Friday, August 28, 2009

Garlic Herb Pasta with Egg on top

Serves 2 as a filling meal, serves 4 as a side dish.This may have been the best pasta I've ever made- and it's so easy! Garlic pasta is a dish made traditionally in northern Italy- especially (I'm pretty sure) in Emilia-Romagna. It's traditional to ladle a bit of very high quality balsamic vinegar over the dish. Here's my recipe:

1/2 head of Garlic
Olive Oil to generously coat saute pan
1/2 pound whole wheat pasta
1 bunch of parsley
1 bunch of basil
a few stems of oregano
4 eggs, fried or scrambled
2-4 tsp. balsamic vinegar (or lemon juice)
salt and pepper

First, boil water for pasta.

Then chop up all the herbs. Set aside.

In a saucepan, saute garlic in plenty of olive oil over medium heat. Let the garlic cook until it is translucent. Don't let the garlic brown, or else it will become bitter. As the garlic is cooking, fry eggs in another pan.

If eggs or garlic is ready early, just remove the pan from heat and cover with a lid.

Cook pasta in the waiting water, drain.

Separate pasta into bowls. Pour garlic saute over pasta, then mix in the fresh herbs. Sprinkle balsamic vinegar over pasta, then place eggs on top of dish. Salt and Pepper. If you wish, sprinkle some parmesan on top as well. Mange!

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Here's the recipe for the awesome tabouli Kristin prepared for us at this Tuesday's work day, compliments of Caroline from Frankie Lappe’s "Diet for a Small Planet."

TABOULI (Zesty Lebanese Salad)

1. Pour 4 cups boiling water over 1 1/4 cups raw bulgur (cracked wheat) in a bowl. Let stand covered, about an hour, until light and fluffy. To remove excess water, shake in a strainer and squeeze with hands.

2. Combine Cooked Bulgur with

3/4 cup garbanzo beans, cooked or canned, rinsed and drained

1 1/2 cups fresh, minced parsley

3/4 cup fresh minced mint

3/4 cup chopped or sliced scallions

3 medium tomatoes chopped

1/2 cup (or more) lemon juice

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tsp salt (or to taste)

Freshly ground pepper to taste

3. Chill at least one hour. Serve on raw grape, lettuce or cabbage leaves.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Red Bean Dip

Mary Ellen reminded me to share this recipe for the Red Bean Sauce/ Dip I made at the first work day this year. Here it is! Also, I used this same recipe last night with black beans instead, and that was tasty too.
1 can of Red Beans (Kidney Beans), drained
1/4 cup Olive Oil

half a Jalapeno Pepper

2 splashes of Red Wine Vinegar
(or a big splash of Apple Cider Vinegar)
2-3 cloves Garlic

splash of Water


Blend everything together in a blender. Great served as a crispy veggie dip or over a salad.

Cucumber Tabbouleh Salad

Kristin's tasty tabbouleh inspired me to make more!
But I didn't have any bulgur wheat.
And I didn't have any quinoa.
But what I did have was lots of cucumbers!
Here's what transpired:
2 Lemons, juice of
1/4 cup olive oil

4 cloves of garlic
1 tsp maple syrup or honey

.... Blend in blender. That's your dressing to put over the vegetable medley below:

Two big bunches of Parsley and one bunch of Mint
~wash herbs and chop finely.
4 cucumbers, copped fine
1 Tomato
, chopped fine
cracked Pepper

(Sea Salt
- but not until serving. Otherwise the salt will pull all the water from the cucumbers and there will just be a soupy mess.)

Arrange the vegetables in a pretty way on a plate before dressing. Or mix everything together, and make little bunnies with a few romaine leaves!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Citrus Radish Confit

9oz radishes
1/2 lemon zest & juice only
1/2 orange zest & juice only
2 tbsp sugar
1oz butter
Salt & pepper
Water to cover

Place all ingredients in a wide shallow pan, just enough water to cover ingredients . Bring to boil then simmer until all liquid is reduced down to a few tablespoons of rich buttery syrup. Serve warm.
Can be reheated.

Thanks, Mike!