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FFwD: Endives, Apples, and Grapes (Oh My)

Apples, Endive and Grapes

This was a great French Fridays with Dorie recipe. The only thing that could have made it better is if it were about 10 degrees cooler out today (80 degrees? Really, Portland?) Anyway, this dish is very Fall-ish and delicious, even if the weather wasn’t exactly cooperating.

You basically take a non-stick pan, melt some salted butter and caramelize a bunch of Autumn stuff with endive leaves — apples, grapes, rosemary. Easy, if a little time consuming, but totally worth it.

Notes: 1. I added two shallots, sliced in half. . . . → Read More: FFwD: Endives, Apples, and Grapes (Oh My)

Amaranth Cakes with Mushrooms, Spinach & Creamy Goat Cheese

Amaranth Cakes with Wild Mushrooms, Spinach & Creamy Goat Cheese

If there is one thing that I enjoy (besides eating cheese), it’s experimenting with new grains. Amaranth is a relatively new-to-me grain, although the Aztecs ate a lot of it way back in the pre-Columbian days. It’s a small, round grain that is very “earthy” (ie: has a dirt-taste, much like beets, imho). Now, if you like that sort of thing, that’s awesome, but even if you don’t you can still enjoy amaranth — cooked into these tasty cakes, for instance.

The creamy goat cheese and . . . → Read More: Amaranth Cakes with Mushrooms, Spinach & Creamy Goat Cheese

FFwD: Chicken Basquaise

Chicken Basquaise

French Fridays with Dorie this week was a peppery-oniony-delightful pot of tastiness, otherwise known as Chicken Basquaise. Lots of bell peppers, onions, a few tomatoes, garlic, chicken and some crusty bread to finish it off. Oh and some red wine.

I don’t have much else to say about this week’s recipe other than that we both really loved it. I don’t even think I changed too much — I didn’t have bay leaves, so I skipped that and added rosemary. No hot pepper on hand, so I used two GIANT green bell peppers and . . . → Read More: FFwD: Chicken Basquaise

Pan-Roasted Coho Salmon with Basil Cream

Coho Salmon with Basil Cream

Wow, I can’t believe I am almost through all of my Copper River Salmon posts. I only have one left for next week. I’ll give you a hint. It involves fire and cedar.

Anyway, this week’s is a little less exciting, but just as delicious. I found a recipe online for poached salmon, which honestly, is something that is not that appealing to me, but it had a sauce that sounded awesome — basil cream. And since our garden is virtually exploding with basil right about now, it seemed like . . . → Read More: Pan-Roasted Coho Salmon with Basil Cream

Grilled Pork Chops with Anise Seed Rub and Peach Mojo

Grilled Pork Chops with Anise Seed Rub and Peach Mojo

The end of summer, huh…then how come we are still in the 80’s? Hopefully, this will be the last week of that and we’ll start to see more proper fall weather (cool and sunny). But in the meantime, I guess it’s still nice to be able to haul the grill out of the garage and whip up some succulent pork chops with a sweet and spicy peach sauce. Especially when the pepper in the sauce came from your own garden.

If you do want to . . . → Read More: Grilled Pork Chops with Anise Seed Rub and Peach Mojo