Judging by the flour shelves at the grocery store, and my instagram feed, quarantine is bringing out the baker in all of us! I am into this but, on certain nights, my interest in big cooking projects has its limits. Luckily, no-yeast, super easy Scallion Flatbread exists!
In the blur of meals I’ve cooked over these past several #stayhome weeks, I cannot remember why I needed to make this bread. It was definitely to pair with something Middle Eastern, with lots of sauce and rice… that is *always* the type of meal that makes me and Joey crave some pillowy, blistered flatbread. I recall only having about an hour before the rest of dinner was ready and before hunger was going to turn me into a monster. Oh, and my oven was full. So, these babies came together in a cast iron skillet in under an hour. Amazing – I know.
Having a real miso soup magic moment right now. Savory and full of rich, round, umami flavor with natural sweetness from the squash… Thick and creamy but with no actual cream (unless you forget to save coconut milk for the drizzle on top and go in with heavy cream, like I did) …. It’s basically the best soup ever. And it eats like a meal thanks to loads of cauliflower and squash. Joey and I had some fried chicken wings on the side the other night because we are in quarantine and I am gluttonous. But, a side of wings is not required. This Miso Squash and Cauliflower Soup is more than enough to make all your dinner dreams come true.
Can we chat about smells for a second? The first day I made this caramelized shallot butter, our house smelled like sweet, earthy shallots and wine for the next 24 hours and I loved it. Certain cooking smells just have that warm, cozy hug quality. Onions or garlic cooking in butter has always been my #1. If they bottled the scent, I’d for sure wear it. But, these caramelized shallots, with thyme and generous splash of marsala wine, are a close second.
When life gives you beets… turn them into chocolate cake. Specifically, a deeply flavored, mouth-wateringly chocolately cake with a delicious sweetness from sugary roasted beets. Not saying this cake is “healthy” – there is plenty of sugar, flour, sour cream, etc. in there, too. But, I am saying this is an excellent thing to do with a bunch of roasted beets, and it’s so, so good! Somehow, even though it doesn’t have the cream filling, this cake tastes just like Hostess HoHo’s to me. It puts me right back in the elementary school cafeteria, circa 1990, in the best way.
Let’s roast all the things! Let’s coat them all in a creamy tahini dressing! And add some pop and zip with a pomegranate walnut salsa! And, let’s prep it all in advance so this does-a-body-good roasted veggie bowl is ready when you are. Heads up: you will *always* be ready for this. The combo of flavors and textures is everything. Cauliflower, chickpeas, squash, onions, apples, maybe some diced chicken if you want? Yes! Plus a sweet and nutty dressing and a tart, crunchy topping. Ev-ery-thing 🙌
Broccoli stems: the bonus ingredient of broccoli! Completely usable and tasty- and versatile! We eat a lot of roasted broccoli in my house and I usually just slice up the stems for roasting, too. But, occasionally, I’ll save them and turn them into Broccoli Stem Slaw. Fun fact: I will eat coleslaw on literally anything. Sandwiches, burgers, tacos, roasted veggies (gettin’ weird), rice (weirder), or mixed into any available leftovers (cringe). Broccoli Stem Slaw is no exception. I just finished off a bowl of it with piri-piri meatballs on top and it was perfect 🤷♀️
The other day, on a #stayinghome whim, I placed an order with Misfits Market – that newish online organic produce delivery service. The box we got was filled with a random selection, including carrots and rutabagas. I also had some potatoes I needed to use, a bunch of hazelnuts, and a craving for comfort food. Are you seeing where we’re headed here? Hazelnut Root Vegetable Gratin 🙌
Root vegetable gratins are full of silky layers of starchy veggies (any kind!), all surrounded by thick, aromatic cream (this one is heavily scented with lots of garlic, rosemary, and thyme) and finished off with a savory, crunchy topping (hazelnuts, breadcrumbs, and parmesan, ya’ll!)
We’re diving into the root-to-stem thing again today with cauliflower leaves and stems! This is a super simple and completely delicious way to use up those parts you might normally toss in the compost. Next time you chop up a head of cauliflower, save the leaves, the core, and the stem and chop it all into 1” pieces. Toss them in oil, salt, and pepper and pop them in the oven!
OK, if I had a million dollars today, I would bet it all that this recipe is going to blow you away with its simplicity and deliciousness. The leftover vegetables sitting in your fridge are just crying out for this pan of sizzly rice topped with a creamy spoonful of garlicky sriracha mayo. Maybe you’re not sitting on a container of leftover roasted vegetables, but it’s worth making some real quick to help this fried rice situation happen.
Oh, man… sweet potato fries…. Taking one of nature’s most delicious creations, plunging it into hot oil, and coating it with a spicy, sugary blend of seasonings. What a privilege! It’s times like this that I’m really grateful for the ability to cook and eat and taste and enjoy food. I know – deep thoughts on deep fried sweet potatoes. I can’t help it. They bring out all the feelz in me.