Thursday, June 28, 2012

Rare Italian

This little Italian girl prepares very little Italian food. Tonight, I was in the mood. For the pasta that is! Asiago and pine nut ravioli from Rising Moon topped with a red sauce I whipped up myself.
A homemade red sauce doesn't have to simmer for hours to be good. This one took me about 15 minutes and tasty delightful.
1 tablespoon oil,1 clove of garlic, minced, 1 large can of whole peeled tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a skillet on medium heat and add the garlic. After two or three minutes add the tomatoes. I then diced the tomatoes in the pan (I prefer the consistency of whole peeled tomatoes over the diced so I buy the whole and dice them myself). Simmer with salt and pepper for about 10 minutes before adding the basil. Stir in and add to the pasta of your choice!
Classic salad on the side with Annie's Roasted Garlic salad dressing. Yum!
Some vino and candles for romance :)
Top with some parm! After dinner we went to see Brave. It was really cute!

Taco Monday

We went through a phase of having tacos every tuesday. We got a little out of hand with our taco consumption though... Dontcha just love a good taco though? 
Yes these are taco plates! My mom passed them over to us because of our love of tacos...first time using them! They're awesome!
Refrieds, lettuce, tomato, shredded jack, plain greek yogurt (you'll never know it's not sour cream!) and avocado in blue corn shells.
Sriracha on top (duh!) Masterpiece! I chomped down three of these things and loved every bite! 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

What's A Kohlrabi?

This weeks farm share included kohlrabi, a vegetable I had never cooked with or even seen before. I was excited to give it a try though! It sort of looked like part octopus part beet but is actually a relative to cabbage and broccoli. Before deciding how to eat this weird monster I hit the world wide web to get some tips on preparation. A couple sites a came across instructed to peel, slice and add to a salad. So that's what I did!
The closest comparison I could make for the flavor of the kohlrabi would probably be a more tender broccoli stock.
I thinly slice these to kohlrabi as well as about a cub of carrots, a cucumber and scallions  and tossed them in a vinaigrette made of a 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, a teaspoon of sugar and a diced shallot. Salt & peppered to taste. It was really simple, fresh, and tasty!
For the main event we had black bean burgers topped with a slice of cheddar, avocado, tomato and lettuce on a piece of wheat bread.
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Date Night

Friday night is date night in this house. The weather was beautiful and we headed out to drink and dine wherever the wind blew us. We checked out a newish restaurant on Congress Street called LFK. We had never been there before but it was very busy and had a cool atmosphere.  We looked over the menu over a couple of drinks and it looked really good. However, we were already on the list for a table across the street at Boda.
Vino Verde for me and a brew for the man-friend. There are so many amazing restaurants in Portland we try to try new places as much as possible, but we keep going back to Boda because it's sooo tasty.
Quail eggs with soy sauce and scallions, delicious!!
We both ordered our favorite entrees. The Yellow Curry Jay for me! Beef Panaeng for my date.
Yumm!! Great date :)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Farm Fresh Asian

I spent the day at the beach today where I got a little too much sun. I always think my olive complexion shields me from burns but man am I wrong! I will smarten up and lather myself in sunscreen next time! This weeks farm share consisted of zucchini, greens and scallions (among a few other things that I haven't used yet). Tossed in my wok with garlic, chinese five spice, soy sauce, carrots, celery and tofu and this asian inspired delight was ready in just minutes!
I served over rice noodles that I lightly tossed with a teaspoon of sesame oil so they wouldn't stick together. I've never made the same stir fry twice. Get creative! You really can't mess these up I swear! I had never cooked with chinese five spice and it's been sitting in my cupboard for a couple months waiting to be used. It added a great layer of flavor!
Shown here with chop sticks that only lasted a couple bites... too tough with the long noodles!
Have a wonderful night! 

Wonderful Whaddapita

Last night I met my gal-pal Maggie for dinner at Whaddapita. It was within walking distance from her house and I had never been. Perfect! I was so pleased with their awesome menu and friendly staff (located on Forest Ave in Portland). Delighted by multiple vegetarian pita options I asked for a recommendation (I almost always do, partially because I'm indecisive and partially because the staff must know best!). 
I went with the suggested eggplant pita which consisted of eggplant dip, feta, tomato, onions, and french fries (inside!). Wrapped up in a freshly made pita. It was awesome!!! Being the awesome girl friend I am, the man-friend even got to text in his order to me and have it brought home :) He loved his too!
Sorry that this was taken after the first bite...this happens sometimes when I'm super hungry. I forget I am a blogger and just dive in :)
Baklava to split for dessert!! We'll definitely be back!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Maple and Banana Oats

Good morning! This beautiful weather week has begun! Maybe I'll even make it to the beach one day... 
Oatmeal to start the day out right. I honestly don't love adding banana to my oats because I think it's almost too filling. Maybe half a banana next time. 1/2 cup of organic rolled oats in a sauce pan. Simmer with 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of milk of your choice (I use light vanilla soy). Sprinkle of cinnamon and some maple syrup for sweetness :) 
A little granola on top for a little CRUNCH. Almond butter too!
Enjoy the day!

Gone to Camp

I rushed upta camp (gratuitous Mainer-ism) Saturday night to spend Father's Day with my family. *Sigh* it sure is easy to sleep in the woods! So quite I was awoken by the loons...nothing better! 
Coffee on the dock followed by huevos rancheros! (Mine is piled very high!) Scrambled eggs, black beans, salsa, sour cream, cheese, olives and shredded cheddar! I was reeeeeally missing my sriracha though...note to self: bring it upta camp ASAP!
...and how could I forget my bloody mary with SHRIMP! Mom had one too :)
At camp we eat off paper plates!
Snack time :)
We kayaked for a bit and then got back to what we do best cooking/eating :) 
Grilled salmon (marinated in molasses) and shrimp 
Baked veggies came to party too. Time to get back to work! I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Wedding Goers

This past weekend we traveled to Vermont for the wedding of my good friends Erin and Dana. You may recall shower pictures from a few weeks back! The wedding was in Grand Isle right outside Burlington on Lake Champlain. In preparation for the 4+ hour drive we picked up breakfast sandwiches to enjoy (quite carefully) on the road. I had never been to OhNo Cafe in Portland before but I had heard great things about it. I got the #6 which consisted of cucumber, tomato, spinach, onion (I opted out of the that) and cream cheese on a bialy. YUM! Great start to the trip!
We got to Burlington a couple hours before we could check in the the Lake House (the venue for the wedding where the bridal party and the family were all staying) so we walked around a bit and Ben (Sarah's boyfriend/our Burlington tour guide) suggested we eat at Sweet Waters which offered a lovely outdoor dining area.
Good food and drinks! Now, off to the wedding!
Cool favors! Local organic soap and maple cotton candy :) YUM!! (not the soap ;) )
For dinner there was stations set up around the porch. Poached salmon with dill sauce was my favorite!
and cake pops too! Margarita and amaretto flavor! Delish! Dancing the night away followed :) We had a great time! Congratulations Erin and Dana!!!