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Thursday

16

April 2015

3

COMMENTS

Bacon and Feta Frittatas

Written by , Posted in Baking, Breakfast, Brunch, Cheese, Condiments, Dinner, Eggs, Fruit, Gluten Free, Herbs, Lunch, Main Dishes, Meat, Pork, Potatoes, Vegetables

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Many of my favorite foods are those loaded with veggies and a little something else. I do this with pasta, soups, and stir fry. In this case, it was with bacon, eggs, and a little bit of feta cheese.

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This is a use what’s in season type of meal. I had asparagus, turnip, kohlrabi, carrot, and collard greens on hand. But, you could use bell peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, potatoes, radishes, and any other greens that sound good to you.

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I cooked the bacon and when it was done and resting on a plate, I added some olive oil to the bacon grease in the skillet. If you want to wipe out the skillet after the bacon is done, that’s cool too. Add some butter or extra olive oil instead of the bacon grease. Don’t want to use bacon at all? That’s fine. I like the crunch that it adds to the frittata, but it’s not absolutely essential.

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While the veggies cook, whisk together some of your favorite eggs with a bit of milk. I needed just three eggs, since there were so many veggies. You can adjust the recipe according to your needs, keeping in mind that the cooking time may change depending on the number of eggs used.

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The eggs and veggies are combined and some feta is added. Like pretty much everything else in this recipe, you can change up the cheese if you want. Gouda would be a yummy choice, if you’re not using feta.

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Once the frittatas are done (I like to use a food thermometer to take the guesswork out of it), they get to stand around and rest for about 10 minutes. In that time, you can whisk up a lemony dressing that will be drizzled over the top.

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And then finally, it’s time for a bite. With that crunchy bacon, delicious veggies, and flecks of feta, it’s as delicious as I’d hoped it would be.

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Frittatas are perfect any time of the day, any day of the week. They’re especially good when shared with a loved one. But, if you’re having a meal by yourself, the second frittata can be refrigerated (or frozen and thawed in the fridge over night) and reheated another day.

Happy Eating!

Bacon and Feta Frittatas

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 43 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 3 minutes

Yield: 2

Bacon and Feta Frittatas

Ingredients

  • 4-5 slices bacon
  • bacon grease (or 1 T butter)
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 3/4 C kohlrabi (or potatoes, fennel bulb, or mushrooms), chopped
  • 3/4 C turnip (or radish), chopped
  • 1 1/2 C onion, chopped
  • 3/4 C carrot, chopped
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 1/2 t dried thyme (or 1/2 T fresh)
  • 1/2 t dried basil (or 1/2 T fresh)
  • 1 C asparagus (or peas), stems snapped off and discarded, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 C greens, chopped
  • 1 T fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 T fresh dill, chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 C milk
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 1/2 C feta, crumbled
  • Dressing: 1/2 t honey
  • 1 t dijon mustard
  • 1/4 C lemon juice
  • 1 t fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 t fresh dill, chopped
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 2 T olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Place two greased 5" (diameter) by 2" (tall) ramekins or oven safe dishes on a baking sheet and into the oven while it preheats.
  2. Cook bacon to desired crispness. Remove from skillet and place on a paper towel lined plate. Crumble when cool enough to handle.
  3. Heat bacon skillet. Add olive oil (and butter if you've wiped it out and discarded the bacon grease). When it's hot, add the kohlrabi through basil (if you're using dried herbs). Cook covered over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add asparagus through dill (adding basil and thyme if you're using fresh) and cook for 3 minutes more. Remove from heat and taste and adjust seasoning if desired.
  4. Whisk eggs with milk, salt, and pepper. Stir in veggies and feta. Pour into the hot, greased ramekins (still on the baking sheet). Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the eggs are set and have come to 160F. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
  5. While frittatas rest, whisk together dressing ingredients, streaming in the olive oil last, while you whisk. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired.
  6. Serve frittatas topped with bacon and dressing.
http://www.de-ma-cuisine.com/bacon-and-feta-frittatas/

Wednesday

18

February 2015

4

COMMENTS

Turnip Hash with Bacon and Gouda

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

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Lunchtime is often spent at my desk. Sometimes it’s what I’ve cooked for a post, maybe it’s leftovers, occasionally it’s an almond butter and honey sandwich with some fruit and a glass of milk. Whatever it is, it’s usually eaten while I do something else, often standing at the kitchen island because I don’t have time to sit down.

I sat down for this one.

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I would argue that almost anything is better with bacon. I could probably give up any other meat. But, bacon, it’s not going anywhere. Paired with crispy on the outside, tender on the inside turnips, and these two things alone could win me over.

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They took less than ten minutes. This is a quick one to whip up.

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Once the veggies were done, they got moved over to the side so an egg could be fried. I like to get the skillet really hot, so the edges can crisp up a bit. Then I flip, turn off the heat, and let the top set just a bit. I like the yolk to be runny, so it will combine with the veggies to make a dressing of sorts. However you like to cook your eggs will be perfect though. You could even scramble them if you’d like.

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And then, the dish came together with some gouda cheese, chopped spring onions, roasted and salted almonds, and a squeeze of lemon.

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I sat and ate this while making yummy sounds and writing happy notes in my recipe notebook.

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Is it weird that I want to have this again for dinner instead of the homemade pasta with homemade tomato sauce that I’ve got planned. Yeah, I liked it that much.

Happy Eating!

Turnip Hash with Bacon and Gouda

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2

Turnip Hash with Bacon and Gouda

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 3 small turnips (or potatoes or rutabagas), chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • pinch cayenne
  • 2 C broccoli, chopped
  • 1 egg/person
  • 2 T gouda cheese, chopped
  • 1 T green or spring onion, chopped
  • 2 T almonds, chopped
  • lemon slices, for serving

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon. Remove from pan and drain on a paper towel lined plate. When cool, crumble.
  2. Add olive oil to bacon grease. When it's hot, add turnip through cayenne. Cook over medium or medium-low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add broccoli and cook another 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  3. Move veggies over to the side of the skillet (or remove and keep warm). Fry egg(s).
  4. Divide the veggie mixture between two plates. Top with egg, cheese, onion, almonds, bacon, and a squeeze of lemon.
http://www.de-ma-cuisine.com/turnip-hash-with-bacon-and-gouda/

Monday

1

December 2014

0

COMMENTS

Sautéed Persimmons with Bacon

Written by , Posted in Breakfast, Brunch, Dairy-Free, Dinner, Fruit, Gluten Free, Lunch, Meat, Pork, Quick and Easy, Sides

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Sometimes inspiration just hits. Something pops into my brain, like, “I wonder if spaghetti would taste good served in a roasted butternut squash” (we will find out at dinner tonight), or “persimmons and bacon… why haven’t I tried this before…”

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I should have done this a long time ago. I mean, bacon pairs well with sweet things. The salty goodness compliments a hint of sweetness so nicely.

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The recipe calls for 2-4 slices of bacon. Since I knew I’d be the only one eating this at lunch today, I just made two. Which was definitely just enough for one (barely, ’cause I hadn’t figured in pieces sneaked off the plate, testing to make sure this new brand of bacon was actually good, shoving whole pieces into my face…)

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If possibly, peel persimmons in one long curly strip. Just because it’s fun. If you want to entice the kids to help, maybe they’d want to try this.

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I like to cook these over a bit higher heat (just medium, rather than medium-low), so they get a bit more color.

Speaking of color, notice those tomatoes?! From my garden, finally!

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After the persimmons are cooked, they’re tossed with all of the bacon (that you didn’t already eat), and some lemon juice, for brightness.

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And just like that, you have a fabulous side.

You could eat it for breakfast alongside some Sweet and Savory Cornmeal Pancakes (hello double bacon!).

You could add some butter lettuce, almonds, and feta, and whisk up a lemon vinaigrette for a quick lunch.

Maybe you’d like to serve it alongside a roast chicken or pork, with a simple salad.

Want to change up your holiday dinner? Swap out your traditional sweet potato dish for these persimmons for an easy side.

Or, you might be like me, and just want to eat it on its own, picking out all the bacon for yourself.

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Happy Eating!

Sautéed Persimmons with Bacon

Sautéed Persimmons with Bacon

Ingredients

  • 2-4 slices bacon
  • 1 t olive oil
  • 3-4 fuyu persimmons, peeled, sliced, and halved
  • pinch salt
  • pinch pepper
  • 1-2 T lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Place bacon in a cold skillet. Turn on heat and cook until crispy. Remove from pan and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Wipe out the pan (leaving a bit of grease is fine).
  2. Add olive oil to the pan. Add persimmons, salt, and pepper. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 5-7 minutes, or until they are tender-crisp with nice color.
  3. Toss with bacon and lemon juice and serve immediately.
http://www.de-ma-cuisine.com/sauteed-persimmons-with-bacon/

Friday

16

May 2014

0

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Dandy Sandi – Bacon Sandwich with Dandelion Greens

Written by , Posted in Lunch, Meat, Pork, Quick and Easy, Sandwiches, Sauces, Vegetables

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You guys, did you know that dandelions aren’t just for making your arm turn yellow, or blowing the seeds all over the yard to plant new flowers? (I’m not the only one who did this as a child… right? My parents were thrilled, I’m sure.)

We can eat them!!?

Yes. Yes, we can.

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I learned in this week’s Abundant Harvest Organics newsletter that dandelions are part of the sunflower family. I had no idea. I also learned that this plant that I’ve never eaten can be a substitute for: arugula, broccoli raab, beet greens, choys, kale, collards, chicory, or baby spinach. How fun!

So I did a little bit of research to see what might go well with these new (to me) greens. At first I thought of sautéeing them. That would be fabulous. They’re a little bit bitter, so if you want to tame them, as with any bitter green, you might want to cook them first. And you could totally cook them for this recipe. But, I thought that raw would work nicely too, because it was going on a bacon sandwich, with a savory garlicky mayo.

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And now I. Can’t. Stop. Thinking. About. This. Sandwich. Ugh and I’m all out of bacon.

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It’s simple really. Bacon, cook it. Onions, quick sauté. Easy enough even for lunchtime.

The sauce is a simple mayo-ish spread that has garlic, balsamic vinegar, dijon, and mayo. It’s deeeeelicious.

I can never have enough garlic.

Ever.

Suggestions: 1. Don’t skimp on the sauce. 2. Use a good quality mayo. 3. Don’t skimp on the sauce.

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Everything gets all piled up on the bread.

We’re really into French baking and breads at home right now. I made baguettes the other week. And, since it was my birthday last Thursday, Tim bought us some great croissants to enjoy with friends the other night, and there was one left, perfect for us to split for this sandwich.

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Sigh. I miss Paris.

I also miss this sandwich.

Happy Eating!

Dandy Sandi – Bacon Sandwich with Dandelion Greens
Recipe Type: Sandwich, Lunch, Pork, Bacon, Greens
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 6-8 slices bacon
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 bunch dandelion greens (or any other greens), stem ends removed
  • 2 regular sized (or 1 huge) croissants, sliced (or your favorite sandwich bread or baguette)
  • sauce: 1/2 T dijon mustard
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • 2 T mayonnaise
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon. Drain on a paper towel lined plate.
  2. Heat skillet. Add oil. When oil is hot add onion and a pinch of salt. Cook over medium or medium-low heat for 7-10 minutes, or until onions are slightly browned, stirring occasionally.
  3. Whisk together sauce ingredients. Spread on croissant/bread.
  4. Top with bacon and greens.

 

Monday

21

April 2014

2

COMMENTS

Caesar Soup

Written by , Posted in Appetizers, Bread, Cheese, Fruit, Herbs, Lunch, Meat, Pork, Sides, Soups, Toasting, Vegetables

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I have to confess something to you. A bowl of caesar salad in my vicinity will not last long. I have a hard time sharing it… I will, but I might rather eat the whole bowl by myself.

Enough about my caesar sharing issues.

Are you like me, and kinda stuck with the idea that lettuce can only be used in a salad or on a sandwich? Let’s break that mold.

How about a nice bowl of lettuce soup… Um, it’s way better than it sounds… and than the color might make you think (sorry, now we know, lettuce makes for a brown soup).

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We all know that a good caesar salad dressing has tons of garlic. (Ahem, this is true of most of my favorite foods.) I mean, it’s good for you, and it tastes so gooooooood. Why not?!

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Apple and basil are not part of a traditional caesar. Oh well. They go well in this recipe, so let’s ignore tradition for a moment.

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Then the lettuce is wilted in. Just like that. Kinda fun. We usually want lettuce to be crisp, cold, and fresh. Most people turn their noses up at wilty lettuce. Snobs. (Hey, me too. Who wants a bowl of wilty salad… unless it’s meant to be wilted! Then we’re singing a different tune.)

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You know that loaf of bread that is now stale and is not acceptable for peanut butter and jam? Good. Let’s rip it apart and toast it up. It’s seasoned with a little bit of olive oil, some salt, and pepper. Crunchy is good here, so don’t under toast.

No one wants soggy croutons.

Because they’re totally going into the soup. Yep. We’re doing this. The soup was blended and strained so it’s creamy and smooth. Then it is topped with that bacon you’ve been snacking on, those croutons you can’t stop eating, and the parmesan cheese you keep sneaking tastes of. (Oh, just me? Cool.) Plus, don’t forget about adding a drizzle of your favorite olive oil.

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And just like that, it’s ready.

Creamy and dreamy, with a bit of zip.

Boom, bang, done did. (What?!) Let’s eat!

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Happy Eating!

Caesar Soup
Recipe Type: Soup, Lunch, Side, Main, Quick and Easy, Foodie
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 37 mins
Total time: 52 mins
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 1/2 t dried basil
  • 1 stalk green garlic, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, diced
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 1 t dijon mustard
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • 6 C lettuce, washed and torn
  • 4 C vegetable stock
  • 2 C bread, torn
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 2 T mayonnaise
  • olive oil, for topping
  • parmesan cheese, grated, for topping
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
  2. Cook bacon and drain on a paper towel lined plate.
  3. Heat a soup pot. Add oil. When oil is hot, add apple, basil, green garlic, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add dijon and balsamic vinegar, and cook 1 minute.
  5. Add lettuce and wilt down for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  6. Add stock and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Toss bread with some olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and toast for about 10 minutes, turning once.
  8. Remove soup from heat. Add lemon juice and mayo. Blend with a hand blender or regular blender (regular: remove the plug from the lid and cover hole with a clean towel). Strain, taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  9. Serve topped with croutons, a drizzle of olive oil, bacon, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese (add the croutons immediately before serving).
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