I will not get arrested again

October 16th, 2021 Comments off

That’s the vow I made to myself after my first arrest, and I broke the vow 60 years later, at another time that I was stupid.  Arrests are always a result of stupidity, raw and gritty stupidity.  Like, you gotta be dumb.  But you never know when it’s gonna sneak up on you, that ole’ dumbness.  Hard, too, to watch out for that, because you can act dumb sometimes, without being just generally dumb.

But being arrested is the pits.  Because it rubs you right up against the terribly stupid and useless mistake you just made == makes you feel real bad.

My first arrest, that was traumatic.  Second, not so bad: just super emarassing, and expensive.  But the really traumatic one, the arrest on the beach, that one with the officers pointing guns at you from under at towel so it wouldn’t look so bad to the ‘kids’ on the beach — that one, while tripping — that was a life-changing trauma.

Now, I’m much wiser.  HA!

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Spinach Gruyere Soup

October 8th, 2021 Comments off

Servings 4 Servings

Ingredients

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 leeks white and light green parts only, cleaned and sliced
3 cloves garlic minced
1 medium russet potato peeld and chopped into 1 inch pieces
3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
10 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves washed and dried
4 ounces Gruyere cheese shredded, plus more for garnish if desired
1/2 cup heavy cream plus more for garnish
Rustic bread for serving, optional

Instructions

In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the sliced leeks and cook until beginning to soften and lightly golden, 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until just fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minutes.
Stir in the chopped potato and add the vegetable broth. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until the potatoes are tender, 15-20 minutes.
Add the spinach, cover, and cook just until wilted, 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and use an immersion blender or stand blender to puree the soup until smooth. Stir in the gruyere cheese a handful at a time until melted and smooth, returning to heat briefly if needed to blend. Stir in the heavy cream. Transfer to individual serving bowls, top with a little extra cream and/or cheese if desired, and serve immediately.

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Cheddar-Potato Soup

August 31st, 2021 Comments off

from The New York Times

Ingredients

  • 2 jalapeños
  • 2 limes, halved
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • Large pinch of granulated sugar or a drop of honey
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large Spanish or white onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder, plus more for garnish
  • 2 ½ pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 quart vegetable broth
  • 2 cups grated Cheddar (8 ounces), plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup half-and-half, or use 1/2 cup whole milk and 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 scallions, white and light green parts, thinly sliced
  • Chopped cilantro, for serving

Preparation

  1. Thinly slice the jalapeños, discarding the seeds if you like. Put slices in a bowl and squeeze in enough lime juice to cover them. Add a pinch each of salt and sugar. Let sit at room temperature while you make the soup. (The jalapeños can be prepared up to 5 days ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator; they get softer and more pickle-y as they sit.)
  2. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add onion, celery and a large pinch of salt, and sauté until lightly golden and soft, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and chili powder and sauté until fragrant, 1 minute.
  3. Add potatoes, broth and 2 teaspoons salt, and bring to a simmer. Cook until potatoes are very tender, 30 to 40 minutes.
  4. Using an immersion blender or transferring the soup to a regular blender in batches, purée the soup, adding some water as needed to thin it out. (The soup can be as thick or brothy as you like.)
  5. Return the soup to the pot if you removed it and reduce heat to medium-low. Add cheese and half-and-half, and cook at a very gentle simmer, stirring, until the cheese melts, 1 to 2 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.
  6. Top each bowl with pickled jalapeños, plus a drizzle of their pickling liquid and a pinch of chili powder, along with scallions, cilantro and more Cheddar.
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Cream of Basil Soup

August 31st, 2021 Comments off

from Taste Of Home (revised)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • White pepper to taste
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Directions

  • In a saucepan, simmer broth and basil, uncovered, for 15 minutes. In another saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour and pepper until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; gradually stir in broth and sour cream (do not boil).
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Vegan Mayo

August 19th, 2021 Comments off

Vegan Mayo

(NY Times)

In a blender, or using an immersion blender, mix ½ cup aquafaba with 1 teaspoon white vinegar, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 4 teaspoons dry mustard powder. With the blender still running, slowly — very slowly! — drizzle in 1 ½ cups sunflower oil until mixture is thick, creamy and emulsified.

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Pozzole Verde

August 12th, 2021 Comments off

Pozole Verde

2 poblano peppers
1 small jalapeño
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 small yellow onion (about 4 ounces), sliced
2 garlic cloves, sliced
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves and stems
1 (14-ounce) can tomatillos, drained
3 cups water, plus more as needed
1 (25-ounce) can hominy, drained
Kosher salt, to taste
Shredded cabbage, diced avocado, sliced radishes, cilantro sprigs and lime wedges, for garnish and serving

wear gloves while handling peppers

Char the peppers
transfer them to a paper bag and fold it up tight
Peel and seed the peppers, then roughly chop them.

In a large pot over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil until it shimmers. Add the onion, garlic, cilantro and chopped charred peppers and cook until the onion appears translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the tomatillos and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the water and cumin, lower the heat to medium and simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Using a stick blender, puree until smooth. (If using a standing blender, puree in batches as needed to avoid overflow.) Return the pot to medium-high heat and add the drained hominy. Simmer for another 10 minutes, then adjust the consistency with more water, if desired, and taste and season with salt, if desired. Serve in bowls and top with shredded cabbage, diced avocado, sliced radishes, cilantro sprigs and lime wedges.

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Tofu Bites

July 23rd, 2021 Comments off

 

Tofu Bites, baked

From It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

Ingredients
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 blocks (350g each) extra-firm tofu, drained
Instructions
  • Preheat your oven to 375F (190C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the nutritional yeast, olive oil, soy sauce and garlic powder. Break the block of tofu into small chunks and add them to the bowl. (No need to press the tofu first). Toss the tofu well to evenly coat in the sauce mixture.
  • Spread the tofu evenly across the baking sheets and bake about 30 minutes, stirring halfway through, until lightly golden.
  • Serve hot or store in an air-tight container in the fridge, or freeze to use later. Great as main, as nuggets, on salads, in sandwiches, in tacos, on pasta, on nachos, the options are endless, use these everywhere!
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Tortillas

April 23rd, 2021 Comments off

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup water
3 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

1 In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Stir in water and oil. Turn onto a floured surface; knead 10-12 times, adding a little flour or water if needed to achieve a smooth dough. Let rest for 10 minutes.

2 Divide dough into 8 portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 7-in. circle.

3 In a greased cast-iron or other heavy skillet, cook tortillas over medium heat until lightly browned, 1 minute on each side. Serve warm.

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Kofta – Veggie

September 25th, 2020 Comments off

Vegetarian Kofta Curry Recipe
NY Times

Ingredients

4 garlic cloves
1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled
2 green chiles (such as jalapeño or serrano), stems removed
1 (14-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
4 spring onions or scallions, trimmed and chopped
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped, 1 tablespoon reserved for garnish
1 bunch fresh mint, chopped, 1 tablespoon reserved for garnish
½ cup bread crumbs
1 egg
1 teaspoon garam masala, plus more for garnish
½ teaspoon red chile powder
1 teaspoon sea salt, plus more as needed
½ cup neutral oil, such as canola or grapeseed
1 medium white onion, finely chopped
8 to 10 ripe Roma tomatoes (about 3 pounds) or 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Black pepper

Preparation

Put the garlic, ginger and green chiles in a food processor, and pulse until you have a coarse paste. Put half the paste into a large bowl. Set the rest aside.

Add the beans, spring onions, fresh herbs, bread crumbs, egg, garam masala, chile powder and salt to the large bowl with the paste. Mix well with a fork, mashing up the beans as you go into small pieces.

Heat the oven to 400 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Shape the mixture into 1-inch balls and arrange on the pan. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil, and bake until lightly browned, about 25 minutes. Set aside.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a large skillet over medium. Sauté the onion until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining garlic, ginger and chile paste, and sauté until light golden brown, about 10 minutes. If using fresh tomatoes, purée them until smooth in the food processor. Stir the tomato purée or crushed tomatoes, coriander and cumin into the skillet, and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the kofta to the skillet, and turn the heat to low. If necessary, add enough water for the liquid to come about two-thirds of the way up the sides of the meatballs, then simmer another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the kofta are warmed through and the sauce has thickened. Season with salt and pepper, and garnish with a light dust of garam masala and some extra herbs.

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Something There Is About Rowing Crew

May 19th, 2020 Comments off

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