Posts for September 24th 2010
1 Granny Smith apple—peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/2 cucumber—peeled, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/2 small red onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/2 small red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons chipotle chile powder
2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
2 teaspoons sugar
1 pound skinless wild Alaskan salmon fillet, cut into 4 pieces
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
8 corn tortillas
1 Hass avocado, mashed
1 cup finely shredded cabbage
- For the apple-cucumber salsa In a bowl, toss the apple with the cucumber, onion and pepper. Stir in the vinegar and sugar, season with salt. Set aside until ready to serve.
- Make tacos Preheat the oven to 350°. In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the lime juice.
- In another small bowl, combine the chipotle powder with the orange zest and sugar. Rub each piece of salmon with 1 teaspoon of the olive oil and then with the chipotle–orange zest mixture. Let stand for 5 minutes.
- Wrap the tortillas in foil and bake for about 8 minutes, until they are softened and heated through.
- Meanwhile, heat a grill pan. Season the salmon with salt and grill over high heat until nicely browned and just cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.
- Gently break each piece of salmon in half. Spread the mashed avocado on the warm tortillas and top with the salmon, Apple-Cucumber Salsa and the cabbage. Drizzle each taco with the lime mayonnaise and serve right away.
Makes 8 tacos.
- Main Dishes, Fish
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4 veal paillards
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon plus 3 more tablespoons unsalted butter
cups sliced mushrooms
2 tablespoons minced shallot
3 tablespoons medium-dry sherry (such as amontillado)
2 tablespoons Grainy mustard
3/4 cup low-sodium chicken stock
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives
- Season paillards on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat extra-virgin olive oil and 1 tablespoon unsalted butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until butter foams. Add 2 paillards, and saute on 1 side until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip, and saute paillards until cooked through, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining paillards.
- Add sliced mushrooms, minced shallot, and 1 tablespoon unsalted butter to skillet, and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until mushrooms are golden, about 2 minutes. Add medium-dry sherry and grainy mustard, and deglaze the pan, scraping brown bits from bottom with a wooden spoon. Add chicken stock and any plate juices. Simmer until sauce reduces by half, about 3 minutes. Gradually stir in 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (cut into small pieces) until just melted, and sprinkle with fresh chives. Season to taste.
- Main Dishes, Other
6 ounces egg noodles
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon butter, divided
2 tablespoons chopped parsley, divided
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 boneless top round veal scaloppine (about 1/3 pound total)
Salt & ground black pepper to taste
2/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon capers, drained
2 lemon wedges
- Cook noodles. Toss with 1 teaspoon butter and 1 tablespoon parsley, divide between 2 plates and keep warm.
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season veal with salt and pepper and cook, flipping once, until golden brown and just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes total; remove from pan, place atop noodles and keep warm. Return skillet to heat, add broth and simmer until thickened, 4 to 5 minutes.
- Whisk in remaining 1 tablespoon each butter and parsley, capers, salt and pepper; pour sauce over veal and noodles and serve with lemon wedges.
Nutritional information per serving (about 13oz/369g-wt.): 500 calories (190 from fat), 21g total fat, 7g saturated fat, 135mg cholesterol, 520mg sodium, 53g total carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 1g sugar), 24g protein.
- Main Dishes, Other
Recently I came across a really interesting Rick Bayless recipe for bacon guacamole. At first I thought, that can't be right. Rick Bayless doesn't really seem like an everything-tastes-better-with-bacon sort of guy. However, there it was in my inbox: bacon guacamole by Rick Bayless. I was skeptical as to whether or not it would work, but considering that I love both bacon and guacamole, I decided to give it a try. And guess what? It totally works!
It's actually ingenious — an addictive and amazingly scrumptious dip. It's a good thing I made it for guests because had I been alone in my apartment, I would have shoveled the entire bowl down my throat in a matter of minutes. The smokiness of the bacon is enhanced by the addition of chipotle chiles in adobo. With juicy tomato, creamy guacamole, and crunchy bacon, each bite is a taste explosion! It's perfect for tailgating season, so get the recipe now.
1.5 oz Encanto Pisco
0.5 oz Campari
0.5 oz Martini & Rossi Rosato Vermouth
0.25 oz Benedictine
0.5 oz lemon juice
Seltzer water, to fill
Orange slice, for garnish
- Combine Encanto Pisco, Campari, Rosato, Benedictine, and lemon juice in an ice-filled shaker and shake for 10 to 15 seconds, or until chilled.
- Strain over fresh ice into a Collins glass, and top with seltzer. Garnish with a slice of orange.
Makes 1 drink.
- Drinks, Cocktails
- North American
5 Strips medium-thick bacon
3 medium-large Ripe avocados (about 1.25 pounds), cut in half and pitted
Half a medium white onion, chopped into .25-inch pieces, rinsed with cold water and drained
2 or 3 Canned chipotle chiles, removed from canning sauce, stemmed, slit open, seeded and finely chopped
1 medium-large Round ripe tomato, cored and chopped into .25-inch pieces
1/4 cup (loosely packed) Fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
Salt, to taste
1 to 2 tbsp. Fresh lime juice
- In a large (10-inch) skillet, cook the bacon in a single layer over medium heat, turning occasionally, until crisp and browned, about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels, crumble coarsely and set aside.
- Scoop the avocado flesh into a large bowl. Using a potato masher or a large fork or spoon, mash into a coarse purée. Add about two-thirds of the bacon, along with the onion, chipotle chile, tomato and cilantro (save a little cilantro for garnish if you wish). Stir gently to combine.
- Taste and season with salt, usually about half a teaspoon, and enough lime juice to add a little sparkle, 1 to 2 tablespoons. Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole and refrigerate. To serve, scoop the guacamole into a serving dish and sprinkle with the remaining bacon (and cilantro if desired).
- Appetizers, Dips