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Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary
- Polenta with Onions & Andouille Sausage April 24, 2018
- What’s for Dinner? Sunday Link up #145 April 22, 2018
- Garlic Day – Garlic Soup April 19, 2018
- Maple Bacon Sourdough Waffles April 18, 2018
- Pecan Crusted Salmon Fillets with Chive Oil & Couscous April 16, 2018
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Today is Garlic Day! Yes, Garlic Day!
A day to celebrate this tiny but mighty bulb. It is related to onions and shallots and its botanical genus is Allium – a word derived from the Greek word for garlic! And did you know most of the garlic in the U.S. is grown in California? If you’re out that way, check out the Gilroy Garlic Festival in July. We have an Elephant Garlic Festival here in the upper Willamette Valley in August – these festivals are a fun way to learn about garlic and taste unusual foods like garlic beer or garlic ice cream (yes, it sounds strange but it really is quite good)! And garlic has a lot of health benefits too! It’s full of manganese, vitamins B-6 and C. It’s low-calorie and has been shown to help the common cold, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, ward off dementia and simply helps you live longer!
The bulbs you buy in the grocery store are just one of MANY types of garlic. There are soft necks and hard necks – The ones you find at the grocery stores are usually soft necked. These varieties last longer and have more cloves per head. They are also the best for using raw or lightly cooked.
The hard necked varieties have long, hard and woody stems – these are the ones that produce more flowers and the greens, or scapes, are also delicious! You have fewer cloves, but the flavor has a hot or spicy intensity. They tend to have a rosy hue and thinner skins. You can often find these at farmer’s markets (my favorite place!). They don’t store as long, so you’ll need to use them up. Great for sauces or roasts.
And there is elephant garlic. It’s not a true garlic, but rather more closely related to the onion. It’s mild garlicy taste is perfect for salads, garnishes, or soup!
I’ve discovered the deliciousness of sourdough – and the simplicity of making it. I’ve always shied away because it seemed to complicated and labor intensive, but I am here, as the lazy gastronome, to tell you it is not! Since I’ve mastered the rustic bread, I’m turning my experimentations to new things – Like these waffles.
I think this might have been one of our best breakfasts! But then, you can’t ever go wrong with maple and bacon!
I love salmon, as you can probably tell from all the recipes for them on the blog! I love it raw, smoked, baked, fried and grilled. It’s such a robust flavored fish that compliments so many different ingredients. Try this one, crusted with pecans, those crispy fried onions (you know, the ones you use on that green bean casserole) and garlic. Baked to perfection and served with couscous and chive oil.
Sound good? Well read on – it’s so easy to make! Continue reading
It’s time to get your skillet out and make some sandwiches for #NationalGrilledCheeseDay
Here are a couple of ideas to get you started!
I love salmon for breakfast. This recipe uses a delicious flavored oil to enhance the sweetness of the salmon and includes a creamy sauce that will make your taste buds dance!
It’s easier than it looks and your family (or guests) will love it! Continue reading
I used to make bread all the time. I had a good sourdough starter, but my sourdough bread came out more like a plain white bread. It never worked, so I gave up. Well I’ve discovered I was doing it wrong! I added yeast, but sourdough doesn’t need yeast. I kneaded it and did it exactly like any bread recipe – but sourdough isn’t just any bread.
It’s easier!! Check it all out below – there’s even instructions for making your own starter! It does take a little longer time wise, so you do have to plan ahead. The starter will take 3-4 days. And the rise time is longer than regular bread. Read on and see – you’ll be hooked!