10.24.2014

Fall at the Dupont Farmer's Market

We are officially a month and a day into Fall (it started on September 23!) and you can really see it at the farmer's market. Here are some pics from my trip to the market this week along with a few links on what to do with all the fall veggies.


















  • No recipe for these guys! But because seasonal gourds are now in abundance, I would be remiss if I didn't include my favorite McSweeney's article about these little gourds.

10.08.2014

Small Sweet Peppers


Hello blog!! It has been a long time and so much has happened while I've been away. First (and most exciting for me), Kyle and I got engaged!! Kyle proposed over Labor Day weekend and we spent the weekend celebrating in NYC with our families. Next we were off for a long weekend in Boston to celebrate our friends' wedding. And finally, last week I was in Switzerland for work. With all the traveling and the beginning of wedding planning I haven't been thinking about the blog, or about cooking that much. But I swear I'll be back for good soon!

Anyway, back to food!

We are in the early weeks of fall and the final weeks of good farmers market produce. We may not be cooking much at the moment, but Kyle and I are definitely snacking. Right now my favorite vegetables are the small sweet peppers, which we have been buying by the basketful. True to their name, these peppers are sweet and crunchy. To enjoy these little peppers all you need is some hummus - just dip the pepper into the hummus and eat, no preparation necessary!

If you insist on spending time preparing a real dish with these tasty guys, try my favorite recipe using these small peppers: Roasted Peppers and Potatoes.

8.22.2014

Swiss Chard, Mushroom, and Gruyere Omelette


KT and I spent last weekend in a cabin in the woods of Virginia with six other friends. The cabin had a hot tub, the weather was beautiful, and we had brought tons of food. Besides reading, partying, and playing a never-ending game of 1981 Trivial Pursuit, what we did was cook. Each couple had control of one meal during the weekend and KT and I were in charge of Sunday breakfast.

You can take breakfast in either a sweet or savory route and we chose savory; we served omelets with toast and sausages. When I lived in Louisville, the farmer's market down the street had an awesome omelet station - they served a ton of people fresh, vegetable-packed omelets really quickly - and I used it as inspiration for the omelets we made this weekend.

We made omelets to order for 8 people, which seems like it would be a lot of work, but it was simplified by preparing the ingredients beforehand. For those who don't know, laying out your ingredients this way is called mise en place, one of the basic organization techniques for chefs and something that should really extend into the rest of your life. With all the ingredients set out, all you need to do is grab a handful of each ingredient and throw it in the pan. It makes cooking up a lot of plates easy!

Just in case you aren't interested in an omelet station, I've set out a single serving version of our omelet below. Don't worry too much on exact quantities of the ingredients, omelets don't to need to be perfect.

One quick side note - to speed up the process we sauteed all the mushrooms together first and then added them to the omelets later on in the process. If you don't mind waiting a little longer per omelet for everything to cook down, then add them in when you add in your Swiss chard.


Ingredients


Single Serving 8-Person Serving
  • 4-5 champignon/button mushrooms (button mushrooms), sliced
  • 1/2 cup of Swiss chard, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 clove of garlic, diced
  • 1-22 ounces Gruyere grated
  • 1 tbsp. of butter per omelet
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 heirloom tomato, diced
  • 1 container of champignon mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch of Swiss chard, cut into thin strips
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 block of Gruyere (About 8+ ounces), grated
  • 1 tbsp. of butter per omelet
  • 16 eggs (2 eggs per omelet)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • two large heirloom tomatoes, diced

Preparation

First, slice the mushrooms (about four slices a mushroom).  Wash and trim the Swiss chard and then chop it into thin strips (it cooks down quickly this way).  Place both the mushrooms and Swiss chard to the side in separate dishes. Dice your garlic and grate the Gruyere. Place the garlic and Gruyere in separate dishes along side the vegetables.

Put an 8 or 10'' omelet pan on the stove at medium heat.  Apply a tablespoon of butter or olive oil and sprinkle in some garlic and a handful of Swiss chard on top.

While this is heating up, beat two or three eggs and season with some salt and pepper.  Once you can smell the garlic and Swiss chard cooking, pour the eggs evenly into the pan.  Let sit for 30 seconds and then add the mushrooms in on top.*  Cover and let cook for about a minute to a minute and a half before sprinkling the grated Gruyere liberally on top.  Cover again and let cook for another minute.

Once the cheese melts and the egg looks set and nice and yellow, carefully (carefully!) flip the omelet in half with a spatula.  Let it cook for another 20 seconds or so then remove it from the pan. Top it the omelet with fresh, diced tomato and serve.

As you can see, I added some sausage and toast on the side, but this omelet goes great with hash browns, bacon, or really any of your other favorite breakfast staples.

8.15.2014

Baked Summer Vegetables and Goat Cheese


Summer is the best!! The farmer's market is literally overflowing with amazing vegetables right now - piles of tomatoes, zucchini, and peppers - and I have the perfect recipe to help you figure out what to do with all of them. I picked this recipe up at a cooking class a few years back and during the summertime I make it regularly because it is fast, fresh, and filling without being heavy. Plus, I get in all my vegetables! All you need is a baking dish and you can have a tasty meal in a pinch. 

Serve this dish as a starter or side, or eat it as a main meal with a glass of white wine and some crusty french bread. 

Hope you are all enjoying your August! Sorry I have been so MIA lately, the summer has gotten away from me with work and some vacation thrown in there too. Here's hoping that I start to cook more regularly again!


Ingredients

  • 2 medium zucchinis, cubed 
  • 1 medium red onion, cubed
  • 3 tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 red pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp. minced rosemary
  • 1/2 c. minced basil
  • 1/2 c. parsley, chopped
  • 1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • juice of a lemon
  • 4 oz. goat cheese
  • 3 oz. Gruyere, grated
  • French baguette

Preparation
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 

Wash the vegetables and then cube the zucchinis and onions into one-inch cubes and place them in a large baking dish. Quarter the tomatoes and cut the bell peppers into sections roughly an inch or inch-and-a-half in size and add them to the dish. 

Next, mix together the salt and sugar and sprinkle it over the vegetables. Add in the olive oil and lemon juice and toss the vegetables together. Place the baking dish in the heated oven and bake for around 30 minutes. Note - everyone's ovens work a little differently, you want to cook the vegetables until they are softened and have started to brown and this may mean it takes more or less time depending on your kitchen.

After about 30 minutes, remove the dish from the oven and add in the rosemary, basil, and parsley. Toss everything together and top with chunks of goat cheese, and sprinkle with gruyere. Cook for an additional 15 minutes. 

Once the cheese has melted, remove from the oven and serve the vegetables with crusty pieces of baguette.