Seven Favorite New Recipes In case you were looking to do some cooking this weekend

We are finally getting into a bit of a routine which has allowed me to begin cooking more regularly.  And since we don’t know many people in town we have had had lots of chances to invite over new friends and cook for them (one of my favorite things to do).  Here are some new recipes that are worth sharing.  Hope you have a great weekend.

 

Goat Cheese and Walnut Salad

I don’t usually use salad recipes but I was trying to pull a meal together and needed some inspiration. This is simple, the salad is just spinach, goat cheese and toasted walnuts. The dressing is mustardy (I added a little honey to mine) and has a nice tang, which makes for a rich salad without going to too much trouble. I actually didn’t have walnut oil so I used half olive oil and half sunflower seed oil.  I probably wouldn’t do it for us on a regular night but a great go to for when having guests (provided they eat mustard).

 

Succotash

For years I didn’t know what this was, my husband in fact thought it had something to do with eating a rabbit. I looked at a handful of recipes and they all seemed different. So from what I can gather succotash is any sort of combination of summer vegetables. I happened to have a small amount of a few different vegetables (frozen lima beans, frozen corn, tomato and onion) none were enough to serve alone but in combination it made a great dish.  I fried two slices of bacon, then cooked the onion in the grease. I pre-cooked the lima beans and thawed the corn, then cooked everything together and seasoned with salt and pepper.

 

Ina Garten’s Honey White Bread

This has become a new favorite. It makes a nice sandwich loaf and looks beautiful.  Most of the kneading is with the mixer, so there isn’t much that can go wrong here. Give it a try.

 

Alice Water’s Goat Cheese Souffle

I love recipes that are a little bit fancy but don’t require you to have a lot of fancy ingredients. This is just eggs, flour, milk, and then cheese, but you can do it with any kind of cheese or other ingredients.  I had never seen or tasted a souffle before so I got nervous halfway through but it turned out great and the left overs weren’t too bad the next day either.

 

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So good that I didn’t even get a picture until it was mostly eaten.

 

Bone Broth

I’ve been hearing folks talk about the benefits of bone broth. From what I can tell it is really good for you and it is also easy to make and handy to have around.  I didn’t actually follow this recipe. All I did was put 2 pounds of raw grass-fed beef bones into a crock pot, added one head of garlic (cut in half), a teaspoon of salt and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and filled it up with water. Then I let it simmer for 24 hours. I canned mine but you could also freeze it.  Some drink it alone but I use it mostly as a base for soups.

 

Pho- Vietnamese Noodle Soup

This is way outside of my comfort zone.  But I also I didn’t come close to following this recipe.   I had purchased some rice noodles for the first time in years and I figured I should do something with them, so I heated up some bone broth, added miso paste, soy sauce (or liquid amino), an inch of ginger, pepper, garlic powder, some mint leaves and a dash of hot sauce (totally made this up), you could add whatever to make a decent tasting broth. Then I added 3 sliced mushrooms, thinly sliced onions, spinach and a shredded carrot, brought this to a simmer and then added the noodles. I wouldn’t have paid money for it at a Vietnamese restaurant but for a fun lunch with a girl friend it was tasty and nutritious.

 

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Not bad for a first try.

 

Crock Pot Pulled Chicken

I haven’t actually tried this one yet, it’s on the list for next week.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Erica

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