David’s Fried Green Tomatoes

June 26th, 2016

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This will be a quick post.  We are leaving for Michigan this week for a celebration of our 50th Wedding Anniversary.  David and I both grew up there in a small town in Southwestern Michigan.  It just seemed fitting that we should return to the place where it all began.

David made these fried green tomatoes last night as an appetizer.  They were so good that I could not resist sharing his simple recipe.  What sets them apart is the Balsamic vinegar glaze.

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The glaze is made from a slow reduction of true Modena Italian Balsamic Vinegar.  It has a sweet complex flavor that complements both sweet and savory dishes.  We found it at our local supermarket, but you can order it online here.

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I think you will agree that this makes an outstanding appetizer or first course.

DAVID’S FRIED GREEN TOMATOES

Green Tomatoes – As many as you like, sliced about 1/4 inch thick
Salt and Pepper to taste
Flour and Cornmeal in equal amounts
Smoked paprika to taste.  David used a lot.
Milk for dipping
Vegetable Oil for frying

Delallo Glaze drizzled on tomatoes to finish

After slicing tomatoes sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Mix the flour, cornmeal and smoked paprika in a shallow bowl.  Place milk in a separate shallow bowl.

Dip the tomatoes first in the milk and then dredge in the flour mixture.  Place on a large plate or cookie sheet and let rest in the fridge for about 1/2 hour to set crumb. You can skip this step if you are in a hurry.

Heat enough oil in a large skillet to generously film the bottom of the pan.  Approximately 3 tablespoons.  When oil is hot add the tomatoes and fry until the first side is golden.  Flip and fry on the other side.  Remove from pan when done and add additional batches as needed, adding more oil if pan becomes dry.

To serve, place on small plates and drizzle with the balsamic reduction.

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Zoodle Mixed Salad

May 8th, 2016

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We did not need another kitchen gadget.  But the concept was too good to ignore.  To be able to make thin ribbons from zucchini, sweet potatoes, potatoes or any myriad of vegetables appealed to me.  The Spiralizer was on sale at William Sonoma.  I am glad that I spent the $29.00 for it.  We have used it many times already. Spiralized zucchinis are called zoodles.

While on Facebook one day, this recipe for a salad with spiralized zucchini and other raw vegetables popped up.  It was one of those streaming videos with all of the instructions delineated. I made it.  We loved it.  I just made it again.  It is easy and uses all of my favorite raw vegies.  The only ingredient that I cooked was the corn.  I bought two ears of corn and blanched them briefly.  But the other ingredients are raw.  It has a light mustardy vinaigrette dressing that gives just the right amount of flavor.

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The cottage has some new lights.  Originally, we had some inexpensive Lowe’s pendant lights hanging over the sink area.  I have been wanting to replace them with more industrial wire cage pendants with Edison light bulbs.  While shopping at a furniture store in Black Mountain, I found these.  I love them.  Convincing David was another matter.LL Kitchen light 2 CloseDavid is all about energy efficient bulbs.  I am not sure that these Edison light bulbs are that bad.  After all, they are only 40 watts each.  His other argument against the lights was that  he loved our old fixtures. Some husbands don’t notice or care about design elements.  He is not one of them.  Sometimes I love that, other times . . . not so much.

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I prevailed because it was Mother’s Day and I promised to turn the lights on only when necessary.  Mother’s Day holds much power.

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I hope that you will love this salad as much as we have.  It is something that makes you feel good about what you are eating, but is so good that you would eat it even if it wasn’t good for you.  One night we had it with salmon . . . one night with ribs. Either way you can feel righteous.

ZOODLE MIXED SALAD

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Juice of 1 lime
3 Tablespoons white vinegar
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 to 2 Tablespoons grainy mustard
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 Zucchinis spiralized or shredded
3/4 cup red cabbage sliced thinly
2 ears of corn, blanched and cut from cobs
1 cup of broccoli florets cut small
15 grape tomatoes cut in half
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

In a large bowl mix the olive oil, lime, vinegar, honey, mustard and salt and pepper until emulsified.  Add the remaining ingredients and toss until coated with dressing.  Refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour for flavors to meld.  Serve.  Leftovers will keep in fridge for a few days.

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Tuna and Pinto Bean Salad: Spring

April 19th, 2016

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We have been enjoying warmer weather this week.  David has been working on the boat, getting it cleaned of cobwebs, and checking the engine.  The lake is glistening and quiet.  There is not much boat traffic this early in the season.  I took our kayak out for the first time.  I was sure that I would capsize it, but found my balance quickly.  The alternative would be a dunking in frigid water.  It was relaxing paddling by lakefront houses seeing the improvements that neighbors have made to their properties over the winter.  The Ellis’s have finished their party dock and lakeside cabin. There is a new house going up a few doors down.  Hanging baskets adorn many docks and the dogwoods and azaleas are in bloom.

This was a day calling for a special lunch.  I found a can of pinto beans and Italian tuna packed in olive oil in the pantry.  From the fridge I pulled a jar of peperoncini, lemons, cherry tomatoes, celery and red onion.  The recipe was inspired by one made by Kalyn’s Kitchen; one of my favorite healthy bloggers.  We polished off the whole thing.  David said we should eat lunch like this every day.

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The dressing for the salad includes some of the peperoncini juice, lemon juice, olive oil, taco seasoning and a hit of hot pepper sauce.

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While shopping at Trader Joe’s last week, I picked up a small pot of tulips still in the bud stage.  Look at them now in my sunny living room.  Not a bad investment for $3.99.

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I love how such a small pot of flowers can make me smile.  Something else that makes me smile is the Spring ritual that my friend Penny and I have formed.  Each Spring when I return from Florida, we get together in Asheville for antiquing and lunch at our favorite bistro, Fig.

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It was a little cool last week, but we ate at our favorite table anyway.

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Penny had the PEI Mussels with Pommes Frites.  I had Chicken Schnitzel with white beans, andouille sausage and a piquillo pepper coulis.  It was delicious and it was fun catching up after a dreary winter.  . . . But back to this week’s lunch.

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I think this is a great recipe.  Thanks to Kalyn for the inspiration.

TUNA AND PINTO BEAN SALAD

1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 T fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 T peperoncini juice (brine from the bottle of peppers)
1/2 tsp. Tabasco Sauce, more or less depending on how spicy you like it
1 tsp. Taco seasoning
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
5 T extra-virgin olive oil
4-6 large peperoncini peppers, stem and seeds removed and finely chopped
1/4 cup diced red onion
2 stalks of celery chopped
1 cup chopped tomato, drained if the tomatoes are very juicy (I used cherry tomatoes cut in fourths)
4 or 5 basil leaves, chiffonade
1 can (5-7 oz) Italian tuna packed in olive oil

Add rinsed and drained pinto beans to a medium size bowl.  Mix together the lemon juice, peperoncini juice, tabasco, taco seasoning, salt and pepper and olive oil. Whisk until combined.  Add rest of the ingredients except basil to the pinto beans.  Pour dressing over and stir to combine.  Sprinkle basil over the top and serve.

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Broccoli Salad

March 15th, 2016

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I know all of you have had a raw broccoli salad.  But I have to say that this particular recipe is a little different and, in my opinion, a real winner.  It comes from blogger Kathleen at Gonna Want Seconds.  What makes it so special is the addition of orange zest and juice to the dressing.  It also incorporates grapes into the mix.  It is beautiful to look at and even more refreshing when you taste it.

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We have had company for the past week.  Our good friends were here for bike week.  David made ribs on the grill for the first night they arrived. Instead of the usual coleslaw, I made this broccoli salad to rave reviews.  This is something you need to add to your Summer repertoire.

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I admire Jackie and Barbara for swimming in our frigid pool.  It is not heated and usually swimmable only after April.  We had spent the previous day at the beach and, as you can tell by the picture, Barbara overdid the sun.  I did also.

So with this preview of summer, I hope you enjoy the salad.  Thank you Kathleen for a great recipe.

BROCCOLI SALAD

  1.  In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, orange juice, sugar, apple cider vinegar, orange zest, Dijon, salt and pepper until smooth and creamy.
  2. In a large salad bowl, toss together the broccoli, grapes, pecans, red onions, bacon, cheese, and dates. Toss the salad with half the dressing. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours. Adjust seasoning, adding more salt and pepper and dressing as needed. Serve.  (I used all of the dressing)

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Onion and Bacon Tart

January 26th, 2016

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I dare anyone to tell me that they wouldn’t love to eat a combination of buttery flaky pastry with caramelized onions and crispy bacon.  The current contest on the FOOD52 website is to present your favorite appetizer to share with friends.  This is not my recipe.  It belongs to Cathy of the blog Bread-and-Milk.   I didn’t enter the contest, but I did decide to be a recipe tester.  I guess you can figure out why I chose the Onion and Bacon Tart to test. My middle name should be “Tart”, but not in the pejorative sense.  Whether sweet or savory, some of my favorite eats have been tarts.

Onion and Bacon Tart 1When I first read the recipe for this tart, I thought there was way too much filling for the size of the tart pan.  But after the onions were caramelized to a deep golden brown, they had melted to just the right amount.  There is a small amount of egg and cream to bind everything together so that the filling is lusciously rich.  I do need to mention the pastry also.  It has more butter in it than what I would normally use.  But the finished pastry is very sturdy.  That is just the results that work for this appetizer.  You can pick up a small slice and eat it out of hand.

Onion and Bacon Tart 3The slice shown on the plate could easily be divided into two pieces and served on a platter to be passed around.  It would be a neat two bite appetizer.  But I was not hosting a cocktail party, so David and I enjoyed this savory tart with a green salad for dinner.  I love testing other people’s recipes.  It forces me to follow a recipe as written and suspend judgement.  In this case, Cathy knew exactly what she was preparing and I was happy to follow her lead.  Go on over to Food52 to see all of the wonderful appetizer recipes.

ONION AND BACON TART

Dough

  • cups All purpose flour
  • teaspoon Salt
  • cup Unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup Ice water

Onion Filling

  • Onions, thinly sliced
  • tablespoons Butter infused olive oil
  • 1/2 pound Thick cut Bacon, diced
  • 1/2cup Heavy cream
  • Egg
  • tablespoon Thyme
  • teaspoon Rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic powder
    1. Prepare dough, combine flour salt and butter in a food processor. Pulse until small balls form then add water until dough comes together. Roll into a disk and cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate for 30 minutes.
    2. Prepare Filling, heat olive oil in a nonstick and gently sauté onions until translucent and caramelized. Next sauté bacon, until crisp. Combine onions, bacon, cream, egg and thyme rosemary and garlic powder.
    3. Pre-heat oven to 375°. Roll out dough, 1/8 inch thick and press into a 4 X 13 rectangular tart tin. Dock the dough with a fork. Spoon in the onion mixture and top with salt and pepper bake for 45 minutes or until lightly browned.

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