Sunday, August 3, 2014

Creamy Chowder with Halibut & Corn

For some reason, I love soups in the summer.  Whether it's the refreshing chilled gazpacho I posted last week or eating pho at a neighborhood Vietnamese place, there's just something I find comforting about making a light soup the center of a meal.  So when I found a packet of halibut in the back of our freezer from our Alaska vacation last summer, I knew a chowder was in order.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Summer Garden Gazpacho

I love my CSA share this time of year.  Granted, the growing season in northern Vermont is pretty short, and we don't always see those summertime classics (zucchini, basil) until after most of the country has been enjoying them for a month or two.  But right now, we're getting tons of tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuces, and I couldn't be happier.  This produce is so fresh and delicious, it almost seems like a crime to cook it.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Citrus, Rosemary and Bay


Have you ever been thinking about a recipe all day, and when you finally get home and review your recipe notes, you discover that the recipe requires a lengthy marinading time?  Yeah, that just happened.  I knew I was craving the herby-citrusy-slightly-sweet pork tenderloin, so what's a girl to do?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Raspberry Infusions (Vodka & Tequila)

Fresh raspberries added to jars of vodka and tequila
I bought some raspberry flavored vodka the other day, thinking it might be nice to make a fruity beverage or two.  I'll spare the specific brand name, but let's just say I was woefully disappointed.  I can't recall if my younger self actually thought this plonk was drinkable, or if perhaps they've altered the flavor (perhaps to keep costs down)?  In any case, I was reminded why it's so much better to flavor things myself.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Simple Soy and Scallion Soup

It started with a tickle in the back of my throat on Monday.  Then a cough.  Then a cough that sounded like my lungs were trying to escape my body.  And then this morning, I awoke feeling as though I'd been hit by a Mack truck full of sinus infection.  But its summer!  This isn't supposed to happen in nice weather; it goes hand-in-hand with the slushier months of the year.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Chinese Take-Out via Homemade: Egg Rolls and Sesame Noodles

I love Chinese food, but always feel a minor sense of shame when I see the number of fortune cookies they include with my meal - five as of our last order.  FIVE fortune cookies?  Do you think we ordered enough food for FIVE whole people? (It's just the husband and I.)  Well, to be fair... you might have a point.

30 grease-filled minutes later, I'm stuffed full and yet know that I'll be eating cold lo mein noodles in front of the fridge a few hours down the road.  It's habit forming.  So, in an effort to make our indulgence a little lighter - and truthfully, to use up a lot of cabbage and carrots from our CSA - I set out to make a few different recipes.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Halibut Tacos

Last summer, my husband and I got the chance to visit his dad in Alaska for the better part of two weeks.  We spent much of our time there traversing the state, including an adventure on the old Denali highway (note:  if you brave it, bring spare tires and a can of fix-a-flat!) and driving down to Seward to go on a private fishing charter.  We had a beautiful day out on the water; and although the salmon wasn't running yet, we were able to reel in a decent halibut catch.  When it was all said and don we walked away with about 30 pounds of cleaned halibut fillets, which were promptly vacuum-sealed and frozen dockside.