Monday, February 26, 2007
I am beginning to think a nail gun would be a great wedding present......
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Now that our friend Jim has moved to New Zealand, he has had a craving for good ol' salsa as many of the condiments down under don't have that spicy bite and the salsas they do sell are more like Taco Bell taco sauce. So, per Jim's request, her is an easy tomato and jalepeno salsa. This one is based on a Rick Bayless recipe.
1-1 1/2 lbs roma tomatoes
2-3 jalepeno salsas
4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
1 medium onion, sliced
1 Tbl apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup cilantro
- Place tomatoes and chiles on a sheet pan and place under a broiler. Broil until skins are charred and tomatoes and chiles are soft and freely giving their juices. Rotate the tomatoes and chiles to cook all sides evenly.
- While the tomatoes and chiles are under the broiler, place the onion slices and garlic cloves in a cast iron skillet, or a griddle over medium heat. Cook until the onion is soft and the cloves are soft and the skins are brown or black. Peel the garlic.
- Place the chiles, onion, and garlic in a food processor and pulse until medium chop. Add the tomatoes and all the accumulated juices. Pulse until combined.
- Add cilantro, and pulse until chopped.
- Add water until the salsas the consistency that you like. It will thicken as it cools, so runny is good.
- Season with the vinegar and add salt to taste, usually about a teaspoon or more.
- Put in a bowl or jar and cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
Friday, February 09, 2007
Spinach Ruben Sandwich
1/8 Cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 teaspoons ketchup
2 teaspoons chopped capers
1 teaspoon chopped pickle or relish
3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 small red onion, thinly sliced or 3 shallots finely diced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 bunch spinach, cleaned and stemmed
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Pinch of nutmeg, freshly ground
4 slices rye bread
4 thin slices Swiss cheese
1/2 cup sauerkraut
1. To prepare Russian dressing: Whisk mayonnaise and ketchup in a small bowl until smooth. Stir in capers and pickle (or relish).
2. To prepare sandwiches: Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion or shallots and mushrooms; cook, stirring often, until the onion is softened, 4 minutes. Add spinach and cook, stirring, until it has wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste. Transfer the mixture to a plate.
3. Coat the pan with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and return to medium heat. Add the bread; divide cheese equally among the slices. Divide sauerkraut between 2 slices and divide the spinach mixture between the other 2 slices; cook until the cheese has melted and the bread is golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer sandwich halves to a cutting board. Divide the dressing between the spinach halves. Carefully place the sauerkraut halves on top. Cut sandwiches in half and serve.