Everyone I know has a special Chicken Soup Recipe. Either handed down from a parent or grandparent, shared from a sibling or friend, found in a cookbook (or online): a recipe that has evolved over the years. Just as mine has.
In the summer I prepare a Composed Niçoise Salad, but I always feel it's too light to eat in the winter -- silly since I eat tuna and potatoes and green beans all year round! However, I was really excited about making this Salmon based salad, it seemed perfect for a snowy December day.
Waking up to an impending snow storm, I decide to make a Salmon Cobb Salad. Not sure what the connection is -- you'd think I'd reach for a dutch oven and make a soup or stew to ward off the chill in the air. But instead I begin composing a salad in my head, contemplating what ingredients I have on hand.
I love recipes that come together with 'a bissel of this and a bissel of that'. It always reminds me of the way my Bubie Annie cooked. Hard to follow her explanations, but the result was always a rustic masterpiece. She made strudel that was legendary; a procedure my sister Ellen watched and documented but I never had the wisdom to do.
Funny thing, whenever I think of broiled fish, my mind immediately envisions dried up dover sole swimming in some buttery sauce for flavor -- some throw-back to my childhood I guess!! This recipe is anything but dried up and tasteless ...
Well, this isn't exactly Bubie's Meatball Recipe -- the turmeric and chipotle should give that away -- but I'll still refer to it as such!
You're barbecuing. You have plenty of food. You survey the vegetables you're going to serve and start to second guess yourself. You begin to feel the vegetables are heavily out-weighted by the amount of protein you're going to serve. You quickly need another vegetable to add to the table ... that's where Bloomin' Onions come in! They are a wonderful addition to almost any barbecue. They are simple and easy to prepare. And best of all, they are delicious!!
One of my children hates mushrooms! That's unfathomable to me. Consequently, for years mushrooms were an absent ingredient in our home. Pretty ironic considering roasted mushrooms are a staple in our house these days ... ever since my mushroom-loathing child left for university.
Our July 4th this year was officially July 5th. Since some of us had to work on Friday and the holiday landed on a Thursday we decided to push it a day -- that, and the fact that all of us were actually born in other countries so we were just happy to get together, no matter what the day! My family loves Hanger Steak. It's one of the most delicious, tender and forgiving cuts of beef. Every once in a while I try different cuts, but inevitably, if I ask for requests, they most often ask for "hanger steak".
I want to start playing around with the spice blends I purchased at La Boîte á Epice. I don't want to hide them amongst other flavors; I want to allow them to stand on their own so I can learn them and know how to best incorporate them in future recipes. I decided to make a simple baked Halibut using Escabeche #25. From Lior Lev Sercarz's book, The Art of Blending, I see that this blend is Mediterranean inspired -- a combination of Lemon, Saffron, Coriander, Fennel and Spices.