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Stick a fork in a cool summer salad

Edamame, Corn, and Green Bean Salad

Ah, summer! Full of hot weather and the desire to eat cool foods for dinner.

Here’s a dish that will definitely win you over with healthy edamame, crunchy bell pepper, avocado and even roasted nuts. Okay, yeah, and some cheese. The dressing is especially flavorful–a mix of fresh ginger, soy sauce, maple syrup, olive oil, and rosemary.

This can be kept vegetarian or you can add some shredded, cooked chicken breast. Also, raw corn is so delicious in salads. Try it, you’ll thank me.

Edamame, Corn, and Green Bean Salad

Removing corn kernels from an ear of corn

Edamame, Corn, and Green Bean Salad
Adapted by a recipe for BLD’s fresh vegetable salad in the LA Times; serves 3-4
2 cups frozen, shelled edamame
1 cup (about a big handful or so) green beans, trimmed and chopped into about 2-inch pieces
1 cup raw fresh yellow corn (about two ears), husked
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup crumbled feta
1 avocado, peeled and diced
1/2 cup toasted cashews or almonds *
Optional: 1 cooked chicken breast, shredded

Dressing:
1-inch piece of ginger, grated
1/4 of a small shallot (I usually peel the shallot, then slice a small piece off) – you can always add more, so start small
the leaves from 1 medium spring of rosemary
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp honey
3 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil

Directions
Cook the edamame and green beans in salted, boiling water for about 3 minutes. Shock in an ice bath.

In a large bowl, stand one ear of corn up and slice a knife down the edges to remove all the kernels. Repeat with the other ear. Add the edamame, green beans, bell pepper and feta to the bowl and toss. Add the chicken if using.

To make the dressing, add all ingredients except the olive oil and blend. If you have a blender lid where you can remove the top portion (while keeping the lid on), do that and slowly add in the olive oil while blending (otherwise, add the oil at once and then blend).

Toss some dressing with the salad, add salt and pepper to taste, and serve topped with the diced avocado and roasted nuts. (Sometimes I use all of the dressing, sometimes I have a little leftover for another salad–start with half and then add to your taste.)

* If you really want to take this to the next level, make some spiced, smoked nuts a la the Thug Kitchen cookbook instead of using plain toasted cashews or almonds.

Mix 1 tsp liquid smoke, 1/2 tsp maple syrup, and 1 tsp olive oil. Mix your 1/2 cup of nuts in that and then add to a bowl with 1/2 tsp smoked paprika and 1/2 tsp garlic powder. Toss to distribute the paprika and garlic powder. Spread out on a foil-covered baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F. Sure, you have to turn on your oven but it’s worth it!

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Smokey Manchego Mushroom Biscuits

Smokey Manchego Mushroom Biscuits

Guess what? This blog has not been abandoned! Hooray!

So, let’s jump right into it. This post is a reverse-engineer sort of thing for the Mushroom Manchego Biscuits that I sometimes get at Albina Press (although, they are sourced from Crema). They are so addictive!

Here, I’ve also added smoked paprika to make them smokey–hence the Smokey Manchego Mushroom Biscuits. Yes, there is a lot of butter, yes, there is also cheese, and yes, they are super delicious. The recipe is also easily halved, so you could just make four instead of eight.

Let’s just get right to the recipe, shall we?

Smokey Manchego Mushroom Biscuits

Smokey Manchego Mushroom Biscuits

Smokey Manchego Mushroom Biscuits

Smokey Manchego Mushroom Biscuits

Smokey Manchego Mushroom Biscuits
Makes eight biscuits
1 tbsp olive oil
6 oz sliced shiitake mushrooms (button mushrooms will also work)
1-3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp granulated sugar
2-1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp smoked paprika (+ more for sprinkling on top)
8 tbsp very cold unsalted butter
3/4 cup very cold buttermilk
1-1/2 cups grated Manchego cheese, dived in half
optional: one chopped green onion

Heat the oven to 425 degrees F and position a rack in . . . → Read More: Smokey Manchego Mushroom Biscuits

Chana Dal Chowder with Turmeric, Ginger and Garlic

Chana Dal Chowder with turmeric, ginger, and garlic

Well, hello there! I accidentally ended up taking about a year off from my blog. I’m not sure why, I just needed a break maybe? But, now I am back and I’m hoping to start blogging regularly again. Starting with this recipe: Chana Dal Chowder.

This came about when my husband had a cold and I was starting to get it as well. So, I went straight to the idea of making a soup and then of course, my thoughts also turned to turmeric. And then ginger and garlic (of course, garlic). And also, I had a bag of chana dal beans in the cabinet.

This is a little bit spicy and definitely flavorful and will make you feel better (even if you aren’t under the weather). Add some naan on the side and it’s a great lunch or dinner. The recipe is also scalable, as I’ve made it as listed here and also a double batch very easily.

You can also make this vegetarian by using vegetable broth (low sodium) instead of lamb broth or use the easier to find chicken broth. And also, if you just have lentils on hand, . . . → Read More: Chana Dal Chowder with Turmeric, Ginger and Garlic

A Tour of Bob’s Red Mill, plus Freekeh with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Almonds, and Miso-Aioli

Freekeh with Roasted Brussels, Almonds, and Miso Aioli

Oh my. My summer slump kind of turned into a huge hiatus – and I can’t promise that I’ll post super regularly from now on, but I am really going to try to get something up at least 3-4 times per month.

Recently (way, way back in September), I was invited to a wonderful food bloggers, behind-the-scenes tour of Bob’s Red Mill in Milwaukie. This was great for a couple of reasons:

1. Bob’s Red Mill makes high-quality products that are so inspiring to cook and bake with, and
2. I used to work there and I can attest to what a great company it truly is.

An invitation to come tour the factory, get samples of new products, and meet with Bob was a delightful experience just like I figured that it would be. But then, I went on a huge roadtrip to North Dakota (buffalo! the HoDo!) and got very lax with my not too rigid to begin with blogging schedule.

Hopefully, I am now getting on back on track. And what’s a better way to do that than with the photos I took at BRM in September . . . → Read More: A Tour of Bob’s Red Mill, plus Freekeh with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Almonds, and Miso-Aioli

Hopworks Urban Brewery

Hopworks Urban Brewery, Portland, Oregon

The Oregon Hop House
22675 Butteville Road NE
Aurora, Oregon 97002

Hopworks Urban Brewery
2944 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202

Wow.

I have taken a loooooooong summer hiatus. I didn’t really mean to, I just…get lazy in the summer. And then we did a big road trip to North Dakota in September, and here it is, October already. I honestly meant to post this before we left but time just got away from me. It happens sometimes.

So. Way back in September I was invited to a tour of the Levy Farm at the Oregon Hop House, courtesy of Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB). Patrick Levy showed us around including the picking machine and hop dryer. We got a tour of the facilities and farm, lunch catered by Chipotle, and then a tour of Hopworks back in Portland (unfortunately, I couldn’t stay for that part).

But, a couple of days later I dragged jwa back to the Powell HUB location for lunch. And honestly, it was one of the best burgers I’d had in a while (the rocket burger). Also, the Organic Velvet ESB was my drink of choice–besides being delicious, it’s also healthy because it has Bob’s Red . . . → Read More: Hopworks Urban Brewery