Can we all just agree that burritos and tacos are some of the best ever foods? I made some the other week with pickled red onions, beef, and kale. Phenomenal. I’m crazy about plain old ground beef, tomato, lettuce, and cheese (heavy on the Greek yogurt and salsa, please). Make it into a salad? Yes, I’m totally down. And then there’s the less often visited breakfast burrito… We have been strangers for much too long.
Eating while photographing food is inevitable. And yummy. And satisfying. I don’t even need the tortilla to make me happy. But since it holds all the goodness, it can stay.
Two of the many things that make these particular burritos so good: the sausage and the eggs. My experience with breakfast sausage so far in my life has been those greasy little nuggets that are often served at a diner. This ain’t no diner sausage. And these eggs, oh these eggs… They’re some of the prettiest eggs I ever did see. The yolks are so bright; yellow and gold.
I’m glad to no longer be a stranger to the breakfast burrito (which I fully intend to eat at any meal that I please).
How many ways are there to eat eggplant? Do you even like eggplant? Or are you a skeptic?
The more I cook with it, the more ways I discover that it tastes good… I didn’t used to be such a fan.
I’ve found that the salting step should not be skipped. Peeling helps too. And then of course it’s best to cook it with things that it goes well with: rice, lemon, zucchini, and tomato, for example.
Oh yeah, and see that scoop of rice? That’s a cup and a half. Doesn’t seem like a lot, right? I think this recipe makes enough for about 6-8 people. Gosh it made a lot. Why do I always forget that a little rice goes a loooooooong way?! Oh well, I will make the leftovers into Chicken and Rice Soup.
Yes, we eat soup in the summer. I don’t care if it’s too hot.
If you don’t want leftovers, invite some friends over for a summer dinner. To go along with the Risotto you could grill some chicken and veggies, toast some cheesy Garlic Bread, drink Mint Iced Tea, and have Vanilla Ice Cream with Roasted Fruit for dessert… I’m in. When do we eat?!
It feels like it’s one bazillion degrees out. So I refuse to cook today. I will, however, gladly eat a salad with chicken, veggies, and almonds, topped with a Honey-Dijon Dressing. Yes, yes I will.
You can use your favorite summer veggies. I’m using what I have on hand (and what I think will taste good). This salad is great in the wintertime too, with broccoli and cauliflower instead of tomatoes and bell peppers. If it were a few months earlier we’d be using sugar snap peas and sprouts.
I used leftover chicken. It makes this salad a synch to make. But, cooking up a chicken breast or two isn’t all that difficult, so don’t let a lack of leftovers deter you.
You could omit the chicken and add some crispy tofu, or tempeh. Do what works for you, with the ingredients that you have in your kitchen!
This can be a main dish, or it would be great alongside a chicken that’s been roasted and brushed with some of the dressing. Ooh, or you could grill it and then brush with dressing… I’m gonna have to try that some time… it sounds really good!
You know, that sweet summer corn that’s one of the most wonderful things that you could ever eat.
I’m not kidding.
I wait for this corn all year long… I wait for a lot of things all year long. That’s how it is with seasonal eating. By choosing to get our food from a local, sustainable source, we choose to (for the most part) wait until summer for things like fresh corn, tomatoes, and stone fruit. I’m cool with buying things frozen or canned (I can’t wait aaaaaall year for some tomatoes – I need to be able to eat Spaghetti and Meatballs, you know?!). But, I much prefer fresh, if possible.
So yeah, this week’s episode kinda screams summer freshness. It yells that you should barbecue some sausage or chicken to go along with it. It hollers that if you need to, it’s ok to just eat the corn straight off the cob, no cooking needed. It’s gonna make a mess anyways, so at least pick up the kernels that you’ve scattered all over the counter in the midst of slicing the corn off the cob, and gobble them up. Yes, gobble.
Do you find it necessary to act like a typewriter when eating corn on the cob, complete with a ding at the end of the “row”? Just me? Ok.
I used quinoa for this salad. Rice would also be acceptable (wait, do people make cold rice salads??), so would pasta. But I like quinoa because it’s got a bit more protein and it’s just different and really fun to eat (says me).
Fresh veggies are loaded in. Corn, green beans, red onion, tomatoes, summer squash, and fresh herbs. If you have other favorites, feel free to make a swap. I’m all about using what I have. No need to go and buy something if you’ve got a perfectly acceptable replacement in the fridge!
If you’re like a good friend on mine, and you don’t prefer some veggies totally raw, welcome to the world of roasted veggies. Start with larger pieces, toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Then bake at 350F for 10-20 minutes, or until they’re as crispy as you’d like. Let them cool, chop or dice, and toss with the salad. You could also par cook them (which means partially cook) by boiling for a minute or two. Then don’t discard the water, there’s lots of goodness left in there! Use it to boil some pasta or make a veggie stock (take some of the veggies that are left in your produce drawers from last week, you know, the ones that look a little sad… give ’em a good scrub, chop into large pieces, and cook cook cook away).
You could also add beans. I’ve done this before. It’s good. I just didn’t have any cooked, so I didn’t do it this time. If you wanted to go vegetarian, I’d omit the chicken and add the beans. Pinto or white beans would be yummy, even chick peas would be great.
This makes a lot of salad. It’s perfect for your Canada Day or 4th of July BBQ, for a simple dinner at home, or a picnic on the beach. Although on second thought, I’m picturing a windy day and crunching on sand along with fresh veggies and I think I don’t like my idea anymore… let’s change it to a picnic on some grass, lounging on a cute quilt, with your favorite someone. There. That’s better. Bring along some lemonade or maybe some sparkling wine, some Italian Date Subs, olives and pickles, some salt and vinegar chips (these have been my favorite since I was a kid), and some fresh fruit and then you’re all set.
I can’t stop thinking about tomatoes. Fresh tomatoes. Tomatoes that are in season right now. I can’t wait to get my hands on them.
Fresh tomatoes seem to require simple ingredients. Yummy bread, good quality olive oil, cracked pepper, salt, garden grown basil, garlic… Do you know where I’m going with this?
My variation of an Italian classic.
You could dress it up and make it your own by adding things like some roasted ham, olives, or mozzarella. You could make the tomatoes, garlic, and oil into a bit of a salad to be put on top of toasted bread. You could chop it all up and make a Panzanella Salad… ‘Cause isn’t it more fun to put your own spin on things that you cook?
If you don’t agree, I’m happy to do the playing for you.
Here’s my spin…
Heirloom tomatoes. Wedges. Garlic. Olive oil. Salt and pepper. Roasted.
Heirloom tomatoes. Wedges. Garlic. Olive oil. Salt and pepper. Raw.
Bread. Sliced. Toasted.
Combine them. Sprinkle with fresh basil.
Serve it with some roasted chicken (hot or cold) and a glass of red wine or Italian soda…
Happy summer eating! This would be great for a picnic or an upcoming 4th of July or Canada day celebration. And friends, it’s hot, so I’m avoiding using the oven and am using my countertop convection oven instead (meaning a toaster will work just fine).
You know how else I want to use these tomatoes? With fresh pasta. The rest of the ingredients should be the same. Simple. Olive oil, salt, pepper, basil, and tomato.
Let these amazing and fresh ingredients really shine.