In Our (New, Shiny Red) Kitchen

After almost a year of rental living, we’ve bought a new home and are seeing red. We’re typically earth tone people and love green, but the previous owners picked a red palette for the kitchen and we’re making the most of it. We love the open layout, wood floors and, drum roll please, gas stove. The dishwasher is even quiet. We updated the lighting and added some seating, but don’t have plans to make other changes. It’s perfect the way it is, shiny red paint and all. We have two sinks, which is one more than we really need. And did we mention how spacious it is? Here’s what’s going on in our kitchen this month:

Some extra seating and a camera-shy dog

Some flowers from the front yard and a vase from an estate sale

An old friend

A new perch for Rocky

Some practical pottery

A wee bit of mint

A spice rack from Katherine’s parents

An antique buffet

Plenty of room for a dinner party

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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Swordfish on a Bed of Creamy Lentils

This photo is super creative or at least the recipe is

Fresh swordfish steaks and morel mushrooms are the secret.

Swordfish and Red Lentil Puree

  • 2 swordfish steaks 3/4″ thick
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano chopped fine
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 shallot chopped fine
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh morels chopped
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • Water as needed
  • Salt/pepper

In a shallow baking dish big enough for the fish mix turmeric. oregano, cayenne and olive oil into a paste. Season fish with salt and pepper, then rub paste into flesh and let marinate for 4-6 hours. For lentils melt 2 tbsp butter in a 3 quart stock pot and saute shallot over medium heat until soft. Add garlic and mushrooms and stir to coat, then add lentils and stir to coat again. Pour in chicken stock, bring to a boil then simmer on low mostly covered until lentils have completely broken down and are smooth adding water as needed. Meanwhile heat 4 tbsp butter in a cast iron frying pan large enough for fish. Cook fish over medium high heat until done, about 4 minutes per side. serve on top of a bed of lentils sprinkled with chopped parsley.


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Oyster Soup

Only fresh oysters will do

Oyster soup recipes are mostly cream based. Mostly.

Oyster and Andouille Soup

  • 1 lb shucked oysters about 14-20 depending on size
  • 2 fresh andouille sausage sliced
  • 6 whole anchovies packed in salt rinsed and chopped
  • 2 chili de arbols chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 can tomatoes crushed by hand
  • 1 red bell pepper diced medium
  • 1 onion diced fine
  • 1 leek quartered chopped fine
  • 2 tbsp garlic minced
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley

Shuck oysters, save juice and rinse. In a large stock pot melt butter and saute onion over low heat until golden. Add chili peppers, sausage and anchovies and brown meat. Add bell pepper and leak and saute until vegetables are soft. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, then add flour and mix well. Continue to saute on low until roux begins to color then add tomatoes and deglaze pan. Bring heat to medium and add oyster liquid and broth. Bring to a boil then turn to a low simmer and cover. Cook for 1 hour stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper. If ready to serve add oysters and poach for 1 minute. If not let soup stand until ready, bring back to simmer and then poach fish. Soup base gains spice and flavor if left to sit for a couple hours.

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Roast Rutabaga

Also known as yellow turnips

This is a simple way to serve rutabaga. any assortment of root vegetables will work.

Roast Root Vegetables

  • 1 rutabaga peeled and cubbed
  • 2-4 carrots peeled and cut into large bites
  • 1-2 potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 6-8 small whole cloves garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Salt/pepper
  • Old bay
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar

Toss everything together but vinegar and place on a roasting sheet in one layer Roast at 425 degrees until browned, stirring every so often. Sprinkle on vinegar and roast 10 minutes more. Serve hot sprinkled with fresh parsley.

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Lamb Roast Stuffed with Dried Fruit

Talk about perfect

This is a great stuffing for lamb. I used a mixture of golden raisins, figs and currants. It can be topped with a light pan gravy as well.

Fruit Stuffed Lamb

  • 2 1/2-3 lb boneless lamb roast butterflied
  • 2 cups mixed dried fruit diced fine
  • 1 1/2 oz brandy
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary

Pound out lamb and season with salt and pepper. Mix all other ingredients in a bowl and let stand 30 minutes stirring occasionally. Spread mixture over lamb and roll into a log. Tie with bakers twine and place on a rack in a roasting pan with 2 cups red wine. Roast at 425 degrees for 15 minutes then turn heat to 345 degrees and cook until done. Let stand 15 minutes before slicing.

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Steak Sandwiches

Assemble as seen here

Assemble as seen here

Some people may feel that filet mignon is too nice for a sandwich. Not I.

Filet Mignon Sandwich with Sun Dried Tomato and Blue Cheese Sauce

For steak

  • 2 filet mignons
  • 8 dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1 tsp coriander seed
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seed
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp anise seed
  • 1 tbsp sea salt

Blend all together and rub into steak. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 8-12 hours. Prepare grill and cook steaks until rare. Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes before slicing thin.

For sauce

  • 6-7 sun dried tomatoes in olive oil
  • 1/8 cup roughly diced onion
  • 2-3 oz blue cheese
  • 1/8 cup dry white wine
  • 1/8 cup mayo

Blend everything together until smooth. Refrigerate 2 hours before serving


Red Leaf Kale

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Halibut and Clam Sauce



That is a good amount of fish

That is a good amount of fish

The clam sauce really complements the meaty halibut flavor etc etc. This is just really good.

Halibut and Clam Sauce

  • 2 doz clams live
  • 1 doz mussels live
  • 1 1/2 lbs halibut fillet
  • 1 large shallot chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 3 potatoes skinned and diced small
  • 1/2 cup fresh crab stock
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp oregano
  • 1/2 lemon

Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large frying and add 1/2 cup wine, garlic clove and shellfish. Bring to a steam then cover and cook for five minutes. Remove from heat and let stand five minutes. Uncover and discard any that are closed. Remove meat from shell, strain and keep broth. Heat 2 tbsp butter over medium heat and saute shallot until golden. Add potatoes and remaining wine and cook until liquid is absorbed. Add half the clam liquid and shell stock and bring to a simmer. Cook until potatoes are done. heat oven to 360 degrees. Mash half the potato mixture, add the remaining clam juice and reserved clams and mussels. Bring to a simmer then make a space large enough for fish to sit. Season halibut with salt and pepper and place in pan. Sprinkle oregano and squeeze lemon juice over fish and bake until cooked through, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand five minutes before serving.

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