Hanukkah Meal!

Meal 1: Potato Latkes, Chick Peas w. Harissa and Israeli Couscous, Spinach Salad.
·        Heat the chick peas and couscous gently.
·        Transfer the latke batter to a mixing bowl.  If the mix is very watery in the jar, pour some off first. Season with salt which we omit to prevent excessive wateriness.  Mix and if necessary tighten a little with a small amount of flour, potato starch, corn flour or other binding agent. 
·        Cover the bottom of a straight sided pan with a generous quantity of oil ( not olive oil!!).  Heat the oil to shimmering, but not smoking. Test the heat with a little of the batter.  Cold oil makes heavy , greasy fried foods. Add dollops of the latke batter and flatten the pancakes in the pan to ensure even cooking.  Cook 2-3 minutes and flip.  Brown the other side, about 2 minutes and flip back to the first side for 30 seconds more.  Add oil as necessary.  You really want to fry these, not toast them.  Remove the cooked latkes to drain on paper towel and keep warm in an oven or serve immediately.  Garnish w. sour cream, yogurt, or applesauce.
·        Serve the salad.

Meal 2: Fried Rice, Baked Tofu, and Egg Drop Soup
·        Heat the soup gently.
·        Heat the tofu in the oven, toaster oven, or cut into pieces and stir fry in a non stick pan briefly.

·        Heat some oil in a saute pan ( non-stick is best) to almost smoking.  Carefully add the rice, in batches for larger share sizes, and stir fry to heat through. Serve.


Spinach Potato Dal and Braised Napa

The 608 CSK
December 5, 2017

Meal 1: Spinach and Potato Dal, Curried Sweet Potatoes, Toasted Flat Bread.
·        You may like to prepare some additional rice to go with this.
·        Warm the curries gently.
·        Warm the flatbread in a dry or lightly oiled skillet,  quartered in a toaster, or even whole over an open gas burner if you are comfortable with that maneuver.

Meal 2: Napa Cabbage Braised w Miso, Fried Brown Rice, Stir Fried Spinach w/ Toasted Sesame Seeds.
·        Heat the braise gently in a saucepan.  Do not boil.
·        Stir fry the rice in some hot oil in a sautee pan.  Non-stick is easiest.  Cook until some of the rice browns and dish is hot through.  Season w/ a dash of soy sauc and serve.

·        Sautee the Spinach in a little hot oil.  Toss.  Season w/ salt. Toss again. When wilted garnish w/ sesame seeds.   Serve.


Pot Pie and Spinach Stromboli

The 608 CSK
November 28, 2017

Meal 1: Vegetable and Lima Bean Pot Pie w/ Crumble Topping & Spinach Salad.
·        Transfer the pot pie filling to an oven safe dish. Warm the pot pie filling in a microwave. Finish in a 350 oven for 15-25 minutes Depending on sghare size.  When hot and starting to bubble on the edges add the crumble topping, heat 3-5 minutes more and serve.
·        Dress the salad.

Meal 2: Spinach Stromboli, Chick Pea Pan Roast, Sauteed Turnips w/ Parsley and Butter.
·        Heat the stromboli on a sheet tray at 375° until crisped and warm inside, about 10 minutes.
·        Heat the turnips in a sautee pan with a little butter or olive oil.  Toss and allow to heat through.

·        Heat the chick peas in the sautee pan and serve when hot through.  Adjust the seasoning if necessary.


Enchiladas w/ Black Bean Sauce & Split Pea

The 608 CSK
November 21, 2017

Meal 1: Grassfed Beef / Pinto Bean and Spinach  Enchiladas w/ Black Bean Sauce and Latin Slaw.
·        Warm the enchilada dish gently in a microwave. If you like you can finish them in a 350 oven for 10 minutes or so to crisp the tortillas, or microwave all the way through.  Garnish w/ cheese too if you like and melt that goodness on.
·        Warm the jar of sauce in the microwave too.  Top the enchis with the sauce just before serving.
·        Dress the slaw with a little salt as we omitted it to prevent wateriness, then mayo if you like it creamy, skip if you don't.  Dress also with a little acid like lime juice, white wine vinegar, cider vinegar or another light sweet vinegar.  A pinch of sugar is nice too.

Meal 2: Split Pea Soup, Braided Challah,  Snug Haven Spinach Salad.
·        Warm the soup gently, thinning  if necessary.  Adjust the seasoning and serve.  If you like, cook bacon or ham pieces in the saucepan first and then add the soup.
·        Warm the bread.  Wonderful sliced and toasted.

·        Dress and serve the salad.  Enjoy the return of Bill Warner's amazing spinach.  We are lucky to have his world class caliber food in our diet all winter!


Black Bean Chili and Cauli Chowder

The 608 CSK
November 14, 2017

Meal 1: Driftless Organics* Black Bean Chili w/ or w/out Shredded Grassfed Brisket, Spiced Rice w. Green Chiles and Sweet Corn, Cumin Roasted Sweet Potatoes.
·        Warm the chili gently.
·        Heat the rice in a saute pan with a little oil.  Maybe add a splash of water and cover to heat through.
·        Heat the sweet potatoes tossed with a little butter in a saute pan.  Alternately heat on a sheet tray at 375 for 7-10 minutes.
·        Heat the rice in a saute pan with a little oil.  Toss to heat through.

Meal 2: Roasted Cauliflower Chowder, Broa, Escarole Salad.
·        Warm the chowder gently.  If you like, cook bacon pieces in the saucepan first and then add the soup.
·        Warm the bread. 
·        Dress and serve the salad.

* Yes! Locally grown black beans from Driftless Organics of Soldiers Grove!


Vegetable 'Noodle' Pad Thai and cauliflower Flan

The 608 CSK
November 7, 2017

Meal 1: Pad Thai w/ Vegetable 'Noodles' and Curried Kabocha Squash.
·        You may want to cook some rice to go with this, in particular with the curry, which is a little spicier than I intended.
·        Warm the curry.
·        Heat a seasoned or non-stick saute pan with some oil to almost smoking.  Add the vegetable mix, in batches if necessary to not crowd the pan.  Stir and fry to cook and lightly color the noodles.  Season with salt or a little fish sauce and reserve on a serving plate.
·        Return the pan to a flame and stir fry the topping.  Vegetarian shares may benefit from adding a little oil.  Omnivore shares will not.  Serve atop the veg.  Garnish w/ chopped peanuts and lime if you like.

Meal 2: Roasted Cauliflower Flan, Mixed Blue Moon Head Lettuces, Semolina Flax Batard.
·        Warm the flan gently at 300° about 10 - 15 minutes depending on share size.  You can reduce the warming time by carefully preheating it in the microwave.  Honestly, you might be able to use the microwave, judiciously, to warm it all the way.  It shouldn't take much.
·        Warm the bread.

·        Dress and serve the salad. 


Big Fat Burritos and Southern Style Pasta e Fagioli

The 608 CSK
October 31, 2017

Meal 1: Big Fat Pumpkin Burritos, Blue Moon Head Lettuce Salad.
·        Give the burritos a quick zap to get the chill out.  heat through at 325 for 10 -15 to toast the shells and heat up.  Alternately, after microwaving lightly, pan fry in a liberal amount of fat starting with the seam side down. A Cast iron skillet works great for this.  Cook 2-3 minutes to brown. Rotate 90 degrees and progressively toast in fat on all four sides.  It's like a stovetop chimichanga. It will ruin you on regular burritos.
·        Dress and the salad.
·        Go trick-or-treating.

Meal 2: Southern Style Pasta e Fagioli w. Black Eyed Peas, Collards and Macaroni, Yeasted Corn Bread, Beets and Herbs in Buttermilk.
·        Warm the stew gently. Serve when hot.
·        Warm the cornbread in the oven or cut into thick slabs and fry in too much butter to brow each side.  Too good to be allowed.

·        Fold and season the beets. Enjoy the aroma of some of the years last fresh, aromatic herbs.