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in the kitchen…

May 26, 2010

here are some recent events:

baked cod (wild caught, from tuckahoe seafood) – steamed in an LB signature foil packet. topped with diced tomatoes, dijon mustard and thyme. light + summery.

Homemade chocolate chip cookie dough. And cookies too – though the dough was the better snack. Made on a lark when 3 chicas were craving it as a topper to a vino evening. I packaged the leftover dough in wax paper rolls with twisted ends. The rolls made cute gifts.

First trip to The Market at St. Stephen’s. HOLY CRAP. that place is amazing. Some things we purchased: pickled carrots, dill relish, sugar snap peas, swiss chard, strawberries, clams, asparagus, salad greens, fresh garlic, + cheese straws. Everything was so good. Fresh. The best of flavors.

Check out that homegrown (by moi!) oregano in the bottom right of the asparagus photo. Our potted herb garden is doing great – should post some pics soon. Plants include: rosemary, basil, oregano and chives. C loves to smell them.

AAANNNNDDD — the biggest news from my favorite room…we’re installing a backsplash! Here are a couple teaser pics. Love LB is a tilemaster.



hummus, ASG’s way.

April 17, 2010

i made hummus for C – his first batch. i know, i’m crazy to have waited so long -14.5 months. not sure how i overlooked feeding it to him. it’s near criminal!

at the suggestion of friend ASG, i subbed sesame oil for tahini. keeping sesame oil in the pantry works better for me than having tahini around. and, i always hated fighting with that tahini can – stirring the oil and sesame paste together was inevitably a mess.

1 clove garlic + 1 can chickpeas (drained & rinsed) + the juice of 1 lemon + 1 TBS sesame oil + salt + olive oil to desired consistency. All in the food processor and let ‘er rip!

C ate it with a spoon. I put it on whole wheat pita sprayed with olive oil + lightly salted then baked in the toaster oven for a few minutes at 400 degrees. kalamatas on the side.

housemade vinaigrettes

April 6, 2010
excited to make girlfriend JR’s colorful veggie pasta salad for a family easter celebration on sunday. i’m going to take her suggestion and make it tonight (friday) so the flavors have time to meld. the recipe calls for use of a cruet + dressing package for the italian dressing but i’m going to make a dressing in-house and see how that goes. after comparison of online recipes and a consult with joy of cooking, here’s my interpretation of an italian vinaigrette:

  • 1/6 cup fresh lemon juice, no seeds
  • 1/8 cup white vinegar
  • 1/8 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 minced shallot
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup canola oil

i used my Smartstick to combine all the ingredients. that tool is a lifesaver. i’ve never made an emulsion like this.

i made 2 batches of the recipe above – 1 for the pasta salad i’m making and 1 for another dressing. vinaigrette + avocado. again, using the Stick. i peeled + pitted the ‘cado and threw it in the Stick’s beaker, added the dressing, and mixed it up.

LB and i snacked on this delicious dressing with tomato + bell pepper slices. the next day, i stirred it into lentils for C. Loves are fans.


March 31, 2010

I went to a pampered chef party last night at girlfriend MA’s house. wine was flowing, there were tasty treats, fun friends and two sweet little boys. all in all, a good time.

I bought the ice cream dipper. i like its classic, simple style:

i think of the “parties” i’ve hosted. i won’t have those product selling events at my place again because i always wish it were truly a party. a time to enjoy friends, instead of a business venture.

i hosted a wine club event once that was pretty fun. we tasted a great selection. the dishes below were part of my spread that evening.

green pear with a creamy havarti + roasted red pepper hummus with crudite:

blueberries + the blueberry

March 29, 2010

This is a quick post to mention that i love blueberries and so does C. He LOVES blueberries. Would never turn one down. So we eat them often.

We also both love the outdoors. It’s cathartic. Fresh air is the thing.

So, thanks to friend CG for inspiring us to get out to Belle Isle and care for our blueberry:

kickin it off right.

March 25, 2010

hola blogosphere! I’m going enter this collection of thoughts on all things food with pics of a tshirt i designed a few years ago. some day i’ll produce it. then, i’ll wear it on the day of my first visit to RVA’s vegetarian festival because i have seen the value of clothing as a conversation starter (thanks to casey + her cowboy hat at Taco Boy).