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FFwD: Dieter's Tartine

FFwD: Dieter's Tartine

This French Friday’s with Dorie is seemingly pretty healthy but also quite delicious! I’ve actually had this twice so far just this week. I did make a few substitutions (of course). Instead of tomato and cucumber, I used finely diced zucchini and red bell pepper. I also added a bit of diced red onion and right on top of the cottage cheese and yogurt, I sprinkled some dried dill.

Let’s see, what else? Oh and I used toasted spelt bread instead of white bread.

The original recipe can be found here . . . → Read More: FFwD: Dieter's Tartine

A Cool Dinner for a Hot Day: Cucumber Gazpacho and Crunchy Chicken Slaw in Endive

Cucumber Gazpacho and Crunchy Chicken Slaw in Endive

So, hey, welcome back summer! We’re even supposed to be at about 95 degrees on Friday. Why? WHYYYYYY??? Well, I guess the tomatoes will enjoy the heat. Myself, on the other hand, will not be enjoying it. I may have to resort to eating the leftovers from this cool chicken salad in the basement, with the fan going.

The cucumber gazpacho can easily be doubled. I used our one (so far!) super-large garden cucumber and the soup made two pretty generous bowls. And the salad…the salad was so . . . → Read More: A Cool Dinner for a Hot Day: Cucumber Gazpacho and Crunchy Chicken Slaw in Endive

Grilled Moroccan Carrot and Goat Cheese Sandwiches

Grilled Moroccan Carrot Sandwich

This is going to be a very short intro for this recipe. Mainly, because I’m tired but also, because it’s a grilled sandwich and really, is there a lot to say about that? Not really. There’s cheese and it melts, so you know it’s delicious.

The original recipe called for making your own green olive tapanade, but hell, if you want to just buy some, I won’t tell anyone. That’s actually what I did. And the sandwich was still great!

I’m trying to post more but I’m busier for the next . . . → Read More: Grilled Moroccan Carrot and Goat Cheese Sandwiches

Mediterranean Tuna Melt

Mediterranean Tuna Melt

While growing up, a tuna melt was one of my go-to, out to eat meals. Through the years, I’ve been guilty of mixing up some tuna salad, slathering it on an English muffin and melting copious amounts of cheddar cheese on it and calling it dinner. Bonus: A pretty quick dinner at that! Now, while that version is still pretty tasty, it’s not the healthiest dinner (hence the guilty).

Lately, I’ve tried to stick to my tuna melt roots but I’ve also tried to lighten it up a bit. It started by . . . → Read More: Mediterranean Tuna Melt

FFwD: Cafe Salle Pleyel Hamburger

Cafe Salle Pleyel Hamburger

Oh! My! Another French Fridays with Dorie that includes red meat. Hooray! This was…wow. I loved it! And I am not a big-big-big burger fan, normally 3-4 burgers a year at Cafe Castagna, and I’m good to go. But, that may have to change.

Notes/Things I Learned: 1. I made a half recipe. I think I didn’t quite halve the tasty what-nots (sundried tomatoes, pickles, capers, herbs) right, as my burgers fell apart a bit. But after I flipped them, they seemed to hold together okay. 2. I toasted my buns . . . → Read More: FFwD: Cafe Salle Pleyel Hamburger