Balsamic Filet Mignon

So juicy

So juicy

This is a great spice mixture to pair with the sweet balsamic sauce. Use a 2-3″ thick filet mignon or tenderloin cut of beef.

Filet Mignon with Balsamic

  • 2 filet mignon
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp butter

Grind spices and seeds to a powder and rub into steaks on all sides. Let meat sit for an hour then melt butter in a cast iron pan over medium heat. Cook butter until it begins to brown then add meat and sear on one side for three minutes. Flip meat and place in oven at 375 degrees. Continue to cook until meat is rare, about 5-8 minutes depending on the thickness. Remove from oven and place pan back on stove top. Remove meat from pan and cover with foil. Add balsamic to pan, and bring to a hard simmer over medium heat scraping up any bits stuck to the bottom. Reduce vinegar by half then add meat back to pan and quickly coat with sauce. Serve immediately.

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Steamed Turkey Dumplings

Eat them 2 at a time

Eat them 2 at a time

These are fun to make and taste great. Perfect as a first course, or multi course Asian feast.

Green onion and garlic can be used if there are no garlic scapes around. There will probably be some filling left over after, which can be refrigerated for another use or fried up and mixed with some rice or noodles. The dumplings can be formed into many different pockets, as long as they are sealed completely, it does not mater what shape they are.

Steamed Turkey Dumplings

  • 1 package wonton wrappers (about 50)
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup shredded yellow squash
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 6-7 garlic scapes diced fine
  • 2 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 cup finely diced mushroom
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 5-6 basil leaves cut into thin ribbons

In a large bowl beat egg with vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and fish sauce. Add all other ingredients and mix well. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and fill a small bowl with water. Working with 6 wonton wrappers at a time place a large tsp of filling in the center of the wrapper. Wet a finger and run it around the edge of the wrapper and then fold the corners in to cover filling and create a sealed package. Place formed dumplings onto baking sheet and continue until all dumplings are made. Do not let them touch. Dumplings can be frozen at this time or cooked. If freezing place tray in freezer until they are hard then place dumplings in a bag. To steam line a steamer basket with either cabbage, banana leaves or parchment paper. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, place dumplings in one layer without touching and cover. Steam for 10-12 minutes and then remove. Continue steaming batches of dumplings until all are gone.  Serve in batches with a dipping sauce of soy sauce, rice vinegar, sirrachi and minced garlic.

Just a tray full of fun

Just a tray full of fun

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4th of July Roundup

Here are some ideas for how to spend the 4th. Everything will include a common theme ingredient.

For a hint think sauce.

Pulled Pork

More barbecue sauce is always a good idea

More barbecue sauce is always a good idea

Chicken

So good hot or cold

So good hot or cold

Cornbread

This pan uses a lot of grease but the results are worth it

This pan uses a lot of grease but the results are worth it

Calzones

Putting hot pockets to shame

Putting hot pockets to shame

Beans

Beans beans they 're good for the heart

Beans beans they ‘re good for the heart

 

 

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In Our Kitchen: Pickling, Garlic and Eggs

The title may seem confusing if you do not understand the use of a comma.

Yes, the shelf is set to fit canning jars

Yes, the shelf is set to fit canning jars

I spent an entire afternoon canning 36 large jars of pickles. Go here for the recipe.This happened because when I bought the 20 lbs of cucumbers from the farmer in the morning he just eyeballed the amount. Turns out he sold 35 lbs to me instead. After weighing out all the produce I realized I needed another case of jars and two more gallons of vinegar. It looks like all my trading this year will be in pickles, which is a good thing since the weather really is affecting the fruit so I am not swimming in extra jam right now.

Almost all the bulbs are the same size

Almost all the bulbs are the same size

Speaking of the weather the garlic finally was ready to harvest.  The empty space it left is already being fought over by the squash and sweet potato vines. After braiding the garlic, I like to let it hang for at least a month before using any, but since I used all the remaining garlic from last year in the copious amount of pickles I may have to break that rule a little.

The hot pad is looking forward to a slice

The hot pad is looking forward to a slice

We had a little leftover salmon and I thought what better use than in a light breakfast souffle. Of course I overslept so breakfast turned into brunch. Yipee Bloody Marys and Mimosas.

To get a peek inside other bloggers’ kitchens hop on over to Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for her monthly roundup.

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Sunday Suppers: The Summer Sandwich Edition

Nothing says summer like a fresh tomato, especially when it’s between two toasty slices of bread. This week’s Sunday Suppers is an ode to the summer sandwich that glorious handheld bit of heaven whose time is way too short.

Eggplant and Tomato Sandwiches with Pesto and Feta

Mmmmmmmmmm sandwich

Mmmmmmmmmm sandwich

Grilled Balsamic Chicken Caprese Sandwich

That sandwich is my hero

That sandwich is my hero

Portabella and Avocado Sandwiches

No meat you say

No meat you say

Grilled Cheese with Peaches and Brie

There it is

There it is

Deviled Egg Sandwiches

What a dainty little finger sandwich

What a dainty little finger sandwich

And the penultimate summer sandwich…. the pulled pork sandwich

More barbecue sauce is always a good idea

More barbecue sauce is always a good idea

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Glazed Tofu

Sorghum is the secret stuff

Sorghum is the secret stuff

This is a simple and tasty way to cook tofu. If sorghum is unavailable then honey can be used.

Glazed Tofu

  • 1 package extra firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp sorghum
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp garlic chili sauce
  • 2-3 dashes sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

Wrap tofu in a kitchen towel and place in between 2 plates. Place a 10 lb weight on top and press for 30 minutes. Unwrap tofu and slice into square bite sized pieces. Mix all other ingredients together except vegetable oil. Heat oil over medium high in a large frying pan and fry tofu on each side until browned, about 4 minutes a side. Turn heat down to medium low and add sauce. Cook tofu flipping once until sauce is thickened, about 10 minutes more. Serve tofu with sauce drizzled on top.

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Summer Eats

Summer may come at the same time each year, but summer weather down here almost always arrives by mid Spring. Here are some of our favorite summer eats — heavy on the tomatoes, corn, zucchini and peppers.

Roasted Tomato Pasta

Glass bowls, the bane of a food blogger's existence

Glass bowls, the bane of a food blogger’s existence

Grilled Shrimp and Polenta with Peaches and Peppers

Throw that shrimp on the barbie

Throw that shrimp on the barbie

Stuffed Chicken with Squash and Tomatoes

Brighter than the sun, almost

Brighter than the sun, almost

Black Bean Salad with Cucumber and Tomato

Peering through the underbrush the great bean salad appears on the horizon

Peering through the underbrush the great bean salad appears on the horizon

Cherry Tomatoes with Herb Vinaigrette

This is finger food

This is finger food

Fried Green Tomatoes

Shoot for golden, not blackened.

Shoot for golden, not blackened.

Panzanella Salad

It's as close to vegetarian as I get

It’s as close to vegetarian as I get

Corn Pudding

This is too hearty for dessert

This is too hearty for dessert

Orzo-Stuffed Zucchini

I tip my hat to you sir

I tip my hat to you sir

Tomato and Squash Bake

That is a slice of heaven or wherever you hang your hat spiritually

That is a slice of heaven or wherever you hang your hat spiritually

Don’t forget dessert!

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