Friday, July 25, 2014

Salad Niçoise

I love this salad. Salad Niçoise. I love the eggs, the tuna, the potatoes and the green beans. I have been thinking for sometime it would be perfect for dinner. Tonight I finally made it. The tuna was canned. The green beans, potatoes and lettuce were from Jake's Farm Stand. The tomatoes were from our plant on the deck. Wow. It was the best tomato we have had all season. The dressing was a quick vinaigrette, cider vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper.

Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

National Hot Dog Day

Honestly, I did not know that today was National Hot Dog Day when I planned dinner. I had picked up Bison Dogs at Roberts and thought we would give them a try. Well, they did not taste bad. The flavor was much better than other hot dogs I have tried. No after taste or processed flavor. Only thing is they were a little dry. Why? No fat! Chris said there was no sizzle on the grill. A healthy hot dog, perhaps.
Now about the side dish. Remember the Linguine and Summer Vegetables and Goat Cheese from the other night? That's right, I made a Pasta Pie with the leftovers. I think the Goat Cheese made all the difference in this one. It was delicious!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Flank Steak with Italian Salsa Verde

One of the cookbooks I received from Chris for Christmas was Family Celebrations with the Cake Boss. Today I was looking through it and came upon tonight's recipe. I had picked up a Flank Steak yesterday at Robert's using the 20% off your entire meat purchase coupon. This is the a coupon that comes out 3 or 4 times a year. And this is when I stock up the freezer. I did not go overboard, but I brought home some good buys.

Anyway, back to dinner. Chris out did himself on the grill tonight. He is the Grill King. This steak was spot on. For the Salsa Verde I used parsley, sage and thyme for the plants on the deck. I omitted the garlic and the anchovies. I love just about anything with fresh parsley. I could have eaten just the Salsa Verde with the grilled bread.

From Family Celebrations with the Cake Boss Flank Steak with Italian Salsa Verde.

1 1/2 to 2 pounds flank steak
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups chopped flat leaf parsley (about 1/2 bunch)
2 large cloves of garlic
Leaves from 6 to 8 sprigs of fresh oregano (about 1/2 cup)
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice plus finely grated zest of 1 lemon (2 teaspoons)
1/4 cup olive oil
3 anchovies, in oil, coarsely chopped (optional)

Season the steak with salt and pepper and let sit at room temperature30 minutes before grilling. Meanwhile, preheat the grill to medium-high heat.

Grill the steak over direct heat, turning once, 6 to 8 minutes per side for medium-rare, a bit longer for more well done. Remove and transfer to a platter or cutting; tent loosely with aluminum foil and let rest 5 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the Salsa Verde: Put the parsley, oregano, garlic, lemon juice and zest, olive oil and anchovies (if using) in a food processor. Pulse until well-chopped, about 30 seconds. Slice the flank steak thinly against the grain, arrange on plates or a platter, and dollop with the Salsa Verde.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Linguine With Summer Vegetables and Goat Cheese

Tonight's recipe is from So easy to prepare and just a saute pan, a pasta pot and colander to wash. The only changes I made to the recipe, which is at the bottom of this post, was to not use the garlic (surprise!) and I did not have walnuts. Also, I used dried oregano instead of the fresh leaves. The resulting dish was wonderful. The goat cheese made the sauce almost velvety. A note about the recipe, reserve more than 3/4 cups of pasta water. I used close to a cup of the pasta water for the sauce.

Here is the recipe as it appears on

3/4 pound linguine
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups fresh corn (from 2 ears)
2 cloves garlic, sliced
Kosher salt and black pepper
2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
2 small zucchini (about 1 pound), cut into thin ribbons with a vegetable peeler
2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve ¾ cup of the cooking water; drain the pasta and return it to the pot.
Meanwhile, heat oven to 350° F. Spread the walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast, tossing occasionally, until fragrant, 8 to 10 minutes.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the corn, garlic, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and cook, tossing occasionally, until the corn is tender, 2 to 4 minutes.
Add the cooked corn, tomatoes, zucchini, and ½ cup of the cooking water to the pot with the pasta. Cook over medium heat, gently tossing, until the liquid is slightly thickened and coats the pasta, 2 to 3 minutes (adding more cooking water as needed to loosen the sauce).
Serve sprinkled with the oregano, walnuts, and goat cheese.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What To Eat On A Rainy July Evening - A Frittatta

We were planning on Burgers on the grill, but Mother Nature was not going to cooperate. Not a problem. There is always the frittatta. Zucchini, yellow squash, onion, red and yellow pepper, fresh parsley, basil and thyme. A little salami. Eggs and Parmesan cheese. Salt and pepper. A cutting board and knife. One bowl. One pan. Not too bad for a rainy Tuesday.

The Lean Green Bean
I joined an online group called Foodie Pen Pals. You will see the link above and in the sidebar. Each month you get a name and send that person a food package worth $15. This was my first month to be a part of this. I signed up and I fell, sidelining me from just about everything. When I first got my Foodie Pen Pal's name I emailed her and explained my "situation." She was very understanding and said that any time I can get my package to her would be fine. Packages are supposed to be mailed by the 15th of the month. I am hoping, fingers crossed, that I will be able to get out this weekend.
I received my package from Debbie of the Accidently Delish blog last night. In my intro letter to her I mentioned my love of carbs. What a great food gift. Cookies, and pasta (vegetable pasta), bagel chips (yum!) and chow mein noodles. Thank you Debbie!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Italian Chopped Salad With Couscous & Chickpeas

I found this recipe on the Italian Food Forever blog. The original recipe calls for Farro. Well, guess what I did not have. But I had Israeli Couscous. Not a bad substitution. We loved this salad. There are so many things in it. I liked the veggies chopped nice and small and the arugula added a nice peppery flavor. I did not add the radicchio, it is kind of expensive.

The dressing, lemon and olive oil, is my absolute favorite. Just those two ingredients with salt and pepper are all you need. Throw out your bottled salad dressings!

This recipe makes enough for at least 2 meals, and maybe a lunch too. Perfect for these hot summer days.

Chris grilled Chicken breast that we served along with the salad. They were marinated in olive oil, Cholula Sauce and salt and pepper.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

1/2 Broccoli Rabe and Beans and 1/2 Bacon Pizza

I like Broccoli Rabe and Chris likes Bacon. If we were ordering a pie we would get half Broccoli Rabe and half Bacon. So that is what I did at home. There was some Broccoli Rabe that did not get used last night. I blanched it and chopped it up. I had made pinto beans, I was planning on making a soup, but then changed my mind. I had soaked the beans last night and cooked them off this morning. I froze most of them, but kept some out for the pizza. The pizza dough was the Jim Lahey recipe. I did have a piece of the bacon, quality control all that. And Chris tried the Rabe and liked it.