Monday, August 27, 2012

Girls Night In: Hatch Fest!

Our Girls Nights In group resumed this month and we were excited to kick-off the second half of the year with a menu all about an August culinary staple - hatch chile peppers. When planning, I looked up a Central Market Cooking School Menu that Mr. Max and I wanted to go to. It was already full, so I thought this would be perfect for our girls night in!

The Central Market menu consisted of:
  • Hatch Ceviche with Avocado
  • Hatch Stuffed Flank Steak
  • Market Veggie in Hatch Butter
  • Hatch Corn Bread
  • Hatch Chocolate Cake
In communicating with the girls, we liked where they were going with this. We decided on doing the ceviche, the flank steak, veggies sans hatch butter and adding in the quinoa mac and cheese that Amy made only this time, with hatch chiles. We divvied it up and I volunteered the flank steak with a hatch-chimichurri that I concocted.

Meredith took the ceviche, Chandler brought the veggies, Amy revised the quinoa mac and Lindsey brought amazing wine to compliment the meal! Such a fun night, I love quality time with these girls. Stay tuned for the recipes coming soon!
Ceviche with Hatch and Avocado

Hatch-Chimichurri for the Flank Steak

Hatch Quinoa and Cheese

Carved Flank Steak with Sauce

Tastefully yours,

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

After months of seeing this circulate the Pinterest blogosphere, I decided maybe we needed to try it. Max Man enjoys making a homemade pizza. We haven't done this in a long time but I could tell he had a hankering for it. I decided to beat him to the punch and let him know that I had a special crust to try from Recipe Girl.

To be honest, this was really easy to do. However, I don't know if it is a testament of the cauliflower recipe, my oven, or lack of a proper pizza stone/crisper but the crust didn't crisp the way a pizza crust should have. I give the taste a B+, I never once had the thought that I wasn't eating a conventional pizza crust, it was only lacking the even crisp throughout the pie, namely the middle area. Since the days of braces, I've always eaten pizza with a fork so that was an easy remedy when it came to eating. Max Max, on the other hand, well he was having a hard time trying to pick it up and shovel in his mouth, finally conceding to my fork method.  

Regardless of the crust, the taste was great and I would definitely recommend trying this. I am looking forward to making it again and working on ways to improve the crisp factor using a pizza stone, grilling it, broiling longer, who knows! Because I was so skeptical to begin with, I did not change this crust recipe at all from the source. We used it to make a half goat cheese-pesto pizza, half japapeno-pepperoni pizza, our favorites!

Nutritional facts can be found in Recipe Girl's post.

Grocery List:
  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, finely shredded
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
To start, preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Next, use a cheese grater to grate the cauliflower head until you've reached the stems. Should equate to about 2 cups.

Cauliflower produces a lot of water so you will want to take a few paper towels to help squeeze the moisture out of the grated veggie.

The blogger whose recipe I followed also recommended nuking it in the microwave to help dry out the moisture. I did this for about 6 minutes and then removed. Then, I placed in the freezer to help with the time of cooling down so I could add the egg without it cooking into the cauliflower flakes. Once cooled, you may add the egg, cheese, oregano, garlic and onion powder. Stir well to combine.

Grease your surface of choice, whether you use a cookie sheet or pizza stone. Pat the dough into a thin and even layer on the sheet, about 9 inches in diameter. This does not stretch like a regular dough so be gentle and pat it out to stay connected. Spray the crust lightly with nonstick spray, this will help it brown. Place in the oven and cook for 15 minutes. If your edges are browned but your middle still feels doughy, I would in hindsight cover the edges with foil, only exposing the middle, and allow the pizza to cook for another 3 minutes to help firm up that middle area.

Next, remove the crust from the oven and it should be a firmer, golden brown.

Turn the oven up to broil. Top with your sauce and pizza toppings of choice, then place back into the oven and let broil on high for 5 minutes.

When ready, let cool for a few minutes, slice and serve!

Tastefully yours,

Friday, August 24, 2012

Make a Meal: Soy-Mustard Glazed Salmon with Bok Choy Fried Rice

This dish happened in one of my favorite ways: by accident. I had fully intended to do a different salmon dish based off a recent menu sampling for wedding food. I had sent our chef some of our recipes for the dinner portion but we were having a hard time narrowing down the passed appetizer options that both matched our dinner "theme" and were easy enough to eat. One of the choices he served was a jumbo bacon-wrapped shrimp with a dipping sauce. It was like a barbecue/poblano chutney; there was a sweet tang to it and a subtle smokey heat. We nixed it for an app because it was too high maintenance to consume, not a good finger food, but we just loved the sauce. He told me that since I shared my recipes with him, he would return the favor. He came back with a printed copy of his recipe and I was ready to use it!

I was all set for that until I left my wedding binder (with recipe tucked in the pocket) at work. Arriving home and realizing that, meant I had to come up with another plan.

Enter the Soy-Mustard Glaze Salmon. First of all, I don't really like anything that has mustard in the title. I can do mustard when it is a simple ingredient, an undertone of a recipe, but not as a prominent feature. However, I found this in America's Test Kitchen Light and Healthy 2012 when I was making the Miso-Orange Glazed Fish. I remember this second glaze recipe and decided to try that, since I had all the ingredients on-hand already.

Now let's discuss the bok choy fried rice. My friend Greer had recently asked me how to make bok choy so I had it on my mind. I got brown rice, some chopped carrots for another meal in the week and the bok choy. Max Man was ready to help so I asked him to chop the bok choy to fit the saute pan. I meant in half but didn't articulate that, and sweet man chopped it like lettuce for a salad. As I prepared it, I started to think through how I would pull this off, because it was shrinking like spinach. I looked at the finished brown rice and decided to dump that in the skillet with the bok choy and add the carrots along with other tasty ingredients. Yes, I liked where this was heading.

Nutritional facts for the salmon are located here; 6 WW points per 4 oz. salmon filet. Nutritional facts for the stir-fry are located here; 2 points for 1/2 cup serving of the rice.

Grocery List:
For Salmon - Recipe yields two servings
  • 2 salmon fillets (4-6 oz. each)
  • 2 tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. tamari (organic, low-sodium soy sauce)
  • 2 tbsp. mirin
  • 1 tbsp. sherry vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. whole-grain mustard
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
For Bok Choy Stir Fry - Recipe yields 4 servings
  • 1 cup brown rice 
  • 2 cups bok choy, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 cup carrots, diced 
  • 2 tbsp. low sodium stir-fry sauce 
To begin, let your grilling surface start warming up (if you decide to grill) or heat your oven at 350 degrees. Next, cook the rice according to the package. As the rice cooks, begin your salmon glaze by placing the brown sugar, tamari, mirin, sherry vinegar, mustard, water, corn starch and red pepper flakes into a shallow sauce pan. Let simmer on medium heat and thicken for 5-7 minutes, whisking well.

As your glaze perfects, pan sear the salmon. When you flip the salmon skin down, you are allowing the omegas to permeate down through the rest of the fish, fully getting those vitamins. Thank you Central Market man for enlightening me on that little brain nugget.

Once salmon fillets are seared on both sides, prep your cooking method. I use a grill basket and cover with aluminum foil, then place the salmon down. Lather the glaze on the tops of the fish and set on the grill for 15 minutes. 

Oh hey, chopped bok choy!

In a large skillet or chef's pan, let your bok choy begin to wilt with just a splash of oil and garlic. When wilted, add the rice and carrots. Add stir-fry sauce and mix well on medium heat for 5 minutes.

Once the salmon flakes at touch and is a light pink, dish out the stir-fry and top with the fish. Enjoy this taste foodie friends. I'm actually about to make this salmon again. For the fourth time this month but new side dish! 

Tastefully yours, 

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