Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Chocolate Almond Freezer "Fudge"

I had seen a couple of different bloggers post about "freezer fudge", which obviously appealed to my love of nut butters and chocolate. I also like the thought of using this as an occasional energy treat for the kidos, since it's chalked full of protein, healthy fats, and obvious deliciousness. When I saw the recipe for salted almond butter freezer fudge, it instantly caught my attention.

This "fudge" took literally only a couple of minutes to put together, although I will say that I melted the almond butter with the coconut oil and maple syrup for ease of mixing. The topping only needed about 2 minutes to firm a bit in the fridge, and once the fudge was topped, I placed it back into the freezer. I wrapped each little morsel in a piece of parchment paper, ready to go for a tasty treat!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Spaghetti alla Norma

I love eggplant, and when we got a really nice looking one in our CSA I was excited to see what I could do with it once I got into the kitchen.

I had stumbled across Mark Bittman's Pasta alla Norma recipe on the NY Times, and filed it away for dinner one night. Tonight seemed like the perfect night to make it happen!

The eggplant was tender, not at all bitter, and the fresh basil and ricotta salata were absolutely perfect. Do yourself a favor, and make sure that you find ricotta salata if making this dish!

This dinner came together with little effort, and it was fantastic. I used fire roasted canned tomatoes for an extra layer of flavor, and it was just perfect! Yum!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Fried Zucchini and Pasta

Well, Ottolenghi and the Smitten Kitchen did it again with this delicious pasta and fried zucchini recipe. I chose to add edamame and peas, but otherwise stuck with the suggestions. The dish was summery, easy, full of flavor and a total success. Those two are always great in my book!

Gingery Gingersnaps

I just got the brand new cookbook, Near and Far, by Heidi Swanson (one of my favorite bloggers). I was browsing through the book with the kids, when L came across a recipe for gingersnaps. The recipe looked enticing with a whopping 5 tbs of powdered ginger, whole wheat flour, molasses, and no eggs.

The cookies came together really quickly, and I added a bunch of chopped candied ginger to kick up the spice even more. Ms L LOVED these cookies, as did D and I, but J wasn't as convinced. They are certainly a very sophisticated taste (no surprise that the misses liked them!), and are a perfectly chewy texture. What a yummy treat!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Soft Wrap Bread and Avocado Greek Yogurt Dressing

When I saw the recipe for the soft wrap bread on King Arthur Flour's website, I was intrigued. I mean, who doesn't love a soft sandwich wrap bread? And, one that looked this easy to make!

I was a bit skeptical that it would all turn out well in the end while making the dough. The dough was a bit firmer than I expected, as as the day went on, it didn't rise much...but, have no fear! This wrap bread was fantastic. It was light, a tiny bit chewy, easily wrappable, and literally only took minutes to cook. J said "it tastes like naan", and I have to agree. It was like naan's less buttery cousin. I'm totally keeping this one in the reserve!

We topped ours with freshly roasted farm share veggies and an incredible avocado dressing.  I couldn't stop dipping my bread in the dressing by itself too. Yum!

Stay tuned for future iterations when I try using whole wheat flours:)

Monday, September 14, 2015

Fig, Olive Oil, and Sea Salt Challah

When I first saw the Smitten Kitchen blog posting for fig, olive oil, and sea salt challah, I have to admit to being a bit wary. The combination was both somehow intriguing and also a bit scary at the same time. But, I trust Deb Perelman, and after some encouragement from some foodies I know who swore by the recipe, I decided that it would be a perfect addition to the Rosh Hashanah table.

Boy, am I SO SO SO glad that I tried this recipe. This challah is FANTASTIC. Savory and sweet, with the little burst of saltiness, and the dough was just the right light and chewy texture. This bread is fabulous eaten alone, topped with honey, with butter, and even peanut butter. Although my breading could use a bit of practice (it's difficult to stretch and roll snakes of stuffed dough!), I wouldn't change a thing. This challah is certainly going to become a staple in this house too!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Homemade Spinach Pasta (and Lobster, of Course!)

Where is the time going? I cannot believe that school just began, but yet September is already halfway done! At any rate, I asked the kids what they wanted to eat for dinner before the first night of school. They answered "lobster and pasta". Of course, right?

Our family likes to do special meals and make them really elaborate, so I felt the lobster pasta idea wouldn't be complete without homemade pasta. The kids have been asking to make pasta for quite some time now, and since we're back in the city and reunited with our pasta maker, it only seemed appropriate. The kids have also been really into spinach pasta these days, so we went all out. I found a recipe for easy spinach pasta from Martha Stewart. This pasta truly was easy, and the dough came together very quickly.

The kids enjoyed using their "big muscles" to crank our old-fashioned pasta machine, and we had a blast. Plus, this pasta was delicious! Spinach pasta, topped with some marinara sauce and freshly boiled lobster meat...what could be better? Happy back-to-school everyone!