Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Scalloped Potatoes

Here's another recipe for a dish I love but have never tried making for myself. Unlike the Eggplant Parmesan recipe that kind of scared me because of the frying and the veggie I don't know much about, this is just a simple recipe I'd never taken on.

I love potatoes in most forms and I've always wanted to make scalloped potatoes, just haven't taken that step.  But I was reading a book by Diane Mott Davidson and decided the time was now.  For those of you who haven't read this series, the protagonist is a caterer and so all books involve food and there are always recipes included in the book.

The most recent book I was reading included the recipe for these scalloped potatoes.  The caterer in the book, Goldie, confessed that her secret ingredient is the caramelized onions.  She had me at caramelized.  I LOVE caramelized onions.  So I decided to cook these potatoes just for me.  And that was a great decision.  Because I have eaten most of them all by myself.

  • ½ tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 large Yellow Onion, sliced
  • 4 lbs Russet Potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • ½ lb Gruyere, grated
  • ½ lb Comte or Fontina cheese, grated
  • ½ c Parmeasan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 tbsp fresh Sage, chopped
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • ½ tsp Pepper
  • 2 c Heavy Cream

  1. Melt butter & oil over med heat. Add the onions. Cook until limp and caramelized, 15-20 min. Cool slightly.
  2. Preheat 375.
  3. In a large bowl, toss grated cheeses.
  4. Layer potatoes in a 9 x 13 glass pan. Add a layer of onions. Then add a layer of cheese. Top with sage. Repeat this process until the pan is completely full, ending with cheese
  5. Stir salt & pepper into heavy cream, then pour over the potatoes. Don’t disturb the cheese
  6. Bake 1 to 1 1/2 hours  until the potatoes are tender and the top is golden brown
8-12 servings

I didn't have sage and so I didn't add that.  I'm not sure I want to try it with the sage.  I used more onions than called for and a little less cream.  The result was wonderful deliciousness.   I will make these again.  I will probably add the cream at every layer or at least season at every level, because I think my potatoes could have used the salt, and I may cut back just a little on the cheese. But overall, this recipe makes amazing potatoes that you will love.

Monday, December 17, 2012

My First Eggplant Parmesan

Last month I read a fun story titled "Last Bite" about a TV show executive chef.  There was a lot about cooking in the book, especially about Italian cooking.  Recipes were included and I decided to finally give Eggplant Parmesan a try.  I've eaten it before, of course, but I've never tried cooking it.

The author Nancy Verde Barr, also a chef, wrote that the secret to good Eggplant Parmesan is cutting the eggplant paper thin and using only Parmesan cheese.  I followed the recipe she provided.
1 medium eggplant (about 1 1/2 lbs)
4 large eggs
Olive oil for frying
1 1/2 C marinara sauce (I used Trader Joe's)
1/4 C freshly grated Parmesan
Instructions: Peel the eggplant and cut into paper thin slices.  Layer the slices in a colander, lightly salting each layer. Place a plate on top of the eggplant and use something heavy to weight it - I used a large can of tomatoes.  Leave the eggplant to drain for about an hour and then rinse it and pat it dry. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Beat the eggs lightly and add salt and pepper. Pour about 1/4 inch  of olive oil in a pan and heat it over a medium heat. Coat a few slices of eggplant in the egg, let the excess egg drip off and then fry them. Don't do too many at one time.  Cook until golden brown on both sides and then drain them on a paper towel.  Repeat until you've cooked all the slices.  I changed the oil about 1/2 way through because it was getting very dark.

Layer the eggplant and marinara sauce in a shallow dish.  Start and end with sauce.  The recipe calls for adding the cheese on the top but I also put a little on each layer.  Bake in an oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is brown. 

My eggplant sauce was still a little cool after 10 minutes in the oven even though the cheese was brown.  I think it is because I used cold sauce from the jar.  So if you are not using warm sauce I'd suggest cooking the eggplant with sauce for 10 minutes and then adding the cheese on top and cooking it for another 10.

The final product was delicious though not beautiful.  I've added a picture below to try and show the layers. Very, very thin and I have to agree with the author that the thin slices made the dish delicious.  I ate several of the fried pieces plain too and they were yummy.  This will become a regular now I'm sure.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Soup's On

I'm so happy it is cooling down so I can make some yummy soups.  I do have a couple cold soups in my repetroire  but they just don't satisfy the way hot soup does.

Today I started with a recipe for Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup.  I'll give you one guess where I found this recipe.  Yep, I had to make a few adjustments.  First, I only had one sweet potato on hand.  But since I'm eating for one, that isn't such a big deal.  I did have a whole head of cauliflower and I used it so this should probably be called Cauliflower Sweet Potato soup.  Or maybe Roasted Cauliflower Sweet Potato Soup. 

Since I was changing the amounts of the main ingredients, I just guessed at the rest.  I used 1/2 an onion and 2 cloves of garlic.  Oh yeah, I didn't have garam masala either so I used some Spices of India from Tastefully Simple.  Sadly, it seems that might be seasonal or discontinued so you'll have to figure that out.  My seasoning was more curry-ish, I believe.

I cut up the cauliflower and tossed it in olive oil and spices.  Then I roasted it for about 40 minutes. I cooked it longer than the recipe called for because I think the more roasted the better.  My cauliflower was not crunchy but it wasn't mushy either. 

While the cauliflower was roasting I sauteed the onion in some olive oil and then added the minced garlic once the onion was soft and translucent.  I cooked that for a bit and then tossed in the chopped up sweet potato.  I added about 3 cups of water and 1/2 cup of the Chardonnay I was planning to have with the soup.    I added some salt and pepper and some red pepper flakes.  I brought it to a boil then reduced the heat and let it cook until the sweet potato was soft - probably 30 minutes.  

When the sweet potato was done, I scooped out about a cup of veggies and then tossed a little more than half of my roasted cauliflower into the pot.  I used the immersion blender to puree that.  It came out thick and creamy.  I tasted it and decided it needed a splash of sherry.  Then I tossed the reserved veggies and remaining cauliflower back in.  I served it with crackers and Chardonnay.

Verdict: Delicious! Especially with a dollop of yogurt on the top.

Changes:  Next time I might add more liquid, both water and wine.  And I'll chop the reserved veggies to be smaller bites.  Other than that, I wouldn't change a thing.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Teaching Is Hard Work

This blog has become mostly recipes but today I'm inserting a long note about teaching because I think it needs to be said.

Teaching is hard work. You may think you already know that.  I thought I already knew that.  But you just need to go teach for one day to understand that you probably have no clue just how really hard it is.  And I'm not even a teacher.  I'm a sub, or as they call us these days, a guest teacher.  I don't have to make lesson plans or grade work or talk to parents.  I don't have to create special plans for students with learning disabilities or deal with the really bad discipline problems.  I just go in for the day and do what ever the teacher asks me to do.  Most teachers understand that I haven't got a clue where they are in the schedule and so they give me the "easy stuff."  I've given spelling tests and I've helped with reading, writing and social studies work sheets.  I lead singing or read to the class.  I  make sure the students line up and get to recess, lunch or special classes.

And with only that, I recognize that every single teacher, even the 'poor performing' ones are WAY underpaid.  I am retired now but I was very good at my job.  I was a computer programmer and then an instructor and also a customer services specialist.  I'm really, really good at customer service and I earned a very decent salary.  And I deserved every dollar.  But I made more money than most teachers do and I wouldn't do their job full time  for twice as much as I made.

Imagine having 25, 30 or even 40 students in your class.  You give them a math worksheet.  The worksheet has 30 addition or subtraction problems.  In your class there are probably 5 students who will finish that in 10 minutes.  There are 5 who wouldn't finish it if they had all day.  The rest try.  You walk around or pull together the students who need some help.  While you're doing that, the 5 who are done want to do something else.  Maybe they can help other students, maybe not.  You also have at least one discipline problem who not only isn't doing the work but is bothering the other students.  You have to watch that some students don't 'help' their neighbor too much and you have to watch that all the students stay on task.  Sometimes you yell.

That was just math.  Move on to reading.  Again, 5 are reading 3 grades ahead of the class and a couple don't even know the alphabet yet.  Oh, and you just might have one (or five) who don't speak English as their primary language.  In one of the classes I subbed in one student spoke only Chinese.  Lucky for me there were 4 other students who spoke Chinese and English.  They helped him  But meanwhile they didn't work on their own reading.

Having a grasp of the subject isn't the only issue.  Children pick on one another, don't pay attention, have to go to the bathroom, need a drink.  Sometimes they just use the eraser on their desk making little eraser bits that fall on the floor until you notice and make them stop.

How do you keep your eye on 25 or 30 or 40 children at a time?  Very carefully.  You try to be fair.  You can't see everything so what do you do when Mary tells you that Joey was saying bad words to her?  What do you do when Kimberly cries for no apparent reason and doesn't tell you what is the matter.  And speaking of names, let's just say the first part of my day is learning how to pronounce interesting spellings of names I thought I knew how to spell.  Or names that seem to have only consonants in them.

Having spent less than a year subbing I'm am amazed that teachers manage to keep going year after year.  I do get why.  The children are mostly amazing and wonderful.  Even when they are troublesome, they are just children.  They test their boundaries and they get distracted.  I haven't met more than one or two really malicious children and I'm sure there's a back story for them. Most of them want to please. And most of them really do enjoy learning.  When they 'get it' and their eyes light up, it is totally worth the time and trouble. So I do understand the reward that teachers can feel.

But still we need to pay them more.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Crispy Rice Spicy Tuna Yum Yum

One of my current favorite sushi items is spicy tuna served on crispy rice.  I first had it at Koi in Las Vegas a few years back.  It isn't served at my regular sushi bar and I haven't seen it too many other places.  It appears it might be an L.A. trend - and Las Vegas lucks out because Koi has a restaurant here.

While we were in L.A. this past weekend we went to The Little Izaka-ya in Sherman Oaks and had several orders of the yumminess.  I decided it was time to make it for myself and I started with this recipe.  I stayed pretty close to the tuna component but left out the green onions.  I cooked the rice the day before, not following the sushi rice instructions but just making it 2C rice with 3C water that had some salt, a little soy sauce and red pepper flakes in it..  After it cooled, I patted it into a rectangle about not quite 1/2" thick and refrigerated it over night. Thanks to BFD for that great idea. Today I mixed the tuna and then cut out small bites of rice which I browned in butter, sesame oil and a little soy sauce.  I topped the rice patties with tuna and then put a couple of slices of shishito pepper on each one.

The presentation isn't as nice as it might be and I hope I'll improve with practice.  The patties were also a little bit greasy so I either need to make the oil hotter or use less.  And next time I'll make the rice bites a little thinner.  Overall they were delicious and I'll be making them often.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Marmalade Cranberry Walnut Muffins

The base for these muffins came from the Marmalade Mogul Muffins recipe that is in the book Tough Cookie by Diane Mott Davidson.  The protagonist in Davidson's books is a caterer who solves mysteries; the books all have recipes included.

The recipe in the book claims to make 28 muffins.  They must be some pretty big muffins because I halved the recipe and still got 20 muffins.  I also added some ingredients but that couldn't have increased the volume too much.

I've been using Greek yogurt in the place of milk and buttermilk lately and I made that same substitution here.  I read somewhere on the Internet that you can substitute yogurt for milk when baking but should add 1/2 baking soda for every cup of yogurt.  You should stir the yogurt to thin it and I sometimes add a bit of water or juice to make it even thinner depending on what I'm making.  In this recipe I used 3/4 C of yogurt and 1/4 C of tangerine juice to replace the buttermilk.

My adapted recipe:

1 Stick butter (1/4 lb)
3/4 C Sugar
2 eggs
3/4 C Greek yogurt (I used 2%)
1/4 C Tangerine Juice
1 3/4 C unbleached white flour
1/4 C whole wheat flour
1 1/2 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1 T orange zest
1/2 C marmalade
1/3 to 1/2 C chopped walnuts (to your taste)
1/3 to 1/2 C 1/2 C dried cranberries (to your taste) 

I tossed the cranberries with a bit of flour and chopped them up
Mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.
Cream the butter and sugar and then add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.  I mixed the tangerine juice into the yogurt before pouring that into the butter, sugar, egg mixture.  Add the dry ingredients.  The batter will be thick.  Stir in the marmalade, zest, walnuts and cranberries. Fill your muffin cups 3/4 full. I did use silicon liners but you can also use paper liners. The original recipe calls from sprinkling additional sugar on the tops before baking but I didn't do that.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

I love the orange flavor in these muffins along with the cranberries and nuts.  I do think they were just a little bit dry and that might be from adding the wheat flour but they were still delicious.  I might put some applesauce in next time for some extra moisture.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Parmesan Thyme Crackers

I decided I needed some flavorful crackers to go with my Cucumber Avocado Soup and went to this recipe for Parmesan Thyme Crackers.  I was pretty true to the recipe except I didn't have fresh thyme so I used dried - a little less than 1/2 teaspoon.  I also cut the crackers a little thinner - probably about 1/4 inch instead of 3/8.

These crackers are dangerously good. My batch made 36 and I could have eaten most of them in one sitting.  I refrained though because I did the math and they are about 35 calories each, making the batch over 1250 calories.  With all the butter and cheese they are really just Parmesan shortbread.  They went well with my soup but they are perfectly fine just by themselves.  I can see them with a little goat cheese, or maybe some guacamole.  Along with a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc. YUM.

UPDATE:  On second tasting, I think the crackers might be just a tad too salty. I may leave out the salt next time and rely on the natural saltiness of Parmesan.

UPDATE 2:  I just realized there it a typo in the recipe I linked to.  It says 1/2 lb (1 stick) of butter.  1/2 lb of butter is 2 sticks in a 4 stick package.  I used 1 stick which is 1/4lb butter and it was plenty of butter.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cucumber Avocado Soup

I discovered the basic recipe for this cucumber avocado soup on Pinterest (of course).  It seemed like the perfect soup for a hot Las Vegas afternoon.  I modified the recipe a bit:

1 Cucumber
1 Avocado
Juice from 1/2 lime
1 1/2 C Non-fat Greek yogurt
1/2 C water
1/2 C chopped green onions
1/4 C chopped red onion
1/4 C chopped fresh mint
salt and pepper to taste

Cut the cucumber into thirds and rough chop two thirds.  Halve the avocado and rough chop one half.  You are reserving the remaining avocado and cucumber to add to the finished product.  Put the chopped avocado and cucumber along with all the other ingredients into a bowl that is deep enough to use your immersion blender.  If you don't have an immersion blender, stop now and go buy one.  You'll love it.  Blend the ingredients until smooth.  Add more water if you'd like your soup a little thinner.  I may use broth in my next batch.

Chop the remaining cucumber and avocado into small dice and add some to each bowl of soup.  I added a shrimp and mint leaf for garnish.  My brother would say the mint is unnecessary since I didn't eat it, just used it to spice up the picture.

The original recipe says this serves four.  I think that is only if you are serving it as a starter.  If you're having it for lunch, I'd say it serves two.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Gazpacho Recipe

I know I've raved before about Trader Joe's gazpacho and my  opinion stands; it is delicious and I rely on it for  a quick, satisfying taste treat. Though TJ's container of soup is a bargain, I was spending a lot of money on it.  Eventually I discovered that for about the same price, I can make about 6 times as much soup.

I based my recipe of of Ina's Gazpacho.  I used one yellow and one red pepper, five small pearl tomatoes, one red onion, and one cucumber.  Ina recommends you rough chop the veggies and then use a food processor but I just chopped everything fine.   I used the garlic press on the 3 cloves of garlic.  Instead of tomato juice, I used a 6oz can of tomato paste and thinned it with water.  Next time I think I'll use broth to thin it.  I added about 4 cups of water but you should do it to taste.   I added the 1/4 C olive oil and almost 1/4 C vinegar.  Be careful with the vinegar!  Then I added the juice of one orange and a bit of orange zest - I got that from reading the ingredients on the TJ's version. Of course, I added red pepper flakes. I'm thinking a jalapeño next time.  Then salt and pepper to taste.

I ate some of mine right away but it gets even better with time.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Avocado Pasta

When I first saw a pin for avocado pasta on Pinterest, my reaction was "No way."  Then I saw it it again, and then again.  Finally I decided that since I do love avocados, perhaps I should give it a chance.  So I followed the recipe.  I was surprised to find I liked it.   But it was a bit TOO avocado for me.  I know, I never thought I'd say that.  Yesterday I made it again but reduced the avocado to 1/2.  I also thinned it a little with some olive oil.  I happened to have lemon infused olive oil AND jalapeño infused olive oil so I used both - about 1 1/2 Tablespoons of each. And now I have a recipe I will use often.   It is extremely rich and 6oz will probably satisfy 2 people and still result in leftovers.  Especially if you add some shrimp or chicken to go with it.  Or in it.

Today I had my leftover pasta with some tuna and halved grape tomatoes.  The pasta had been in the refrigerator so I warmed it up just a bit (40 seconds) in the microwave before adding the new ingredients.  It was delicious.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose

Not everything I cook is a soaring success and mostly I blog about the successes.  My first try with salmon this week wasn't my greatest creation ever but I'll write about it anyway because I think there is hope for the sauce.

I recently bought a container of herbs from Trader Joe's.  The pot includes mint, oregano and thyme.  The mint is growing like mad, so I wanted some ideas and turned to the web.  I found a recipe for cilantro mint sauce and decided to try it.  It consists of 2 cups cilantro leaves, a dozen or so mint leaves, a Serrano pepper, some oil, a little water and salt.  Just blend it all together to make a spicy, minty sauce.  The result was not bad at all.  I decided to marinate some salmon in the sauce and then bake the salmon, which I wrapped in aluminum foil.  The final product was fine but not great.  I served it up with some lentils & feta and a few slices of avocado.  A decent meal.  I have some of the sauce left over and I'm trying to decide where it might be more successful.

The next attempt at salmon was a spectacular success.  I love the sweet chili salmon that Whole Foods sells in the prepared foods department.  I don't love the cost though - $23.00/lb.  I decided I could make something just as good for about half the cost.  I travelled around the web a bit and found a recipe for Chili-Garlic Glazed Salmon.  I didn't have green onions but I did happen to have sweet chili garlic sauce that I add to many, many things for a little heat in the event I don't use sriracha.  I also have some orange marmalade.   Both should be staples in your kitchen.   And of course, I always have soy sauce.  I did not measure, I just mixed things in until I liked the taste. Then I broiled the salmon as suggested - a little longer in my case.  The salmon was so moist and sweet and spicy.  I outdid Whole Foods and will never spend $23/lb again.

I served my salmon with some homemade cucumber salad.  I marinated the cucumbers in a mix of rice vinegar, water and sugar.  I think the original recipe called for equal parts of all but I use a little more vinegar and a little less sugar.  You can add salt to taste and garlic if you like.  I heat the mixture to melt the sugar and make a more syrupy consistency.  I slice the cucumber very, very thin.  Think mandoline. Wait for the liquid to cool, cover the cucumbers and let them sit at least an hour in the refrigerator.  I can eat them plain, but I love them with salmon.

That concludes my salmon update for the week.  If you have thoughts about how I can use the mint & cilantro sauce, speak up.

P.S.  I did buy the salmon at Whole Foods in the seafood department (much less than $23/lb), so they do deserve some of the credit.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Spicy Lemon Shrimp

Another great find from Pinterest.  I probably need to work on my food photography skills because I guarantee you this looked much better in real life.  And, it was awesomely delicious.   I was working with this Spicy Lemon Shrimp Skewers recipe from the FoodNetwork.  I altered it a bit because I didn't have skewers and I was missing a few key ingredients.  I was shocked to discover that Whole Foods did not have fish sauce. They did have some lovely raw shrimp though so I forgave them.   I forgot to buy lemongrass which I know WF has but I wasn't about to go back to the store when I discovered I had forgotten it.  To replace the fish sauce, I used some soy sauce and a little anchovy paste.  Someone on the web suggested soy sauce and Worcestershire but I love anchovies and decided to go with the paste instead.  The shrimp were shelled and deveined by WF.  I marinated them the hour and them cooked them in a hot non-stick pan.  I served them with some avocado and rice.  So good!  So spicy!  Give them a try.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Creamy Garlic Mushroom Pasta

If you like pasta and garlic and Parmesan, I think you'll really love this Creamy Garlic Pasta. The secret is cooking the pasta in the sauce. Saute some garlic in olive oil and add the butter, salt and pepper and then add your broth (I used vegetable stock).  Bring the broth to a boil and cook the pasta normally.  When the pasta is just how you like it, add the cheese, parsley and cream.  Voilà, you have a great, creamy pasta dish.

I used whole wheat pasta and thought maybe it would absorb more water so I used a bit less than the 1/2lb called for.  Turns out that wasn't really necessary, there was plenty of broth for some more pasta.  I also used cilantro instead of parsley because that is what I had in the house.  And, of course, I added some red chile flakes to the broth because that is what I do.

I also caramelized some Crimini mushrooms while the pasta was cooking and then added the pasta to my pan with the caramelized mushrooms.  I could have added the mushrooms to the pasta but I thought by adding the pasta to the pan with the mushrooms, I'd take advantage of all the caramelized goodness in the pan.

This may become my default way to make pasta.  Next time I'll probably use this technique but also use some wine and whiskey à la Pioneer Woman.  And then, the next time use asparagus instead of mushrooms.  Or maybe artichokes.  You get the idea.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Zesty Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad

I made this Zesty Shrimp Salad over the weekend and it was so good, I made it again this evening.  The link points to the recipe but it is simple and once you make it, you'll be able to just throw the ingredients together.  Marinate some chopped red onion in juice from a couple limes and a little olive oil.  The recipe says to let that sit a bit to take some of the bite out of the onion.  Add chopped shrimp, tomatoes and avocado.  Some chopped jalapeno and cilantro and salt and pepper to taste.  The second time around, I didn't measure anything.  Just tossed in items until I thought it looked right and seasoned to my taste.  I also substituted little grape tomatoes for regular tomatoes because I like the sweetness. The last time I made this salad, there was enough for two days, so this time I left the avocado out and till add it when I serve it.  I don't like how the avocado gets mushy overnight.  This will definitely be on my menu often!  

Monday, February 6, 2012

Superbowl Hummus

I don't think this picture fully conveys how delicious this hummus was.  Just believe me when I say I loved it so much I made it twice.  The first time, I used the original recipe for Baked Asiago and Caramelized Onion Hummus Dip  (found on Pinterest) and it was delicious.  I would make one change; I like a little more tang in my hummus and decided that next time I'd use some Tahini instead of the sesame oil for that reason.

When I made the hummus the second time, I picked up some Jalapeno hummus from Trader Joe's instead of making my own.  This was also delicious.  The real secret is the caramelized onion.  Just chop up an onion and saute in 1T of butter and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar until the bits are nice and brown. The sweetness is what makes the hummus so delicious.  That and the asiago cheese added first to the hummus and then sprinkled on top before browning.

I served my hummus with homemade flatbread.  I got the recipe from one of my favorite restaurants.  I had a basket of bread with my meal and the bartender let me know that how it was made.  Use flour tortillas and brush both sides with olive oil and any herbs that appeals to you.  I used some basil/balsamic dipping oil I purchased at Tastefully Simple.  Then I sprinkled Parmesan cheese on the tortillas before baking them until crisp - about 8 minutes at 400 degrees.

 Both the hummus and the flatbread will be regulars at my house.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Orange and Rosemary Risotto

I tasted risotto for the first time in 2000 when my daughter made it for me at her first apartment.  She made  Champagne Risotto which was delicious, especially so because my girl made it in her own home.  I've loved risotto ever since and often order it in restaurants.

I got the recipe for risotto with orange zest and rosemary oil in my email from the La Cucina Italiana magazine site.  It sounded good and it turned out to be really, really, really good.   I didn't follow the recipe exactly.  I used vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and I substituted 1 Cup of white wine (Ferarri Carrano Fume Blanc) for part of the liquid.  I added the wine first and used the broth/water mixture for the additional liquid.  I also did not cover up the zest with plastic or wrap the zest strips in plastic.  As you can see in the photo, I didn't really have stripes, I had chunks.  I didn't measure my rosemary oil or the cheese, just added what seemed like a reasonable amount.

This was one of the best risottos I've every had. The orange zest and rosemary combo is just amazing.  Make it, you'll love it.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Red Cabbage and Mango Slaw

I heard about this slaw on The Chew where they made it to put on BBQ Chicken sandwiches.  I'm not a big lover of chicken but I love fish and thought the slaw would go well with that too. I was correct.  I grilled some Wahoo (aka Ono) fish to have with my slaw and the meal was delicious.  If you haven't had Wahoo, it is pretty yummy, both in sushi and grilled.  I did marinate my fish in some olive oil, rice vinegar and garlic before grilling.

You can see from the picture that my slaw is kind of chunky.  It was good but I made it again later in the week and did a better job of shredding the cabbage and the mango.  Also, the riper the mango, the better, in my opinion.  I got my mango from Trader Joe's pre-peeled and sliced.  My first batch was not quite ripe enough.  The second batch, riper and shredded was even tastier.