Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Happy Valentine’s Day!!!! I try to spend every day like it is Valentine’s Day, telling Michael how much I love him, loving my family, my friends, my dogs, and always being kind to others. What are your Valentine’s Day plans this year?
When I think of what makes me happy when it comes to food, it isn’t something incredibly fancy or highly intricate, it is the simple comfort food that melts in your mouth and makes you feel good. We have created an elevated grilled cheese and tomato soup combo for you, a more decadent version of a loved classic. So enjoy our heirloom creamed tomato soup with a Swiss Gruyere Emmentaler grilled cheese sandwich!
*It helps to have a blender, sieve, and food brush handy, and if you cannot find a bag of grated cheese, just buy blocks and grate equal amounts.
Ingredients: serves 4
6 large heirloom tomatoes
1 large can whole peeled tomatoes
¼ cup heavy cream
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 Yellow onion
1 Tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic
3 sprigs fresh thyme
Pinch of salt
Grilled Cheese Sandwich:
Block of soft baby Swiss cheese
Grated bag of Emmentaler and Gruyere cheese (they will be under fondue cheeses)
Sliced sourdough bread
1 Tablespoon melted butter
Start by assembling your mise en place by dicing the onion and garlic and setting aside, and then chopping the heirloom tomatoes and canned tomatoes. In a large sauce pan heat oil, then add onion and garlic and cook about 5 minutes until translucent.
Add tomatoes, then parmesan rind, thyme sprigs. When you add the rind make sure that there is no paper stuck to it. Put to medium heat and let cook 25 minutes. Remove the rind and the thyme.
In small batches (if it is too large you may burn yourself), puree the tomato soup. Pour the mix into a sieve over a bowl, and using a spoon push through the sieve until you are only left with the fiber and no liquid. Discard of the fiber. Do this until all of the soup has been strained.
Pour the soup back into the sauce pan, turn to medium heat. Add butter, pinch of salt, and cream. Stir. Return to medium low to keep warm.
To make the sandwich melt a Tablespoon of butter in a bowl, then brush both sides of bread with butter, not so much that the bread will be soggy. Heat a pan to medium high heat.
Place first piece of bread in the pan. Let heat for 3 minutes, then add Emmentaler and Gruyere, then Baby Swiss. Let cook for 2 more minutes. Add next slice of bread then flip, cooking the next side for about 3-4 minutes. You just want the bread to brown and crisp, but not burn.
To serve, slice sandwiches in half, and serve with small bowl of soup and a kiss!
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Start by preheating oven to 350 degrees. Prepare the jalapenos by cutting the stem off, and slicing one side pen all the way to the tip. Using a spoon scrape out all the seeds and everything inside. Set aside.
Pull stem off of mushroom, and using a spoon scrape the gills off the bottom, and then clean with water, then dice into small pieces. Heat the oil in a small sauté pan, and sweat the mushroom until they are cooked.
In a small mixing bowl, mix together goat cheese and mushroom. Stuff the jalapenos so that they are completely filled with the cheese/ mushroom mix. Don’t overstuff though, because it will seep out in the oven.
Next to wrap the jalapenos take one serrano slice, and pull in half. Take one piece of serrano and wrap it from end to end, then the other piece around the body. Secure with a tooth pick.
Place on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
Tada!!! We hope your team wins!
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Super bowl is right around the corner, it finally drizzled for 2 seconds, and there was a chili cook-off! Do we need more reasons for a delicious chili? Not just chili, but a Korean Italian chili? I will say no more!!!
*PS Kochucara is a wonderful Korean powdered chili, and Gochujang is an equally wonderful Korean chili paste!
Ingredients: serves 10
5 lbs ground beef
5 large spicy Italian sausages
3 yellow onions
1 ½ bunches scallions
5 cloves garlic
1 cup Hoisin
¾ cup Gochujang
1/3 cup Kochucara
2 cups orange juice
2 cups tomato sauce
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
3 cans kidney beans
4 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Serrano chilies
¼ cup red wine
To start it all off create your mise en place by cubing the yellow onions, slicing the scallions, macerating the garlic, and dicing the peppers (be careful to not touch your face and wash hands after touching pepper!) Also set aside two large sauce pans, and one spaghetti pot.
In a large bowl take sausage out of the casings, and mix together with ground pork, ground beef, garlic, and scallions.
In both sauce pan heat equal amounts of olive oil. When oil is heated sauté equal amounts of yellow onion in each until becoming translucent. Add the meat mix and mash it up into smaller pieces. Let cook about 15 minutes, turning over to let cook all the way through.
Transfer to spaghetti pot. Add the rest of the ingredients and let cook for about 1 hour on medium low heat, stirring every 15 minutes so that the bottom doesn’t burn.
While it cooks over the hour test the flavor, it will change over time. You may want to add more spice, or cool it out with more orange juice. Be the master of your own chili!
Monday, January 20, 2014
Hello!!! Isn’t it wonderful to be living in 2014! No hover crafts quite yet, but amazing new things are happening every day. To update you on what we have been up to, it has been so incredibly busy for us, that is why we haven’t posted yet!
Michael has been cooking his butt off, getting back in touch with nature by going snowboarding and surfing. I have been applying to graduate school, and trying to keep my head on straight.
As part of our New Year’s resolutions we have resolved to live healthier, surf more, go to the spa more often (that’s for me), and to travel at least once out of the country this year!
What are your resolutions?
To help with this resolution here are three detox shakes, one is great for breakfast, one is great lunch, and the other is a great desert treat! They are very healthy, but very tasty. Enjoy!
To make all, just combine, and blend!!!
¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 Tablespoon almond butter
5 large strawberries
½ a banana
½ cup frozen blueberries
This shake is delicious, it has great protein to start your day, and antioxidants that will give you a burst of energy.