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FFwD: Mme. Maman’s Chopped Liver

FFwD: Mme. Maman’s Chopped Liver

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie is one of those liver ones – the type that some people like to sit out. And I don’t blame them at all. I’m okay with liver, but I must admit to always skipping the sardine recipes.

For this one, my plan was to just make a half recipe (there are only two of us), but my chicken livers came frozen, in a one-pound tub. So…made the full version and froze half the finished chopped liver (without the egg), to bring out sometime in January.

We had this for dinner with some sourdough bread from Roman Candle Baking Co, a spinach salad, and I discovered that if you serve capers on the side, they are delightful sprinkled on top of a slice of toasted sourdough that’s slathered with chopped (or in this case, food processor-chopped) liver. I like smoothness in my liver recipes and I must admit, this was a much more appealing project for me if I did it more like a pate. So that’s what I did. The verdict: Delicious! I am looking forward to using up the freezer stash.

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Yam and Quinoa Cakes from Portland’s Sunshine Tavern

Yam and Quinoa Cakes from Portland's Sunshine Tavern

Sunshine Tavern
3111 SE Division Street
Portland Oregon 97202

Seeing that we live just a few blocks away, occasionally we will head out to Sunshine Tavern for pizza and burgers (and of course cocktails and maybe even some candied hazelnuts to start). This is just what happened last Tuesday when we ended up splitting the Garnet yam and quinoa cakes w fennel and almond as a snacky beginning to our meal. And wow – they were so good.

I’m always on the hunt for new quinoa/interesting whole grains recipes and this one definitely got my attention with the warm spices, creamy yam, and a fennel shallot salad on the side. I really wanted to try and reverse-engineer it at home but then I thought maybe I could try and get the actual recipe. It only took asking one contact and I got an email for Jenn Louis, Chef/Co-Owner of Sunshine Tavern. So I sent her a message, asked her for the recipe, and if I could post it here. She got back to me an hour or so later with the recipe. So cool!

This dish will work with either cooked, mashed garnet yam* . . . → Read More: Yam and Quinoa Cakes from Portland’s Sunshine Tavern

FFwD: Tuna Packed Piquillo Peppers

FFwD: Tuna Packed Piquillo Peppers

This post will be fairly short and sweet as I’m on location in Seattle for IFBC tonight. In fact, just now, coming back up to my hotel room, I walked right past Dorie in the lobby!

Anyway, I liked these peppers a lot. I ended up using a can of Trader Joe’s smoked trout for the tuna, but only because I had that and I didn’t have any tuna (and it seemed close enough). Plus, I think the smoked fish complimented the peppers quite well. The only other thing I did differently, is that I sprinkled my peppers with a little smoked paprika before putting them under the broiler.

Oh yeah, and I added garlic to the fish-olive-lemon-parsley mix. My photos are below and here’s a link to everyone’s posts.

And as always, recipe’s for French Fridays with Dorie can be found in the cookbook, Around my French Table by Dorie Greenspan.

FFwD: Tuna Packed Piquillo Peppers

FFwD: Tuna Packed Piquillo Peppers

FFwD: Tuna Packed Piquillo Peppers

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FFwD: Socca from Vieux Nice (with Red Onion & Cherries)

FFwD: Socca from Vieux Nice

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie was Socca, which, believe it or not, I’ve made before. And because of that, I already had some Bob’s Red Mill Garbanzo Fava Flour. I know the Dorie recipe calls for Garbanzo Flour only, but since I had the mix I decided to go ahead and use it. It worked just fine.

I liked this socca version better than my previous attempt as it turned out much thinner and crispier. I made a half recipe and used two small pans. Also, because I need to clean the oven, I only baked the socca at 475 degrees F (instead of 500).

Instead of leaving my Socca plain, I decided to add some chopped red onions to the top while cooking, and then added some halved cherries while it was under the broiler. I finished with a small sprinkle of Parmesan Cheese. These made a great snack for two before we headed out to see Much Ado About Nothing.

Okay, my photos are below and here’s a link to everyone’s French Fridays posts.

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Saucy Mama’s Sliced Recipe Contest: Cream Cheese, Dill Mustard & Bacon Wontons with Apricot Chutney Dipping Sauce

Saucy Mama's Sliced Recipe Contest: Cream Cheese, Dill Mustard & Bacon Wontons with Apricot Chutney Dipping Sauce

So, I am a participant in Saucy Mama’s Sliced Recipe Contest…hooray! If you haven’t heard of Saucy Mama, they are a Pendleton, Oregon company that makes wonderful mustards. I first heard of them last year, around the time of IFBC in Portland.

So, for this recipe contest, there’s the mustards (the new Dill, Creamy Garlic, and Hatch Chili), of course, and then a secret ingredient — bacon! I have tried all the mustards at this point and they are all delicious, so coming up with this first recipe was somewhat easy. First some photos and then the recipe!

It’s kind of like a cream cheese wonton only so much better because there’s dill mustard, bacon, and a little spinach to make it all healthy.

Saucy Mama's Sliced Recipe Contest: Cream Cheese, Dill Mustard & Bacon Wontons with Apricot Chutney Dipping Sauce

The wontons can be made ahead and then baked or fried before serving and the chutney can be made a couple of days ahead. So this appetizer is very easy to throw together for a party or . . . → Read More: Saucy Mama’s Sliced Recipe Contest: Cream Cheese, Dill Mustard & Bacon Wontons with Apricot Chutney Dipping Sauce