Thursday Night Nicoise Salad

Thursday Night Nicoise Salad
Allow all of your salad stars to shine on their own. Dress each component of your salad individually and pile onto a platter. Simple food is just so darn pretty. Make something like this whatever you have on hand!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

COOK PLANT WEED WORK EAT SELL LAUGH TALK BAKE LEARN WRITE LISTEN DRINK LIVE HELP LOVE READ SHOP CLEAN PRAY BUY KISS WALK SMILE INSPIRE

SO, WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU? 

RAPINI & "CALAMARATA" (DE CECCO PASTA THAT LOOKS LIKE CALAMARI) - - - OH MY, THIS PASTA IS SMOTHERED IN A MELTINGLY DELICIOUS NATURAL SAUCE OF SPICY ITALIAN SAUSAGE, ADDICTIVE RAPINI, FRESHLY GRATED PARMESAN AND PECORINO ROMANO. I THINK I GAINED 5 LBS THE NIGHT WE FEASTED ON THIS. OH WELL. REMEMBER THE GIRL FROM THE MOVIE, PULP FICTION? SHE THOUGHT POTS WERE SEXY. 

TRY THIS FOR YOUR NEXT QUICK, HEALTHY SALAD. THINLY SLICE A NICE BIG PORTABELLA MUSHROOM AND SOME SWEET ONION. COMBINE WITH A SMALL AMOUNT OF FRESH BABY SPINACH (MORE MUSHROOMS THAN SPINACH) . . . ADD A LITTLE CRUMBLED BLUE CHEESE OR GORGONZOLA, A DRIZZLE OF OLIVE OIL, A SPLASH OF WHITE BALSAMIC VINEGAR AND SOME SALT & PEPPER. DELICIOUS AND NUTRITIOUS. MAYBE WE'LL CALL THAT "DAN". I LOVE ACRONYMS. 
 
THESE PRETTY LITTLE DEVILED EGGS WERE SPIKED WITH FINELY MINCED CHIPOTLE CHILES AND A DAB OF ADOBO SAUCE. A SPRINKLING OF SMOKY SPANISH PAPRIKA AND CAYENNE PEPPER ADORNED THE TOPS AND THEN FINALLY, A LITTLE MORE FOOD JEWELRY, FRESHLY PICKED CHIVES AND CHIVE BLOSSOMS. OH SO CUTE FOR A MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SNACK. I KNOW. I KNOW. WHAT CAN I SAY? THOSE CHIVE BLOSSOMS WERE CALLING MY NAME. 




DO YOU HAVE AN ICE CREAM MAKER? IF YOU DO, TRY THIS. IT'S THE WORLD'S EASIEST LEMON SORBET. CREAMY AND TART. REFRESHING AND FAT FREE. OK, WHATEVER, IT HAS TONS OF SUGAR, YOU'RE THINKING, RIGHT? QUIT BEING A BUZZ-KILL. MAKE SOME TODAY. ASK HANNAH. IT'S A CINCH. 1 CUP OF SUGAR. 1 CUP OF WATER. 1 CUP OF FRESHLY SQUEEZED LEMON JUICE. 1 TABLESPOON OF LEMON ZEST. GOT IT? BRING THE SUGAR AND WATER JUST TO A BOIL, WHILE STIRRING TO DISSOLVE THE SUGAR. REMOVE FROM THE HEAT TO COOL. IN THE MEANTIME, ZEST A LEMON OR TWO UNTIL YOU HAVE ABOUT A TABLESPOON OF ZEST. JUICE ENOUGH LEMONS UNTIL YOU HAVE 1 CUP OF JUICE. ONCE THE SIMPLE SYRUP HAS COOLED (TOSS THE POT IN THE FRIDGE TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS). IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE COLD. JUST NOT HOT, OK? ADD THE JUICE AND ZEST TO THE SYRUP. POUR INTO YOUR ICE CREAM MAKER AND CHURN AWAY FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES OR SO UNTIL YOU HAVE A CREAMY AND MOUTHWATERING SORBET. CLEANSE YOUR PALATE TODAY.

Wishing you a summer filled with everything you savor.

With love from Katie, under the June moon.

Mediterranean Fish Stew

Mediterranean Fish Stew
A KPK cross between Spanish style Cod and French Boullabaisse

Smoky Spanish Albondigas Soup

Smoky Spanish Albondigas Soup

Summer Vegetable Soup

Summer Vegetable Soup
aka "Got-To-Go" Soup, inspired by Louie

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Love, Katie ~ I am so glad you're here! Stay awhile!

Super Healthy Salad

Super Healthy Salad
. . . featuring Roasted Rutabagas (or Swede Turnips, if you wish)

Grilled Corn with Tarragon Cream

Grilled Corn with Tarragon Cream
Click on the image to link to a simple and lovely recipe at Fine Cooking

Cinnamon Pecan Katies

Cinnamon Pecan Katies
Yes I Did

Forbidden Rice Salad

Forbidden Rice Salad
Black "Forbidden Rice" from China is delicious and loaded with antioxidants

Pasta with Hot Pancetta, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Parmesan & Power Greens

Pasta with Hot Pancetta, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Parmesan & Power Greens

Indian Carrot Salad

Indian Carrot Salad

Fluffy Milk Chocolate Mini Cupcakes with Softly Whipped Cocoa Cream

Fluffy Milk Chocolate Mini Cupcakes with Softly Whipped Cocoa Cream

Asparagus & Mozzarella Frittata

Asparagus & Mozzarella Frittata

Grilled Eggplant is Layered Up for an Eggplant Gratin with Fresh Basil and 4 Cheeses

Grilled Eggplant is Layered Up for an Eggplant Gratin with Fresh Basil and 4 Cheeses

Oven Roasted Plum Tomatoes

Oven Roasted Plum Tomatoes

Oven Roasted Herb Butter Turkey Breast, Gemstone Potatoes & Buttery Peas

Oven Roasted Herb Butter Turkey Breast, Gemstone Potatoes & Buttery Peas

Egg Ribbon Salad with Pancetta & Shaved Parmesan

Egg Ribbon Salad with Pancetta & Shaved Parmesan

Fresh Strawberry Slices & Whole Raspberries tucked into cream cheese frosted vanilla cupcakes

Fresh Strawberry Slices & Whole Raspberries tucked into cream cheese frosted vanilla cupcakes

Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops

Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops
an outdoor grill regular at the crib

Smokin' Beets

Smokin' Beets

Roasted Beet & Potato Salad

Roasted Beet & Potato Salad

Rosemary Flatbread

Rosemary Flatbread

"Hola" from Mi Pueblo, San Jose, CA

"Hola" from Mi Pueblo, San Jose, CA

Rapini Frittata

Rapini Frittata

Healthy Portabella

Healthy Portabella

Italian Tuna & Cannellini Bean Salad with D'Amato's Focaccia

Italian Tuna & Cannellini Bean Salad with D'Amato's Focaccia

Fried Asparagus

Fried Asparagus

Day Off Breakfast

Day Off Breakfast
Boiled Eggs & Whole Grain Toast ~ Simple Pleasures are the BEST!

Last Minute Lentil Soup

Last Minute Lentil Soup
with carrots, celery, and a little kale . . . topped with a heap of conchigliette pasta and parmigiano reggiano

A Sampling of Christmas

A Sampling of Christmas
KPK Pecan Shortbread Cookies and Almond Cookies