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Hi guys, sorry I don't have a recipe this week.  I didn't try anything new which is what I've been pulling from for inspiration.

Did anyone try a new recipe that they want to share?

I've got butternut squash coming up next week for sure!
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Welcome to the weekly recipes post! The idea is to give folks who want to try new recipes ideas. Each week we'll have a theme chosen from the themes list on this post. If you would like to suggest a theme, comment there and I'll add it to the top of the list.

If you would like to signup to write the opening post and pick out a theme for the week because you found a really awesome recipe or you love a certain vegetable, let me know in comments what week you want and it's yours.

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Interactive recipe alert!

Since I'm a little late this weekend, let's talk omelets. Just in time for Sunday brunch!

I made my first omelet when I was 15 with no supervision. I used as my model too many fancy cooking shows where they flip the omelet over in air. I don't recommend doing that. The good news about omelets is that if you mess up folding it over, you still have delicious scrambled eggs.

Ingredients
Eggs - number depends on how big your pan is and how hungry you are, but one serving is usually 2 eggs

The basic omelet starts with eggs beaten together in a bowl. You can do just egg whites. You can add a little water or milk so they don't cook quite so fast. You can go ahead and add salt and pepper. Beat them with a fork - according to my Good HouseKeeping cookbook, over-beating the eggs makes the proteins in the whites tougher.

The basic omelet according to me. You may want to consult a cookbook. )

So the 999 things you can add to an omelet. I'm going to need your help here because I usually just add grated cheese - cheddar or whatever I have on hand, though I like cheddar best - and maybe onions and mushrooms that I cook separately or before I do the eggs. At restaurants I love getting stacked omelets so I know there's a bunch of possibilities. I guess the next question I have for folks is what combinations do you love?

If everyone does ten do you think we could get to 999?

The List
1. Grated cheddar cheese
2. Onions - already cooked
3. Mushrooms - already cooked
4. Green peppers - chopped
5. Tomatoes - diced
6. Cream cheese - popular in Texas I hear
7. Parsley - chopped
8. Broccoli - already cooked
9. Jalapeno - already cooked
10. Spinach - already cooked
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Welcome to the weekly recipes post! The idea is to give folks who want to try new recipes ideas.  Each week we'll have a theme chosen from the themes list on this post. If you would like to suggest a theme, comment there and I'll add it to the top of the list.

If you would like to signup to write the opening post and pick out a theme for the week because you found a really awesome recipe or you love a certain vegetable, let me know in comments what week you want and it's yours.

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I made risotto for the first time this week under instructions from my sister according to how she does it. Risotto, for the other risotto virgins out there, is rice cooked by slowly adding the liquid to it until it's kind of gluey (not in a bad way!) and sticks together. You can add vegetables and meat to it, or serve it as a side. The downside is it takes 20-30 minutes of constant stirring.

Ingredients:
What to buy and suggestions for veggie and meat additions )

The basic risotto is fairly straightforward. It takes about 30 minutes and should be eaten right when it's done.  It does take attention though, so if you do risotto try not to have too many other things going on.

What to do )

Variations? Suggestions for what kinds of things to add to a risotto? I'm wondering what kinds of spices people use besides salt and pepper.
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Welcome to the weekly recipes post! The idea is to give folks who want to try new recipes ideas.  Each week we'll have a theme chosen from the themes list on this post. If you would like to suggest a theme, comment there and I'll add it to the top of the list.

If you would like to signup to write the opening post and pick out a theme for the week because you found a really awesome recipe or you love a certain vegetable, let me know in comments what week you want and it's yours.

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This week's recipe star is the sweet potato. Orange or yellow, knarly, and totally delicious.

Five fun facts about the sweet potato according to Wikipedia
1. It's Latin name is Ipomoea batatas
2. It was domesticated in Central or South America around 5,000 years ago
3. China now grows about 100,000,000 tonnes of sweet potatoes and uses about half of them for livestock feed
4. It has complex carbohydrates, fiber, beta carotene that leads to vitamin A production, vitamin C and vitamin B6, iron, and calcium
5. In South America indigenous cultures, the juice of red sweet potatoes is added to lime juice to make dye for cloth

What me and my cooking buddy did with sweet potatoes last night was very simple. We did the Roasted Japanese Sweet Potatoes with Scallion Butter recipe from epicurious.

Ingredients
What to buy )

What to do
What to do )

We had the sweet potatoes with rice and tempe, onions, and poblano peppers sautéed in a jarred curry sauce.

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The basic roast sweet potato from the first step above is good too, even without the fancy butter topping. I've done it successfully with pre-sliced potatoes, a little butter or olive oil and rosemary.

You can also mash sweet potatoes like you would regular potatoes, and then there's the classic US Thanksgiving dish where you add in a ton of sugar and marshmallows to mashed sweet potatoes.

I also buy a bag of frozen sweet potato fries on occasion and they go in the oven for 20 minutes as a nice side dish.

What are your favorite sweet potato recipes?
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Welcome to the weekly recipes post! The idea is to give folks who want to try new recipes ideas.  Each week we'll have a theme chosen from the themes list on this post. If you would like to suggest a theme, comment there and I'll add it to the top of the list.

If you would like to signup to write the opening post and pick out a theme for the week because you found a really awesome recipe or you love a certain vegetable, let me know in comments what week you want and it's yours.

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This week I did a pita pizza recipe so we're gonna start with homemade pizza!

I must confess that making pizza at home has always been intimidating to me because it always seems like a big production. There's the dough, and the sauce, and the cheese, and then all the toppings, then you have to bake it. Having done it a couple different ways now, it's actually not so bad.

The pita pizza recipe I did yesterday was from GoodHousekeeping's Family Vegetarian cookbook.
Ingredients
what to buy )

What to do:
under here )
It makes four servings and took about thirty minutes. I had a friend over to help cook and eat, and I took the leftovers in for lunch today. It was pretty good, a little drier than I was expecting because of the beans, but I'd do it again.

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Another way I know to do homemade pizza that's healthy is to by a Bolo's pizza crust at the grocery store and your favorite tomato/spaghetti sauce. Then slice a ball of mozzarella cheese and chop up whatever vegetables you want, precook things like onions. Then you load up the pizzas and stick them in the oven for ten minutes or until they're done.

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So favorite homemade pizzas? Does anyone make their own dough? What toppings do you like? Is there good healthy take out pizza that works too?
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One of my biggest problems with eating healthy regularly is thinking of things to eat.  I got myself a cookbook to try and help with broadening what I know how to make, but I also like hearing what other people try for inspiration, especially with food that is on hand.

Would people be interested in having a weekly recipe post of some sort?  I was thinking of having a theme, 10 minute meals, or what to do with broccoli, or easy lunches, or so your neighbor gave you twenty tomatoes from the garden, now what? (it could happen). If you want to do this and have ideas, feel free to comment with them, and let me know if you want to try this.

ETA:
Themes suggested so far.  Comment if you want to add any!
- ten minute meals
- vegetable of the week
- easy lunches
- so your neighbor gave you twenty tomatoes from the garden, now what?
- vegetarian
- fish recipes
- easy breakfast
- healthy sweets/dessert
- 999 things to put in an omelet
- the many uses of rice
- soups (this one would be a great theme for fall/winter)
- things to do with pumpkins (around Halloween)
- various national cuisines - there could be weeks for Italian food, Indian food, Mexican food, etc.
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I have a lot of trouble eating enough veggies, so I try to squeeze them in where I can. One of the places where there's traditionally no veggies (at least they way I eat it) is breakfast. This morning though, inspired by [personal profile] alexseanchai, I made scrambled eggs and veggies, and lo, it was good!

A very rough recipe (more general guidelines than anything):

Read more... )

Suggestions, modifications, questions?
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So since managing the check in post hasn't been happening, I'm going to put up a (rough) sketch of what I've been cooking for the family/what the family's been eating when I haven't cooked:

This week, we had several meals cooked by yours truly.

There was "what is in the fridge" soup:
Kinda!recipe )
There was vegetarian chili:
Again, kinda!recipe )
Beef Stroganoff: I am pretty certain this is actually a family recipe. So. It's kinda off limits for posting.

Egg sandwiches. Not all that healthy, but really good. Eggs, ham, cheese, and for those who were not me, mayo.

Eggs, scrambled, microwaved, added to vegetables.

Cereal, primarily rice chex.

Leftovers.

If anyone is interested, I can post this week's menu later. (After I make chicken korma for dinner. And remember to eat lunch since it's only 12:20 here.)
My hope is that if we keep cooking to a menu, the evenings where one of us is exhausted and we end up grabbing eggs will be minimized. (Admittedly, we've already seen that effect. But still. Less, "...screw it, eggs" would be nice.)

P.S. Oh! And we made zucchini chocolate chip muffins. The recipe for that one was more or less this: http://www.elanaspantry.com/zucchini-chocolate-chip-muffins/

(Verdict: Good, but we could have all lived with it being either a little sweeter or removing the chocolate and making it more savory.)





recipes

Aug. 11th, 2011 10:16 am
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I make stir fries constantly; they're pretty much my go-to food. And it occurred to me, I could post recipes here.

So, who would be interested in stir fry recipes? How detailed would you like me to make them? (ie if we have some less experienced cooks here, I can make the directions more detailed) How many servings? Because I can give a recipe for making stir fry for 1 person, (enough for 2 meals for 1 person, basically) or I can give a recipe that makes enough for a bunch of people.

For example: one of my favorites at the moment is a miso ginger stir fry.
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