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, May 30, 2012

Zucchini Ribbon Salad

Here's a pretty and delicious salad that you can make while your grill is heating up this summer. Only a few ingredients and all you'll need is a vegetable peeler (or a mandoline). Try it and then add a few tweaks if you like and make it your own! Just say YES to colorful food : ) . . . 

Zucchini Ribbon Salad

3 small zucchini, washed & dried, ends removed
Parmigiano Reggiano, shaved - see below
dried oregano - a generous two pinches, rubbed
olive oil
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 small or medium ripe tomato, washed, dried, thinly sliced

Slice the zucchini lengthwise, using a vegetable peeler. You'll get the hang of it after a few slices. Place slices into a bowl as you slice. Add shards of Parm by slicing into the bowl, also using a vegetable peeler. Add a generous drizzle of olive oil and dried oregano to taste. Rub the oregano as you add it to release the flavor. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Allow to mingle for at least 15 - 30 minutes. You will see transformation take place. The zucchini will release water. The cheese will become kind of hydrated from the juices of the zucchini liquid and the oil. The oregano, salt and pepper season everything nicely. It's a mildly flavored salad that allows the zucchini to shine. Once you can see the difference in your salad . . . the slices of zucchini become more pliable and look more like ribbons instead of stiff slices and there's more liquid in the bowl.......then, add your thin slices of tomato and toss gently. Transfer to another bowl, leaving the juices behind, if you like. There will be quite a bit of liquid. If you're like us, take a sec to dunk some bread in bowl #1 and sop up the flavors! Enjoy! I'm sure this delicious salad is going to end up topping some crusty grilled ciabatta bread at "KPK At The Market's Bruschetta Bar" when zucchini is abundanza later this summer!

Ribbon Love,

Katie

Thursday, May 24, 2012

KPK At The Market May 27th


PEPPERS ARE BACK !

KPK At the Market Menu for Sunday, May 27th


This weekend's Bruschetta Bar menu will still include the Classic Tomato & Basil Bruschetta, the Baby Bella & Gorgonzola Bruschetta and returning from one week off: the Sweet Pepper Tangle Bruschetta, back by request.
See You At The Market!

We will also have lots of refreshing Herb Infused Lemonade Tea which we will be serving with a sprig of fresh mint or basil and an edible orchid . . . .  . . . . . or maybe a PANSY!

Frankfort Country Market is open every Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in historic downtown Frankfort, rain or shine. It's a great time!

Friday, May 18, 2012

KPK At The Market MENU - Sunday, May 20, 2012


KATIE’S PASSION KITCHEN 
  Bruschetta Bar!  
We serve these delicious open- 
face snacks on olive oil 
drizzled, garlic-rubbed, freshly 
grilled ciabatta bread 

FRESH TOMATO & BASIL 
FRESH RED & YELLOW GRAPE TOMATOES & 
FRESH BASIL in a lemony vinaigrette 

BABY BELLA & GORGONZOLA 
SLICED BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS marinated, 
sauteed and topped with crumbled gorgonzola 


 NEW! THIS WEEKEND
eggplant-3.pngGRILLED EGGPLANT 
GRILLED EGGPLANT topped with delectable 
sheep’s milk feta and fresh basil 

TRIO 
ONE OF EACH BRUSCHETTA (#1, #2 & #3) 
more variety/small bites~for those who want it all 

 $4.00 
 for each item on the menu

PLUS . . . DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS WEEKEND'S "COCKTAIL" SPECIAL . . . "WINE-NOT" RED SANGRIA, FRUITY, REFRESHING AND COMPLETELY LEGAL ~ SERVED WITH FRESH CITRUS & A SMILE : )


AND...WAIT, THERE'S MORE ! TRY A FRESH AND SWEET
"DOLCE DUO"
THIS WEEKEND. A FRESH BLUEBERRY BRUSCHETTA AND A FRESH STRAWBERRY BRUSCHETTA. EACH SERVED WITH ORGANIC SUGAR ON WARM & TOASTY BUTTERY GRILLED CIABATTA 

KPK At The Market 
SEE YOU AT THE FRANKFORT COUNTRY MARKET 
~ historic downtown Frankfort ~
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

KPK At The Market

KATIE'S PASSION KITCHEN is now mobile and setting up shop at the Frankfort Country Market every Sunday in May from 10 am - 2 pm. Come and see us for Mother's Day!

Our menu will be changing from time to time depending on what's fresh, what's in season, what I'm in the mood for, and what's in demand. Our mission is to keep it fresh, keep it fun and keep it delicious. All food is prepared onsite at the market!

Here's what's on the menu for Sunday, May 13, 2012:


KATIE’S PASSION KITCHEN
           Bruschetta Bar!  
We serve these delicious open-face snacks on olive oil drizzled, garlic-rubbed, freshly grilled ciabatta bread 
FRESH TOMATO & BASIL
FRESH RED & YELLOW GRAPE TOMATOES & FRESH BASIL in a lemony vinaigrette
BABY BELLA & GORGONZOLA
SLICED BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS marinated, sauteed and topped with crumbled gorgonzola
SWEET PEPPER TANGLE
RED, GREEN & ORANGE BELL PEPPERS sauteed right here in all their glory 
TRIO
ONE OF EACH BRUSCHETTA (#1, #2 & #3) more variety/small bites~for those who want it all
Bruschetta Dolce . . .
FRESH STRAWBERRY
 FRESH STRAWBERRIES and butter with organic sugar ~ rock your sweet side
 $4.00
 for each item on the menu 
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PLUS our drink special . . .


Fresh Herb Infused 
Lemonade Tea     $3.00 
Cool off today with our lemony special 
blend!  Invigorating & packed with 
freshness ~ served on the rocks with fresh 
mint leaves and an edible orchid ~  
  . . . in honor of   
wonderful mothers . . . 

“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to 
my angel mother.”Abraham Lincoln 

BOTTLED WATER/COKE/DIET COKE/SPRITE  
$1.00   

KATIE’S PASSION KITCHEN 
        


Thursday, May 3, 2012

From The Alps To Your Lips


My love affair with St-Germain continues to flourish. 
Sangria Flora. A refreshing and summery wine cocktail that will put a smile on your face and make you believe that you’re the luckiest hummingbird in town. Fragrant, floral, fruity, flirty, fresh. Try saying that a few times over after you’ve had a glass or two. Try saying it right now. Laughs. Buy yourself (or someone you love - or someone you want to love you) a bottle of St-Germain and treat yourself to a bouquet of loveliness. Seductive. Delicious. Memorable. Elderflower blossoms are a pretty far stretch from your every day hops and barley, I’d say. Take note of the post I wrote about The St-Germain Cocktail. Sheesh, that was in 2008? 
My loves only grows stronger.

SANGRIA FLORA
1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc or other dry white wine
1 cup St-Germain
2 fresh peaches, sliced or diced
5-6 fresh strawberries, sliced or quartered
6 fresh raspberries, whole
1 bunch fresh grapes, red or green, sliced, halved or whole
Stir ingredients in a pitcher or carafe. Soak for approximately 15 minutes or longer. Serve in an ice-filled glass with more fresh fruit. . . created by Lynnette Marrero and slightly adapted here . . . Source: St-Germain
Try this with Prosecco if you're in the mood for a little sparkle. I've made it with apricots, apples and strawberries. The pitcher above was made with pears, strawberries and a Sicilian orange. I also added a splash each of apricot and orange liqueurs.  Be creative. Be fresh. And eat your fruit.
Chirp, Chirp
Love, Katie

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

MORE 4 U

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For more posts (articles), recipes, stories and pictures, you can scroll up (in the right column under "What You Missed") and click on 2008, 2009 2010, 2011, 2012 or 2013. As of June, 2013, there are are total of 139 posts in KPK. You can spend more time here when you know where to look, right?! Another way to enjoy my kitchen is to click on any items of interest in the section entitled "Passion Posts", also up above in the right column.

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