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Winter Cooking: Kale and Black Bean Mole Enchiladas

Kale and Black Bean Mole Enchiladas

Cold wintery weather calls for something with melted cheese and bubbling sauce, right? Yeah, that’s what I thought too. And it’s really hard to go wrong with Mole Enchiladas. And when you make them a little lighter with kale and black beans instead of chicken, it’s a dinner that’ll find its way into your rotation on a regular basis–maybe even for a Meatless Monday!

For this recipe, I specify an amount of mole sauce to use. Because here’s a confession–the handful of times I’ve made mole from scratch, it’s been um, okay. That’s a lot of work for something that I’ve never been that thrilled with when I attempt to make it myself. So, if you have a homemade mole recipe you love, by all means, use that! If you have a jarred version that you always buy, go for it. You could even swap the mole for a regular enchilada sauce if you’d like (but you’d be missing out a little bit because the rich and peppery mole is definitely fantastic!).

Personally, I’ve had good success with this Black Mole Paste by Juquilita and even the Dona Maria brand that you can most likely find . . . → Read More: Winter Cooking: Kale and Black Bean Mole Enchiladas

National Kale Day: Chicken Kale Pasta (Casserole) with Apple & Bacon

Chicken Kale Pasta with Apple & Bacon

Kale, like brussels sprouts, fish sauce, and swiss chard, is an ingredient that I discovered that I liked later rather than sooner. I don’t even think I started with the now ubiquitous kale chips — I think it was maybe braised kale at a restaurant, and only about three years ago.

Did you know October 2nd is (possibly) National Kale Day? I think that it’s not quite an official thing yet, so let’s all try to make it happen! Until then, I’m just going to pretend that Wednesday IS National Kale Day and celebrate with this kale post.

This casserole is hearty and comforting, just want you want on a cold, windy day that we’ve been having a lot of here in Portland lately. jwa thought it needed a bit more spice, but I thought it worked nicely just as is – creamy, a little bacony-y, and of course, kale-y. People who think it needs some extra spicy heat can always add their own hot sauce.

This would also be extremely easy to make vegetarian — just omit the chicken and bacon. But then, you probably could have figured that out on . . . → Read More: National Kale Day: Chicken Kale Pasta (Casserole) with Apple & Bacon

Roasted Shrimp, Fennel, & Garbanzo Beans with Parmesan-Spelt Breadcrumbs, Plus a Beans Giveaway!

Roasted Shrimp, Fennel, & Garbanzo Beans with Parmesan-Spelt Breadcrumbs

A few weeks ago I was contacted by one of my favorite Northwest companies and asked if I would like some of their Truitt Brothers Beans to play around with for recipes and also to give away on my blog. Of course, I said yes! I was actually familiar with the company before this offer and they are already my bean of choice. How about you? Would you like to try all five (Garbanzo, Kidney, Black, Pinto and Navy) kinds of beans from Truitt Brothers?

These are sustainable cultivated on family farms in the Pacific Northwest, specifically in Central Washington by Haricot Farms. Haricot Farms utilizes innovative no-till farming practices that preserve soil and water resources while creating delicious beans that are packed simply with sea salt and water into TetraPak cartons.

For a chance to win a box of all five varieties of beans, just leave a comment on my blog by Friday, July 12 at noon, Pacific time telling me your favorite bean dish. I’ll randomly pick a winner, get your address, and Truitt Brothers will send your beans out to you.

Roasted Shrimp, Fennel, <span style= . . . → Read More: Roasted Shrimp, Fennel, & Garbanzo Beans with Parmesan-Spelt Breadcrumbs, Plus a Beans Giveaway!

FFwD: Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes and Prunes (Figs)

French Fridays with Dorie Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes and Prunes (Figs)

French Fridays this week features a tagine, which is a dish that I love. This one has chicken and sweet potatoes, along with prunes or…hmmm, let’s maybe just say figs. That’s what I had already, so that’s what I used for the dish (and these Around my French Table recipes do seem to be fairly forgiving ingredient substitution).

I do look forward to making tagines on account of my super-awesome Emile Henry tagine (the result of a gift card to Sur la Table), so this FFwD was an extra special treat for me.

1. I replaced the 1/2 cup water with wine because, why not?
2. I deglazed the pan that I browned the chicken in with the stock and then added the saffron to that, before adding it to the tagine (for some reason, I think I’ve heard to add saffron to liquids first). Plus, I really didn’t want to waste any flavor from the chicken-browning pan.
3. There was garlic added (duh).
4. We had this with whole wheat couscous.
5. I liked the flavor a lot, but I’ve come to the conclusion that the French are just not . . . → Read More: FFwD: Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes and Prunes (Figs)

Chicken Tagine with Lemon & Olives


Even though it is Summer, chances are you will have at least one day where it is a little cooler and maybe you will even want to cook something on your stovetop for an hour or more. This is the dish for that day.

Pretty much one of the coolest kitchen gadgets I own — my Emile Henry Flame Top Tagine. Why is it so cool? Well, it’s a tagine, so it’s already a neat shape, it’s also red and you can use it on the stovetop (no soaking or anything first), oven, microwave, and dishwasher. Neat-o.

I didn’t have preserved lemons when I made this and although I know they are easy to make, I didn’t have the time to do so. I just used a thinly sliced lemon and I thought that worked well in this dish.

Chicken Tagine with Lemon & Olives
Adapted from a recipe from Williams-Sonoma, serves about 4
4 large bone-in chicken thighs
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground cloves
2 bay leaves
4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, sliced
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 white onion, thinly . . . → Read More: Chicken Tagine with Lemon & Olives