Recipe Recap

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,
Caitlin

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Meyer Lemon Day

Kaki!

About a month ago, a long-time family friend (she was my fifth grade English teacher, and my Confirmation sponsor, and I’d just helped with her daughter’s wedding; wonderful people) gave me four Meyer lemons from her garden.  Four!  Knowing how pricey they can be, and how slim the likelihood of finding them in a grocery store*, I was seriously pumped.

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I spent quite a bit of time that week researching recipes.  And once I’d picked the menu, I emailed Cooper to let her know that, prior to our Golden Globes viewing, we would be celebrating Meyer Lemon Day.  And there was much rejoicing.

It turned into one of those perfect Sunday afternoons, Kaki; chatting and cooking new things and sipping wine and laughing at adorable baby antics and enjoying some red carpet gowns.  Plus the Meyers lent the whole afternoon such a bright note of, “Spring is on the way!”  Here’s to Meyer Lemon Day!

Meyer Lemon Day 2014 Menu

Flatbread with Meyer Lemon, Goat Cheese, Rosemary, and Olives

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Meyer Lemon Sparkler

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Salmon with Meyer Lemon Salsa

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Whole Meyer Lemon Tart

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I’ll be sharing the individual recipes over the next week.  Stay tuned!

And thanks again, Bridget, for giving me these lovely lemons!

–Caitlin

*And if I have trouble finding them, we know your grocery store chances are rather unfortunate.  Then again, plenty of citrus is grown in South Texas; maybe that goes in your favor?

P.S. Matt got Cooper this ridiculously great camera for Christmas.  We all three took turns playing around with it to take these photos!  Thanks for lending me the great equipment, and your photog skillz, you two. 🙂