Over the weekend, I made this Holiday Spice Bread and gave it out to the neighbors. I got the recipe from Rouge Tomate, home to modern American healthy cuisine, where I did a stage (that’s restaurant speak for an apprenticeship). It got rave reviews! I think the secret ingredient is carrot juice, which I was able to buy in the produce section at my local grocery store (trust me, nothing fancy about this store). Carrots are packed with natural sugars, keeping the added sugar to a minimum. Whole wheat pastry flour, coconut oil, palm sugar, pineapple, golden raisins, cardamom, and cinnamon combine to make for a deliciously spiced homemade treat. This recipe works well for small bread pans, muffin cups, or single loafs. Cooking time will vary, of course, so watch it closely, and remove your treats from the oven (whatever their form!) once a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Your neighbors will thank you.
Another One Bites the Dust: Coleslaw June 10, 2011
Ninety-five percent of the recipes I look at include mayonnaise, sugar, or both. My goal is a tangy, crunchy slaw that rises to the occasion instead of being weighed down by its dressing.
My search is over – thanks to my sister. She sent me a recipe for coleslaw served up on a fried chicken sandwich at Bakesale Betty in Northern California. (Upon further investigation, it appears this sandwich has a bit of a cult following!) I adapted the recipe a bit. Instead of using jalapeno in the slaw, I used chili sauce in my dressing to guarantee I’d get some heat in every bite. It’s great as a side dish or as a topping for fish tacos. This is my new slaw for the season!
Life’s a Picnic August 17, 2009
Lucky us. A friend was headed out of town for the weekend and just had to unload some tickets for a concert under the stars. We were more than happy to help him out with this little problem. Time for a picnic!
When I think picnic, I think salads and side dishes. I had some thin green beans to use from my farm share, so I went straight to epicurious.com and searched for a new dish that I might try. I stumbled upon a recipe for Haricot Vert and Red Onion Salad with Pistou and made a friend for life. This simple, healthy recipe made for a lovely “green” salad highlighting summer herbs and vegetables. I also packed some Curried Chicken Salad, Tabouli, mixed nuts, and wine. Oh, yes, and some brownies.
When was the last time you had a picnic? It had been a while for us. I was reminded of how nice it is to sit outside under the stars on a hot summer’s night and enjoy bare feet, a delicious meal, and music. Yes, it’s a little extra effort to make dinner and pack it to go, but it’s so worth it.
What’s happening under the stars in your neighborhood this weekend…?