Monday, July 30, 2012

Burger of the Week

Burger of the Week

Burger of the Week From the Top Down
Top of a toasted nice soft bun
Heinz Ketchup
Roasted Corn Peach Salsa
Sauteed Onions
Medium Rare All Beef Patty Season with Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Quick Pickled Zucchini
Fresh Spinach
Tarragon Aioli

Roasted Corn Salsa
2 Ears of Corn Grilled or Charred Under the Broiled in the Husk, Shucked, and the Kernels Stripped Off
1 Large Peach Chopped
1/2 Red Onion Chopped
1 Handful of Cherry Tomatoes Chopped
JalapeƱo Chopped
Juice of a Lime
Salt to Taste

Quick Pickled Zucchini
Thinly Sliced Zucchini or Yellow Squash courtesy of The Gan Project(I use a peeler)
The Other 1/2 of the Red Onion Sliced
Enough Rice Wine Vinegar or Cider Vinegar to Cover the Zucchini 
1 Tsp Whole Mustard Seed
1 Tsp Ground Turmeric
1/4 Tsp Red Pepper Flake
1 Bay Leaf
1 Clove of Garlic Smashed

Put everything in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil, simmer for a few minutes, and let cool.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Finally Real Food Trucks

Finally Chicago is getting
on the band wagon.  
Hopefully we can get someone
to do a kosher one.

Chicago food trucks OK
to cook onboard,
City Council says

Chefs will soon start dishing out what they cook up -- inside their Chicago food trucks.
On Wednesday the Chicago City Council approved an ordinance that allows food truck operators to cook onboard.

Under the ordinance, food trucks can't park closer than 200 feet from a restaurant entrance unless they're in designated food-truck parking spots. Food trucks also will be required to have GPS to track their movements.

Chicago is known for high-end restaurants but has lagged behind other cities when it comes to the food truck craze.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city's aldermen say the ordinance approved Wednesday is a good first step to expand the industry.
The trucks have been able to operate in Chicago, but chefs couldn't cook and prepare food in their vehicles.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. All Rights Reserved.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Pickles in a Week

Fermented pickles are actually pretty easy to make.  Get the freshest cucumbers you can, submerge them in a salt brine of 50 grams of pickling salt per liter of water.  Yes I do weigh my salt.  If you do not have a food scale get one.  Let it sit for a week on your counter, and you will have pickles.  Of course you will likely want to add some other flavors.  Of course you can buy pickling spice, but it is fun to customize.  Thinks you might like to add: garlic, whole peppercorns, coriander, dill, bay leaf, and red pepper flake.  Those are just suggestions, but feel free to add any flavors you like.  You make want to also a a grape leaf or two as they help to keep the cucumbers from getting mushy.  The cucumbers and garlic I used came from The Gan Project, and the dill I used came from the small garden on my balcony.  I also threw in some scallion just to see what would happen.  They can out pretty good, although I think I added a bit to much salt which I corrected by watering down my brine after I tried the first pickle.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Fried Rice with Chicken and Vegetables

Just a quick fried brown rice with chicken marinated in garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and a little rice wine vinegar, mushrooms, onions, and compliments of The Gan Project zucchini and yellow squash.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

3 Quick (Vegetarian) Dips

3 Quick (Vegetarian) Dips

1. Olive Dip
1 jar of your favorite olives mostly drained
3 Tablespoons of mayo

Toss it all in the blender or food processor and process until almost smooth.  Chill and serve.

2. Eggplant Dip
1 Medium to large sized eggplant
1 Tablespoon or extra virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon of cider vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste

Stab the eggplant with a fork about 20 times.  Microwave the eggplant until soft about 10-15 minutes.  Let the eggplant cool cut it in half and scrape it all out into the blender or food processor.  Add olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper into the blender or food processor and process until almost smooth.  Chill and serve

3. Spinach Dip
1-10 oz bad of spinach washed and stems removed
1 medium onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic
olive oil for sauteing
1 small tub or sour cream (or Tofuti sour cream if it want it to be vegan or non-dairy)

Saute the onions in the olive oil over medium low heat until they start to brown.  Add the garlic and spinach to the pan.  It will look like a lot of spinach but it cook down to a fraction of the size.  Once the spinach is cooked all the way down, turn off the pan and let it cool.  In a bowl combine the spinach onion mixture with the sour cream, chill and serve

Feeding a mixed crowd of carnivores and vegetarians.

Just quick menu from today.  We had a family over where the wife is a vegetarian.  I try to make a parallel menu when that happens
Appetizer: Salmon Cesar Salad
2 types of Hummus (Bought, I just can't make it as well as Sabra)

Chicken Schnitzel
Falafel Balls (from a mix)
Fried Eggplant
Potato Kugel
Quinoa with Mushrooms
Salad (Brought by our guests)

Look for recipes tomorrow.