Thursday, December 30, 2010

Volt: Table 21

This year for Christmas my parents to us to Volt in Frederick, MD to eat at Table 21. Volt has several options for dining at Volt. The Main Dining Room is an a la carte style, while the Chef's Dining Room is a six course tasting menu. Table 21 is a dining experience of a 21 course tasting menu. Chef Bryan Voltaggio was a contestant on Top Chef (although I have never watched the show) and we got to meet him and eat in the kitchen. Here we are with Chef Bryan:
I tried to take photos of each course but I forgot a couple of times and had to get a shot of the chefs working in the kitchen making a larger version for the Chef's dining room instead. I know this was a once in a lifetime experience but since we went in the winter I would be curious to try a summer menu.
The cocktail: spiced cider busnel calvados, pear, coriander
"chips and dip" proscuitto greek yogurt, chive balsamic
celeriac macaroon foie gras
maine lobster "pot on fire"
hamachi tartare cilantro, jasmine rice, soy, yuzu bubbles, avocado
nantucket bay scallop pinenut, chili oil, shiitake mushroom
chestnut ravioli maitake mushroom, butternut squash, sage
sturgeon cauliflower, verjus, chickpea, beluga lentils, cilantro
arctic char flavors of everything bagel, lemon pudding, chive, cedar smoke
rockfish ruby beet risotto, leek fricassee, honey cap mushrooms
sweetbreads confit fennel, hazelnuts, black trumpet mushrooms, sorrel
"winter garden" beets and carrots cooked in dirt, radish, coffee soil, cherry glen farm chevre
foie gras brown turkey figs, purslane, vanilla brioche
clam chowder mock root vegetables, apple wood smoked bacon, yukon gold potatoes
red wattle pork belly cannellini beans, mostarda
(this was not not on the original menu but my dad mentioned something about venison and the chef whipped up some)
venison coffee soil, root vegetables
point reyes blue cheese apple, balsamic
coconut, lavender, vanilla
gala apple walnut cake, dulce de leche, bourbon
textures of chocolate raw organic cocoa
macaroons, cookies, candy
menu from the evening, chocolate chip cookie

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sweet Potato and Apple Hash

Sweet Potato and Apple Hash (adapted from Cooking Light)

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1/3 cup water
1/2 lb. turkey breakfast sausage links, casings removed
1 sweet onion, chopped
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 tbsp real maple syrup
1 tbsp water
pinch of black pepper
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 apple, diced

  1. Place sweet potatoes and 1/3 cup water in a microwave safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 15 minutes. Uncover, drain and set aside.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute until it starts to become translucent.
  3. Add sausage and salt and stir to crumble until sausage is done.
  4. Add apple and saute until it starts to become soft.
  5. Add sweet potatoes, water, syrup, pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon.
  6. Cook until liquid absorbs.
  7. Serve as a side dish or a one dish meal.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Potato and Leek Flatbread

Oh how I love interesting pizza!

Potato and Leek Flatbread (adapted from Real Simple)

1 pound refrigerated pizza dough
2 leeks, cut into thin strips
2 waxy potatoes, (red or gold) sliced thinly
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup grated Gruyère cheese

  1. Heat oven to 450° F. Stretch the dough into a ¼-inch-thick circle or rectangle.
  2. Layer the potatoes, leeks thyme and cheese onto the dough in that order.
  3. Sprinkle with the Gruyère. Drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Bake until the crust is golden and potatoes are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Cut into pieces.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Kaftah Burgers

This recipe uses the roasted pepper relish from the previous post as a topping for the burger along with some feta cheese and red onion. J used a bun but I used a pocketless pita for the bread instead. This burger tasted DELICIOUS. The meat was very flavorful and I would definitely use this recipe for normal kefta kebabs. The only thing I would consider is using less cilantro or chopping it more finely in the future. I used a recipe from Cooking Light as a jumping off point.

Kaftah Burgers (adapted from Cooking Light)

13 oz meatloaf mix (mixture of beef, veal and pork)
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tbsp dried parsley
2 tbsp breadcrumbs
3 tbsp chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander seed
1 egg
1 tbsp dijon mustard
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper

  1. Combine all ingredients and form into patties.
  2. Heat nonstick skillet and cook burgers until they reach the desired level of doneness.
  3. Serve topped with feta cheese, onions and roasted pepper relish.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Roasted Pepper Relish

I decided to make this particular recipe as a topping for a burger we ate last week. It was very delicious. I had most of these peppers leftover from the CSA box. Since most of these are actually those little yummy orange peppers, I didn't quite have the 4 bell peppers the recipe called for but it was pretty much the equilvalent. J is still sick of peppers, so he didn't really want any of this.

After I tasted this I thought that red onion and feta cheese would complement this very well. I added a little for the leftovers the next day. This was very easy and tasty and low in points. I recommend chopping the peppers really small and adding these ingredients and topping some crostini with the relish for a nice light appetizer.

I took advantage of the grocery store olive bar to get my kalamata olives. I don't usually like olive but along with more other things I am warming up to them lately. As a child I love those black olives out of a can. How many little kids stuck those on their fingers and ate them off one by one? Other strange foods I ate as a child include grapefruit (no sugar) and cottage cheese (no fruit).

Roasted Pepper Relish (adapted from Cooking Light)

4 bell peppers (assorted colors) or equivalent (I used some bell and some mini sweet)
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped pitted kalamata olives
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Roast peppers in the oven: cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes.
  2. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 15 minutes or until blackened. Place in a bowl and cover. Let stand 15 minutes.
  3. Peel peppers; remove and discard seeds. Cut peppers into 1/2-inch pieces.
  4. Combine bell peppers and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl; toss well.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Shrimp and Zucchini Barley Risotto

I am trying to count my points better in this last week in addition to using up produce we receive in the weekly CSA box. I think this was the last of the zucchini (just in time for my favorite season, Autumn). I knew J wouldn't be entirely impressed with this meal so I made him some baked bluefish for his dinner. This was my first attempt at making barley. I thought it had a lot of nice flavor and an interesting texture. For once I didn't even change the recipe. Low in points as well. :)

Shrimp and Zucchini Barley Risotto (adapted from Health magazine)

3 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups chopped zucchini
2 cups chopped onion
1 cup lightly pearled barley
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon butter
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  1. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add zucchini and onion; sauté 5 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently.
  3. Add barley; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.Stir in 1 cup broth; cook 5 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring frequently.
  4. Stir in 1/2 cup broth and salt. Add remaining broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring frequently until each portion of broth is absorbed before adding the next (about 25 minutes).
  5. Add shrimp; cook 4 minutes. Stir in cheese, butter, and pepper.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Yummy Orange Peppers (with Chorizo)

For many weeks now, in our CSA box, we have been getting something called "Yummy Orange Peppers". J is extremely sick of peppers, especially considering that he doesn't like peppers. I have used the mostly in stir-frys but this time I was able to use the size to my advantage. I found a recipe for mini peppers on Martha Stewart's website. I modified it a little based on availability of ingredients. Basically you hollow out as many peppers as you are making. Stuff each one with a slice of dried Spanish chorizo. I used the large slices from the deli because the grocery store did not have the stick chorizo. Broil the peppers for 4-6 minutes until the skin is slightly charred.

I used these as a garnish for a salad which I dressed with a little white wine vinegar and olive oil. So easy and tasty, you can even make them as an appetizer.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Bourbon Slush

This recipe comes from one of the ladies in my parents' neighborhood. We had a very tight knit neighborhood growing up. Everyone watched out for everyone else. The kids all played together in the cul-de-sacs. The neighborhood kids were like my cousins. Anyway the recipe for bourbon slush really has nothing to do with how great where I grew up was. I made this for the Labor Day Party. It was delicious (but for adults only).

Bourbon Slush

2 cups boiling water
5 tea bags
3/4 cup sugar
1 12 oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate
1/2 can frozen orange juice concentrate
2 cups bourbon (I use Makers Mark)
6 cups water

  1. Steep tea bags in boiling water. Remove after 5 minutes.
  2. Add sugar and stir until dissolved.
  3. Add lemonade and orange juice and stir until melted.
  4. Add bourbon and water and stir.
  5. Freeze at least 2 days. I use shallow Tupperware or Rubbermaid containers.
  6. To serve, scoop 1-1 1/2 scoops into small glasses. Poor ginger ale (or Sprite) over the slush, can be eaten with a spoon if necessary.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Chicken Fried Rice: Biggest Loser Recipe Makeover #4

Somehow I lucked into making this because I had forgotten to thaw the pork for this dinner. I also happened to get the white rice from the Chinese restaurant because we had gotten some chicken with broccoli for dinner the other night. This is my first attempt at making fried rice and of course, we all know how much I love to use my wok. I was surprised at how close this was to the original, even though J though it was a little bland.

Chicken Fried Rice (adapted from Weight Watchers)
3 oz. chicken breast diced
1 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce, divided
2 tsp fresh grated ginger
1 clove garlic, grated
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp peanut oil
1/2 small onion, diced (I used red because it was on hand)
4 scallions, sliced
1 carrot, diced
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 cup frozen peas
2 cups cooked white rice, cold

  1. Combine the chicken, half of the oyster sauce, the ginger, garlic, and 1 teaspoon of the sesame oil in a small bowl; set aside.

  2. Heat the peanut oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Add the chicken mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until the chicken begins to brown, about 3 minutes.

  3. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the chopped scallions for garnish. Add the remaining scallions, onion and the carrot to the chicken in the wok. Cook, stirring constantly, until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the egg, stirring quickly and constantly with a wooden spoon until the egg begins to set, about 2 minutes.

  4. Stir the rice, soy sauce, the remaining oyster sauce, and the remaining 1 teaspoon sesame oil into the skillet. Cook, stirring frequently, until the rice is heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in the peas and cook, stirring, until heated through, about 2 minutes. Serve sprinkled with the reserved 2 tablespoons scallions. Serves 3-4.
Feel free to add a little additional soy sauce while it is cooking if you prefer it a little darker.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Quinoa Pilaf

I have definitely been MIA the past few weeks. I haven't felt like posting the first few weeks of school. We are doing another Biggest Loser competition and I have been trying to exercise more often. J has been hounding me to eat less chicken breast and pork tenderloin (even though these are the items that have been on sale). This week I left him at the seafood counter while I searched for something in another aisle so that he would make a decision and pick out some fish. He decided on haddock, which I had never cooked before. I put it in a pan with a little oil, salt and pepper. It honestly wasn't too bad. As a side I had found this recipe for quinoa on the Weight Watchers website. This particular recipe I cut in half, more or less. This was my second foray into the world of cooking quinoa. The first time I was making it for my grad school dinners. Sadly, I burned it up. I was a little gun shy remembering the awful taste of the quinoa salad I had made in July, that it took me until the now to try it again.

Quinoa Pilaf (adapted from Weight Watchers)
1 tsp canola oil
1 shallot, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 cup quinoa, rinsed
2 tbsp raisins
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 canned chicken broth
2 tbsp salted dry roasted pistachios, chopped
1 tbsp cilantro, chopped

  1. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add shallot and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until shallot is transparent, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add quinoa; toast for 1 minute.
  4. Stir in raisins, cinnamon, salt and pepper.
  5. Pour in broth; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer until quinoa bursts its skin, is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
  6. Remove cover and fluff quinoa mixture with a fork.
  7. Just before serving, sprinkle with pistachios and cilantro.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Return to American Flatbread

One of my favorite places to eat is American Flatbread. I've said before that my family makes a point to go there once during the week of our vacation. I personally love trying the specials each year. The mystery of what is it going to be this year makes the anticipation of going so great. If I had any experience

This is a picture from their website.

This year my uncle, who had never been before came with us, which meant that we got to try some new things on the menu that we normally pass up. Here is a photo of the Specials menu:
We got to try the special salad and this year we also had the Evolution salad:
This is the salad. Take a close look at the bowl and tongs. We went to the wood market and got these for early Christmas presents. The bowl I got is the perfect size for 2 to 3 people for salad.
We also had some of the pizzas. The Med Bread and the Cheese and Herb, as well as the sausage with mushrooms, pepperoni and one of each of the specials.I thought this would have been the best of the pizzas. This is the special with beets and potatoes. I thought the best part was the rosemary honey but the pizza wasn't quite as wonderful as I had hoped. I think the beets would have been preferable in slices rather than chunks.
This is a picture of the other special, the bolognese. I thought it was very tasty but it needed a tiny bit of salt or parm. cheese.
This is the sausage and mushroom, which is probably my favorite regular menu pizza.
This is the pepperoni and peppers from the regular menu. My uncle who made the new banner picked this and we were glad he did because it really was quite delicious. If you can get the chance to eat at American Flatbread I highly recommend it.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Trattoria Delia (Burlington, VT)

The annual Vermont trip this year was quite a good time. I got back about a month ago but with school starting I've been super busy. This year we decided to eat out more than usual. One night we drive up to Burlington. I really like the city, you can see Lake Champlain and it just has a really nice atmosphere. Sometimes when I'm in Vermont in the summer, I wish that I had gone to college in Vermont. Then I remember that most of the school year is winter weather and I realize that I made the right choice.

But I digress...

This year we went to one of the most well known restaurants in Burlington, Trattoria Delia, on St. Paul St. just around the corner from Church St. which is closed to traffic (pedestrians ONLY). We were a little early for our reservation, so we took a look around. A former military fellow was walking by and advised on several menu items, touting the Veal Saltimbocca. The strange thing was that he was loitering around the door when we finished several hours later as well.

As usual, I don't have the best pictures of the meal and sadly, I probably don't remember everything that we had. Pretty much everything that we had was delicious. I was extremely please with my meal.

To start we had Calamari Fritti, Lumache alla Sambuca (Sauteed snails with herbs, butter and olive oil, flamed with Sambuca, then served over wood-grilled country bread. ), Batu D'anatra (House made duck confit with agrodolce yellow and red peppers sauteed with Vermont honey, aged balsamic vinegar and garlic), and something with proscuitto, but I don't remember what. I haven't had snails in a long time and they were great! I think my least favorite was the duck confit.

For dinner I don't quite remember everyone's meal but: my grandmother had the pasta parm (Rigatoni baked in a clay pot with our tomato basil sauce, a veal meatball and sweet sausage, topped with fried eggplant and our homemade mozzarella), we also got to try Gnocchi al Tartufato (handmade potato gnocchi in a truffled sauce with sausage, sweet Vermont cream and Grana Padano cheese) which was probably my favorite out of everything. I had the Taglioloni al Mare e Monte (wide ribbons of fresh egg pasta with pan-seared Atlantic sea scallops, imported porcini mushrooms, white wine and Vermont cream), which was delicious and I would get again. Somebody got the Veal Saltimbocca, very nice as well. I think my uncle got the rabbit special. All I have left for pics is a super blurry photo of the veal (worse than the scallop photo), so I'm not going to bother posting it. At the end of the meal we tasted a few desserts. The only thing that I would say was lacking in the evening was the service. Our server had a little bit of an attitude.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Baked Pea Dumplings

I will be making this again (partially because of the problems that I had). As I've said, I took lots of snacks on vacation that I had made ahead of time. I had frozen these nicely in one layer on a cookie sheet and put them in a bag but then they started to thaw and stick together. I think they would have turned out very nicely had I been able to keep them in one layer. I also didn't realize we had parchment paper up at the lake and so once cooked they also stuck a little to the pan. The flavor was great and I must agree with Heidi Swanson that the lemon was the key to a nice bright taste.

Baked Pea Dumplings (adapted from 101 Cookbooks)

2 cups frozen peas
2/3 cup light ricotta cheese
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 small shallot, minced
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
zest of one large lemon
1/2 package of wonton wrappers
  1. Cook peas in boiling water for one minute. Drain well.
  2. With a food processor (or hand blender) blend the peas, ricotta cheese, olive oil, and salt into a puree.
  3. Return the mixture to a big bowl and stir in the shallots, Parmesan, and lemon zest.
  4. Fill the dumplings following the instructions on the wrapper packaging. Drop a very scant teaspoon of filling onto each wrapper, rub the perimeter of each wrapper with a wet finger seal, fold and set aside.
  5. At this point you can either freeze or bake off the dumplings. Freeze overnight on a cookie sheet and store in a freezer bag.
  6. Place dumplings on greased or parchment papered cookie sheet. Bake frozen dumplings for 20 min at 425 degrees or until golden. Check after 15 minutes. Makes just under 3 dozen dumplings.

Walnut Pesto

I made several different appetizers for my family before I went on vacation and this particular one my dad especially liked. I would be sure to make sure it comes to room temperature before serving this one. It really works better went you plate the crostini yourself because it really doesn't work as a dip. I used a couple ciabatta rolls sliced and toasted. There is so much flavor in the pesto that it is unnecessary to oil and garlic the rolls. I made the mistake of using too large of a garlic clove so I would recommend maybe even roasting the garlic before using it.

Walnut Pesto (adapted from Smitten Kitchen and Gottino)

1 cup shelled walnuts, toasted in a frying pan and cooled
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 small garlic clove, peeled and crushed
2 sprigs of thyme, cleaned
Small splash of sherry
4-5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons minced sun-dried tomatoes

In food processor, coarsely grind walnuts, cheese, garlic, thyme, salt, vinegar, oil and tomatoes. Serve on crostini.

Roasted Eggplant Dip

This year for vacation I decided to make a bunch of healthier dips for snacking on. This was the probably the least well received. I don't know if people didn't like the eggplant or the consistency. Unfortunately, it went mostly uneaten so I had to get rid of it. I thought it was ok but not my favorite eggplant dip. Usually I have better luck with the Martha Stewart recipes, so I'm not sure what happened this time. Maybe I'll stick to some of the meal recipes for a while.

Vacation was really great this year. Never have we had such nice weather (in the 70s everyday!). We went in the water almost everyday (I think the kids went in everyday). We went shopping in town. I got some lovely souvenirs and presents for other people. I even played my first round of golf. I wrote some scavenger hunts for my cousins.

Anyway while the other adults were having their gin and tonics, I put out some of this snacks.

Roasted Eggplant Dip (adapted from Martha Stewart)

1 large eggplant
4 garlic cloves (skin on)
4 tbsp olive oil, plus more for serving
4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
Paprika, for garnish (optional)

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place eggplant and garlic on a rimmed baking sheet and rub with 2 tablespoons oil. Roast until garlic is soft and golden, 20 minutes. Remove garlic and set aside. Continue to roast eggplant until soft and deflated, 20 to 25 minutes more. Let cool 20 minutes.
  • Slice eggplant open and scrape flesh into the bowl of a food processor. Peel garlic and add to bowl, along with lemon juice, tahini, salt, and 2 tablespoons oil. Process until smooth. (To store, refrigerate, up to 2 days.) Serve drizzled with more oil and a sprinkle of paprika if desired.

    1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
    2. Place eggplant and garlic on a rimmed baking sheet and rub with 2 tablespoons oil.
    3. Roast until garlic is soft and golden, 20 minutes. Remove garlic and set aside.
    4. Continue to roast eggplant until soft and deflated, 20 to 25 minutes more. Let cool 20 minutes.
    5. Slice eggplant open and scrape flesh into the bowl of a food mill and run it through the mill.
    6. Peel garlic and mash and add to bowl, along with lemon juice, tahini, salt, and 2 tablespoons oil. Mix until smooth. (To store, refrigerate, up to 1 week.)
    7. Serve drizzled with more oil and a sprinkle of paprika if desired.

    Saturday, August 21, 2010

    New Header

    Thanks to my connections with MYAH Films I was able to get this lovely new header. Leave a comment and tell me what you think! Or go check out their website.

    Monday, August 9, 2010

    Spiced Pork Medallions with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

    I'm back to cooking for at least a few days before I go to Vermont and I plan to bring a bunch of food with me. I have been trying to use up some frozen pork loin and so we will be eating pork for the next 3 days. Tonight I took out 6 oz. of pork from the freezer and cut them into medallions...

    Spiced Pork Medallions and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
    (adapted from Cooking Light)

    6 oz. pork tenderloin, cut into medallions
    1/4 tsp garlic powder
    1/4 tsp kosher salt
    1/4 tsp coriander seeds, crushed
    1/4 tsp cumin
    1/2 tsp brown sugar
    1 tsp olive oil
    3 tbsp white wine
    1/2 tsp flour
    2 tbsp skim milk

    1 cup fingerling potatoes, cut into wedges
    1 onion, cut into wedges
    2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed
    salt and pepper to taste
    2 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
    1 tsp olive oil

    1. Dry the pork with a paper towel and rub in the next 5 ingredients.
    2. Toss the potatoes, onions and garlic with thyme, olive oil and seasonings.
    3. Bake potato mixture at 425 degrees for 25 minutes.
    4. Heat the additional olive oil in a pan over medium high heat.
    5. Add the spice rubbed pork to the pan and sear on each side until done.
    6. Remove pork from pan and keep warm. There should be a little bit of dripping in the bottom of the pan.
    7. De-glaze pan with wine.
    8. Add flour and whisk until smooth.
    9. Remove from heat and add milk and whisk gravy to avoid separation.
    10. Serve pork topped with gravy with the potatoes on the side.

    Friday, August 6, 2010

    Cantaloupe and Cucumber Salad

    I know I have written before about not really liking cantaloupe. This week we got one in the CSA. So I was trying to come up with something I could do with it. This is full of all kinds of fresh food from local gardens. I actually ended up eating this more like salsa instead of salad. I cut everything nice and small so it was really easy. So good! I don't really have anything else to say about it honestly.

    Cantaloupe and Cucumber Salad (makes 1-2 cups)
    1 cup diced cantaloupe
    1/4 cup diced red onion
    1/2 cucumber, diced
    1/2 jalapeno, minced
    1 scallion sliced
    salt and pepper
    2 tbsp olive oil
    1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    1-2 inch cube of ricotta salata, crumbled

    1. Mix all ingredients together. Be sure to coat all pieces in oil and vinegar.

    Beet Chips

    Slowly I've been trying to try beets in more and more types of foods. I've mostly been eating beet salad but love root vegetable chips. So when I saw this recipe I had to try it. While these weren't my favorite, they did crisp up nicely.

    I used the recipe from Naturally Ella. I didn't check mine after 25 like she said and it was too long for my chips. I don't own a mandoline so I used the peeler to make my chips. I also learned that they are best eaten the same day. Enjoy!

    Tuesday, August 3, 2010

    Chicken Cutlet and Summer Salad

    I know, I know! Where have I been, right? This was my third summer at grad school. I go for 5 weeks and I live there. I have to eat dining hall unhealthy food and I miss my kitchen terribly. This year I had planned to try and cook on the weekend and bring my food for the week. I tried the first two weeks and it went ok, but then the workload started to take it's toll and I ended up not cooking. Last night was my first night back in the kitchen and it really felt great! I especially missed blogging and a whole month off was too much. Last night I just used up some old ground turkey and summer squash in a little pasta dish. Tonight I thought I'd really get back into it!

    This recipe was adapted off the site I really want to thank all the blogs I read honestly because my Google reader was a familiar friend when I decided I needed a break. Even though I ate a TON of salad in the dining hall (one of the only things that didn't seem frozen, uberpreserved etc.), I felt compelled to make this.
    What is this? A post the other week on CH was a guess the kitchen gadget. I don't normally like a lot of gadgets but I normally really like this one. I have a lot of trouble cutting the kernels off an ear of corn and this really helps. Today I somehow cut myself but honestly this isn't typical. Like Alton Brown and his aversion to unitaskers, I'm a big proponent of multitaskers in the kitchen.

    Chicken Cutlet and Summer Salad (adapted from thekitchn)

    6 oz. chicken breast cutlets (thin)
    2 heaping tbsp all purpose flour
    3 heaping tbsp seasoned breadcrumbs
    salt and pepper
    1 egg beaten with a tad of water
    canola oil, for frying

    1 small head butter lettuce
    2 cups fingerling potatoes
    1 cup cherry tomatoes, slice in half
    1 very small onion (ping pong ball sized), chopped
    2 ears of corn, kernels cut off cob
    2 oz. ricotta
    salata, crumbled

    1 tbsp red wine vinegar
    tbsp olive oil
    salt and pepper
    1 tsp
    Dijon mustard
    1 tsp honey
    1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

    1. Bring a small pot of water to boil.

    2. Add the fingerling potatoes to the pot and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until one can be sliced in half easily. About a min before potatoes are done, add corn.

    3. Remove the potatoes from the pot with a slotted spoon and put on ice to cool. Remove, pat dry, and slice into 1/4-inch rounds.

    4. Toss potatoes, corn, lettuce, onion and tomatoes together and set aside.

    5. Dredge chicken in flour, egg and breadcrumbs in that order. Heat oil in frying pan over medium high heat. Fry chicken on each side and set aside.

    6. Mix vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, honey and olive oil together using a whisk until emulsified. Salt and pepper to taste.

    7. Toss dressing, ricotta salata and lettuce mixture together. Top with chicken cutlet.