Authentic Homemade Mexican Chorizo – I was looking online to see what spices went into chorizo, so I could add it to a soup that I had just added a couple of links of the sausage to. If you have a well-stocked spice drawer, you have everything you need for this. Most of what I had was already ground, but I still used this as a reason to pull out my new mortar and pestle and grind up the couple of things that weren’t already ground. I didn’t have ancho chiles, so I used the cayenne variation.
Broccoli & Feta Pasta Salad – Easy and delicious. Mental note that this would be a great thing to do with the smaller heads of broccoli from my farm share. I didn’t add any protein to this one but as noted I think some chicken would do nicely.
Whole Wheat Couscous with Cherries and Arugula – Another very yummy salad. I made this with regular pearl couscous as I haven’t been able to find the whole wheat stuff anywhere I normally go. My only change was to use one (big) shallot instead of three – that’s a lot of onion. Make sure you mince it fine, the sharpness of the raw onion cuts right through the other flavors. I also skipped the step where you spread out the cooked couscous to let it cool – I just mixed everything together and once and let it wilt the arugula a little. Very tasty – I added a few shrimp (blanched in OJ, red wine vinegar and a little water) to bulk it up for dinner. White beans would also work well I think.
Dulce de Leche Ice Cream – Delicious and super easy. I actually didn’t put the pecans in but should have, it would’ve been very very good. I used dulce de leche leftover from when my gentleman caller made a dessert for us one evening. His method is to boil a can of sweetened condensed milk, which seemed to work pretty well. Basically you just bring a pot of water containing your unopened can up to a boil, then simmer it for a couple of hours. The internet tells me you can also take the milk out of the can and bake it in a covered dish as well.
Banana & Coconut Milk Steel Cut Oatmeal – I just used this recipe as a suggestion, following my own procedure and using the coconut milk for part of the water I normally use. I included the spices and vanilla as well, but omitted everything else. I put the bananas on right before serving. This was good but mostly I smelled/tasted the nutmeg, so I’m not sure the coconut milk brought much to it.
Kale Salad with Pecorino and Lemon – This was tasty – the kale wilts down quite a bit so you can use a much smaller bowl than you’d think, especially if you dress it in stages as you chop. It was very lemony, which I liked, and I think would be a great side with a rich meal – in fact I brought it to a party where the main dish was pulled pork.