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Month: February 2012

Sopaipillas

Sopaipillas

Let’s just admit it- fried food tastes so darn good. Yah, yah, I know it’s fattening, bad for cholesterol, no good for diets and great for expanding waistlines. I like to say, “my pants got small” because obviously, it isn’t my eating habits. But really, […]

Happy Friday {Fresh Baked Bread for Breakfast}

Happy Friday {Fresh Baked Bread for Breakfast}

I’m not much of a breakfast person. In fact, it’s only recently that I started eating it. I didn’t grow up eating a large breakfast or traditional breakfast-y things such as oatmeal, toast, scrambled eggs, pancakes, etc… On the days when I do have something […]

Miso Kale and Brown Rice

Miso Kale and Brown Rice

Let’s talk about farm boxes/CSA boxes. I’m super excited about this idea although it’s not anything new. We recently started ordering them and I can definitely say that so far, although it’s still very recent, the thrill of receiving a box of organic fruits and vegetables, all grown local is overwhelming in the best way. I love not knowing what will be in the box and discovering new ways to prepare veggies that I am not used to making. The great thing about the farm box is just that… it forces us to add some variety to our daily meal routine. I can easily get fixed on buying the same old tired stuff at the market- fruits and vegetables that I’m used to. BORING! Well, not anymore. Changes are coming!

Recently, we’ve been eating A LOT of kale. All kinds of kale. This is exciting to me because before this past year, I only knew of kale and never made it. What was I waiting for all these years? It all started with these kale chips. Currently, I’m into marinading and then baking the kale which makes it extra flavorful with a little bit of delicate crunch.

This recipe is super easy. All you have to do is gather the above ingredients, put all in a mason jar and shake until it emulsifies. Next, toss with kale leaves and let sit until the oven comes to temperature. Then, spread onto a parchment lined sheetpan and bake. Top short grain brown rice with the baked kale and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. Not only are you eating healthy, but it tastes so darn good. A win-win.

Prepare the Kale:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Wash and remove stems and ribs from kale, keep the pieces larger in size (they will shrink quite a bit)

Miso Marinade:

2T white vinegar

2T toasted sesame oil

1T soy sauce

1 tsp red miso

1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger

1 tsp chopped garlic

Place all marinade ingredients in a small jar or container with a lid. Shake until all is combined and oil and vinegar is emulsified. You’ll know it’s emulsified when the mixture looks creamy.

Toss with the kale and spread out on a parchment lined sheet pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve over warm rice.

 

Rosemary Caramels with Goat Milk and Smoked Sea Salt

Rosemary Caramels with Goat Milk and Smoked Sea Salt

Roses are red, violets are blue I love candy and I know you do too! Ha ha. This poem SUCKS! Don’t think I’ll be getting a job writing greeting cards anytime soon. That’s ok because I’d rather whip up tasty treats instead. This recipe is […]

Carmelized Onion and Potato Pizza

Carmelized Onion and Potato Pizza

There’s a little pizza place in Kansas City that makes delicious potato pizza. Nothing fancy, but bursting with savory goodness. I was blown away by their pizza and wish I was back there for a quick lunch or dinner. Anyhow, their pizza inspired us to make our own version and it’s one that constantly changes, depending on what’s available and more importantly, what’s in the fridge that needs to be used up before it’s too late…

We took a short cut and used a pre-made (Trader Joe’s) pizza dough. For this pizza, we carmelized some brown onions, deglazed the pan with marsala, and seasoned with salt and pepper. Slice 1-2 potatoes paper thin. This is important because if the potatoes are too thick, they won’t cook and you’ll end up with crunchy pizza. Not so good. Next, slice up some fresh tomato, although sun dried ones would probably taste nice too. Lastly, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with gorgonzola cheese crumbles, and dust with more salt and pepper. Bake at 425 degrees until golden brown.

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