Benefits.

There are so many benefits in life. Hugging a pet brings benefits. Being outside taking in beautiful scenery brings me MAJOR benefits. Doing good for others gives you warm fuzzy benefits. Being loved is like no other benefit on earth.

Eating clean and healthy is a massive benefit that your body will thank you for every day. And when you eat clean, don’t you just exude happiness? I do. And here is a recipe that we love. In fact, I could eat this every week. Like every week day. And if you want to go meatless for a meal, this is satisfying as an entree. Just serve with a salad and some naan. And done! I served it with grilled marinated pork loin. SO good.

Get in my Belly!

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High Mountain Desert with Bluebird skies.

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Tahini Sauce.

Ingredients:

1 large head of cauliflower rinsed and patted dry, trimmed of any spots

Head of garlic

pinch of kosher salt

4 T EVOO

1/4 C Tahini ( I like Simple Truth Organic Tahini)

Warm water

Juice of half a medium lemon

Pinch of salt

Micro greens

Toasted Pine nuts

EVOO for topping ( or other oil for topping- avocado works well)

Putting it Together:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.

Slice the cauliflower in half, slicing head from top to bottom, leaving the stem intact. Then proceed to slice in 1/2 inch slices for the rest of the head.

Place on parchment paper lined rimmed cookie sheet. Drizzle with EVOO. Add the salt to the steaks after they have been roasting for about 15 minutes. I have found that adding before causes the vegetable to steam by drawing water out of the vegetable. Adding later seems to work better for me.

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Take the head(s) of garlic and remove the outermost skin. Cut off the top 1/4 inch of the head so cloves are exposed. Place onto square of tinfoil. Drizzle with olive oil. Pinch closed and place onto cookie sheet with cauliflower. (I like to do a few heads at a time. Easy to add deep flavor to dressings, smash into bread with olive oil, etc. And cuts down on work!)

Watch the garlic after about 20 minutes. It will be soft and easily squeezed out from husk/skin. When it is finished, remove from oven to cool.

While the cauliflower is roasting, make the dressing.

In a deep bowl, add the tahini, lemon juice, salt and whisk together. Add in the water one T at a time to your desired thickness. Typically, 3-4. Whisk after each tablespoon is added. Squeeze the cloves from a single head into a small bowl and smash the cloves. Mix in the smashed cloves into the dressing and whisk thoroughly.

Plating:

Place the cauliflower steaks onto a platter. Drizzle the Tahini sauce over the steaks. Top with micro greens and toasted pine nuts.

You are going to thank me for this recipe!

Enjoy!

Terri

Sprite.

A mythical creature of dubious intent. Also a feeling of lightness of being-probably due to the fact they embody light are mainly cheerful and mostly with good intent. Also known as fairy, elf, puck, pixie, imp, goblin, disembodied spirit. Since this is a positive evoking tome, let’s go with happy pixies.

I speak of sprites because I made a entree that after eating, still left me feeling light. Satiated but comfortable- to me the perfect level. Full, but not weighted.

So i give you Butternut Squash Puttanesca with Shrimp. Classic flavors, warming from the inside.

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Butternut Squash Puttanesca with Shrimp

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs shrimp. (to me, the bigger the better)

1 28 oz can, Cento peeled San Marzano tomatoes

5 T minced garlic

1 small can of anchovies; somewhere between 8-12 (don’t worry, they dissolve. Or if you can’t stand them, leave out. Add extra capers for additional salt. But it is classic with them in there.)

3 T capers

1/2 cup chopped Kalamata olives

4 T EVOO, divided into two 2 T portions

2 T butter or Ghee

3/4 tsp red pepper flakes (please adjust to your preference. I like a lot of flavor and some spice)

1 2 lb butternut squash spiralized.

Healthy handful of chopped fresh Cilantro

Shaved Parmesan for serving

Salt and pepper to taste.

Putting it Together:

Prep the squash. Cut the bulb end of the squash off. Won’t need it. Save for another purpose. Like roasting and adding to simple arugula salad. with lemon garlic dressing. YUMMY.

Back to the squash- cut the long part into two three inch parts. Peel them. Then spiralize. Use a medium setting, not a large noodle setting. Otherwise, will take about 30 minutes in the sauce to have the noodles reach al dente.

You can have your husband do the hard work- or your partner. While you enjoy a glass of wine..

Once you are done spiralizing, set the noodles aside and make the sauce.

Add the EVOO to medium temperature pan. Add in anchovies and garlic. Stir till the anchovies dissolve, Add in the pepper flakes to the oil. Saute till garlic is sizzling but not browning.

Garlic, San Marzano tomatoes and red pepper flakes. Need smell-o-vision.

Add in the tomatoes and rough chop. Stir well. Add in capers, olives, ghee. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add in squash noodles. Simmer for another 10 minutes.

While the noodles are simmering, heat 2 T EVOO till shimmering. Add in the shrimp and cooked till done turning once.

Make sure the noodles are al dente- having a bite, but tender.

To serve, place desired amount of noodles and sauce into bowl. Add shaved Parmesan to top of noodles. Top with shrimp. Sprinkle chopped Cilantro over top. Devour.

Hope you make it and repeat whenever you want deliciousness.

Enjoy!

Terri

P.S. No one commented, but Schnee from previous post means “snow” in German.

Schnee.

Winter can come in softly. Or like a bull in a china shop. Lately, we have been cycling through storms. And are bracing for another round. While downhill skiing has benefited greatly, it certainly makes the snowshoeing more challenging. And more beautiful.

When its very cold outside, I like something deeply warming and good for my body. Grounding vegetables and warming spices. And I want to warm from the inside out. As I sit in front of the fire. ūüôā

A perfect food to fit the bill is Stuffed Acorn squash- with sausage, eggs, onions, turmeric, sage, butter. I tried consciously NOT to make this taste like stuffing. Which you could do if you added apples to the mix. And lose the turmeric. I hope you enjoy this recipe. And, BTW, I swear it tastes better the next day warmed in a 400 degree oven.

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Sausage and Onion stuffed Acorn Squash

Serves 4 (or 2 with leftovers)

Ingredients:

2 Acorn squash, split lengthwise. (if you split across, I like to scoop out some of the cooked flesh and stir into the sausage mix.)

6 C fresh spinach, wilted then squeezed dry. Let cool before squeezing!

1 lb bulk mild Italian sausage, cooked and crumbled

2 eggs

1 medium sweet onion fine chop

2 T minced garlic

1/2 tsp ground turmeric

3 medium leaves of sage rolled and minced

4 T of butter, divided 2 T will be melted

Olive oil for sauteing

1/2 C of Japanese-style Panko breadcrumbs or crushed pretzel breading (Kroger Private selection is good and only 7 carbs per serving)

8 oz sauteed sliced mushrooms

1/2 C Shredded Parmesan + some for topping.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Putting It Together:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Split acorn squash and remove seeds forming a well.

In a small dish, melt 2 T of the butter and chopped sage and a pinch of kosher salt in the microwave. Brush over the insides of the acorn squash.

Place into heated oven on rimmed cookie pan, cut side up. Cook until tender, appx 45-50 minutes.

While the squash is baking, saute the mushrooms in a combo of 2 T butter and 2 T olive oil. Use a large pan so mushrooms aren’t crowded.

In another large saute pan or cast iron pan, add sausage and chopped onion. Add Garlic to mixture. Cook till sausage is cooked through and onions are translucent.

Add the sausage mix to the mushrooms and remove from heat.

To wilt the spinach: add 4 T of water to large saute pan heated to medium. Add the fresh spinach. This will cook down quickly so stir often. When wilted, remove to colander to cool. Then squeeze dry. More water will come out than you think. It will reduce to a ball. When adding back into the sausage/onion/mushroom mix, shred with your fingers.

When acorn squash is finished, (think fork tender), remove from oven. If you desire, scoop out some of the flesh and add to sausage/onion/mushroom mix. Be careful not to split/cut the skin.

Add two whisked eggs to the sausage/onion/mushroom mix. Add the turmeric. (Note: if you are allergic, please leave out) Add in squeezed dry spinach.

Add the 1/2 cup pretzel-breading or breadcrumbs to the mix. Add in Parmesan. Stir together until just bound. Salt and Pepper to taste. (And I like to add a healthy dash of celery salt. My FAV condiment!)

Divide the mixture between the four acorn squash. Return to 400 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes till completely heated through.

Top with a sprinkling of Parmesan. (and I like a bit of Pine nuts added too)

Return to oven till melted. Remove and plate.

Enjoy!

Terri

P.S. Please let me know if you have tried this recipe and what you think!

Ski.

I love to be outside in the mountains in winter. The crisp air, mountains with puffy clouds, bluebird skies, or skies ripe with snow. Truth be told, not a fan of high humidity and horizontal snow. Last week was a day filled with storm riding, wind and one beautiful day with powder. Great time- and with Steve and Lesley!

When you are outdoors all day, I want something healthy and filling. Balanced by something light and bright. So I am feeling Roasted Cauliflower Pasta with Olives served with a Sun-dried Tomato and Butter Lettuce salad. (see the directions under “Plenty”, my post from January of 2018) Delish, vegetarian and totally healthy.

Let’s go skiing!

How can you not eat this???

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Cauliflower Pasta with Olives

Serves 4 hearty appetites

Ingredients:

2 medium heads of cauliflower cut into florets

1 1/2 cup of castelvetrano olives pitted and chopped.

4 T. creme fraiche (or use full fat sour cream)

3 tsp Zatar (you can find this at Cost plus World Market in the spice aisle)

Extra Virgin Olive oil

1 lb. tagliatelle noodles, dry

1/2 cup shaved Parmesan + some for the table

Putting it Together:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

While oven is preheating, cut cauliflower. Place on rimmed baking sheet. May need 2 pans. Drizzle with olive oil. To fully roast, will take appx. 40 minutes.

Chop and pit the olives. ( I like extra olives, so sue me!)

Heat salted water to boiling. Add pasta. Cook till al dente, about 10-12 minutes.

When cauliflower is done, add to large pasta bow. Quickly toss with creme fraiche. Add hot pasta to bowl. Toss in olives. Drizzle with more EVOO. Stir. Top with Parmesan. Serve with salad and crusty bread if so inclined.

Butter Lettuce Salad with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Radishes.

Feast!

Enjoy!

Terri

Harbor.

2018 was a tough year. I lost my mom, I lost my dog, I lost my refrigerator. And in that importance ranking. And that year made me realize how important family, friends and pets (aka family), truly are. Sure, its easy to say, of course they are important. And we say that almost daily don’t we? But having them exit your life forever, takes your breath away and makes you sit back on your heels a bit. Or it should.

I am lucky enough to have a great family that supports each other and rallies when times are tough. I am also lucky enough to have those special friends that even though we may be miles apart, can heal your heart with a kind note, quiet dinner or weekend away when you really need it. (And thanks Lois, Marianne and Laurie!)

After having been away from home for 5 months, I am so happy to have my own bed to sleep in, my things around me, friends on the phone, and cook my own meals.

Truly my safe harbor is home.

Here is comfort food to help make your safe harbor a bit more comfy- Creamy baked spaghetti squash with spinach and chicken.

Finished and ready to eat!

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Creamy Baked Spaghetti Squash with Spinach and Chicken.

Serves 2 and quite heartily

Ingredients:

2 – 3 lb spaghetti squash

3/4 lb single chicken breast

1 5 oz package fresh spinach

1 10-12 oz package frozen artichokes thawed and large chopped

1/2 large onion large chopped

4-6 oz cream cheese softened and cubed

1/2 c Parmesan cheese, grated + some for browning

2 T minced garlic ( i like to make it with 3, but I love garlic)

1 Tablespoon water

1/2 tsp celery salt

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

salt and pepper

Yummy ingredients!

Putting it together:

Turn on oven to 400 degrees. While it is preheating, poke the spaghetti squash multiple times with a fork. Place in microwave and cook for 5 minutes. This will make splitting and coring the squash much easier.

Split the squash lengthwise and remove seeds. Place in oven and roast split side up for about 35-40 minutes. Will depend on the size of squash. Should be fork tender when done.

In a small ovenproof dish, cook the chicken till just cooked through. Or, sear and cook over low heat on your stove top. However you want to cook it, that’s fine. Once its cooked, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

While the squash is roasting, make the chicken. Chop the artichokes, onion, garlic. Cube the cream cheese and place all in a bowl.

In a pan, place 1 T of water and heat. Add spinach and cook till just wilted. Turn your spinach often. Remove to colander. Let cool and squeeze out water. Be careful not to burn your hands!

Add the spinach to the bowl of ingredients. Add celery salt, red pepper flakes and Parmesan. Add the chicken to the bowl.

Chiffonade your basil and set to the side.

When your spaghetti squash is finished roasting, remove from oven. Take a fork and shred the squash lengthwise being careful not to break the skin. Add the shredded flesh to the bowl of tasty ingredients. Mix the ingredients well. Make sure to smash the cream cheese into the mixture well. Salt and pepper to taste.

Divide the mixture between the two halves of spaghetti squash. Top with additional Parmesan and bake. I would suggest about 10-15 minutes. Then turn on the broiler for 3-5 minutes to make a delicious brown crust on the top.

Can’t wait to eat!

Top with basil. And devour.

This is restaurant quality at its finest. Remember, you can leave out the chicken for a delicious vegetarian version.

Enjoy!

Terri

Longing.

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When people long for something, sometimes its wistful.  Other times its lustful.  It may be with sadness, hope, desire or remembrance.  We long according to what our hearts say or dictate.  We are puppets to our heartstrings.

Recently, I lost my mom to an aortic aneurysm.  Suddenly, and catastrophically.  While I am saddened by her leaving us so unexpectedly, I take comfort that it was quick and not a lengthy death.

My friend Lois Presley, gave me a cookbook at mom’s passing.¬† Ina Garten, “Cook Like a Pro” to be exact.¬† And during this time of longing for my mom’s voice,¬† I turn to cooking for comfort.¬† With a nod to Ina Garten and the Silver Palate cookbook, I give you my variation of Chicken Marbella.¬† Interesting, complex, soothing, wonderful.¬† Just like my mom.

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Chicken Marbella 

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Ingredients:

8 lbs chicken thighs, skin on.  (Plenty of leftovers. or great for a dinner party)

1/2 C EVOO

1/2 C Red Wine Vinegar  (Buy the good stuff-trust me)

8 Medjool Dates, pitted.   Rough chop.  (Like 6 pieces from each)

1 C Cerignola green olives, pitted  (May have to pit yourself.  I did.  good whack with flat side of a chefs knife and remove the pit)

1/2 C Kalamata olives, pitted

1/2 C capers

6 dried bay leaves

1 1/2 heads of garlic-peeled, cloves separated, minced.  (This is the hard part but a true deliciousness)

1/4 c dried oregano

2 tsp Kosher salt

1 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper to taste

1/2 C Light Brown Sugar, lightly packed   (Note:  I used Trivia Brown Sugar Blend. Or go with your favorite brand of brown sugar.)

1 C Pinot Grigio.¬† Remember-use wine you want to drink.¬† If you won’t drink it, why would you put it in your food?)

Putting  It Together:

THE DAY BEFORE YOU WANT TO EAT THIS:

Mix marinade together: red wine vinegar, olive oil, dates, olives, capers, garlic, oregano and bay leaves in large bowl and stir.  Add in chicken.  Make sure that the chicken is submerged in the marinade.  Let it marinade for 24 hours.  And stir occasionally.

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DAY OF:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Pour the marinade into bottom of  large roasting pan.  (Ina recommends 15 x 18 inch roasting pan. I had to use 2 pans).  Then add the chicken, skin side up on top of the marinade and sprinkle with the brown sugar. Top with Kosher salt and black pepper.

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(time to clean the oven!)

Pour the wine AROUND the chicken into the marinade.  Not over!  You want the skin to crisp up with the spices.

Roast for 45-55 minutes.  Make sure the internal temp is 145 degrees.  Remove from the oven and cover with aluminum foil.  Let it rest for 15 minutes.

Remove the bay leaves and place 1/4 C of the pan juice on a serving platter.  Place chicken on top. Make to offer the olive and date mix marinade on the side with the chicken.

This is one of the dishes where you just may want to lick the pan!

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Enjoy!

Love you Mom!

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Terri

Autumn.

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The weather cools, leaves change to glorious combinations of gold, red, orange, plum.  Air seems fresher and the smell of musty leaves is warm and deep.  Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year.

Autumn sets the tone for the remaining months of the year-spending more time inside, sitting before a fire, sipping a glass of red wine.¬† And seeking warmth in the food we eat.¬† I begin to eat ‘comfort’ food. For many that means heavy food.¬† And that doesn’t need to be the case.¬† It means full of flavor and depth, spices and unexpected tastes.

When I want comfort food, I often turn to soup. To that end, I give you fall in a bowl.

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Pumpkin Curry with Shrimp Soup

Ingredients:

1 lb. Shrimp  raw peeled and deveined  ( I like jumbo prawns feels more luxurious)

1 can 15 oz. Pumpkin puree`

2 cups roasted chopped Butternut Squash

2 Shallots sliced very thin and fried crispy

1 C Vidalia Onion chopped

3 T chopped Cilantro

1 T minced Garlic

1 T minced Ginger

2 T Lime zest

juice of half a Lime, plus Lime wedges for serving

1 Plum tomato, chopped, seeds removed

1 C Coconut Milk   (make sure to include some of the cream. I use have cup cream and half cup milk)

2 Cups Chicken Stock

1/4 tsp Cayenne

1 1/2 T Curry Powder

Plain Greek Yogurt for serving

2 C cooked Brown Rice  (use the remainder of the chicken stock from a box to cook the rice.  Add more stock if needed)  Note:  If you are doing keto, leave the rice out of serving

Olive Oil for cooking

Putting it Together:

Peel and remove seeds from butternut squash.  Chop and place on rimmed baking sheet.  Toss lightly with olive oil and place in oven heated to 375.  Roast till browned.  Personally, I like crispy edges.  Do this first- can do the rest while soup is cooking.

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In a soup pan, add 3 T olive oil and heat to medium.  Add chopped onion and garlic.  Cook until onions are translucent appx 8 minutes.  Add in ginger.  Heat till fragrant.

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Add in chopped plum tomato, and can of pumpkin puree`.  Cook till pumpkin turns golden- for me, takes about 5 minutes of stirring frequently.  Do not let it burn!

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Add in chicken stock, curry powder, coconut milk, cayenne pepper.  Simmer for 20 minutes.  Stir often.

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While the soup is simmering, fry the shallots.  When crispy, remove to plate lined with paper towels.

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At 20 minutes, add in juice of 1/2 a lime,butternut squash, and shrimp.  Simmer again for 20 minutes.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Serving:

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Scoop a healthy 1/2 cup of brown rice into a large soup bowl.  Ladle in the pumpkin curry over the rice.  Top with a large spoonful of Greek yogurt, then chopped cilantro.  Add lime zest and finish with fried shallots.

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You will thank me.

Enjoy!

Terri

 

 

 

 

 

Bounty.

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In the late part of summer, the gardens and farms are laden with fruit and veggies.  What an amazing opportunity for eating fresh and healthy.  And when I eat all these wonderful veggies and fruits, I feel great.  And I feel great supporting a local farmer or gardener.   Subscribe to your local farmers delivery service and support your local farmers markets.

This recipe IS the freshness of the season.  Is there anything better than fresh tomatoes with salt?  Still warm from the sun?  NOPE.  NOTHING.

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Gazpacho with spicy citrus shrimp

Ingredients:

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64 oz. Tomatoe juice (try to use organic and only tomatoes as the ingredient)

1 T. Worcestershire Sauce

2 T. Kikkoman Soy Sauce

1 tsp Celery Salt

5 garlic cloves finely chopped

1 heaping T of Better than Bouillon Beef base

2 Avocados chopped + 1/2 of one for serving

3 Ripe Roma tomatoes chopped

3 Persian cucumbers chopped

1 Yellow Bell Pepper chopped

1 Large Jalapeno chopped

1/2 Large red onion chopped

2 Ears sweet corn charred on grill, kernels cut from cob  (if you are doing keto, leave this out)

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Small bunch of green onion chopped for serving

Fresh Cilantro for serving

4 Limes

1 Lemon

1 T Red pepper flakes

1/4 C EVOO

1 lb Large shrimp or prawns

Red Tabasco Sauce, to taste

Sour Cream for serving

Salt and Pepper.

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Putting It Together:

In a soup pot, put all the tomatoe juice, chopped garlic, soy sauce, beef base, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Heat till just below simmering.  Cool the soup base.  Drizzle with EVOO.

While soup is cooling, chop the vegetables.   When soup has cooled, add the veggies.  Stir and add Tabasco.  I like it spicy so I add 10 hearty shakes to the soup.  Return to refrigerator to allow flavors to blend.

While soup is sitting, prepare the shrimp.

Spicy Citrus Shrimp

2 limes pressed for juice

1 large lemon pressed for juice

1 T red pepper flakes

1/4 C EVOO

1 lb of shrimp (make sure shrimp is clean, patted dry and tails and veins removed)

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Grab a large Ziploc bag and add all ingredients.  Let marinate for at least an hour.   Put the shrimp on skewers for grilling.

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Start your grill and cook till done.  These can be served warm or cooled.  Personally, I prefer cool.  Especially on a hot summer evening.

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Assembly~

Spoon soup into bowl.  Add 4-6 shrimp into bowl as an entree serving.  Top with a dollop of sour cream, handful of chopped green onion, avocado, chopped cilantro and additional Tabasco.  Top with Salt flakes or Red Salt if desired.

 

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Can’t you just taste summer in this bowl?

Enjoy!

Terri

 

 

Alive.

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There are things in life that make you appreciate everything or small things.  Holding a new puppy in your arms, watching an incredible sunset, turning a corner on a hike and having the world open up before your eyes, seeing your children grow up to be kind and wonderful humans.  Each of these makes your heart well up~ And we should have moments like this every day.  Go out there and find your happiness!

I love food that’s filling and you can find joy in preparing and eating them.¬† So to that end, I give you marinated steak salad with blue cheese.¬† Get your grill on!

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Wild Strawberries foraged while fly fishing.   Such intense flavors!  Spent an hour hunting these tasty morsels.  Got multiple handfuls.

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Marinated Steak Salad with Blue Cheese

Ingredients:

2 lbs sirloin steak  (You will have leftovers.  Yum!  Make a french dip the following day for lunch!)

Marinade:

1/2 C EVOO

4 cloves smashed garlic

Juice of half a lemon- large

3 green onions sliced diagonally

Salt and pepper to taste

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Salad:

1/2 container baby arugula

2 soft boiled eggs

grape tomatoes

1/2 cup of crumbled blue cheese

Sliced green onions, 2-3 sliced diagonally

French fried onions  (optional)

Lemon Olive Oil Dressing:

3/4 cup EVOO

1 Heaping T of Grey Poupon

Juice of 1 lemon, medium

Salt and Pepper to taste.

Dash of Celery Salt (I LOVE this condiment.  I personally add a tsp to dressings)

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Putting It Together:

Marinate the steak for at least an hour, preferably 2-3 hours.   Then remove from the refrigerator and bring to room temp.  Fire up the grill. When the grill is ready, place the steak on the grill and cook till medium rare.  Please use a meat thermometer as steak thickness will definitely impact cook times and finish.

Remove steak when cooked to desired level.  Cover with tin foil and let rest.  While steak is resting, create your salad.  Chop romaine and place on platter.  Toss lightly with salad dressing.

Add tomatoes and blue cheese.  Slice the steak across the grain and arrange steak slices on salad.   Cut eggs into quarters lengthwise.  Place artistically on salad.  Drizzle with a bit more dressing.  Salt and Pepper to taste.  I love the french fried onions for added crunch.  And I use the Kroger Gluten-free brand.  tasty!

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Enjoy!

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Full.

Yes, I am full.¬† Full of the political wrangling and lack of facts presented daily.¬† Tired of the pontificating.¬† Self-indignation on both sides.¬† Let’s focus on the good things- love, friendship, sunshine, making a difference.¬† I know that my life changes little on who is in the Presidents office.¬† I know many won’t agree.¬† My point is to make a positive change where you live.¬† Volunteer.¬† Mentor.¬† Make someone’s life better for knowing you.

I love salads that fill me up.  Salads that have a lot of goodies- not ones that just have two types of lettuce and a dressing.  Give me bits & bites- a salad should be an adventure.  Every bite a discovery of tastes and combos.

To that end, I give you Loaded Cauliflower Salad.

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Loaded Cauliflower Salad

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Ingredients:

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1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into similar size florets  Trim off any dark spots.

1 C Mayo  (or Veganaisse-Personal Fave!)  Use good mayo, or make your own.

3 T Grey Poupon Mustard

1/2 tsp Paprika

1 tsp celery salt

1/2 C Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

1 large Shallot, small chop (or less depending on taste.  Some shallots can be intense.)

4 Hard Boiled Eggs, chopped + 1 slice for garnish

1/2 C chopped dill pickles.  ( I like to use baby kosher dills for the firmness)

3/4 C shelled  cooked Edamame.

6 slices thick cut bacon, cooked and chopped into bite-size pieces.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Putting It Together:

Put a medium sized sauce pan on stove and turn to medium.  Add water and cauliflower and cook till al dente.  Should take about 10 minutes.  Drain and cool.

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While cauliflower is cooking, make the sauce.  Combine mayo, mustard, paprika, celery salt and stir till well mixed.

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In large bowl, add cooled cauliflower, edamame, shallot, pickles, chopped egg and bacon.  Stir in sauce.  Salt and pepper to taste.

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Serve on platter with additional sliced hard boiled egg and sprinkle with additional paprika.

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P.S.  Top with a bit of Falk Salt too.

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P.P.S.  Served with Beer marinated Hatch Chile Brats, grilled Ancho Chilies,sauteed mushrooms and onions with Balsamic Glaze.

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Enjoy!

Terri