This is an attempt to recreate a recipe from my old job. It’s ridiculously good.
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
2 stalks celery, small dice
1 jalapeno, minced
1/4 cup fresh parsley, rough chop
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, rough chop
1/4 cup fresh dill, rough chop
Juice of 2 large limes
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 3.75-oz cans sardines packed in water, drained
1. Combine all ingredients except for the sardines.
2. Spoon the salad into two shallow bowls and top each with sardine fillets.
Serves 2 as a light entree.
I used this recipe from Bon Appetit for Thai Larb. Here is how I adapted it:
1 small onion, rough dice
1 jalapeno, thin slice
2 cloves garlic, thin slice
2 1/2 tsp fish sauce
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
Zest of 2 limes, thin slice
3 Tbsp canola oil, divided
1 3/4 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat and cut into 2-inch cubes
8 leaves butter, romaine, or iceberg lettuce leaves
Cilantro, for garnish
For the sauce:
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp fish sauce
2 Tbsp light brown sugar
1/2 tsp Sriracha sauce
1. In a food processor, place onion, jalapeno, garlic, fish sauce, salt, lime zest, and 1 Tbsp of the oil. Pulse until finely chopped.
2. Add the pork to the food processor and pulse until it is very finely chopped.
3. In a pan, heat the remaining 2 Tbsp oil over medium heat. Add the pork mixture and cook, breaking it apart with the back of a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 5 minutes.
4. Make the sauce: combine the ingredients and stir.
5. Arrange lettuce leaves on a plate and fill each leaf with larb. Drizzle with sauce and garnish with cilantro.
Leftovers were piled into a container and layered with kimchi. YUM.
1 delicata squash
2 tsp olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 bunch lacinato kale
2 avocados, diced
Juice of 1 lemon (or 2 limes)
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
2. Halve the squash lengthwise. Remove seeds and slice into 1/2 inch pieces. Toss with 2 tsp olive oil, salt, and pepper.
3. Spread squash out on baking sheet and roast for about 10-15 minutes, flipping the squash halfway through.
4. Remove ribs from kale leaves and thinly slice crosswise.
5. In a bowl combine squash with kale, avocado, lemon (or lime) juice, and extra-virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss to combine.
A cleanse from the work week, more specifically. And hey–in the realm of cocktails, this one actually has some health benefits. There’s potassium, lycopene, vitamins A and C, and a bit of fiber. So there.
1/2 seedless watermelon, cubed
1. Using a blender, immersion blender, or food processor, puree the watermelon until smooth. Feel free to strain, but it is lovely just how it is.
2. Add ice to a tall glass or jelly jar.
3. Pour vodka over the ice and squeeze lime juice into the glass.
4. Top off with watermelon juice, stir, and sip away.
I’ve never been a fan of chicken wings. The bottled glowing hot sauce that stains the corners of your mouth and seeps into your fingertips, the thick layer of soggy chicken skin, the mere essence of meat—meh. But since football season is underway, I am expected at the very least to keep my eyes open while the Colts play. To do this, I keep busy by cooking and cracking beers. Lots of beers. Donning an oversize Peyton Manning jersey—more moo-moo than flirty cheerleader outfit—I prepared what was to be my antidote to the standard chicken wing.
Combine the zest and juice of a lime, canola oil, red pepper flakes, minced garlic and minced fresh ginger in a large bowl. Add whole chicken wings (tips and all, because, well, I like the way it looks) to the bowl and mix with your hands to coat. Marinate the chicken for 2 hours, turning every 30 minutes to ensure even flavor distribution.
(It almost feels wrong, posting that picture.)
Sear the wings on both sides in a pan over high heat to give them a nice dark brown color. Transfer to the oven; cook for 7 minutes at 450-degrees Fahrenheit. Without removing the wings from the oven, reduce the heat to 400-degrees and cook for an additional 8 minutes. While the chicken is cooking, make the sauce: strain the marinade, bring to a boil, and season with S & P as needed. Pour the sauce over the wings and serve as I did, in a big-ass bowl (more of a bucket, really). Eat them straight from the bucket, and have a roll of paper towels on hand to catch the juices running down your hands. Drink with cheap, crappy beer; the wings are so damn tasty, they’ll make even a PBR taste like a fine microbrew.