See you in two weeks

We are off to soak up the cool Pacific breeze and eat seafood til we explode.

 

We’ll be back with something yummy mid-June. In the meantime, for some good cooking-related reading try this and get inspired by Bittman with this (although I think he’s wrong about the stand mixer.)

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Cucumber Tomato Salad with Mint and Dill

Summer. It’s already here in the desert. 

Yeah, it’s hot. But it’s also bountiful produce season – with all the fantastic salad combinations that brings.
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This is a six pieces of simple salad – some herbs, olive oil, lemon juice and diced cucumber, onion and tomato. Quick stir and you’re off to the picnic, park or pool.  Those gorgeous herbs and cuke are from Caravan Market, of course!

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This one’s easy – give it a shot! Fortify it with some gorgeous oil-packed ventresco tuna, or a good feta and make it a meal.
Bon appétit!

Cucumber Tomato Herb Salad

Cucumber Tomato Salad with Herbs
Serves 2
Fast and simple composed salad.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
123 calories
15 g
0 g
7 g
2 g
1 g
304 g
19 g
8 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
304g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 123
Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
11%
Saturated Fat 1g
5%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 19mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 15g
5%
Dietary Fiber 3g
10%
Sugars 8g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
27%
Vitamin C
45%
Calcium
6%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 large heirloom tomato, diced
  2. 1 persian cucumber, diced
  3. 1/2" slice of sweet onion, diced
  4. 1/4 c. chopped parsley
  5. 1 Tbsp fresh mint, juilienned
  6. 2 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  7. 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  8. 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Combine in a bowl.
  2. Eat.
  3. S&P at your discretion.
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carbs
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Blueberry Cheat-a-Granita, or Dessert in 60 Seconds

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It was Mother’s Day dinner. I’d thought to skip dessert, since Bill is supposed to be avoiding sugar and flour and all that. But as we sat talking after our meal, it just felt weird without dessert. Then I remembered that HUGE bag of Costco blueberries in the freezer and thought of something I’m betting thousands have thought of before: run those fuckers through the food processor. Put Bill’s in a dish, and then do it again with some sugar for me and mom.  It was awesome – but the sugar was grainy, so it was time to refine.

When I redid it for this post, I thought I’d try it with my favorite liqueurs and some powdered sugar to avoid graininess.
BlueBerryGranita6medOut of the liqueur round, the Chambord won hands down. The Grand Marnier overpowered the berries.  But, honestly, I liked the powdered sugar the best. Although I bet a drizzle of Chambord topped with some sweetened whipped heavy cream….well, that will have to wait for another post.

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It took longer to assemble the equipment than it did to make dessert. And, it keeps in the freezer if you make too much. Please try this – it’s a new favorite at our house.  Himself sprinkles on some Truvia, I sprinkle on some powdered sugar and it’s dessert all around.

Blueberry Cheat-a-Granita
Serves 4
Granita in 60 seconds
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60 calories
14 g
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1 g
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117 g
1 g
10 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
117g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 60
Calories from Fat 6
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 1mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 10g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
5%
Calcium
1%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 c. frozen blueberries
  2. Sweetener to taste
Instructions
  1. Dump the berries in the food processor.
  2. Whir until it looks like granita.
Notes
  1. Serve and sprinkle with powdered sugar, or drizzle with Chambord and top with whipped heavy cream.
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Pumpkin Coffee Cake Redux

It’s Mother’s Day weekend, and I just don’t feel like a full post. So, a blast from the past it is. This coffee cake from White on Rice is just amazing.  Office mates went gaga for this one. Maybe because it was real pumpkin from Willcox, roasted the day before? Don’t know – but you should make this . It’s really good. 

 

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Mini Oven Omelettes …. (moo? really? yes.)

Mini Oven Omelette

 

Ah, the joys of getting old. Bill was recently diagnosed as pre-diabetic, and had to make some major dietary changes.  Essentially eliminating sugars from his diet for six weeks, then he gets to slowly reintroduce them.  So, no more cereals for brekkie.

Thank goodness for the interwebs.  We’ve been experimenting with making little omelettes in a jumbo muffin pan.  Honestly, it’s been pretty awesome – a grab-n-go for workweek mornings. 

This week we have spinach, onion, bacon and tomato.  Hope you try it, and like it!
Spinach Bacon Tomato Omelettes

 

Spinach Tomato Bacon Mini Oven Omelettes
Serves 12
Make-ahead breakfast for the week
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
181 calories
5 g
376 g
11 g
15 g
4 g
146 g
503 g
1 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
146g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 181
Calories from Fat 102
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
17%
Saturated Fat 4g
19%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 376mg
125%
Sodium 503mg
21%
Total Carbohydrates 5g
2%
Dietary Fiber 1g
6%
Sugars 1g
Protein 15g
Vitamin A
26%
Vitamin C
10%
Calcium
8%
Iron
13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 c. fresh baby spinach, washed & chopped
  2. 1/4 white onion, grated
  3. 6 crispy sliced of cooked bacon, chopped
  4. 24 eggs, beaten with
  5. 20 shakes of salt
  6. 20 twists from the pepper mill
  7. 20 grates of fresh nutmeg
  8. 4 small tomatoes, cut in to thre slices each. Or 12 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half.
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Line the *jumbo* muffin tin cups with liners. (I just used parchment that I molded on the bottom of a jar)
  3. Evenly distribute the spinach in the liners.
  4. Then the onion.
  5. Then the bacon.
  6. Carefully pour the egg mixture in to the cups, about 1/2 to 2/3 up.
  7. Carefully place the sliced tomato on top.
  8. Bake 20 minutes.
  9. Cool and wrap in wax paper for a great grab-n-go.
  10. These reheat in a powerful 'wave in about 40 seconds.
Notes
  1. These freeze beautifully, too.
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fat
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protein
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carbs
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