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July 2019

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Shaved Kohlrabi Salad and Thai Sausage – A Cooking Show with Rachel O – Ep. 2

Written by , Posted in A Cooking Show with Rachel O, Condiments, Dairy-Free, Dinner, Fruit, Gluten Free, Herbs, Lunch, Main Dishes, Meat, Poultry, Quick and Easy, Salads, Sausage, Sides, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Do you ever have one of those days where it feels like all the things are piled on your shoulders? Where the budget doesn’t balance, there are spiders in the kitchen, and you need a haircut, but remember that budget? It means you’re gonna DIY that summer do. But then you look outside and take a breath (you don’t actually go out because bugs, plus it’s hot). You scratch the dog’s chin and have a moment of clarity. It frees you to be here, typing away, not worrying about whether the sourdough bread will rise, or if the tomatoes will ever sprout (why even haven’t they?!), or why the wasps like your yard so much. Those things will be dealt with, in time. But, they don’t all need attention right now.

This is what I’m learning these days.

If I’m too far ahead, I’m not in the now. I’m missing out on the good, while I try to muddle through the mediocre and sometimes bad stuff. But, sometimes, out of the bad comes something sweet. Not always. But, often.

When I’m feeling overwhelmed I get caught up in my worry and spin into an endless cycle of too many quesadillas (ok, there can never really be too many) and not enough solid and nutritious meals. I get stuck in remembering the work it takes to put a meal on the table, especially if I’ve just finished an 8 hour day dealing with tourists. Sometimes I just need someone to make food for my face hole so I can eat it while watching Heartland or Schitt’s Creek. But, if I can take a step back once in a while, and this summer is affording me the time to be able to do so, I can remember how much I love to cook. How much joy I find in the monotony of slicing veggies the mandoline. How good cooked food smells. How a well paired beverage completes a meal.

This Shaved Kohlrabi Salad and Thai Sausage is just perfect for this. It’s quick enough to not be a burden. But, there’s a bit of prep required. Barely any, but enough to make you take a second to quiet your brain and just slice for a minute. Then enjoy the shock as you submerge your hands in the ice water to swish the veggies around. It’s hot out. The cold feels good.

This is one of those meals that can be adapted and made a thousand different ways. I was in the mood for Mazzeo’s Spicy Thai Sausage and it paired perfectly with the crispy veggies and their citrusy dressing. Switch things up if you have something different growing in your garden or if you have a favorite kind of sausage. Grill the sausage if you want to get outside. When tomatoes are in season, serve them still warm from the sun, drizzled with dressing. In the colder months, roast some veggies (like carrots, beets, and broccoli) and toss them with the same dressing. You could add a pilaf or quinoa salad on the side. You could serve warm fruit crisp for dessert.

This dish is a reminder to be present, to live simply, and to breathe deeply as you savor the aroma of a good meal.

Happy Eating!

Shaved Kohlrabi Salad and Thai Sausage – Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 T canola oil
  • 1 pound Mazzeo’s Spicy Thai Sausage
  • 1 carrot, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 2 Armenian cucumbers, very thinly sliced
  • 3 kohlrabi, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • ice water
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 T dijon mustard
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 t maple syrup
  • 1/4 C chopped chives
  • Maldon salt, for serving

Directions

  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the oil. When the oil is hot add the sausage, cut side down. Cook, turning once or twice, until it’s a bit browned and is cooked through and reaches a safe temperature, about 4-5 minutes on each side.
  • Submerge the cut veggies in ice water and let stand for about 15 minutes.
  • Whisk together the lemon juice, dijon mustard, olive oil, and maple syrup until it has emulsified, then stir in the chives. Toss the veggies with the dressing, using your clean hands.
  • Serve the salad topped with Maldon salt, alongside the sausage.

This episode has been sponsored by Mazzeo’s Meat Market.

Wednesday

29

May 2019

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Udon and Spicy Pork – A Cooking Show with Rachel O – Ep.1

Written by , Posted in A Cooking Show with Rachel O, Condiments, Dairy-Free, Dinner, Herbs, Main Dishes, Meat, Pasta, Pork, Quick and Easy, Sauces, Vegetables

It’s been a long time since I’ve been in this space. I’ve missed it. I’ve been dying to be back.

A month ago, I made the decision to make the best of a situation that was beyond my control. It allowed for some time to be spent working from home. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to start doing the cooking show again. So, I’m gonna try. The format is similar, just set in a different kitchen, in a different state (did you know we moved across the country?).

You with me?

This episode is a better than takeout Udon and Spicy Pork. It’s easy. So easy. The featured ingredients are red cabbage, scallions, udon noodles, and ground pork. Umm, that’s actually most of the ingredient list. I mentioned that it’s simple, right? Yeah. I wasn’t joking. 

I cooked the pork. Easy. I added cabbage. Delicious. I found some scallions that had survived the winter and tossed those in too. Then the sauce is a quick whisk together of tamari, Sriracha, Hoppy Valley Sweet and Hot Pepper Jelly, and rice vinegar. I whisked it with cornstarch and cold water, then added it to the cabbage and pork. That’s it. Dinner without having to wait for delivery.

It wasn’t as spicy as I wanted it to be. So next time I’m adding a whole teaspoon of Sriracha and more of the hot pepper jelly. For my vegan pals, I think you could substitute immature jackfruit (drained from the brine that it’s packed in) or crumbled tofu in place of the pork. For my gluten-free friends, rice noodles would be perfect. Make it however you want. You do you.

I can’t figure out how to add the recipe plugin that I used to use. It’s been one thousand years since I’ve done this. So for now, just take a screen shot and print out the recipe. Do people still print recipes? I don’t know. I’m going to have a glass of wine and watch Schitt’s Creek.

Happy Eating!

Udon and Spicy Pork – Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 red or green cabbage, chopped (should yield about 2 C)
  • 1 bunch scallions, green and white parts, chopped
  • Udon noodles (enough to serve four people)
  • to taste, salt
  • 2 T tamari/soy sauce/liquid aminos
  • 1/4 t (or more like 1 t) Sriracha
  • 3 T (or 1/4 C) red pepper jelly
  • 2 T rice vinegar
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1/4 C cold water
  • Crispy onions

Directions

  • Cook the udon noodles, reserving 1/2 to 1 cup of the starchy cooking liquid for your sauce.
  • Cook the pork over medium heat until it’s mostly cooked through. This should take a few minutes. Then add the cabbage and cook until it’s tender, but still has a bit of crunch, about 5 minutes. Add the scallions and cook for 1 minute more.
  • While the pork and cabbage cook, whisk together the tamari, Sriracha, red pepper jelly, rice vinegar, cornstarch, and water. Add it to the pork and cabbage mixture and let it thicken. Add the reserved pasta water too. Toss it a few times, then add the cooked udon and toss some more (enough to get everything nicely coated). Taste and add salt if you need it.
  • Top each bowl with some crispy onions (you know, the kind from a jar).

Monday

16

December 2013

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Sliders with Caramelized Onions and Gorgonzola – In the Kitchen with Rachel O – Video

Written by , Posted in Appetizers, Beef, Cheese, Dinner, In the Kitchen with Rachel O, Main Dishes, Meat, Sides, Snacks, Vegetables

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What can I really say about Sliders? I mean, how many ways can I say delicious? I love a good burger. I really love a good slider… because then I get to eat more than one!! (Plus, they’re little and cute.)

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I think it’s fun to get creative with food. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a pickle, mustard, and onion burger. You know, the usual. But, let’s try something else.

You know how delectable caramelized onions are on a crostini with melty gorgonzola? You do know this, right? If not, stop reading and make a quick snack. You’ve got to try these flavors together. Ok, now that you’re back, let’s discuss the sweet caramelized onions and how well they pair with tangy gorgonzola. Is your mind blown? I know. I’ve been there. (Another mind blowing option: gorgonzola, roasted figs, baguette, and honey. Do this. Go there. You gotta!)

If you are not the biggest fan of gorgonzola, Tim can sympathize. I made his without. But with mustard and pickles. That’s cool. Cool cool cool. We don’t have to have the exact same taste in food.

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Caramelized onions are one of my favorite things. Does it ever just flabbergast you that this vegetable, so pungent, so intense, could ever be mellowed out? I’m amazed at what a little heat and some honey can do. I’m glad that we don’t just have to eat bland, flavorless, boring food. That’d be so lame. I’m totally not into that. I want big, bold flavors. I want surprising new tastes (um, I don’t mean like trying Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, where you expect lemon and get rotten egg). I crave the experience of enjoying food.

For all this, we have Sliders topped with caramelized onions and gorgonzola. C’est très très bon.

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Happy Eating!

Sliders with Caramelized Onions and Gorgonzola
Recipe Type: Main Dish, Appetizer, Dinner, Meat, Beef, Cheese, Vegetables
Cuisine: American
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
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Serves: 2-3
Cute little sliders with big taste.
Ingredients
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 T honey
  • pinch dried thyme
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 T red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 t salt
  • pinch pepper
  • 1/4 t thyme
  • 1 T olive oil
  • Gorgonzola cheese, sliced
  • 6 mini burger buns, halved
Instructions
  1. Add onion, pinch thyme, and honey to a dry skillet. Cook over low heat for 25-30 minutes, or until onions are caramelized.
  2. Combine beef, vinegar, salt, pepper, and thyme in a bowl. Mix with hands (do not over mix). Shape into 6 small patties. Press thumb into center to create a small indent.
  3. Heat skillet. Add oil. When hot, add patties, and cook over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes. Flip, and cook covered, for 3-5 minutes more, or until a meat thermometer registers 160F.
  4. Remove from heat. Top with gorgonzola and cover. Let stand for a few minutes.
  5. Serve on a bun topped with caramelized onions.