Saturday, June 25, 2011

Getting Back to (Ab)normal, Zzyzx Kitchen Style

First off, I send a big kiss to my Danish stalkers.  I still wish you'd register, but I'm glad that you're out there.

Next, I'll admit it.  I'm a Gemini.  I'm all about keeping up the blog and then - OOH, SHINY! - and hope I saved the recipe doc.  I need to keep up a schedule for you guys, to make sure that I get new drink and food recipes to you, keep up my "Five Questions for a Farmer" (easier since Lou got me a digital voice recorder for my birthday) series, report on what's new from the farms each week around the PNW (it's all about squash flowers this week in Seattle), and general observations from the land of eating local.

I'll (try) to have my farmer interviews up by Tuesday.  Drink recipes on Wed, a main course, starter, maybre brunch, and, of course, dessert.  By now, you know the my tastebuds run all over the map, but I'll try to keep it in a single hemisphere each week.

Also, there's the garden.  We got our first squash blossom today, and Mom and Lou told me not to eat it.  They will, no doubt, keep it for themselves.  I'm keeping watch.  I'll take another garden inventory, and I also think a "What do Zanne's people eat each week?" log.  That might be pretty boring, or, it might poke me in the ass and make me cook some more interesting food.

Ess, bench, sei a mensch

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Recent Meals

  • Grilled (in the rain) marinated top sirloin w/my Steak Frite and London Pub Sauce
  • Fried chayote
  • Roasted aubergine, zucchini, and yellow squash
  • Soft garlic sandwich rolls, and we made meatball sandwiches
  • Sirloin rubbed with cardamom-laced Turkish coffee
  • Chocolate truffles w/rum and bourbon
  • Petit fours
  • Florentine cookies drizzled with chocolate
  • 13-Bean soup w/parmesan rind and leftover ham
  • Apple spice cardamom muffins
  • Guinnes-injected pot roast
  • Cran-blueberry corn muffins
  • Spaghetti and meatballs - basic, but always a hit in this house
  • Hummus w/roasted garlic, olive, red pepper, and smoked paprika
  • Veggie stirfry w/julienned baby carrots, green peppers, garlic, chickpeas, and balsamic, served over Chinese Black Forbidden Rice
  • Ginger-carrot cake
  • Ginger cranberry mojito
  • Lime-cranberry-mint-strawberry seltzer
  • Lavender-mint iced tea
  • Trip to Beirut: Shish taouk, shish kebab, halvah, garlic naan, rice pilaf w/figs, raisins, and pecans, w/my famous lemon-mint-garlic Lebanese potatoes
  • London Broil w/a wilted spinach and mustard green salad with a bacon, balsamic, and mustard dressing
  • Sweet and red potato pancakes w/zucchini and peppers w/chicken apple sausage
  • Italian wedding soup w/homemade croutons and meatballs
  • "Rock the Casbah" Cardamom, Ginger, Apple Pork Roast w/Armadillo Rice (for you fans of The Clash who remember the cover of Combat Rock)
  • Individual Quiche Lorraine
  • Prosciutto-wrapped beef cubes w/mustard pan sauce
  • Chicken Sausage w/garlic naan and dijon mustard - Lou and I were really drunk.
  • Salt potatoes, mixed fingerlings, lightly mashed, with lot of butter
  • Focaccia w/garlic, onions, mozarella and cherry tomatoes
  • Rosemary and lavender bread
  • Spicy greens and spinach salad w/fresh mozzarella pearls, strawberries, and a strawberry vinegarette
  • Polenta casserole w/cheese and squash baked IN acorn squash halves