Back in 2013, Liza Shaw joined me at Food Lit to discuss Charlotte Druckman's Skirt Steak: Women Chefs on Standing the Heat and Staying in the Kitchen. Since then Liza has taken on more heat by opening Merigan Sub Shop and was recently featured in the Chronicle's food section. My family loves beans and greens are often in our CSA box, so I had to try her recipe.
This is a recipe I've been trying to make for a while, but it is just more effort than I usually put in. Last night I swore at the cookbook and threw it on the floor after realizing too late that the quinoa had to be cooked in advance. But now that I've made it, I have to say: this stuff is crazy delicious and worth all the work.
This is just what I've been looking for, a one-pot, whole grain wonder that uses up the produce from our CSA! There is only one problem: I don't have the right pot. But then what could be better than an excuse to buy new kitchenware? For the time being I made it in the closest thing I have to a 12" cast iron skillet.
Every time I turn around there seems to be another massaged kale salad asserting its healthfulness in my direction. But the truth of the matter is, most of them are pretty tasty. This one, with maple-cayenne roasted pecans and apples is especially delicious. I recommend you try it. You won't even notice the rutabega.
This is my family's new favorite noodle recipe, from Vegetable Literacy. It is supposed to be made with kale, but tonight I only had a few leaves of usable kale, a handful of beet greens and a small cabbage. So I washed all the leaves, greens and half of the cabbage, rolled them up, sliced them thin, crumpled them up with salt and oil like the recipe says and proceeded with dinner.
I like to keep chicken thighs in the freezer, they thaw quickly and make a good dinner. Today I'm using my new carbon steel wok, which my mom bought me for Christmas, from the Wok Shop in San Francisco's Chinatown. I'll tell the story of that later. It works much better than my old, heavy, cast iron wok made by a German company.
Canal House Cooking volume 8 is here! Just in time to make good use of the last of Summer's tomatoes. On p. 47, this recipe uses lots of herbs and fresh mozzarella. I'll also grill some swordfish to serve alongside (p. 61) and the Chicken Alla Deavola (p. 69) for Tuesday. If I can manage, I'll sauté some turnips we have languishing in the fridge with thyme and lemon.