Posts Tagged ‘Comfort Food’

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Happiness is a Warm Peach Cobbler

June 20, 2011

Peaches are summer to me.  They’re so sweet, juicy, and refreshing, and they can be put into almost any dish, savory or sweet.  And though peak peach season is still a few weeks off, I wanted to give you this recipe in preparation (plus, peaches were on sale at the store this week).  You’re going to want to try it.  It’s painfully easy and extraordinarily delicious.

My gramma gave me this recipe several summers ago when she came to visit and brought a big basket of peaches she’d bought at a roadside stand.  I made it for dessert then, and haven’t ever strayed.

One of the great things about this recipe is that it can be made with canned peaches just as easily, if you can’t get your hands on fresh peaches (i.e., in the middle of winter).

This recipe doesn’t make a huge amount of cobbler, only about 4 good-sized servings.  But it can easily be doubled or tripled if you have a lot of guests (or really like cobbler).  You could also easily add blueberries or raspberries for complexity!

Freshly-baked cobbler, warm and bubbly straight from the oven! (I had to use my Henn pottery, since it was a Gramma recipe).

Easy Peach Cobbler

  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups peaches, peeled and sliced (or 1 large can, drained)

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and butter – mix lightly (it doesn’t need to be entirely incorporated).  Place peaches at the bottom of a greased, small – medium baking dish.  Top with spoonfuls of “batter”.  Bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until golden and bubbly.  Serve warm with good vanilla ice cream!

Served warm with vanilla ice cream. Divine.

(As a side note:  The hardest part of this whole recipe was deciding which scoop to use for the ice cream – cow or penguin?)

The penguin and cow ice cream scoops. I ended up going penguin, in case anyone is dying to know, for no particular reason at all.

~ Josie

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Vegetarians are eating the rainforests! /panic

May 31, 2011

Oh wow…Look at that a whole month has seemed to have gone by!? Where has the time gone…No but seriously? Ugh feeling a little disappointed that I have been neglecting to share recipes and even more so that I haven’t been in the kitchen as much. Wamp wamp <(-_-)> Well, this changes now and I have just the idea to remedy this situation.

A challenge.

I shall have a post up at least every other week. Something fresh, something colorful, and (hopefully) inspiring. I mean summer has some of my favorite flavors—tropical fruits, fresh herbs, citrus, and icy desserts. HEYYO! Get excited!

So speaking of personal challenges, it has been an official year since I’ve committed to being a vegetarian—(in the sub-category of a sometimes pescatarian). This is the longest I have been a vegetarian, in the past I had been a flexitarian, eating meat like 2-3 times a week or as I felt I needed it. This past year of being more conscious of my eating habits has really helped me out a lot in discovering what really constitutes a meal. In addition, I feel I have gained an appreciation for so many new ingredients I never thought about before like kale, beets, rutabagas, etc. I certainly do miss some meat products (<3 bologna & pork chops) but I am fairly confident that I will be in this for the long haul.

This design always makes me laugh.

Anyways, here is a one of my favorite and easy recipes from this past year.

Thoughts:

-The kale can easily be substituted with any other leafy green from spinach to mustard greens. It is tasty with any green honestly.

-Make it spicy! Add some cayenne pepper to kick it up!

-Make it more substantial, sauté some diced cremini mushrooms with the onion and garlic.

 Creamed Kale

  • 2 lbs kale, rinsed well and stalks removed
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • ½ of a large onion finely chopped (I like red for this)
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 c cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 c crushed Ritz crackers

Boil a large pot of salted water and blanch the kale for 1-2 minutes until bright green. Put immediately into a bowl of ice water, then cut into small ½ inch ribbons. Dry and set aside.

In a large sauté pan over medium heat melt the butter and add the garlic and onions. Stir around and let caramelize, about 3-4 minutes. Add in the kale and continue to cook for a few minutes until everything comes together and kale wilts a bit. Reduce the heat to low, add in the cream and stir well. The cream will sauce up fairly quickly in a matter of minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Get a small to medium sized baking dish and spread the creamed kale into it. Mix together the butter and crackers and sprinkle over the dish. Broil for 2-3 minutes or until the topping is nicely golden browned. Enjoy immediately.

Note: I seem to have misplaced my pictures, expect an edit soon.

~Erik <(^_^)>

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3-Mushroom Stroganoff, 2 Ways

April 27, 2011

I’ve been thinking it’s time again for another super simple, comfort food recipe.  Something effortlessly delicious that you can whip up on a weeknight without too much prep or too many ingredients that still tastes a bit gourmet.  This stroganoff is just the ticket.  Made with oyster, shitake, and crimini mushrooms, (and pork chops, if you’re of the non-vegetarian persuasion) – it’s rich, creamy, and meaty (whether or not you add the pork chops), just like good comfort food should be.  Plus, it’s a cinch to make.

Oyster, Shitake, and Crimini Mushrooms waiting to become delicious stroganoff.

First, to explain the pork:  I know we’ve pretty consistently followed the path of this being a vegetarian blog, though we never explicitly laid it out as such.  It just sort of evolved that way from the beginning since Erik and I are both vegetarian.  The reality is that most of our readers are not.  So once in a while, I’d like to give a meat variation of the dishes we’re making.

Frying the pork chops for the meaty version.

A few notes:

I’ve been lucky enough to have access to my pick of a wide variety of fresh mushrooms at Martin’s, but if you have trouble finding the particular selection of mushrooms I used, by all means substitute with whatever you can find at your grocery store (this could easily be a 2-Mushroom Stroganoff as well).

I served this over jasmine rice because I had some on hand, but it would be equally delicious over pappardelle (wide egg noodles) or even mashed potatoes, if you’re feeling especially naughty.

For those of you wondering, no I didn’t give in to meat temptation on this recipe – My friend Edward cooked and ate the pork version.  It did smell very good though.  I can imagine the recipe would also work well with chicken if that’s what you prefer.

Lastly, this dish serves 2 very comfortably – even with leftovers, depending on how hungry you are – though, if you plan to serve more than 2-3 people, increase the recipe accordingly.

 

A dual view of the 2 versions of stroganoff, vegetarian on the left/meat on the right.

Vegetarian Three Mushroom Stroganoff

  • 3-ish tablespoons olive oil, for sautéing
  • 1/2 medium white or yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups each oyster, shitake, and crimini mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • ½ tablespoon paprika
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 cup sour cream

In a large pan over medium-medium high heat, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil until onions are cooked and translucent (Take care not to burn the garlic.  If it starts to brown, you know your heat is too high).

Sautéing the aromatics.

Add butter and sliced mushrooms to the pan, stirring to coat mushrooms and cook approximately ten minutes until tender and reduced in size (they REALLY cook down).

Cooking down the mushrooms in the onions, garlic, and butter.

Add wine to deglaze pan (This part is fun – it gets really steamy and sizzly!).  Then add paprika, nutmeg, and sour cream and continue to cook 3-4 minutes to heat through.

Deglazing the pan with dry white wine.

Adding the sour cream, (it MAKES this dish).

The sour cream ties everything together.

Serve over rice or egg noodles.  Enjoy!

Pork and Three Mushroom Stroganoff

  • 2 medium-sized pork chops, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1/2 medium white or yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups each oyster, shitake, and crimini mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • ½ tablespoon paprika
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 cup sour cream

Similar to the Vegetarian variation, but with the following changes:

First pan fry the pork chops, then remove from the pan and set aside.  Cook the onions and garlic in the fat rendered from the pork chops.

After adding the sour cream, nutmeg, and paprika; add the pork chops back into the pan to allow them to reheat and absorb the sauciness.

Serve over rice or egg noodles.

Served over jasmine rice with a side of roasted asparagus. Divine.

~ Josie