Posts tagged ‘spinach’

June 12, 2012

Baby Heirloom Tomatoes with Sorrel, Avocado & Yogurt Puree, Marinated Fennel, Brazil Nuts


Summer is in the air, and I’m California dreaming……

It’s just about time to shutter up the house, pack our bags, our little dog, and head to the West coast. How blessed are we, to be able to spend the summers with our much missed family and friends, and in my opinion, in one of the best places on the planet – Santa Cruz, CA! Ok, I may be a little bias, considering this is my hometown and all. So, dust off those winter lists girls (you know who you are), we have lots of exciting things to see, eat, smell, discover ~ and most importantly, enjoy our time spent together.


I’d like you to meet Bailey Sterling…

Baby Heirloom Tomatoes with Sorrel, Avocado & Yogurt Puree, Marinated Fennel, Brazil Nut Powder

Now, about this amazing salad.
I know, I know… it’s not quite summer, but I couldn’t resist these beautiful baby heirlooms. By layering the salad, not tossing it with the dressings, you get to enjoy all of the components; each bite is slightly different from the last. The subtle sorrel – avocado puree pools the bottom of the platter, allowing you to coat each tomato as you go. I made the marinated fennel slightly acidic so it wakes up the entire dish as it runs through the tomatoes. The sweetness of the brazil nut powder ties everything together.

June 27, 2011

Watercress and Spinach Salad with Blood Oranges, Strawberries & Vanilla-Cardamom Vinaigrette

Watercress and Spinach Salad with Blood Oranges, Strawberries & Vanilla-Cardamom Vinaigrette

I was super excited to receive some gorgeous blood oranges in my CSA share along with baby spinach and watercress. Of course, I immediately thought of a bright summer salad. I wanted to “warm” it up a bit with a vinaigrette made with cardamom and vanilla beans which are highly aromatic and go extremely well with sweet fruits. You can add fresh ricotta (see recipe here) and candied bacon (see recipe here) to make this (already) tasty salad out of this world. ~Kelly

Countdown to Hapa Ramen 1 week + 1 day

March 23, 2011

Nicoise Salad and Quick Pickled Cucumbers


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Julia Child, what a true inspiration. It was her that made the Salade Nicoise famous here in America and was one of her favorite main course salads. The classic has tomato wedges, boiled new potatoes, hard boiled eggs, leafy lettuce and canned tuna. I’ve changed it up to suit my taste (and to use what came in my CSA share). I used sweet potatoes, soft boiled eggs, baby spinach, heirloom cherry tomatoes, fresh seared tuna and I added the olives and anchovy to the vinaigrette. My version may be debated by purists and not considered a true Salade Nicoise (sorry Julia), but I think she would have approved of this one. “Bon Appétit!”

I pickle anything and everything I can get my hands on. Beets, green beans, cabbage, carrots, jalapenos – sour, sweet or spicy, it doesn’t matter, it’s all good to me. At this moment I have beets, radishes and jalapenos in my fridge patiently waiting to be added to burgers, salads, a sauce or cocktail. I find myself pickling the fresh vegetables I can’t seem to eat quick enough. You know how it is to have a fridge full of beautiful vegetables knowing that it’s not humanly possible to plow through them all before you start having casualties, or to have no choice but to make yet another Ratatouille or soup surprise. So I pickle them to enjoy later – no pressure, no guilt.

March 6, 2011

#2 Getting Comfy with your CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Share

I received some exciting (Lemons and Avocados!) and not so exciting veggies (sorry Broccoli and Cauliflower) this week. Let’s get started on my next CSA share, I have some great recipes on the way. Here’s a peek inside box #2.

(Fuji Apples, Orange Cauliflower, Broccoli, Sweet Colorful Mini Peppers, Cucumbers, Vine Ripe Tomatoes, Hass Avocado, Local Florida Green Beans, White Button Mushrooms, Lemons, Spinach, Mint)


Upcoming Menu
Moroccan Roasted Cauliflower

Spaghetti with Broccoli, Lemon and Walnuts
Quick Pickled Cucumbers
Salade Nicoise
Mushroom Tartlets
Apple and Blue Cheese Turnovers
Lemon Tart
French Apple Cake

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