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Roasted potato salad.

I love potato salad, but don’t love it when it is dressed too heavily. Roasting the potatoes also makes a much tastier “salad,” I think, and the addition of fresh herbs is also a plus. Recently I made some lacto-fermented mayonnaise and it came out interesting especially since I used part coconut oil and good quality olive oil and raw apple cider vinegar. I thought it tasted great and it was a nice change from the usual potato salad!

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Posted by on Tuesday 24 August 2010 in a day in the life, homemade

 

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Know where your food comes from.

Thank you to the real farmers who are doing it right. That is all! :)

 
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Posted by on Saturday 21 August 2010 in a day in the life, thoughts

 

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Banana bread.

I really love banana bread and I’m sure I’ve written other blog posts about it. I especially love banana bread when I find a recipe that blows me away every time I make it. I’ve only been baking with sprouted whole wheat, spelt, or rye flour when I do bake now and I like this recipe a lot. I usually like a mix of sprouted whole wheat & spelt flours and I like to add 5 bananas instead of 4, 2 eggs, some cinnamon, a splash of milk (depending on how dry the day is) and sometimes some dark chocolate chunks, some good quality unsweetened coconut, or a mix of nuts. When I don’t have ghee, I use virgin coconut oil and a little bit of homemade yoghurt.

The smell of freshly baked banana bread always makes me happy!

 
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Posted by on Tuesday 17 August 2010 in a day in the life, homemade

 

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Summer vegetable ratatouille.

My husband and I recently had a date night in Denver and we decided to make reservations at Duo, which is a nice seasonal farm to plate restaurant. We both really enjoyed the meal from start to finish and the service was also excellent. They really did a great job with highlighting the fresh, seasonal Colorado ingredients without over-seasoning anything. I’m usually hesitant to get dessert because a lot of the times I’m disappointed, but I can’t say enough how excellent their desserts were as well! Just like our appetizers & main courses, the desserts were a perfect balance of flavors. More importantly, they were not overly sweet! This was hands down the best meal we’ve had in a Colorado restaurant (so far)! There are so many restaurants to explore here, of course! I can’t believe we haven’t gone to more restaurants in Denver and Boulder and we’ve been here a year.

Our dinner also brought back a rush of memories of when I used to work in restaurants in NYC. Front and back of the house. It seems so long ago and I suppose it really was! What good, brief, and crazy times those were. I literally fell into those jobs mostly by accident, but I thought I was going to be a professional chef. In the end I realized that wasn’t for me.

Anyway, I recently found a few notebooks that I used to jot down recipes or thoughts in and I found a ratatouille recipe from a French sous chef. Well, it wasn’t so much a recipe but a list of ingredients and funny comments. I figured since we had so many lovely vegetables from our CSA, I needed to make a batch.

Ratatouille is always so much better 1-2 days after preparing it, especially at room temperature. I like roasting the eggplant while I sautée the other vegetables separately and then cooking the ingredients together so that the flavors blend nicely. I used 1 eggplant, 4 different kinds of smallish squash, a green bell pepper, 3 small leeks, 4 crushed garlic cloves, dried thyme, fresh basil, and a few tomatoes. I like adding some dried chili flakes as well to give it a bit of a kick.

We ate it with a fried egg on top and a bit of California mission extra virgin olive oil. The leftovers will be eaten with some grilled pastured pork chops. So simple and satisfying!

 
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Posted by on Sunday 15 August 2010 in a day in the life

 

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This is Summer.

I’ve been waiting for tomato season it seems like forever! Now it’s here and even though Summer started back in June, it’s “official” for me now. I decided to use our lovely raw milk to make a small batch of mozzarella to go along with some Costoluto Fiorentino tomatoes (from Larga Vista Ranch) and basil (from Venetucci Farm). I recently bought a nice bottle of California mission extra virgin olive oil and voilà, our Saturday lunch!

So now I have some whey leftover which I can use in lacto-fermenting and of course to make ricotta!

 
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Posted by on Saturday 14 August 2010 in a day in the life, Colorado, grassfed, homemade

 

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