Steak Night = Date Night

We’ve been fortunate enough to get some wonderful cuts of beef from our CSA share that I really wouldn’t think of buying in the store.  Recently we received a new shipment of wine from one of our favorite Sonoma Wineries, Nicholson Ranch, and I thought it might be nice to treat ourselves with a nice bottle…

Fried Chicken & Zucchini Salad

Sundays in the summer are now spent at home depot (usually) and the farmer’s market (always).  First we head to home depot where Ryan discusses the intricacies of LED light bulbs with someone in an orange apron and after that we hop in the car and head to Chester where I discuss the many varieties…

Not Quite Cohesive but Delicious

So, if I were on Chopped and plated my dinner from Tuesday night, Alex or Amanda or Scott OR ANYONE would have taken a bit and said, “This dish is not cohesive.” That’s what I get for trying to cram too many ingredients into one meal.  That being said, two of the three elements worked…

Cucumber & Green Bean Salad with Soybean Paste Dressing

Let me start by saying this meal also consisted of a soy basted pork chop with herbs (which I will get to later in the post) but the star of the our dinner the other night was CLEARLY the raw cucumber and green beans doused in a ridiculously delicious tasting soybean paste dressing.  The snap…

Time To Brine… Some Vegetables

After a week of basking in the sun, drinking margaritas and reading plenty of books on vacation, I was inspired by my couch potato (or beach potato for that matter) vacation style and was inspired come home and cook the vegetables that I had stored in my fridge.  Before heading out on our trip, we…

let’s marinate on this

This week a large head of bok choy showed up in our bushel and I immediately was craving the sweet and spicy flavors of asian food.  I knew I had a full tub of gochujang* in the pantry from our last trip to the asian grocery market and I always have asian sauces/oils like sesame…

rainbow chard with thomas keller

I recently purchased Thomas Keller’s “Ad Hoc” and was excited to see a recipe for rainbow chard with numerous other ingredients that I already had in my pantry.  There is something so fantastic about finding a new recipe and discovering a trip to the market or grocery store is not required in order to make it….

roasted eggplant dip.

With work picking up, concerts and dinners to attend during the week and events on the weekends I’ve had some bushel ingredients pile up in my crisper.  Upon seeing that I was going to receive another eggplant this week, I utilized the roasted eggplant dip recipe from Stony Hill Farms.  I had some crispy baguette…

beets.

This side salad is a potato salad with a little sweet from the roasted beets combined with some bite from horseradish.  This is a great recipe if you are tired of typical potato salads and standard roasted beet salads.  I used collard greens instead of mustard greens (which I’ve adapted from here). Marinated Beets with…

purple beans + red potatoes

This past week, I was in a pinch to find a side dish to have along with Turkey Burgers.  I was looking for something light and clean but was at a bit of a loss without having standard salad greens which would typically be my go to. Using the red potatoes and purple beans (which are just…