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Homemade Juice with a Side of Elbow Grease

23 Nov

Yes, Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve posted, I know. I’ve been trying not to do it [in the immortal words of Cher Horowitcz] sporadically, but here we are. Life adjustments require….adjustments? New job, schedule changes, wedding planning, holiday season (and by that I mean Halloween, Election day, and All Stouts Day, of course).

Juice

 

So I’ve been dying for a juicer for a while. I would love to start all my mornings with a delightful fruit/vegetable juice, however I’m not about to spend $6 a pop at a hip cafe, knowing that I’m taking in $0.30 worth of raw material (get it…RAW!). So after an impressively unhealthy weekend, I decided to get a little creative and see what I could come up with when left to my own devises. I began by packing my blender full of goodies (kale, cucumber, carrot, broccoli stem, pear, apple, frames, chia seeds, water) and prepared for a whirlwind of colors to blend into a beautiful haze of tasty and nutritious liquid. However, what actually happened was the blade lamely started to cut at the bottom-most veggies, and everything just stayed in place. Awesome.

I grabbed my step stool (because I can’t reach the top of my fridge, I’m short) and got out my handy food processor. I dumped everything into the food processor and gave it another go (while doubling the amount of chopping aparatei I have to clean up in one fell swoop). The second go was successful. I decided “who needs to strain all the nutritious goodness that is the vegetable pulp” and drank it like a smoothie, fiber train here I come! Yikes. Not good. If I every try to make dinner out of a lawn I assume this is what it tastes like. I choked it down and wasn’t ready to give up (mainly because I had a a HUGE amount of veggies and fruits left since I had planned for a “healthy” week)

The next morning I got my hands on some cheesecloth and did the same thing, with the addition of hand-wringing sweet delicious juice out. It worked beautifully, however the whole thing (getting everything out, chopping it up, putting it into the processor, winging it out small batch by small batch) took about 25  minutes, without clean up. I don’t know about you, but I’m waaay too lazy to start my mornings with that much work outside of the gym, so I’ve decided to kick back and hope the upcoming holidays yield a juicer (I have a bridal shower right after christmas, time to practice my “you shouldn’t have” face).

Juice1

 

One last thing to leave you with: I take fiber pills every morning and drink coffee religiously, so this juice added with my normal regimen made my digestive system something to be envied…or feared, I’m not sure yet.

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Zucchini Jam with a Fried Egg: Breakfast of Champions

21 Jun

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A few years ago I was in search of something hearty, comforting, and grilled-cheesey. I found all that and more in this recipe from one of my favorites, Big Girls Small Kitchen

{ Golden Zucchini Sandwich – Big Girls Small Kitchen }

While that recipe is just divine, it’s not what I’m going to be talking about. There is a part of this recipe that literally blew my mind, and has now become a staple in my kitchen anytime I need something cheap/healthy/tasty/light/heavy/warm/cold/dark/light/you get it right? It’s just an all-around satisfying item. Zucchini “jam”.

This is literally one of the easiest things you can make, and it’s SO good on it’s own, with eggs, in a sandwich (such as grilled cheese…), whatevs. So here, today, I’d like to share the easiest, tastiest thing you can make with 3(ish) ingredients, and 20 minutes.

You’ll need: garlic, olive oil, zucchini (+and fresh herbs you may have lying around, dill and basil work really well here).

Thinly slice your garlic, I used 3 cloves (think Italian mafia guys in prison slicing garlic with a razor blade)

Garlic

Heat about 1 Tbs olive oil in a pan over medium heat (if you’ve got a 1-10 heating knob on your stove, I’d got with about a 4-5), and add garlic. While this is happening, grate your zucchini, I used 4 small…and don’t worry about holding your camera steady, people like a blurry picture

Grate

Add the zucchini to the now kind-of-golden garlic

ZucchiniPan

Give a heavy-handed sprinkle of salt and a few grinds of fresh pepper, and stir. Now walk away. Do it!

Over the next 15-20 minutes, exercise all the strength you have to only go over and give it a stir about 3 times. This gets the zucchini nice and caramely, and reduces it down to a nice, jam-like consistency. A few times when you go over you’ll see a lot of liquid released…DON’T PANIC! It’ll cook away.

Let’s make this interesting and add a fried egg.

Egg

Now add some freshly chopped herbs to your jam-like zucchini, I used dill

ZucchiniAfter

Now marry the two and add some hot sauce, because variety is the spice of life, my friends.

Final

Oh yeah, my yolk popped while I wasn’t looking, so that’s why it looks like whatever that is. This is just a delightful meal, and the best way to start any day.

Zucchini “Jam” Adapted from Big Girls Small Kitchen

  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 4 Small or 2 Medium Zucchini
  • 2 Tbs Fresh Dill
  • 1 Fried Egg (yolk preferably runny)
  1. Heat oil over medium heat. Thinly slice garlic and add to oil to brown slightly.
  2. Grate zucchini, add to garlic. Let sit for 15-20 minutes, stir 3-4 times. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Once zucchini is cooked through take off heat, and stir in freshly chopped herbs.
  4. Top with fried egg.

Charcuterie Board: Meat and Cheese!

10 May

The topic of a homemade Charcuterie Board has been bouncing around our house for about a week. Why? Because have you ever had one? They’re delightful. Various cured and spiced meats sliced thin, paired with cheeses of varying textures (hard AND soft??), laid next to pickled vegetables and strong sauces. All these friends are preparing for their journey to the mouth, hopping on a fresh crusty baguette to serve as their vessel for deliciousness. The downside of making one at home? The amount of cheese you inevitably end up consuming. At a restaurant at least it’s pre-portioned, but at home…ooooh at home, your ravenous instincts are the only things keeping you from “I just ate $45 worth of product”.

So anyhoo, we deiced to embark on this task to cap off one of the greatest weekends of 2013 to date (I said the words “…and so began the craziest summer of my life” at least 4 times that weekend. I was in the moment). So how do we complete a task such as this? You head to Plum Market and get ready for expert advise and quality product.

Table

The general run-down:

  • Proscuitto (thinly sliced, almost to a melt-on-your-tongue thickness)
  • Black Pepper Hard Salami (rich and salty with the perfect bite from the black pepper)
  • Zingerman’s The City Goat Cheese (the texture is a bit lighter than other Goat cheeses, and has a deliciously sweet tang to it. And it’s rolled in fresh Tarragon, which I didn’t think I’d like, but yowza it was the perfect accompaniment to this creamy gem)
  • Vella Golden Bear Dry Jack Cheese (described as “The Grandfather of Jack Cheese” with a texture similar to Parmesan, this hard Jack has amazing nutty and earthy flavors. The rind is also a mixture of cocoa powder, oil, and black pepper, so you can eat it!)
  • Olives (all different types, pit-in of course. My favorite ended up being the bright green kinds)
  • Oil-Packed Artichoke Hearts (I could eat 2 lbs of these, no problem)
  • Marinated Peppadew Peppers (the vinegar gives the perfect tang to balance out the natural sweetness of the cute little peppers)
  • Lemon-Parsley Chickpeas (while these were good, they were more of a “let’s get some deli salads and have a picnic” item, not so much a “this complements my meats and cheeses on my Charcuterie board” item)
  • Cornichons (small pickled Gherkins–Cornichon is actually the French word for “Gherkin”.  I already had some from Trader Joe’s, they’re delicious and reasonably priced seeing as a jar of these can run you up toward $6)
  • Pickled Garlic Cloves (yes, they were quite pungent)
  • Orange-Fig Spread (this ended up being the runaway hit of the evening. The key to any good board–whether cheese or otherwise–is having a nice balance of flavors, hence the sweet counter-part. Everything went well with this spread: cheese, meat, even anything marinated or pickled)
  • Whole Grain Mustard (a classic Charcuterie staple)
  • Bell’s Oarsman (full disclosure: I used to hate this Berliner Weisbier. It’s not your average Wheat beer, it has sour notes that many people may not be accustomed to, but if you’ve got the palate for it, this session beer is a real delight)
  • An Assortment of Crackers and Sliced Baguette

This shot is nice and blurry (too much Oarsman?) however it offers a better idea of the set up (the key is rolling up your Proscuitto for extra fanciness)

PlateAnd the vessels…

BreadOh, not quite full enough yet? How about a mini carrot cake to share!

CarrotCakeWho needs a plate when you have a capable plastic clamshell to eat out of?

Needless to say, we all ate WAY too much, and sat awkwardly and uncomfortably on the couch trying to watch “World Wackiest Water Parks” (or something along those lines) to take our minds off the massive amounts of items of the pickled and dairy persuasion that were currently setting up camp inside of us. I was so full and tired that I blew off my normal Game of Thrones viewing party and opted to go to bed at 9:30pm. Would I do it all over again? 1000%.

MidAssemblyLook at how innocent they look. They have no idea they’re mere moments away from total consumption

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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