Red Onion Pizza and Kabocha Pot Pie

The 608 CSK
December 4, 2018

Meal 1: Roasted Red Onion Flatbread Pizza, Sautéed Spinach, Chick Peas in Poppy Seed and Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette.

·        Carefully unwrap the pizza and distribute the shredded cheese over the top.  Bake at 425° for about 10 minutes to heat through lightly crisping the bread, and maybe lightly browning the cheese.
·        Heat a little butter or olive oil in a pan over medium.  When just hot ( don't let olive oil smoke!) add the spinach. Add a pinch of salt and toss.  Allow to wilt tossing as necessary.  Serve.
·        Toss the beans and their garnish in a bowl and serve at room temp.

Meal 2:  Crumble-Top Winter Squash Pot Pie and the Last Mixed Greens of the Season.

·        Transfer the pot pie filling to an oven safe dish.  Microwave it briefly to get the chill out and then transfer to a 350° oven for 10-20 minutes depending on dish/ share size.  When hot, add the crumble topping, bake 5 minutes more and serve.
·        Dress the salad and savor the texture, spice, and vitality of every leaf.


Penne with Marinara and Mozz and Sweet Potato/ Plantain Soup

The 608 CSK
November 27, 2018

Meal 1: Penne with Marinara, Mozzarella Pearls, Spinach, and Sausage Crumbles, Flax and Semolina Batard, Mixed Greens Salad

·        Heat the sauce in a saute pan,  When hot add the pasta/ mozz and toss.  Simmer to heat through.  Alternately to serve as pasta bake:  Combine sauce and pasta/cheese in a baking dish.  Top with more cheese if you like/ have it. Bake at 300° for 15-25 minutes depending on share size.
·        Warm the bread.
·        Dress the salad.

Meal 2:  Sweet Potato and Plantain Soup, Caribbean Black Beans, Reggae Country Style Rice

·        Heat the soup gently
·        Ditto the beans.
·        Heat a couple pats of butter per share in a sauté pan.  When hot add the rice and peas.  Toss and lid to heat through.  Serve when hot.


Big Fat Burritos and Winter Squash Dal

The 608 CSK
November 20, 2018

Meal 1: Big Fat Burritos and Cumin Roasted Sweet Potatoes

·        Get the chill out of the burritos with a quick zap in the microwave.  Heat the burritos on a cookie sheet at 325° for 15- 20 minutes until the tortilla crisps and the interior is warmed.  Serve. Alternately, pan fry them in a generous helping of fat over medium high heat.  Start with the seam side down and rotate to each side until deeply browned on all sides.  Less than 1 minute per side.  This is messy and indulgent but produces a stove top chimichanga that is pretty killer.
·        Heat some butter in a sauté pan over medium heat.  When hot, add the sweet potato and toss to coat evenly and allow to heat through.

Meal 2:  Winter Squash Dal, Curried Kidney Beans and Lentils, Biryani

                        ·        Heat the curries gently.
                             ·        Heat a generous portion of butter in a sauté pan.  When hot, add the rice                  and toss to heat through and dress evenly.  Serve the curries atop the rice.


Pad Thai and Butternut Bisque

The 608 CSK
November 13, 2018

Meal 1: Pad Thai and Tofu Salad

·        For the pad thai: Remove the noodles and rinse them in a colander. Drain well. They should be loose. Heat some oil in a sauté pan. Non-stick is a good choice. When hot, add the noodles carefully and stir fry them until they begin turning from translucent to transparent. Add the pad thai sauce ( the meat/TVP mixture) and a splash of water. Stir it all to combine. Heat through. 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate.  Wipe out the pan, reheat with oil and stir fry the veggies about 2 minutes and serve atop the noodles. 
·        Heat some oil in a sauté pan.  When hot add tofu salad to heat through.

Meal 2:  Butternut Bisque, Pumpkin Seed Bâtard & Blue Moon Mixed Greens

                        ·        Heat the soup gently allow to just simmer a minute or two.
                        ·        Warm the Bread and serve with soft butter.
                        ·        Dress the salad.


Sweet Potato Croquette And Kabocha Squash Curry

The 608 CSK
November 6, 2018

Meal 1: Sweet Potato Croquette, Succotash, Blue Moon Mixed Greens

·        Warm the croquettes on a oiled or lined cookie sheet at 325 for about 15 minutes  or until heated through.
·        Heat some oil in a sauté pan.  When hot add the succotash and sauté to heat through. Serve.
·        Dress and serve the greens.

Meal 2:  Kabocha Squash Curry w. Napa Cabbage, Kohlrabi-Kaffir Pickle, White Basmati with Herbs.

  • Warm curry gently and allow to simmer 1-2 minutes to finish the cabbage. Check the seasoning and add a fresh splash of fish sauce if you have it, being careful to not over-salt the dish. 
  • Serve the pickle chilled.
  • Heat the rice in a microwave with a splash of water, stir a time or two in the process. OR Heat 2-3T water per share in a sauté pan with a lid.  When hot add the rice and toss. Lid allowing to steam through.  Toss and lid again if necessary, adding a little extra water only if needed.  Serve hot, under the curry.


Sesame Noodles w. Napa and Braised Turnips and Tofu; Stuffed Cabbage

The 608 CSK
October 30, 2018

Meal 1: Sesame Noodles, Napa Cabbage Stir-Fry, Chili Roasted Turnips w. Braised Tofu

·        Warm the noodles briefly in the microwave to soften them.  Do the same with the sauce.  Combine and mix well.
·        Heat some oil ( not olive!) in a large nonstick or well seasoned pan over high heat.  When just about smoking hot add the veggies and stir and fry.  Allow them to wilt, brighten and color up a bit.  Season lightly and serve atop or beside the noodles.
·        Reheat the pan over medium.  Shake the tofu/turnips very well and pour into the pan.  Allow the sauce to thicken and coat the tofu and veggies. A minute or so should do it.  Serve hot.

Meal 2:  Stuffed Cabbage w. Brown Basmati Pilaf and Sweet and Sour Sauce, Blue Moon Mixed greens

  • Warm the cabbage casserole briefly in the microwave to get the chill out. Ditto the sauce.
  • Top the dish with the sauce and bake at 325 for 15-30 minutes depending on share size to allow the dish to heat through.
  • Dress and serve the salad.  Beautiful greens!


Stromboli and Black Bean Chili

The 608 CSK
October 23, 2018

Meal 1: Leek, White Bean, and Sausage Stromboli, Morel Polenta, Bibb Lettuce Salad

·        On a cookie sheet heat the stromboli at 400 for 5-8 minutes to crisp the outside and just heat through.
·        Heat a little oil or butter in a non stick or well seasoned pan.  Cut the polenta into 2" or 3" squares.  Slide the squares into the oil and pan fry to brown on both sides.  About 2 minutes per side.  Alternately, heat in the oven in a buttered dish or cookie sheet about 10 minutes until heated through.  Cut to serve.
·        Dress the salad.

Meal 2:  Black Bean and Anaheim Chili w or w/out Shredded Pork, Sauteed Collard Greens, Sweet Potato Oven Fries

  • Warm the fries , on a cookie sheet, in an oven at 350° for about 7-10 minutes.  Careful to not over do it.
  • Heat the chili in a sauce pan and allow to simmer about 5 minutes to thicken a little bit and heat through.
  • Heat a saute pan with some butter.  Add the collards.  Sautee and season. Allow to wilt and brighten. Serve.