to live off cold soup all summer long. This was incredibly refreshing, all while being incredibly creamy and decadent.

Plus, we finally got to use the antique cold soup china tureen that’s been in the basement for a year. Classy business, this soup.

Plus it’s green. Which is awesome.

Cool Avocado Soup from Panera

2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
1/2 English cucumber, partially peeled, then chopped (I used a little cucumber from my garden!)
4 scallions, green parts only
2 cups vegetable broth
Juice of one lime
1/3 cup packed cilantro (leaves and stems)
1/2 – 1 jalapeño pepper, depending on your taste preference, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 – 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1/4+ tsp. cumin
1/4+ tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. salt

Throw everything in the blender and puree for 2-3 minutes. Let it sit for a few hours, then blend again for a few minutes before serving. Garnish with additional cilantro as desired.

 

Asparagus, pea and radish salad June 27, 2012

For the first time ever, I’m growing radishes in my yard. They’re terribly exciting because the red starts to show through the soil very early – and the greens grow to be enormous rather quickly.

As a result, I’m been looking for radish recipes – and something along these lines seems to be quite the thing this summer. It’s quick, easy and really delicious.

Note that it’s important to eat this right when it’s done. While it’s still edible, refrigeration does nothing good to the dish.

Asparagus, Pea and Radish Salad– adapted from a bunch of sources; everyone seems to like some combination of radishes and peas as a summer salad

2 tsp. cumin
2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
2 tsp. honey
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbs. chopped fresh dill

1.5 lbs. asparagus, tough ends discarded
5 oz. frozen peas, thawed
8 or so radishes, greens discarded, thinly sliced
1 Tbs. butter

In a small bowl, whisk together cumin, lime juice and honey. Slowly add oil, then stir in dill. Set dressing aside (or refrigerate if you’re making ahead of time).

Steam asparagus until crisp-tender (less than you normally would), then immediately transfer to an ice bath. Let it cool completely, then pat dry. At this point, you can refrigerate the asparagus for up to a day.

In a large pot, heat butter over medium. Add asparagus and heat until it begins to get warm. Then add peas and cook until vegetables are warm, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, transfer to a bowl, and stir in radishes.

Pour dressing over and stir to coat. Serve immediately.

 

Simple Appetizer: Goat-cheese wrapped grapes June 14, 2012

My favorite food group is snacks. I love tasting menus and happy hours and tapas and cocktail hours at weddings. Snack-sized things allow me to taste as many things as possible before I get too full to move.

And, when I headed to a friend’s house after work to look at vacation photos, I had the perfect excuse to make a lovely, simple snack / appetizer (an idea I borrowed from A Daily Something).

Grapes, wrapped in goat cheese, rolled in chopped pecans.

Not only do these involve some of the best parts of a cheese plate, they are also perfect for popping into your mouth whole, which makes you seem lady-like and prevents you from making a mess when you bring these to someone else’s house.


In case you were wondering, getting the goat cheese to stick to the grapes is not difficult; it’s kind of like playing with play-dough. Also, don’t make these too far ahead of time – the nuts will get a little soggy (and you will have a longer period of time to resist eating them all yourself).

 

Red Lentil Soup May 30, 2012

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Sometimes, you wind up with an ingredient that you have to invent uses for. It doesn’t fit into the things you normally make, you have no idea how to use it, and none of your stockpiled recipe ideas mention it anywhere. So you start making things up.

A while ago, my mother gave me a bag of red lentils. Not just any old bag. An enormous, unending bag of red lentils, so authentically designed for frequent lentil cooks that Lakshmi is on the outside of the bag. It was an incredibly thoughtful present, and I do love cooking beans/lentils/etc., so I was excited about it. I have to say that I ended up using most of the bag to make a weird rice/lentil mixture. Every time I needed a grain for a stir fry or something, I’d do 3/4 cup rice and 1/4 cup lentils. It added some texture and fiber…and that was pretty much the only idea I had. All my other lentil recipes called for firmer green or brown lentils.

That is, until I decided to make some red lentil soup. I have to say I wish I’d never concocted the rice/lentil mixture; this soup is so much better than that.

Curried Red Lentil Soup with Dried Cherries and Cilantro
from Martha Stewart Living

Lentil soup is delicious – but it always looks weird, so you get a small photo. The coconut milk drizzle adds extra creaminess to the soup.

2 tsp. safflower oil (or just vegetable oil if you’re a plain person)
3 Tbs. finely chopped peeled ginger (from a 2-in piece)
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped (2 Tbs.)
1 large shallot, finely chopped (4 Tbs.)
2 carrots, finely diced (about 1 cup)
2 tsp. curry powder
Coarse salt
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk, divided
1 cup red lentils
1/3 cup chopped dried cherries
3 Tbs. finely chopped cilantro stems, plus 3 Tbs. cilantro leaves for garnish

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook ginger, garlic, shallots and carrots, stirring often, until softened, about 7 minutes. Add curry powder and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add in 1 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/2 cup coconut milk, 4 cups water and the lentils and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until lentils and carrots are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Pour 2 cups of soup through a fine sieve into a bowl, reserving the solids. Puree the strained liquid and the remaining soup in a food processor until smooth. Reheat after blending and stir in reserved solids.

At this point, if you’re going to freeze your soup, this is the time to do it. If not, stir in some of the cherries and cilantro stems, then ladle soup into bowls. Swirl the remaining coconut milk and garnish with cherries and cilantro leaves.

Per serving: 348 calories, 8 g saturated fat, 48 g carbohydrates, 15 g protein, 12 g dietary fiber

 

Summer corn fritters with tomato and avocado salsa May 23, 2012

Well, it certainly has been a while! Don’t worry – I’m still cooking like a fiend. Some of it just isn’t worth writing home to the internet about. But, my garden has been planted, and I ate the first fruits (a single, cute radish) this evening – so I decided it’s time to resume sharing all the wonderful things I’ve been eating.

Just to kick it off, here’s a lovely, delectable summer treat that simple to make and involves fresh corn. This is also, aside from one other horrific experience, the first thing I’ve ever fried. My boyfriend was quite pleased about being able to have fried food as a side dish to our dinner.

Fresh Corn Fritters
slightly adapted from Ezra Pound Cake

3 ears corn, shucked and cut from the cobs (scrape the juice from the cobs into the bowl as well)
1 cup flour
¼ cup diced red onion
½ cup cornmeal
¼ cup thinly sliced basil
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
salt and pepper
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 Tbs. buttermilk (you can also substitute greek yogurt)
2 Tbs. butter, melted
Vegetable oil for frying

Serve with tomato and avocado salsa (recipe below)

After getting the corn off the cob, place 2 cups of it into the food process and pulse several times to create a chunky puree. Return the mixture to the bowl with the remaining corn. Add the onions

In a separate bowl, mix together flour, cornmeal, basil, powder, soda, salt and pepper. Add to the corn mixture. Then, add in eggs, buttermilk (or yogurt) and butter, stirring just until combined.

Heat the oil in a skillet, and scoop batter by heaping tablespoonfuls in to create little fritters. Fry the cake 1 to 2 minutes per side until golden brown. Place on a baking sheet lined with paper, then pop them in a warm oven to stay warm while you finish cooking the remaining fritters. Top with tomato and avocado salsa.

Tomato and Avocado Salsa

1 large tomato, cored and diced
1 scallion, minced
½ jalepeno, cored, seeded and diced (I left this out because I had a heat-averse dining partner)
1 Tbs. chopped fresh basil
1 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro
1 garlic clove, minced
Juice of ½ lime
1 ½ tsp. olive oil
1 ½ tsp. white wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
1 avocado, diced

Stir all ingredients (except avocado) together. Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve, then add the avocado.

Per serving: 209 calories, 3 g saturated fat, 27.6 g carbohydrates, 3.8 g dietary fiber, 5.7 g protein,

 

Pink Hummus: Beet, Chickpea and Almond Dip February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all.

Yup. It’s pink hummus. And it’s delicious. Bam.

Beet, Chickpea and Almond Dip from B.A.

1 large (8-ounce) beet, peeled, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 cup garbanzo beans (from 15 1/2 oz can), drained and rinsed
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup slivered almonds
5 garlic cloves, peeled
1 1/2 Tbs red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Boil beet until tender, about 12 minutes. Puree in food processor. Add garbanzos, olive oil, almonds, and garlic, and puree until smooth. Blend in red wine vinegar, then add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve with pita and crudités.

 

Roasted Sweet Potato Salsa November 19, 2011

Yeah, we haven’t posted for a while. We’re busy and hungry and tired and not cooking very many worthwhile new things. M is only eating produce, and I am only eating strange concoctions that I can make in the crockpot and/or freeze and then reheat.

BUT, I made some incredibly delicious salsa to eat on chips, on top of salad, on top of quesadillas, and, well, just on a spoon. You should make some right now. It may be one of the best things you’ve ever done with a sweet potato that didn’t also clog your arteries.

Roasted Sweet Potato Salsa 

1 sweet potato, peeled and diced small
1 red onion, diced small
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 tomato, diced small
1 avocado, diced small
2 Tbs cilantro, chopped
1 clove roasted garlic, chopped – or 1 Tbs. diced garlic from a jar – or some granulated garlic
1/4 cup lime juice (fresh from 2 limes, or just 1/4 cup)
Cumin
Salt

Roast the sweet potato and the onion for a total of 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Let cool completely. Separately, combine all the other ingredients and blend with the sweet potatoes and onions. Season with salt, garlic, and cumin to taste.

Eat immediately. It lasts ok in the fridge if it’s well-covered, but not for more than two days. (But don’t worry. It just won’t last that long.)