Posts Tagged ‘recipes’

sunflower seeds

sunflower seeds sprouting in a shallow pot

an impromptu salad

place spinach greens on a plate

add sliced grape tomatoes and radishes

pick sunflower sprouts and drop on top

sprinkle with garlic powder, black pepper and sea salt

drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar


(and plant more seeds)

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Simply two eggs, slightly beaten.  Pour into hot, well-buttered frying pan.  Fold over.  Lightly brown on each side.  Touch to make sure center of egg is as firm (or as soft) you prefer.  Slide onto plate.  Sprinkle with a few fresh chopped herbs.  Yum. A good way to start St. Paddy’s Day. 😉



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I have a friend who loves to make a gin and tonic cocktail of sorts, and he loves to eat moro, or blood, oranges.  One day I asked him why not try adding blood oranges to the recipe.  This is what he came up with.  Not rocket science he would say, but oh so very delicious with or without alcohol.

Blood Orange Cocktail

1-2 moro (blood) oranges

sparkling water

limeade (something all natural with no added sugar)


Juice the oranges, retaining a bit of the pulp.  Split the juice and pulp between 2 chilled glasses.  Add gin (or not*) to taste.  Top off the drink with sparkling water and limeade.  If you want to be completely over the top, add some sliced limes just before serving. 😉

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A few folks have asked so here it is:  a view of the black radish next to the more commonly seen red radishes.  I picked up my first one simply as something new to photograph.  I had no idea how it would taste or how to prepare it.  When I mentioned this to a friend of Russian ancestry, she shared some of her family’s recipes.  Tastes a little bitter but the carrots and red onion add sweetness.  Very high in Vitamin C and full of other good stuff.  Just what’s needed as we await the next snowstorm. 😉

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black radish salad

1 medium size black radish, peeled and grated

1 large carrot, peeled and grated

1/4 cup or so of finely chopped red onion

a little chopped fresh parsley

Toss all ingredients in bowl with a little olive oil, squeeze of lemon juice, black pepper and pinch of salt.  Cover and place in refrigerator to marinate for a bit.  Serve alongside saucers of sliced toasted bread that have been lightly rubbed with garlic, sliced red tomatoes and homemade aioli dressing.  Smoked salmon on the side wasn’t bad either. 😉

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“You could starve to death in the midst of plenty if you didn’t have garlic!” 

— quote by SFH

I’ve always loved the idea that no matter how tart the lemons of life, you can always find some sugar to sprinkle on top.  You know, sweeten things up.  I forgot you can also mix garlic with lemon and create some tastiness too.

I was reminded of that fact this morning by that fellow in my life.  He is quoted above.  He is absolutely notorious for his use of garlic.  And while one might think that he is joking about starving without garlic, let me assure you that he is not.  In our time together, I have gained a whole new appreciation for garlic spears in steak, garlic-based marinades for beef, chicken and pork, and garlic-rubbed toasted bread served with sliced tomatoes and smoked salmon.

He is perhaps most famous for his pesto.  Traditionally, he makes it with fresh basil, lemon juice, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, olive oil, some black pepper … and a ton of garlic.  Now at the drop of a hat, he can make all sorts of variations to accommodate allergies, e.g. replacing pine nuts with carrots for my young cousin.  At some point he started adding sundried tomatoes.  When pine nuts became a bit scarce, there was a hazelnut experiment.  Black walnuts didn’t work so well.

One day I hope to convince him to sit still long enough to write about his philosophies of food, especially around garlic.  But I suppose most people would prefer he just keep cooking.  😉

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Three Ways to Use One Red Pepper in One Night

1. Finely chop one-third of the red pepper. Sprinkle over one avocado that has been sliced and arranged on a plate.  Drizzle whole affair with olive oil and lime juice, and add just a dash of black pepper.

2. Coarsely chop one-third of the red pepper.  Toss into chicken broth liberally flavored with garlic and a bit of smoked bacon.   Add coarsely chopped oyster mushrooms, scallions and fresh ginger.  A few chopped shrimp and some basil added just before the soup was dished up didn’t hurt either.

3. Chop remaining third of the red pepper.  Saute in sesame chili oil with a chopped baby zucchini.  Serve over white rice.

The End 😉

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A colorful snack pulled together, well, for its color more so than potential taste.  Luckily, with a drizzle of olive oil and basil-infused basalmic vinegar, the flavor measured up to the visuals. 😉

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Now I do not think that everyone would describe black walnuts as a beautiful food.  Even for me it is a bit like cilantro.  I can have a little, not a lot.  But for Steve, black walnuts are one of those pungent, decidedly earthy fruits that should be savored and recognized as a culinary treasure. He and I have trekked through the woods of New England with plastic bags in hand searching out the trees, digging at their roots for the nuts covered in their brown-green husks, knocking squirrels out of the way if necessary.

The husks have come back home, sat in a basket in the hallway to dry out, and then the onerous process begins of extracting the nut from the husk.  That process usually involves a hammer or vice grips.  Now you see why these nuts are such a treasure. Steve has been experimenting with these nuts quite a bit.  As unofficial taste tester, I’ve enjoyed Black Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies, Wild Rice with Black Walnuts  (served alongside Duck and Kale), and I think there was even Black Walnuts with Strawberries spooned over vanilla ice cream (or I might be making that one up!).  Most recently, he served up Black Walnut French Toast.  I’ve told enough folks about this dish that I thought I should share the recipe along with the few photos I managed before all I could think about was eating. Enjoy. 😉

Steve’s Black Walnut French Toast

enough for 2 people for Sunday brunch or perhaps a decadent dessert

leftover bread, sliced thick

3 eggs

black walnuts, chopped, approx. half a cup




In large bowl, mix the eggs, add cinnamon, nutmeg and little bit of cream.  Once well mixed, toss in the black walnuts.  Warm a frying pan and add some butter.  Dip the bread in the egg mixture.  Coat well and then drop in the frying pan, browning on both sides.

For those who might like the crunch of nuts, be sure to scoop out nuts from the mixing bowl and press into the toast.

Serve with butter, warm maple syrup and perhaps some bacon on the side.

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I was recently lucky enough to attend a fancy restaurant where I sat at the bar watching the chef prepare her culinary masterpieces.  They were all quite frankly little bite size works of art.  Well, with a lot of undirected energy this afternoon, I decided to play around with the leftovers in Steve’s kitchen using the chef as my creative inspiration. First up, a few radishes sliced thin, arranged on a simple plate, then each slice either topped with quarter teaspoon of guacamole or quarter teaspoon of Steve’s homemade pesto.

Then I found some tomatoes, sliced up a couple, and then paired the slices on a long glass tray.  The slices were drizzled with basil-infused olive oil, and I’m considering topping them with some finely chopped garlic.

I dug around the refrigerator and came across a tub of roasted pine nut hummus.  Scooped some into a tiny white ceramic ramekin and then mixed the hummus with a drizzle of hot sesame oil to add a bit of kick.  Final garnish is a couple of fresh peeled carrot sticks.

In progress are the mushrooms.  I’m of a mixed mind about mushrooms.  Sometimes I like them and sometimes I don’t.  I’m contemplating taking three small mushrooms and stuffing them with bacon, cheddar cheese, and fresh parsley. So far the mushrooms have been selected.  What do you think? 😉

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