Posted at 9:12 am , on October 4, 2013
It’s been gorgeous weather this week and I decided to pick up some veggies and make panini’s for dinner. I sliced and assembled my veggies and went outside to set up the grill. It was sunny and in the upper 70’s, just perfect outside but I noticed that the wind was picking up. I drizzled my sliced veggies with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper and began grilling. Everything was going well but the wind was just wicked. About the time I finished, I realized that big clouds were rolling in. I had just enough time to let the grill cool and get everything inside before it turned dark and started pouring rain. The veggies turned out perfect and I piled them together between sourdough bread with some fresh mozzarella cheese, spinach pesto and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. It was just the perfect combination!
Posted at 8:55 am , on September 24, 2013
It’s good to be back after a few weeks. Joe and I went to the East Coast and enjoyed some sun and sand, some hiking, and took in some historical sites. It was wonderful but at the same time exhausting. We walked many a mile each day while taking in every moment. It’s taken a good week to get back in the groove back here at home. Since we’ve been back the weather has cooled down considerably. The clouds and rain have descended upon us and makes me yearn for a bowl of chowder. Looking for something a bit healthier and vegetarian I went with some zucchini, corn and green chile. It was packed with flavor and spice which was just what I was looking for. I added a bit of finely grated Oaxaca Mexican cheese which melted perfectly and made the chowder extra creamy. I was hoping it would last for a day or two but someone found it in the wee hours of the night and it was gone by morning. Wonder who that could be?? I’ll give you 2 guesses!
Posted at 8:49 am , on August 13, 2013
If you didn’t know by now, I love all kinds of salsa! It’s the perfect time to get those plump red juicy home grown tomatoes that you just can’t get any other time of year. If you can’t grow your own, farmers market tomatoes are the next best thing. I found some big meaty tomatoes at the farmers market, and they made the best salsa! I would have roasted everything outdoors but on this day it was rainy and dreary so I had to make due and roast on top of the gas stove. It worked out just fine, the house was filled with the aroma of roasting chiles, onions, garlic and tomatoes. The salsa was terrific on the zucchini fritters and I took care of the rest with a bag of tortilla chips!
Posted at 9:01 am , on August 9, 2013
August means it’s “Hatch” season. The first green chile have arrived but I haven’t found any roasters set up yet so I just picked up a few to get started. The first thing I wanted to make was some salsa so I went to the farmer’s market to pick up fresh tomatoes. But as usual I get caught up in all the fruits and veggies and picked up some zucchini and corn too. I had recently been drooling over a post from Kevin at “Closet Cooking” for Jalapeno Popper Corn Fritters which gave me the idea to make fritters with the Hatch green chile. I tweaked the recipe a bit and made a zucchini version too. I topped them with some Fire Roasted Salsa and Flamethrower Sauce. They were quite filling and really tasty, enough to make a whole meal out of them.
Posted at 8:34 am , on July 26, 2013
My son Josh is an adventurous eater. He loves to try new things, sometimes things that I would never imagine. I love to take him out to eat because you never know what he’s going to order. He rarely orders the same thing twice but when he finds something good he wants to recreate it at home or rather wants me to recreate it. Recently we went to a little cafe that made the most amazing panini sandwiches. He ordered the vegetarian Portabella Panini and just raved about how good it was. After a bit of thought I came up with a close version of the cafe’s. They listed a sun dried tomato pesto and feta cheese on their panini while I used spinach pesto and fresh mozzarella. Either way it’s one tasty panini!
Posted at 9:01 am , on June 25, 2013
Every summer when the corn and tomatoes start showing up at the farmers market I make a batch of black bean and corn salsa. Nothing tastes better along side a good grilled steak or chicken or as a topper for your favorite taco. Plus I could eat it all day with nothing but tortilla chips. It’s completely vegetarian and packed with everything good for you. I found these little cast iron half pint kettles at a Lodge Factory Outlet in the little town of South Pittsburg, TN, near the Alabama border. What a store. . . they have almost anything you could dream of, if you’re into cast iron. A little room at the back has some great bargains on many of the cast iron skillets, dutch ovens some other items listed having a scratch or blemish. I couldn’t find anything wrong with them and came home with a large 12 inch skillet, a griddle/grill and these mini kettles.