Friday, June 28, 2013

Buttered Rosemary Rolls - Caity

I love these rolls because they are easy, they look fancy and they are oh so delicious! If you serve them straight out of the oven, they are warm and the butter melts into them and yummmmmm! The last time I made these, I ate five out of seven of the rolls. I would have happily eaten the other two rolls but Brendan selfishly hogged two of them. How inconsiderate! Didn't he learn to share in Kindergarten? 

This recipe comes from the Pioneer Woman's website and tastes great as a side for Grilled Salmon with Sundried Tomatoes and Caprese Salad.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Auntie O's Granola - Caity

When I went to college, it was a huge shock to me to eat three meals a day in a cafeteria. It REALLY made me appreciate a good home cooked meal. Things got better when my friends and I moved into a house our sophomore year and we were able to cook some for ourselves. Nevertheless, I always appreciated a box with snacks from my family or a box of snacks from my roommate's family. 

Kamauri's aunt, Auntie O, made granola once and sent up a gallon sized bag filled with it and it was life changing! I became so obsessed with her granola that Auntie O started sending up two gallon sized bags, one for Kamauri and one for me. I specifically remember one time while studying for a pathophysiology test, eating my way through more than half of the bag and still wanting more! 

She sent me the recipe a long time ago and I can't believe it's taken me this long to make it. But now that I have two big bags of granola, I am feeling very content with life. I made a couple of changes from the original recipe which is from and is originally titled "Megan's Granola" (but for me this will always be Auntie O's granola). I also am trying to eat less sugar so I reduced the amount of honey and made the brown sugar optional; it is great with it and great without it! Depends on how much of a sweet tooth you have. Enjoy and thank you again to Auntie O for all the gallons (literally) of granola! 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Caity's Summer Orzo Salad - Erin

Cathy says "I improvised this salad because I had seen something similar (I think) at Joanne Rizzo’s 50th birthday party and lusted after it. We had a massive quantity of houseguests and so couldn’t actually stay longer than a few minutes at the party, but I took a quick look at the fabulous-looking food to see what I would be missing and saw an orzo salad that looked something like this. We all went to a concert at Red Butte not long after, so I threw this together with a lot of things that we like—especially the beautiful, tiny Sweet 100 tomatoes from Dad’s garden. Caity went crazy for this salad, so it has become “hers”. It’s best of course made in the summer when you can get gorgeous vine-ripe sweet cherry tomatoes and wonderful sweet corn on the cob, but it’s not bad with substitutes at other times of year--as long as you are still getting as good and fresh ingredients as possible. It’s beautiful, delicate and delicious."

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Ratatouille's Ratatouille Sub - Caity

If you've never seen Pixar's "Ratatouille", go rent it now! Remy, the main character, is a French rat who loves cooking but is always thrown out of the kitchen when he is discovered because he is a rat. I'd have done the same (sorry Remy) because unfortunately, real rats are not nearly as adorable or as talented as Remy. 

Remy's specialty dish is Ratatouille (get it? RAT-a-touille ha ha ha); he and his other chef rat friends whip together a dish of fanned out veggies that made everyone in the audience excited about vegetables. I left the movie wondering why I had never had this magical dish and how soon would I be able to get it. After a little research (aka asking my mom), I learned real ratatouille is a traditional French stewed vegetable dish where each vegetable is cooked in it's own pot and it takes hours and hours. I was disappointed until my mom found a recipe for Ratatouille's Ratatouille on the Smitten Kitchen website. It was every bit as good as I had hoped! 

When Smitten Kitchen released her cookbook last year she had an updated recipe for the ratatouille and it was a ratatouille sub. I decided to give it a try because I am always in search of a good vegetable sandwich, one that leaves you satisfied and not thinking "that would have been better with chicken". I am happy to say that this sandwich is perfect! When served warm, the goat cheese melts into the tomato sauce creating a whole other level of amazing. 

One year ago: Sweet Chili Baby Back Ribs, Hamachi Shots
Two years ago: Caity's Favorite Dinner - Chicken Parmesan, Tres Leches Cake

Monday, June 3, 2013

Grilled Halloumi with Lemon - Caity

Sunshine again in Portland! Just in time for my parents to come visit, too. They seem to bring nice weather with them whenever they visit which I greatly appreciate. For years, my mom did not believe me that it rained 10 months out of the year because every time she came, it miraculously cleared up and we had an unnaturally nice couple of days. Yet another reason that parent visits are wonderful! 

We took full advantage of the nice weather this weekend and hiked in the Columbia Gorge yesterday and saw a bunch of beautiful waterfalls (Horsetail Falls, Ponytail Falls and Triple Falls). It was a gorgeous hike and not too hot (but my mom kept claiming it was SO humid... I guess that's something you aren't used to living in Utah). At the halfway point, I accidentally fully submerged my foot (just one) in the stream and subsequently ended up hiking the rest of the 3 miles back with one soaking wet foot. 

Today, we enjoyed the sunshine by stopping at my mom's favorite grocery store, New Seasons, (or as my parents continually call it, "New Horizons", "Whole Seasons", or the new one, "Whole Horizons" just to annoy me) and bought a light lunch consisting of fresh corn on the cob, Thai chicken kebabs, organic cherries, fresh focaccia, and halloumi. If you've never had it, halloumi is a Greek cheese that is known as the "grilling cheese" because it has a higher-than-normal melting point. You can grill it or cook it on the stove and it holds it's shape.  

It is one of the easiest and most flavorful appetizers that is humanly possibly to make and is always a big hit. I buy it at upscale grocery stores like New Seasons, Whole Foods or even Trader Joe's but you may be able to buy it at your local grocery or at a Middle Eastern market. It's quite salty and flavorful on it's own and doesn't need much to spice it up. My mom always makes it by grilling, or pan frying, it then simply squeezing fresh lemon juice over it. So good!