Category Archives: main courses

Asparagus and Tomato Pesto Pasta

april 22, 2016

asparagus and tomato pesto pasta

Know why pasta dinners are so popular? Boil water, add pasta, open jar of sauce and that’s that. Wouldn’t it be great if you had easy-to-defrost homemade sauce in the freezer, like kale apricot pesto or herbed roasted tomatoes? Now add sun-dried tomato pesto to that list.

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Butternut Squash and Savoy Cabbage Lasagna

february 13, 2016

butternut squash and savoy cabbage lasagna

 

 

Sometimes the best lasagnas are made without pasta. Pick a season, choose something that can be sliced as thin as a noodle, and off you go. Summer brings eggplant and zucchini squash and fall/winter brings butternut squash. For me, lasagna was always about the cheese and sauce, so take out the pasta and I’m a happy diner.

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Pear Cheddar Chowder

december 4, 2015

pear cheddar chowder

 

Some of the best meals are eaten with a spoon. Pureed soups are great, and thick chunky chowders are even better. I make so many soups that I rarely order them in restaurants, but if a well populated chowder presented itself, I would reconsider. Especially if it contains cheese.

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Steak with Apple Jalapeño Salsa

october 2, 2015

steak with apple jalapeño salsa

When apples are paired with meats, the usual suspects are pork and chicken. Rarely does one think of apple and beef. I hope to alter that perception with a spice rubbed grilled flat iron steak accompanied by a refreshing citrus kissed apple salsa.

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Scallop and Corn Salad with Pickled Red Onion

august 21, 2015

scallop and corn salad with pickled red onion

 

When fresh corn season winds down, I am scrambling to think of ways to enjoy these precious kernels before they disappear. Simple, of course, is always best, as in boiled, salted and buttered.

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Roasted Radish and Arugula Salad

june 13, 2015

roasted radish and arugula salad

Farmer Teal Brooks of Pine Fork Farm told me she likes her French breakfast radishes roasted. Hmmm….never made them like that and sounds delicious, I said. When I tasted them for the first time, I was most pleasantly surprised at their sweetness and texture. They lost their radish “bite” and transformed into something close to young turnips.

roasted radish and arugula salad

French breakfast radishes from Pine Fork Farm and the Sunday Carytown Farmers Market

 

With a deconstructed vinaigrette of fresh lemon, dijon mustard and brilliantly hued extra virgin olive oil, this salad is art on a plate,roasted radish and arugula salad and can be a starter or entree with the addition of roasted (as long as you have the oven hot) or grilled meats and seafood. The addition of poached farm fresh eggs would make this a light brunch entree.

We have all tried the common red globe radish found in grocery aisles (called Cherry Belle), packed in cellophane bags, but the other beauties will blow your mind with flavor, especially if locally grown. French breakfast radishes have a nice peppery bite raw in salads, and an even stronger zing can be had with black radish . Area farmer’s markets deliver all types each spring and then again in fall.

roasted radish and arugula salad

roasted French breakfast radishes

Loving their crunch in salads will not keep me from enjoying their incarnation as roasted vegetables, now that I have been awakened. Thanks, Teal.

Roasted Radish and Arugula Salad

recipe by Michele Humlan, The Good Eats Company

serves four

ingredients

two bunches French breakfast radishes, cleaned and trimmed*
best quality extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt
four cups baby arugula
strained juice of one large lemon
one level tablespoon Dijon mustard
one half cup shaved pecorino romano cheese
coarse ground black pepper
flaky sea salt (I like Maldon)
*save greens for another salad if desired

directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. On large heavy sheet pan, toss radishes with one half tablespoon olive oil and a pinch of kosher salt.
  3. Roast for 15 minutes and cool to room temperature.
  4. In small bowl, whisk lemon juice with mustard.
  5. To plate, arugula is scattered on serving dishes, then topped with radishes.
  6. Drizzle the lemon mustard mixture, then olive oil in drops, then flaky salt and black pepper.
  7. Scatter shavings of cheese atop salad and serve immediately.

Shirataki Sausage Lasagna

may 29, 2015

shirataki sausage lasagna

 

Lowering your carbohydrate intake doesn’t mean you have to give up lasagna, not when shirataki noodles take the place of pasta. Besides, some of us like lasagna for the gooey cheese and meat sauce, viewing pasta as simply the vehicle for those ingredients.

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Spicy Ham Spread

 

april 3, 2015

spicy ham spread

After you’ve carved the Easter ham to your satisfaction, you’re likely to have some tasty leftovers. One can only eat so many sliced ham sandwiches, so I’m offering a spicy ham spread that’s nothing like the canned versions you had in your formative years.

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Slow Cooker Pork Pozole

february 20, 2015

slow cooker pork pozole

We have been waiting patiently in Richmond for the first snow of the season.  Not flurries, but real snow with accumulation and temperatures that ensure it will remain beyond a fleeting moment.  Wishes came true this week with a magical snowfall of half a foot, making kids and grownups alike giddy with the prospect of play followed by snuggling by the fire enjoying comforting meals and hot beverages.

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Jambalaya with Cauliflower Rice

february 6, 2015

jambalaya with cauliflower rice

Sometimes I think proponents of the Paleo Diet are on to something.  These folks eat the way our hunter-gatherer ancestors purportedly did, grain and dairy free, with a diet mostly composed of animals proteins, vegetables and fruits.  There is no sugar, and therefore no wine or alcohol,  and  no legumes,  thus no beans, lentils or peanuts. Bummer.  I am simplifying things a bit, but if you want a good read, Wikipedia is a good place to start.  Also no coffee.  Double bummer.

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