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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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Lacto-fermented pickles.

This year I told myself I would learn how to can and also try to preserve food more. I always seem to have some whey on hand after making cheese or clabbering our raw milk, so why not start lacto-fermenting vegetables? I decided on making a small batch of pickles because I have such a weak spot for them!

This past weekend was a bit of a rough one for me and when I’m under stress I either try to get outdoors or make something in the kitchen. I don’t necessarily eat to comfort myself, but I do enjoy cooking because it brings a sense of calm. Even if it’s the first time I try a recipe!

I used the recipe from Nourishing Days for reference, and there’s also a recipe for cortido which is something I grew up with and adore. My grandmother didn’t lacto-ferment the cortido she made, but it was delicious anyway!

My pickles turned out tasty, but not as crunchy as I’d like. I’ve read that putting a grape or oak leaf in the jar helps with keeping the pickles crispy due to the tannin. I’ll try that next time if I can manage to find some!

Note to self: LEARN HOW TO FORAGE. Here is a fantastic resource on foraging in Colorado from one of my favorite real food blogs – Rendering Lard.

 
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Posted by on Tuesday 10 August 2010 in a day in the life, homemade, lacto fermentation

 

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Parker’s Pastured Poultry.

Harvested early Sunday morning, picked up that afternoon, and roasted in the oven for dinner. I haven’t had chicken this fresh in way too long! I pre-ordered 3 birds for my husband and myself.


livers and hearts.


feet.

When I got home from picking up my order, I immediately prepared the first bird for roasting. It was delicious! I’m going to save the carcass for stock, of course.


chicken rubbed with homemade butter some salt & pepper. I added chopped purple viking potatoes, onions, and unpeeled carrots from our CSA share.


I also made a side of steamed yellow wax beans tossed in some homemade pesto. Ingredients from our CSA share as well.

I cleaned my plate really well! There really is nothing like eating fresh, real food from local farmers that you know and trust. It’s hard for me to want anything else and I feel really spoiled right now.

Read my latest article for the Edible Front Range blog here.

 

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