Thursday, June 18, 2015

Grilled Fava Beans - Caity

To a kid, fava beans never sounded like something I would want to eat. In cartoons, lima beans and fava beans were the "gross" food that all the kids despised. As an adult, I had heard fava beans were a pain in the... neck... to peel. Based on these two important pieces of evidence, I avoided them for 25 years. Until we went to dinner last summer at Grain & Gristle and I was feeling bold and brave (probably after a glass of wine) and I ordered Grilled Fava Beans. After sucking down two plates, let's just say I'm a convert. 

I still have not personally experienced peeling uncooked fava beans but I can attest that grilled fava beans are cake to peel. They sort of pop open like edamame! Grilled Fava Beans have become one of my favorite low-key summer sides. I like to make it with salt, red pepper flakes, and lemon zest. If you have another combination you like, please let me know!

Three years ago: Hamachi Shots

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Rosemary and Oregano Pork Chops - Caity

Growing up in my family, you learned that dinner did not happen at 5 PM. It also didn't happen at 6, or even 7. It was not abnormal for us to eat at 8 or 9 PM because someone in the family (dad) HAD to exercise after work (why didn't I get that gene???), which frequently pushed dinner out until right before bedtime. It was/is a common subject of discussion at our house, "Dad HAS to go on a 30 mile bike ride and THEN we can eat". It always made sense why we ate late; dad worked late, then he exercised, then we ate late. 1 + 1 = 2.

Then I grew up, moved out of my parent's house, and became responsible for feeding myself and somehow we STILL don't eat dinner until 8 or 9 PM. And now I can't even blame my dad for it! I guess a late dinnertime it was ingrained into me at a young age... or maybe I am just unprepared until 8 PM. Who knows? Let's not assign blame just yet.

Now that it is staying light longer, dinner is usually served at about 9 PM at our house on a much more frequent basis. It's just too tempting to lounge in our backyard with a nice glass of wine in the evening. Eventually, I will get my act together and make something easy. That is why I love these pork chops! They are easy, they are fast, and they are full of lemony herby goodness! You can marinate them overnight or you can marinate them for 10 minutes and they will have the same amount of great flavor. 

Serve with lemon rice and a nice salad and you must enjoy outdoors! This recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, Melia Marden's "Modern Mediterranean" (which is the source for Roasted Fairytale Eggplants with Chili Lime Yogurt Sauce, Balsamic Roasted Chicken, and Fig Crostinis).

Serves 4

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Strawberry Rhubarb Tart - Caity


If you haven't tried Gina's Mom's Tart yet, stop what you're doing and make it... NOW! It is so good and so easy! I have been making a tart at least once a month and enjoying it thoroughly. With all the fresh rhubarb and strawberries right now I thought it would be great to make a Strawberry Rhubarb Tart and I am so glad I did. This tart is great for dessert but my favorite way to enjoy it is the next morning with a hot pot of tea. I must insist that you try it... NOW!