De Ma Cuisine



April 2014



Sweet and Savory Cornmeal Pancakes

Written by , Posted in Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Eggs, Gluten Free, Lunch, Main Dishes, Meat, Pork, Quick and Easy, Vegetables


These pancakes may be my weakness. I mean, there’s just something about the egg dripping down, the savory bacon-mushroom-greens, and the sweet maple syrup that gets me.

After I took pictures, I knelt on the floor in front of the photographing area and inhaled them. I literally couldn’t stop.

This isn’t the first time this has happened. ;)

SweetSavoryCornmealPancakes2The day begins with some mushrooms that are all happy and warm in a dry pan. I didn’t add any oil right away because the mushrooms just soak it up. I wait until after they’re cooked to add it. It’s better this way. Trust me. 


The oil is added along with some beet greens. Kale, chard, spinach… all acceptable substitutions. Buuuut, if you have beets, try it, it’s goooooood. (Tip: the more red stem you remove the less they will taste like beets, if you’re not as keen on the beet taste as some.)


We’re also adding bacon. So, yeah.


The batter is kinda like a polenta. In fact, in a pinch, if you had some leftover polenta, you could just slice it up, fry it and top it with the greens.

I felt like making these gluten-free, because I had some GF flour. Regular flour would be great too. Use what you have.


The pancakes puff up a bit and get nice and golden brown. They have just a hint of maple syrup in them, so they’re not overly sweet. They also make for a perfect next morning breakfast, toasted and topped with peanut butter, yogurt, fresh fruit, and syrup.

Make a big batch, then freeze a bunch and pop them into the toaster when it’s too early to think. Homemade hot breakfast. Done.

I did this about four days in a row. I ate the entire batch on my own. (I’m not kidding.)


And then, the best part (ok it’s all just the best part, let’s be honest), eggs are fried to a perfectly delicious doneness (a.k.a however you like them cooked, I prefer over-medium), and plomped on top of a big ole stack of pancakes.


I’m so ready to eat this meal again.

I’ve been eating chocolate all afternoon and am ready for some sustenance.


Happy Eating!

Sweet and Savory Cornmeal Pancakes
Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Pancakes, Vegetables
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Serves: 4
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1-8 oz. pkg. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 t coconut oil
  • 1 bunch (about 2 C) beet greens (or any other greens), chopped
  • pinch nutmeg
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 1 t maple syrup
  • pancakes: 2 t coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ T maple syrup
  • ½ C buttermilk
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 2 t baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1 C cornmeal
  • ¼ C all purpose flour (GF is fine)
  • 4 eggs, for frying
  • maple syrup, for serving
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200F (or less). Place a baking sheet with a cooling rack set on it in the oven.
  2. Cook bacon. Drain on a paper towel lined plate and set aside. When cool, crumble.
  3. Add mushrooms to a dry, hot skillet. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 1 t coconut oil, greens, bacon, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and maple syrup, and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Whisk wet ingredients together (it’s ok if oil clumps a bit when it gets cold – try to break it into small pieces).
  5. Whisk dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  6. Mix wet ingredients with dry. Let stand for about 5 minutes (batter will be fairly thin).
  7. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium-low and add some coconut oil. When the oil is hot, pour about ⅛ C of batter onto the skillet, repeat until skillet has about 3 or 4 (depending on size of skillet and of pancakes), leaving a bit of room around each one. Cook for about 2 minutes on one side, or until bubbles form and do not pop. Flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes more. Place on the baking sheet in the warm oven. Repeat until all batter has been used.
  8. Fry eggs.
  9. Top a stack of pancakes with an egg, mushroom and greens mixture, and a drizzle of maple syrup. Serve warm.




April 2014



Roasted Asparagus with Almonds and Crispy Bacon

Written by , Posted in Dairy-Free, Dinner, Gluten Free, Lunch, Meat, Pork, Quick and Easy, Roasting, Sides, Vegetables


What a treat spring’s veggies are. Light and flavorful, they seem to bring a breath of fresh air to the table. I love hearty winter veggies, don’t get me wrong. But, there’s just something about those first crisp, slender, bright green asparagus that makes my heart happy.

Especially when they’re topped with bacon and almonds.

What a simply delightful side for your first spring barbecue.


I read in last week’s Abundant Harvest Organics newsletter that asparagus stalks can grow up to ten inches in a day! What!? Imagine if we grew that much in a day… that would be weird. (Now I’m giggling to myself picturing really tall tall tall skiiiiiiiinny people who don’t fit in their houses… oh dear…)


This recipe is an easy one. You ready? Asparagus is tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper.


I love to roast veggies any time of the year, so that’s what I did with the asparagus.



Things get a little bit crispy and nutty in the oven. This is the best part about roasting veggies. I could probably eat a whole pan by myself.



Thick and delicious bacon compliments the asparagus nicely. It goes into a cold pan, which keeps it from curling too much. I’m not sure about the splattering though… sometimes I cover the pan… baking the bacon also works well.


You could be fancy and wrap the bacon around a few stalks of asparagus to roast it. I thought about it, but then I thought that I’m too lazy practical. Chopping distributes the bacon a little better and takes way less time. But, if you’re in need of some serious bacon, or if you want something a little bit fancier, feel free to experiment.

The bacon and the almonds are chopped up in my version.

This was my Oma’s cutting board. I love having things that were once hers. It makes the fact that she’s gone a little more bearable. I have little pieces of her in the kitchen… that sounds weird… you know what I mean.

Oma means Grandma.

Mine was a fabulous cook.

I think she would enjoy the bacon and asparagus combination. Who wouldn’t?! I wonder, if there are any non-asparagus lovers out there, if they might enjoy it all roasted and topped with bacon and almonds.

Worth a try.


Unless you live with me, a hungry food blogger, who might just devour it all and not save you any… Might.


I want to make this again and again, it’s so good, and so easy. At the end, half a lemon is squeezed over the deliciousness. Make it for a spring brunch, an Easter dinner, or just to eat by yourself as you play Words with Friends with your brother.

Happy Eating!

Roasted Asparagus with Almonds and Crispy Bacon
Recipe type: Side, Dinner, Vegetables, Pork, Bacon, Roasting, Quick and Easy
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Serves: 2-4
  • 1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 T olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • ¼ almonds (I used roasted and salted), chopped
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425F.
  2. Place bacon strips into a cold skillet. Turn on heat and cook until crispy. Remove from pan and drain on a paper towel lined plate.
  3. Toss asparagus with oil, salt, and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 5 minutes. Turn and roast 5-8 minutes more, or until they are as crispy as you would like.
  4. Top asparagus with bacon and almonds. Pour lemon juice over.
  5. Serve immediately.



April 2014



How To: Take the Bite Out of Radishes

Written by , Posted in Dairy-Free, Dinner, Fruit, Gluten Free, Herbs, How To, Lunch, Quick and Easy, Roasting, Sides, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian


Radishes they have a bit of a bite.

They’re peppery.

I get it.

They can be great raw, when mixed with the right flavors (ahem, two recent posts: Radish and Feta Toasts, and Radish Slaw).

They’re super in soups (yep, did that on purpose), tasty in frittatas, impossibly good (and impossible to detect) in Shepherd’s Pie.

Buuuut, let’s try one more way. Let’s roast them.

Let’s tame the heck out of them.

Oh, and this is gonna be really simple.

You ready?!


When I was working on this recipe I tried a few different things. I was going to make a sauce for the radishes, or maybe add a little more to them when roasting. But I realized that they didn’t need it.

They have a fun and interesting flavor. Why mask it?

I thought they’d be good quartered. They could be halved, or left whole. Just adjust the roasting time.

Then they’re tossed with just a few things: thyme, olive oil, salt, and pepper.


On to a baking sheet and they’re ready for the oven.

I told you it was going to be easy.


Just like their flavor, the colors become muted.

The remind me a bit of Easter eggs.


They’re served with a squeeze of lemon.

Simple as that. They’ve been tamed.


In my experience, cooking is generally a good way to tame a bold food. Whether it’s braised, roasted, sautéed, grilled… the heat usually mellows things out. However, if you’d like to try keeping things raw, mixing with complimentary flavors will also do the trick.

For radishes, think things like:

Lemon + dill crab cucumber + cream cheese.

Lemon juice + olive oil + parsley + onions.

Shrimp soy sauce + scallions.

I like to chop or grate loud veggies when they’re going to be eaten raw (hello garlic, red onion, and radish!). It lets them continue to sing, just a little bit quieter, in harmony with the other ingredients.


There’s no need shy away from radishes any more. Whether they’re raw or cooked, I’ve got you covered.

Happy Eating!

Roasted Radishes
Recipe type: Side, Roasting, Vegetarian, Vegan, Vegetables, Radishes
Serves: 2
Taming radish’s peppery bite by roasting them.
  • 1 bunch (about 8) radishes, tips and tails removed, quartered
  • 1 t olive oil
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • ¼ t dried thyme, crushed
  • lemon wedges, for serving
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375F.
  2. Toss radishes with olive oil, salt, pepper, and thyme. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and roast for 15-20 minutes. Flip and roast for 5 minutes more.
  3. Serve with a squeeze of lemon.



April 2014



Classic Meat and Cheese Lasagna… With Veggies

Written by , Posted in Baking, Beef, Cheese, Dinner, Herbs, Main Dishes, Meat, Pasta, Vegetables


Tim informed me the other day that he would like more lasagna, meatloaf, and tacos in his life. Cool. I can do that. I had lasagna on the menu before he even asked.

Winner. (Um, both of us.)

I woke up really early this morning to get started, since I had two meals to cook and photograph. Boy was it fun. No really, it was. I’m totally not being sarcastic. I enjoyed a full day of cooking and picture making.

It’s a lot of fun to cook and photograph for you guys to see on here. But, let’s be honest, when I know that Tim is going to love something as much as he loves lasagna, well, not much can beat that.

We just moved and have some friends coming to visit from Germany next week (yippee!). So I made two, and put one in the freezer. That means that if my kitchen isn’t completely unpacked, or if I don’t have the energy after unpacking and working all day, I can pop a lasagna in the oven, and dinner is taken care of… except for the caesar salad and garlic bread that will definitely need to accompany the meal. Other than that, all I have to do is open the wine.


This is my version of a classic meat and cheese lasagna, with lots of veggies. I threw in some radish, kale, celery, and carrot. I’m not really afraid of veggie-ing up a dish. If you don’t heart vegetables, you are not alone (sorrynotsorry). Yesterday, Tim told me that something we had for dinner was “really good, for vegetables”. We may not share the same opinion about the deliciousness of greens. ;)


Thankfully, we do both really enjoy cheese. I know you can use ricotta for lasagna, but I couldn’t find it at the store, so I used cottage cheese. It’s mixed together with Greek yogurt, mozzarella, and parmesan. I’m not sure that you could have too much of this cheesy mixture.


The sauce is simple, it’s almost just tomato sauce and herbs. Like the cheese mixture, too much is a good thing.


The anatomy of the lasagna and the way it all comes together.

Also, the sunlight changes more than I’d noticed in real life.


It bakes up and bubbles and melts and mmmm tastes so good. You should’a seen the huge helping Tim got. And then I looked over and it was gone. So I gave him a bite of mine. He can’t get enough lasagna.


I served this lasagna with some crazy good garlic bread. Done and done.

Let’s eat!


Happy Eating!

Classic Meat and Cheese Lasagna
Recipe type: Main Dishes, Dinners, Meat, Beef, Vegetables, Cheese, Hearty, Oven, Baking, Greens
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 8
A classic lasagna with lots of veggies.
  • meat and veggie filling: 1 lb. ground beef
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ C carrot, diced
  • ¼ C radish, diced
  • ¾ C celery, diced
  • 3 C kale, chopped
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • pinch nutmeg
  • cheese filling: 16 oz. cottage cheese
  • ½ C Greek yogurt
  • 2½ C mozzarella cheese, grated (1 C reserved)
  • ½ C parmesan cheese
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • tomato sauce: 4-6 C tomato sauce
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 1 t dried oregano, crushed
  • 1 t dried thyme, crushed
  • 1 t dried parsley, crushed
  • 1 t dried basil, crushed
  • ½ t dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1 – 9 oz. box (about 12 noodles) lasagna noodles (the kind that don’t need to be cooked first*)
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F.
  2. Cook beef until partially done, then add garlic through celery, and cook for 5-10 minutes. Add kale and wilt down, about 5 minutes. Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Taste and adjust seasoning. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.
  3. Mix together cheese filling ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  4. Mix together tomato sauce ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  5. Grease two 8×8 pans (or one 9×13). Spoon a bit of sauce into the bottom of the pan and top with two noodles. Top noodles with meat and vegetable filling, then with cheese mixture, and more sauce. Repeat three more times, topping last set of noodles with lots of sauce and reserved mozzarella.
  6. Bake covered for 30 minutes, then uncovered for 30-40 more.
  7. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.





March 2014



Crostini with Sausage and Braised Greens

Written by , Posted in Appetizers, Braising, Bread, Dairy-Free, Dinner, Lunch, Meat, Pork, Sandwiches, Sausage, Sides, Snacks, Toasting, Vegetables


I may have a new favorite way to eat greens.

For a second, forget about what I know you must be anticipating as amazingness in the crostini. Ok. Done? Just for a moment… Because we need to talk about greens.

Not too long ago I talked about bitter greens and offered a few suggestions for their unbittering. I mentioned, but didn’t go into detail about braising. But, now that I’ve tried it, I may never go back to any other way of cooking greens. (Ok, that maaaaay be a bit dramatic…)

Braised greens are simply amazing.



Llano Seco sent me a ham hock. I just had to try braising the greens with it. Oooooh boy! What a fun treat. If you can find one, I’d totally recommend it. It will be worth it. If you can’t, vegetarian is wonderful as well. I’ve made braised greens both ways. I’ve enjoyed them all immensely.

The greens braised for about two hours. I’ve tried them after shorter amounts of time and they’re great too. So if you don’t have a lot of time, don’t worry about it. But, if you’ve got a few hours to spare, try it. (And by a few hours I mean a tiny bit of time to get the ingredients into a pot, then just one eyeball on the pot every so often.) The result is tender, flavorful, AWESOME greens.

They’re not only perfect to top our little crostini, but this big batch can be frozen and later added to soups, rice dishes, or used to top some Paris Potatoes.


Now we can talk about the crostini.

Sorry. Wait. I need to interrupt myself again to tell you that I made these, then I stood beside the photography table and devoured them. I just couldn’t stop.

Interruption over.

So there was a ham hock in the greens. Then there’s some Llano Seco Italian Sausage that’s chopped up and heated in a few tablespoons of the braising liquid. You could really just end there with the greens and sausage. Pile it all on some rice or potatoes and call it dinner.

But, I didn’t do that.


I wanted some little toasts. So I sliced up a baguette, drizzled it with olive oil, and sprinkled with salt and pepper. They toasted up in the oven for a few minutes.


They were topped with some of the greens, and a few pieces of sausage. And then… a squeeze of lemon. One of my favorite ways to finish a dish.


If you can, share with friends. They will be glad you did.


Happy Eating!

Crostini with Sausage and Braised Greens
Recipe type: Side, Snack, Sandwich, Toast, Meat, Sausage, Greens, Vegetables, Pork, Braising
Serves: 4-5
  • Braised Greens: 2 T olive oil
  • 2 C celery, chopped
  • 1 radish, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 7 C vegetable stock
  • 1 ham hock
  • 8-9 C greens (mixture of any: chard, kale, collards, spinach…), roughly chopped
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 T white vinegar
  • Crostini: 10-20 slices of baguette
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 clove garlic (optional)
  • 3-4 T braising liquid
  • 2-3 Italian sausages, halved and chopped
  • lemon wedges, for serving
  1. Heat a soup pot. Add oil. Add celery, radish, garlic, salt, and pepper, and cook over medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add ham hock and cook for 2 minutes. Add greens and vinegar and cook for 2 minutes more.
  3. Add stock and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 1-2 hours, stirring every once in a while.
  4. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
  5. Drizzle baguette slices with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 5-10 minutes, or until crispy. Rub with a clove of garlic if desired.
  6. Add 3-4 T of the braising liquid to a skillet and add the sausage. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until heated through.
  7. Top each slice of toasted baguette with some greens (try to avoid too much braising liquid so they don’t get soggy), a few pieces of sausage, and a squeeze of lemon.
  8. Serve immediately.