It’s “low-carb” so it’s good for you.
Earlier this year, while visiting our good friends and owners of Cream City Market, we held a cooking night amongst the four of us. The idea was for each person to come up with an original recipe using Cream City Market cheese curds as a star ingredient. We went to the grocery store together, came up with good ideas for recipes, ate some great food, and had a ton of fun together. Excellent way to spend an evening—if your friends can cook. Luckily, my friends can cook.
My recipe idea was to feature the Cream City Market mozzarella whips and some asparagus (both cut on a bias) to give at least the shape of if not also the flavors of a penne pasta dish. It turned out really well and my friends have featured my recipe on their website.
- 1/2 lb. pancetta, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 shallot. minced
- bundle asparagus, cut on bias
- 5 oz. Cream City Whips, cut into 1″ strips
- 1/2 lemon
- 1 Tbs. olive oil
- pine nuts
Serves: I would say this serves 4, but honestly, you’re going to want to eat it all yourself.
- Toast pine nuts, set aside
- In same pan, brown pancetta.
- Add garlic & shallot, sauté.
- Add asparagus, sauté 3 minutes.
- Toss with Cream City Whips, olive oil, and squeezed lemon.
- Garnish with pine nuts and parsley.
Head over to Cream City Market and order yourself some cheese curds!
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This is the recipe card they put together. And yes, that’s me holding the pan.
I thought of this recipe one day after swimming in lava.
apple cider vinegar
- Mix equal parts of the dry ground rhizomes and spice in a resealable container like a Ball jar.
- In an 8 oz. drinking glass (or bigger, whatever) add some of the dry mix. Use about 1/4 teaspoon if you’re a wimp or about a full teaspoon if you have something to prove.
- To the dry mix add about a teaspoon of honey and around an 1/8 cup to 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. Stir to combine. The dry things combine best if the wet things are room temperature.
- Once combination has been achieved, pat yourself on the back then fill the rest of the glass with orange juice. Again, there are options here: Use pulp-free OJ if you’re a wimp or just dump in whole puréed oranges if you have something to prove.
- Add some whiskey if you think another dimension of fire sounds nice.
What does this fantastic elixir cure?
Boredom and a random selection of ailments found on WebMD.
How long does this keep?
Why, for the love of all that’s tasty, does everyone always ask how long things can be kept?! Just eat and drink the delicious things.
Why are none of the measurements exact?!?!
The thing about recipes is that no one ever follows them exactly. Even if I told you precisely how to make this drink, you’d still alter it somehow. Use the ingredients you have. Substitute something for another. Try a new idea. Have fun!
Equal parts ground ginger, turmeric, and cayenne
About this much apple cider vinegar…
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…to this much orange juice. (8 oz. glass pictured)
Here’s a fresh tasting salad that’s as incredibly delicious as it is verifiably healthy.
After taking this picture, I ate the entire bowl by myself.
The Story Behind This Recipe
Some time ago, I watched a TED talk by Dr. William Li called “Can We Eat To Starve Cancer?” Around that same time, Whole Foods was promoting a nutrition ranking system by Eat Right America called ANDI. I couldn’t help but notice the glaringly obvious similarities between Dr. Li’s list of cancer-fighting foods and the ANDI Superfoods list. So, I decided to change my diet to include more of these naturally healthy and delicious foods. That I already loved many of these foods didn’t hurt the cause either. 😉
After returning from the supermarket with a load of super foods late one night (which is the perfect time to go grocery shopping), my appetite was… “heightened.” So, I decided to make a little snack using the ingredients I had just purchased. I quickly chopped up some stuff and threw it in a bowl. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much because I didn’t give this concoction much thought, but I knew I had discovered something after that first bite. This recipe kind of feels like a home run – or maybe even a grand slam. It’s easy, fast, delicious, and healthy. You can’t ask for much more than that.
- 6-8 campari tomatoes – quartered
- 1 (12 oz.) jar marinated artichoke hearts – quartered
- 1/2 C. flat leaf parsley – roughly chopped
- 3 cloves garlic – crushed or finely minced
- 1 T. dry or fresh oregano
- 1 lemon – zested and juiced
- 1 T. olive oil
- sea salt & fresh cracked black pepper (to taste)
In a large bowl, zest and juice the lemon over the garlic and oregano to kick start the marinating process. Pour the liquid from the artichokes in the bowl. Quarter the tomatoes and artichokes into similar size pieces and chop the parsley. Dress with some good olive oil and a little salt & pepper. Stir to combine. Allow the magic to marinate for as long as you can stand. Usually I can only wait about 10 minutes, but if you have patience you can prepare this recipe day ahead of time.
Serves 4-5 adults (or 1, if you’re me).
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This is the recipe I developed for my first attempt at making dolmas. I wanted to balance the salty savoriness of the grape leaves with a sweeter filling of meat, nuts, fruit and spices. Venison is not a typical choice for dolmas, but it was readily available and ended up working very well. Because venison […]
This is the recipe I developed for my first attempt at making dolmas. I wanted to balance the salty savoriness of the grape leaves with a sweeter filling of meat, nuts, fruit and spices. Venison is not a typical choice for dolmas, but it was readily available and ended up working very well. Because venison is a very lean meat, there is no need to drain the burger. Lamb, beef, or bison would make good substitutes, but the lamb and beef would probably need to be drained.
- 50 grape leaves – canned in brine
- 1 C brown rice – short grain
- 2 C water
- 1 T butter
- 1 lb. venison burger – Lamb, beef or bison can be substituted.
- 1/4 C dates – pitted and diced
- 1/4 C olives – kalamata variety, pitted and diced
- 1/4 C nuts – almonds, macadamia, pistachio, sesame mixture – crushed
- 1 T garlic – crushed
- 1 C red onion – diced
- 2 T chives – fresh or dried
- 2 t nutmeg – ground
- 2 t cinnamon – ground
- 1 t turmeric – ground
- 1 t ginger – ground
- 1 t coriander – ground
- 1 t cumin – ground
- 2 T olive oil
- 1/2 lemon – juiced
- 1 C feta cheese
Place rice, water and butter in a covered sauce pan over high heat. Boil under tender. Set aside.
Combine burger, nuts, dates, olives, garlic, onion, chives, nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, coriander, cumin and olive oil in a skillet. Brown over medium high heat until the pink is gone from the burger. Add rice to burger mixture.
In the center of a stemless grape leaf place approximately 2 to 3 tablespoons of burger mixture. Fold the bottom of the leaf up, the top of the leaf down, the right side over to the left, and then roll tightly to the left. Place the rolled leaf in a non-greased pan. Repeat the filling and rolling process until either out of meat or grape leaves.
Cover pan with foil and bake for approximately 30 minutes at 400 degrees. Baking longer makes for a more tender grape leaf, while a shorter time gives the leaf more of a chewy bite.
To finish, sprinkle lemon juice over the dolmas and top with crumbled feta. Serve warm with hummus and veggies, tabbouleh and pita bread. Makes approximately 50 dolmas.
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Recently, I visited Harvest Home Farm to play a show in their barn. Owners Mike and Becky Poulos share their knowledge and love with anyone willing to come visit the farm. After the show, they kindly sent me on my way with an arm load of food and a warm, cozy sheep pelt, which I […]
Recently, I visited Harvest Home Farm to play a show in their barn. Owners Mike and Becky Poulos share their knowledge and love with anyone willing to come visit the farm. After the show, they kindly sent me on my way with an arm load of food and a warm, cozy sheep pelt, which I plan to sleep on during the crisp nights of hammocking in the fall.
Among the many items in the cooler of fresh-from-the-farm goodies were some lamb chops and wild blackberries, which I put to use in the following recipe* of my own. Enjoy!
Blackberry Sauce for Lamb Chops
By Scott Troyer
- 1 qt. Blackberries (fresh or frozen)
- 2-3 T. Honey
- 2-3 T. Butter
- 2 cloves Garlic finely chopped
- 1/4 c. Onion or Shallot finely chopped
- 2 t. Dried Rosemary crushed
- 2 t. Dried Parsley
- 2 t. Dried Tarragon
Cook the blackberries on medium high heat in a small saucepan until they have broken down and released most of their juice. Mashing them a bit will help release more of the juice too. Strain the berries through a fine sieve over a small sauté pan. Gently press the berries to remove the remaining juice. Reserve the berry pulp for baking or serving over ice cream, yogurt, cereal, etc.
Bring the juice to a simmer on medIum high heat and add the garlic, onions, and herbs. Stir continually to avoid burning. After the liquid has reduced to approximately half add honey until the desired sweetness is achieved. Continue simmering until the liquid is slightly thick (the sauce will thicken as it cools). Shortly before serving add the butter and stir until melted and completely combined with the sauce. Serve the warm sauce generously over freshly grilled or pan-seared lamb chops.
Makes enough sauce for 4-6 chops. Use more or less honey to achieve the right amount of sweetness. Other berries may be substituted. Wine can also replace the berries, in which case the recipe would call for far less honey. Most of the alcohol will be cooked off during the reduction process, so it is safe for children. Fresh herbs can replace the dried herbs and would actually be preferable if they are available. For a bit of showmanship sprinkle a few leaves of fresh tarragon on top of the sauce of each lamb chop.
*I don’t use recipes, but for the benefit of those that do, I’ve put this one together. If this doesn’t fit the MLA guidelines for culinary reference, I apologize; I’m a total hackchef. 🙂
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