Recently, I was contacted by Safeway and asked if I wanted to try some products from the new Marcela Valladolid line and enter the Safeway Real Taste of Mexico Meal Solution Challenge.* Being a huge fan of Mexican food, I decided to take them up on their offer – and also because I could give a $50 Safeway gift card away on my blog! And if you don’t live by a Safeway, don’t worry, it’s also good at a number of other stores (see below).
In starting to develop a recipe for the contest, I kind of veered away from Mexico a bit and accidentally wandered down to Argentina and Peru (let’s call it pan-South American, maybe?). But hey, that’s a useful thing about these Marcela Valladolid products – you can experiment a bit and see where your imagination and other ingredients take you!
I chose to use the Flank Steak for Arrachera, which is seasoned with a tasty mix of citrus, rosemary and thyme. And while it would have no doubt made great tacos, it also worked very well in this soup. Versatility! We also used the corn tortillas . . . → Read More: $50 Safeway Gift Card Giveaway + Grilled Flank Steak & Quinoa Soup with Cilantro Chimichurri
For my last International Food Bloggers Conference post, I’d like to talk about Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville, WA.
There was an optional trip on Thursday, before the conference started, to visit the winery and taste some wines. It was a lot of fun and everyone was treated to a tour, wine samples, and accompanying food pairings. But one of the best surprises of the event, was that each attendee was presented with a complimentary copy of Chateau Ste. Michelle Culinary Director John Sarich’s cookbook, Chef in the Vineyard: Fresh & Simple Recipes from Great Wine Estates to take home. I’ve already made one recipe from it (my adaption posted below).
In addition, John Sarich of Chateau Ste. Michelle also presented a session at the conference: Food & Wine – practical advice for pairing wine and food, from classic pairings to unexpected surprises.
I attended that (part of a wine tasting double-header along with Wine & Writing: Live Blogging – An Exercise in Writing with Bordeaux Wines right before). During this Chateau Ste. Michelle presentation, I learned a couple of interesting things:
1. Old world grapes . . . → Read More: IFBC 2013 in Seattle, Chateau Ste. Michelle + Asian Honey Spiced Salmon
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
This week’s French Fridays with Dorie was originally Veal Chops with Rosemary Butter, but I decided to use pork instead for something I like to call: “Pork Chops with Rosemary Butter.” If you want the original recipe, it is online here: Veal Chops with Rosemary Butter.
Now that we’ve got that intro out of the way, I’d also like to add that I am extremely excited for the International Food Bloggers Conference next week in Seattle and meeting up with a bunch of FFwD people there (as well as seeing Dorie Greenspan, who is the keynote speaker at the conference)! Here’s my post about the one I attended last year in Portland. As you can see, I’m expecting this year to be just as delicious.
But back to FFwD: Aside from the pork for veal swap, I stuck mostly to the recipe, we did have some roasted delicate squash (from our garden) on the side. All in all, a pretty wonderful Thursday night dinner by any standards!
My photos are below and a link to everyone’s posts are here.
. . . → Read More: FFwD: Pork Chops with Rosemary Butter, plus Delicate Squash with Maple & Dijon
This week’s French Fridays with Dorie is one of my favorites – Fresh Tuna, Mozzarella, and Basil Pizza and the recipe is even online here. So delicious!
I did change some things though — I made individual sized pizzas (8-inch) rather than the appetizer-sized 4-inch ones. Also, instead of puff pastry, I made actual pizza dough. This recipe, which is a favorite (with half AP flour and half spelt flour). And, let’s see….oh yes! I added the mozzarella and onions to the top of the dough for the initial 15 minutes it was baking. Because, come on, you need bubbly, golden mozzarella and roasted onions on a pizza, right? Right.
I also added artichoke hearts (because I had some I needed to use). But that’s really all I changed. I thought the 2-3 minutes after adding the tuna was even a bit too long — on the first one the tuna got a bit more done than I wanted, but I gave the second pizza closer to 1-1/2 minutes back in the oven and that seemed to be good. Both jwa and I thought the fresh ginger gave it a surprising kick. And as . . . → Read More: FFwD: Fresh Tuna, Mozzarella, and Basil Pizza