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How to Cook Everything: Vegetarian November 20, 2008

Filed under: Misc. — cookinghussy @ 2:55 pm

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I got a new cookbook. I don’t use cookbooks that often. I love Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Cooking, for the recipes as well as the beautiful book and pictures. Beyond that, I find recipes from cooking blogs or websites. One of the sites I follow is Mark Bittman’s from the NYTimes.com. Bitten. I also got into the PBS show, On The Road Again, where Bittman, Mario Batali, Gwyneth Paltrow and some attractive Spanish actor named Claudia Bassols drive all over Spain and eat and talk about food. htce-veg-text

So, I decided to buy a Mark Bittman cookbook. The one that interested me the most was the vegetarian cookbook. I really do try to limit the amount of meat I cook for many reasons. I’ve recently read Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma and am now reading In Defense of Food. All of these things are just pointing me towards more whole foods and less meat. This new cookbook covers everything! I am actually sitting down and just reading the cookbook. He has so much information on the basics of food. And it will be perfect for next summer’s CSA. When I get some random vegetable that I really don’t know what to do with, I’ll just go to the back of the book and find 5-10 great recipes.htce-veg-size

This book is a tomb. That’s the only reason for this picture. It’s giant. I’m already marking recipes I want to try and have made 5 out of this thing already. Hurray for new cookbooks!

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Go Vote for Obama! November 3, 2008

Filed under: Misc. — cookinghussy @ 9:43 pm

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I have Type 1 diabetes. I voted for Obama for many reasons, but one of the big ones is his health care policy. I have a pre-existing condition. When an insurance company looks at me all they see is how much it’s going to cost them. Currently, our government allows them to deny me coverage. I can never go without group health coverage through a job, which is the only kind that will take me (though some make me wait several months, which means I pay big bucks to a COBRA plan). It does not matter that I eat healthy, check my blood sugar 10+ times a day and maintain a great A1c below 6%, stay in shape and just ran a 10 mile race, and keep my cholesterol in line. Barack Obama believes that insurance companies should not deny coverage for pre-exisiting conditions. Go vote for Obama!

 

Rhubarb and Strawberry Compote June 22, 2008

Filed under: Appetizer,Misc. — cookinghussy @ 7:28 pm

I found this recipe in Bon Appeite and was looking forward to rhubarb in my CSA so I could make it. I made this on Father’s Day with baked french toast. YUM.

3 cups rhubarb – chopped
1 pint strawberries – halved
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup splenda
1/4 cup water
3 T. mint

Cook rhubarb with sugar, splenda and water in a nonstick skillet for 7-10 minutes or until rhubarb cooks down. Add strawberries for another few minutes. Transfer to a bowl and mix in mint. Serve with french toast.

Notes: I really enjoyed this compote and loved the fresh mint.

Servings: 6+

 

Maui. Still enjoying the sun. June 6, 2008

Filed under: Misc. — cookinghussy @ 4:43 pm

 

Maui, here I come. May 30, 2008

Filed under: Misc. — cookinghussy @ 1:35 pm

I won’t be posting new recipes this week as I’ll off on vacation. In Maui. While I’m in Maui, I’ll be trying the local favorites:

Shave Ice: So much more than a snow cone.

Plate Lunch: Meat. Rice. Macaroni salad?

Poke: Raw fish right out of the ocean. Drool.

Mai Tai: Uh, not really Hawaiian, but I’ll be enjoying a few anyway.

If I end up having internet access, I’ll probably post some pictures during the week. There will be some hiking, beaching, eating, and luau-ing. Maui, here I come.

 

“Goddess Dressing” May 24, 2008

Filed under: Misc. — cookinghussy @ 10:46 pm

First off, let me start by saying while this syrup contain seems like a good container for dressing, it’s not. But on the bright side, once I use up this dressing, I’ll have a lovely syrup dispenser! This dressing is from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen and is her “Annie’s Goddess Dressing” wannabe. I’ve been enjoying it all week.

6 ounces lite firm silken tofu
1/4 C. water
1 1/2 T. cider vinegar
2 T. lemon juice
2 t. low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. sesame oil
1 T. tahini
2 green onions, white parts removed, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 large clove garlic

Toss all ingredients into a food processor or blender and process until nice and smooth. Enjoy on your favorite salad!

Notes: I really enjoyed this dressing and it’s a nice alternative to the high fructose laden, high fat dressing from the grocery store.

Servings: Lots

 

Grilling: Zucchini and Sweet Potato May 22, 2008

Filed under: Misc. — cookinghussy @ 10:21 am

So far, I think my favorite thing about my grill pan is making the grill marks on my food. Talk about a fun time! Anyway, I grilled vegetables. And they got grill marks. And I was happy.

1 zucchini – sliced
1 sweet potato – peeled and sliced
Italian dressing
ground cumin, salt and oil

Rinse and dry zucchini and then slice. Marinade in italian dressing for a while before grilling. Tasty! Peel the sweet potato and slice. Either par boil or (*gasp*) microwave in a bowl with a little water for 2-3 minutes. This will cook the potato so you just have to get a nice crisp outside when grilling. Dry and spray with oil. Sprinkle with cumin, salt and pepper. Heat the grill and spray with oil. Grill zucchini and sweet potato until you get nice grill marks. Flip and repeat. Eat.

Notes: I’m sure the zucchini would benefit from a little grated parm, but I’m going to Hawaii in two weeks. I don’t need extra cheese.

Servings: 1 – 2 servings