In the Kitchen
What’s cooking in your kitchen this week? Please feel free to leave your seasonal favorites and links in the comments! Here’s a glimpse into my kitchen:
Menu 1: Grilled salmon, salsa verde, and three salads. I always feel like it’s so decadent to have three salads. The first was a quinoa salad with corn, green onions, cilantro, tomatoes, and lime. The second was a plate of thinly sliced cooked beets dressed with olive oil, sherry vinegar, and chopped hazelnuts. The last was a lemony arugula salad.Menu 2: The leftover arugula salad & quinoa became ingredients in a batch of quinoa cakes, which I served with the leftover salsa verde. (We also slathered some of the quinoa cakes with tomato jam.) We had them with beet soup and braised greens in an anchovy broth.Menu 3: Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower, Tomatoes, and Olives (using fresh tomatoes instead of jarred) and a green salad. If you roast the cauliflower in advance, this meal can be ready in the time it takes to cook pasta.Other Tidbits:
I make granola when our gallon jar runs empty–which is to say, quite often. This week I made a variation of this maple-pecan olive oil granola using 8 c. oats, 2 c. pecans, 2 c. sunflower seeds, 1 Tbsp. kosher salt, 1 tsp. each cinnamon and cardamom, 1 c. olive oil, 1 c. maple syrup, and 1 Tbsp. vanilla. Mix it all up well, spread onto two rimmed baking sheets, and bake for 45 minutes at 300, switching the two pans top-to-bottom halfway through. After baking, I added raisins to part of the batch and coconut chips to the rest.
I made a variation of the Pear Muffins with Vanilla and Cardamom, this time using applesauce and cinnamon in place of the pear sauce and cardamom.
I had an all-peach Can-o-Rama day and ended up with a Ginger Peach Chutney, Saffron Peach Jam, and Vanilla Bean Peach Preserves. I almost always make my jam using Pomona’s Pectin and a low proportion of sugar, but I made the peach jam with no pectin and a more traditional (read: large) quantity of sugar, and I have to admit that it was quite good as well. It will be a weekend treat.
I also canned another dozen jars of Sweet and Spicy Tomato Jam.
After failing to get reservations at Altura to celebrate our wedding anniversary, J and I scored seats at the bar late on a Wednesday night. It was a splurge of the best kind; we loved the food and the place and the service. Altura received a James Beard Foundation nomination for Best New Restaurant and I can see why. My off-the-menu vegetarian dishes were deeply flavorful, gorgeous, and inspiring. I came home and wrote down everything I ate, which I won’t bore you with, except to share a few of the flavor combinations I want to remember for my own cooking (oh yes, I ate all this and more!):
- Sweet corn panna cotta with scallion, scallion oil, and smoked steelhead roe
- A multi-hued tomato salad (including one salty fried green tomato) with fresh mozzarella, herb oil, and green coriander seeds
- Fresh pasta in matsutake broth with shaved matsutake mushrooms, black truffles, and lots of celery leaves
- Blue cheese with candied fennel
On My Plate
Kalyn’s Kitchen featured my favorite grilled broccoli. Little Sis of My Sister’s Pantry says she likes it too!Somer of Vedged Out made oven fries to go with her awesome-looking vegan black bean burger.
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p.s. Is it ridiculous to want this?