Zucchini Cornbread

It is like a cross between zucchini and corn bread

Here is a way to use up some fresh zucchini or summer squash.

Zucchini Corn Bread

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter plus more for pan
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup medium-grind cornmeal

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9x5x3″ loaf pan. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Continue cooking until butter solids at bottom of pan turn golden brown, about 3 minutes. Scrape butter into a medium bowl. Set aside and let cool. Whisk in eggs and buttermilk. Trim zucchini ends. Thinly slice five 1/8″ rounds from 1 end of zucchini and reserve for garnish. Coarsely grate remaining zucchini Salt and let stand 30 minutes then squeeze as much water out as possible. Add to bowl with butter mixture and stir until well blended. Sift both flours, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda into a large bowl. Whisk in cornmeal. Add zucchini mixture; fold just to blend (mixture will be very thick). Transfer batter to prepared pan and smooth top. Place reserved zucchini slices atop batter down center in a single layer. Bake bread until golden and a tester inserted into center comes out clean, 55-65 minutes. Let cool in pan 10 minutes. Then invert on wire rack and cool completely.




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Plum Jam

Still have a few left

What better way to use up a giant bucket of overripe plums.

For how to can and basic jam making go here.

Plum Jam

  • 8 cups plums skin removed from 3/4 cut into small pieces
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 cloves

Mix fruit and sugar and macerate for 4-8 hours. Add cloves, bring to a boil and cook down to jam consistency. Pour into prepared canning jars and seal.

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Halibut Fish Tacos with Rhubarb Cucumber Marinade

Green cabbage will work as well

The marinade/sauce for this is a great way to get rid of some rhubarb and tastes fantastic.

Rhubarb Cucumber and Chili Marinade

  • 3 stalks rhubarb chopped roughly
  • 1 medium cucumber chopped roughly
  • 4 shallots
  • 1 large hot green chili or 2 jalapenos
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Greek yogurt

Blend everything but yogurt until smooth adding enough stock to create proper consistency. Measure out 1 cup marinade and mix with enough greek yogurt to create a cream sauce. Can be made a day ahead. Use the remaining marinade on whatever meat desired. Grill over direct heat brushing with marinade.

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Pit Beef

Has to have brioche

Pit beef is normally found around Baltimore. For the true experience, make the horseradish cream from scratch and cook the tri-tip directly over the coals the whole time. I believe that it should still be slow smoked, keeping the temperature below 140, for 2-3 hours before finishing it over the direct fire.

Pit Beef

  • (2) 4-5 lb tri-tip roasts
  • 5 New Mexico dry red chilis medium size
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsp ground Hungarian paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano

Grind everything together to a powder then rub into meat and let marinade at least 24 hours before cooking. Prepare smoker and smoke over low heat for 2-3 hours then move meat over fire and finish cooking to 140 degrees internal temperature. Let meat stand for 20 minutes then slice very thin and serve with fresh horseradish cream sauce, sliced sweet onions and tomatoes on freshly sliced brioche loaves.

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Lamb Chops with Porcini Mushrooms

Let the butter soak into it all

This requires 1/2 lb of fresh porcini — no substitutions.

Seared Lamb Chops with Porcini Mushrooms

  • 4 lamb chops 1 1/2″ thick
  • 1/2 lb porcini mushrooms sliced into large bites
  • 4 garlic scapes chopped fine
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 oz sherry
  • 1 tbsp grated nutmeg
  • Salt/pepper

Season meat with salt, pepper and nutmeg. In a large cast iron saute pan melt butter over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook until browned on both sides. Stirring frequently. Add lamb chops and cook halfway, about 3 minutes. Flip chops, add scapes and sherry and finish cooking. Serve with orzo and a good syrah.

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In Our Kitchen: The Outdoors Comes Inside

By Katherine

Our yard is in full bloom. We’ve pulled garlic and scallions, and our blueberries are so close. (They’re just outside the kitchen door, so that counts.)

What else is going on this month in our kitchen? Local sodas…

so much mint we’re using it to decorate. (Yes, we’re cooking with it too!)

Let’s see what else…. Oh, check out our fancy new water jugs…

and there’s this vintage find…

and our new clock, which only looks old…

some artichokes for a late lunch…

new pottery on an old buffet…

Happy Independence Day to all you state siders out there!

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Fava Bean and Fennel Slaw

Minty and creamy

This is a fantastic salad that goes well with many grilled meats, fish especially.

When choosing fava beans pick the youngest possible. If the beans are not bright green inside remove the white second shell as well.

Fava and Fennel Slaw

  • 1 bulb fennel shaved very thinly with a mandolin
  • 1 cup shelled fresh fava beans
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 12-14 large mint leaves
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 shallot chopped roughly
  • Olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp rice wine vinegar

In a blender add mustard, shallot mint leaves and lemon juice. Blend adding enough olive oil to form a thick paste. Thin with vinegar until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper. Toss dressing over shaved fennel. Add beans and stir well. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.

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