Ah, Kaki, that oft divisive ingredient: fish. Maybe not as much as tofu, but many people have strong feelings about which fish they like or don’t like. I am strongly in the pro-seafood-of-all-types camp.* Here’s how I’ve been eating it … Continue reading
Category Archives: Salad
Kaki, here we are again! Recapping the many lovely things I’ve made and/or eaten over the past weeks. First up, something you inspired me to try to make: Frozen Chocolate Banana Bark Girl, I thought for sure I could solve … Continue reading
My Top 10 Repeat-Worthy Recipes
Kaki! You know, I make new dishes all the time, constantly testing out different techniques and flavors and ingredients. Buuuut there are also those handful of dishes that I make over and over again. Here are the recipes on our … Continue reading
Kaki, my, it’s been a bit “meh” around here. I’ve spent the past month going from one mediocre dish to the next. With some I think, “Caitlin, you tried to make that too healthy.” With some I think, “Caitlin, you … Continue reading
Summer Bean Ratatouille and Simple Arugula Salad
Kaki, this completes the vegan feast that is Peter Berley’s Portobello Mushrooms with Breadcrumb Salsa, Summer Bean Ratatouille and Simple Arugula Salad. It is a fantastically tasty and filling meal for summer. I did have two issues with this ratatouille. Only … Continue reading
Kaki, it’s that time again! The time when I confess the kitchen blunders and revel in the culinary successes of the past few weeks. Tahini-Roasted Cauliflower and Fish Tacos Thanks once again to Cooking Light for this great recipe. Theirs is … Continue reading
Kaki, my word, I’ve done so much cooking lately!
And then no cooking. And then a ton of cooking. It has been a serious season of hustle and bustle, in the kitchen, out of the kitchen, all over the place.
Cooper got me a Cooking Light subscription for Christmas, and I’ve been really enjoying reading through each new magazine. Far and away the winners have been a phenomenal gin punch and this salmon with an orange glaze and an orange and arugula salad. Oh my word.
Also, apparently neither of these have been posted to Cooking Light’s website yet. Huh. Well, that’s not cool. Check them out!
I’ve made a fair number of misses lately, alas. There was a shrimp dish with peppers and potatoes and kidney beans and a Cajun barbecue sauce that was really tasty at the grocery store sample station, and only meh when I made it. There was a kale and meatball soup that tasted fine, but also, very iron-y. Maybe too iron-y. There was a decent stab at making my own savory crust for this spinach pie, but even so, I’ll be sticking with puff pastry going forward.
And I’ve re-made a lot of old favorites, as well. I subbed baked tofu for the grains in this hearty greens salad with tahini dressing, and it was a very welcome taste of spring. Cooper and I roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes, made up a great miso-dressing, and ate it all on top of savory green-onion-and-parmesan pancakes one evening. And I had a hilarious muffin-loaf moment when I tried to make this great pear-and-ginger quickbread that I’ve made several times before, and didn’t let it bake long enough BY A LONG SHOT. Like the whole center of the dish was basically still batter. And you know what, Kaki? Never have my co-workers raved over something I’ve brought to the office the way they raved over that disastrous quickbread.
And last week I made this lovely veggie and sausage tomato sauce to go over some pasta. Only I didn’t have any pasta in my house. None. So I cooked up the tiny amounts of quinoa and brown rice I did have in my pantry, and just plated the sauce over the grains. It was… Well, it was good, but I bet it would have been better over pasta!
The one discovery I must, must, MUST share with you, though, are these chocolate-cherry date balls from Oh She Glows. I know you’re already an OSG devotee, and I know that you, as a runner, love you some dried cherries. Well, whip out your food processor, girl, because these could not be easier or tastier. Or healthier. Pretty much. Unless you took out the chocolate. Which you wouldn’t do, surely.
See you sometime soon I hope? Choir is busy as all get out right now, but I’d love to squeeze in a visit with you!
Until then, sending warm wishes from my kitchen to yours,
Simplest Carrot Salad
Kaki, this is my go-to salad these days, for a few reasons: I almost always have some carrots on hand. They are such a great addition to so many recipes, and unlike many salad veggies, last for weeks in the … Continue reading
Summer Quinoa Salad
Kaki! This is what I made to go along with that Tofu in White Wine Butter Sauce. Not that it was my idea; both recipes are from The Flexitarian Table by Peter Berley. I dig* that cookbook; it’s organized by season … Continue reading
Here There Be Salads
Dear Kaki, I’ve made quite a few things in the kitchen lately. I made a pulled pork shoulder in the slow cooker that made for some excellent lunch sandwiches (with my favorite barbecue sauce, naturally). I made a healthy take … Continue reading