Mediterranean Cobb & Champagne Caper Vinaigrette

 

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As you all may have noticed I have been a little MIA in the MIA. I traveled for work and vacation most of March and have had a few side projects taking up my normal blogging time. Starting this blog 2 years ago opened my eyes to the world of WordPress, Illustrator, Thesis, and all  that comes with blogging. I fell in love with it all and have been spending most of my week nights reading and trying and playing with everything.

So when my very best girlfriend started a jewelry line end of last year, I dove in to create the website and online shop for her. It’s been a really fun (and challenging!) project and I can’t wait to show you the finished product and her elegant jewelry. {We are getting close!}

And I promise to be in this space more often now, I miss it!

As for this Mediterranean Cobb, it was enjoyed with great girlfriends from my college sorority days (Deeeeee Gee!) and it was just as unique as I thought it would be after reading the recipe in The Food Matters Cookbook. Thanks for a great pick Sara!

I served this salad with Seared Scallops with Lemon and White Orzo. Delish! I’ll post that recipe next week.

Mediterranean Cobb Salad & Champagne Caper Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Ingredients

  1. 1/3 cup high quality Olive Oil
  2. 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar, I used a Champagne Vinegar
  3. 1 ½ Tablespoons capers, with some of their brine
  4. 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  5. Fresh cracked black pepper
  6. 8 cups lettuce, I used half Romaine half and baby spinach
  7. 1 cup canned chickpeas, drained
  8. ½ cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
  9. 1 small jar (about ¼ cup chopped) artichoke hearts
  10. 1 small or half large red onion, sliced thinly
  11. 1 cup hard boiled eggs, chopped (with or without yolks, your preference)
  12. 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Instructions

In a blender, combine the oil, capers, vinegar, parsley, and black pepper. No salt is needed because of the saltiness and flavor of the capers.

Turn the blender on low for 30 seconds to create a creamy emulsion. Taste and add more pepper or vinegar if needed.

In a large bowl mix together the two types of greens. Top with the chickpeas, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, onion, egg, and feta. For a traditional cobb serve with each ingredient in a large bunch on top of the lettuce. I chose to sprinkle it all over in layers.

Once you are ready to serve pour the dressing over the salad and toss, then serve. If you have any leftover ingredients you could serve those as add-on toppings on the side.

Notes

Adapted from the food Matters Cookbook by Mark Bittman, pg 149

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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

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It’s my week to host The Food Matters Project and I am sticking true to my tradition and choosing a dish I’ve never cooked. Last time around (almost a year ago! can you believe we’ve been at it this long?) I chose a Cassoulet with Lots of Vegetables. Killer cozy meal if you need to feed a large group!

I’ve chosen another dish that cooks in a tomato sauce, but it is so completely different. “Stuffed Cabbage Rolls” is the name and the version I cooked up is made with lean ground beef, scallions, peppers, and jalapeño stuffed in cabbage and simmered in a tomato sauce with cinnamon, cloves, and bay leaves.

I love the idea of a slow cooked “worked all day in the kitchen” meal, but I usually have NO excuse to make them… hence my picks for the FMP. As per usual Food Matters style, this dish is the healthier version of the stuffed cabbage rolls recipes you will find out there in the recipe world. I even OK’d it for the cleanse I am doing this week given the brown rice, it is a little bit of a cheat with the beef I know, but that’s why I didn’t go with the sausage the recipe calls for (which would be divine).

Head on over here to see the creative versions my fellow FMPers whipped up.

On a another note, we just wrapped up a fabulous weekend with Food Matters Project Founder, and my bestie, Sarah in Miami. She and Gregg were in town staying with us for a quick break from their NYC Pop Up Restaurant ABODE for the Miami Food and Wine Festival. It was a weekend full of sun, laughing, and great food of course!

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Lunching at the SLS Miami with Sarah and Gregg

{Two things} 1. if you have not been watching them on The Taste where have you been!? and 2. if you are anywhere in the NY area grab tickets here to their pop-up because they are selling out quick. We are heading there this weekend and  I absolutely cannot wait.

 

 

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 8-10 cabbage rolls

Serving Size: 4

recipe adapted from The Food Matters Cookbook by Mark Bittman

Ingredients

  1. Salt
  2. 1 large head cabbage (about 2 lbs), cored
  3. 1 cup brown rice
  4. 8 oz lean ground beef (a mix of sausage and ground beef would be great)
  5. 1/2 cup chopped scallions
  6. 3 mini bell peppers, diced (I used 1 each yellow red orange)
  7. 1/2 jalapeño, diced
  8. 2 garlic cloves, diced
  9. black pepper
  10. 2 28 oz cans diced tomatoes, with their juices
  11. 1 bay leaf
  12. 1 cinnamon stick
  13. 4 or 5 whole cloves

Instructions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it. Place the cabbage in the boiling water and cook, turning it in the pot once or twice, until it begins to get tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the cabbage (do not pour out the water) and rinse the leaves with cool water to stop the cooking. Pull off the 10 largest, most intact leaves, then chop the remaining leaves and put them in a large bowl. Return the pot to a boil and stir in the rice. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes then drain.

Add the cooked rice, raw ground beef, scallions, peppers, jalapeño, garlic, and a good sprinkling of salt and pepper to the bowl of chopped cabbage and mix just enough to combine. Put a large spoonful of the rice mixture into a cabbage leaf, taking care not to overfill, and roll loosely. Shoot for 8 cabbage rolls, but if you have extra filling use more of the leaves. Put the rolls seam side down in the bottom of a large pot or dutch oven; it's okay to stack them on top of each other in the pot.

Add the tomatoes and their juice to the pot along with 1 cup of water, the bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves, and some salt and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat so that the mixture barely bubbles and cook, undisturbed, for 30 minutes. Check to see if there's still liquid in the pot. The cabbage should be just submerged; if not, add a little water. Cover and cook for another 30 minutes before checking again.

When the rolls have plumped up and absorbed most of the liquid, and are firm, turn off the heat and let rest, for at least 10 minutes. Put the rolled cabbage in shallow bowls, removing the whole spices as your find them. Taste the pot juices and adjust seasoning as needed. Pour a big ladleful over the cabbage rolls and serve.

Notes

Slow Cooker Version:

I chose to do mine in a slow cooker. Same idea but you will want to heat the tomato sauce in a saucepan first unless you have a lot of time to spare.

It took 1 hour on high heat, sauce heated in a saucepan before pouring over the cabbage rolls.

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Black Sesame Sea Bass + Asian Soba Noodles

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You guys KNOW I jump on any Asian influenced  recipe, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw that our Food Matters Project recipe this week is Asian influenced. Love it!

The original Mark Bittman recipe calls for salmon, but we just haven’t jumped on that bandwagon yet. I used this as an opportunity to make one of my favorite fish, Chilean Sea Bass. I mostly followed the noodle recipe, adding yellow bell peppers.  I also made sweet and spicy edamame as a side dish, recipe to come.

This dish is delicious and it felt super light even though you area eating ‘healthier’ noodles. Perfect week day dinner.

Thanks Sara for a great pick! Head here to see the other members’ versions, some close to the original and some very creative.

Black Sesame Sea Bass + Asian Soba Noodles

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 2-3

Ingredients

  1. Salt
  2. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  3. 8 ounces fish fillet, this recipe uses Chilean Sea Bass (skin removed)
  4. Black pepper
  5. 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  6. 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  7. 1 1?2 pounds spinach, roughly chopped
  8. 1/2 large yellow bell pepper, diced
  9. 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  10. 1 teaspoon sugar
  11. 1?2 teaspoon sesame oil
  12. 8 ounces buckwheat (soba) noodles or whole wheat spaghetti

Instructions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it. Put the vegetable oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. When it’s very hot, sprinkle the sea bass on both sides with salt and pepper and sear it in the pan until nicely browned on both sides, about 6 minutes total. Remove from the pan and cut or flake it into bite-size pieces. (you need to flip and remove it gently so it doesn't break apart)

Reduce the heat under the skillet to medium. Add bell peppers and cook 5 minutes to soften. Then add the garlic and sesame seeds and cook, stirring constantly, until the garlic begins to soften and the sesame seeds turn golden, about 30 seconds. Add the spinach and cook, stirring, for another minute or 2. Add the soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, and a splash of water and cook until the spinach is wilted, another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Cook the noodles in the boiling water until they’re tender but not mushy (start tasting after 5 minutes), then drain and rinse, reserving some of the cooking water. Turn the heat under the spinach mixture to medium and add the noodles. Toss, adding enough reserved liquid to keep things moist. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve pasta on the side of the fish.

Notes

adapted from The Food Matters Cookbook by Mark Bittman, recipe page 239 "Sesame Noodles with Spinach and Salmon"

http://keelymarie.com/2013/01/13/black-sesame-sea-bass-asian-soba-noodles/

 

We just moved from Brickell to South Beachthen went straight to Islamorada for the weekend for my birthday and meanwhile I’m changing some things on the back end of my blog and have a broken camera… so I apologize for the lack of frequent posts! It’s totally been wild around here (even some great side projects on top of work!).  I’m praying things get a little more sane this week, but I’m not expecting it yet. Stick with me please! I’m not going anywhere. 🙂

 

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My favorite Canadian boutique

Hey ladies in the US, I am about to make your Christmas wish list longer. My favorite, favorite, FAVORITE boutique from Canada just launched an online store. Aritzia!

Traveling in Canada for a few years for work I fell in love with this shop, dying to know when we’d have one closer to Miami. They’ve recently opened boutiques in 10 US cities now including New York and San Fran, so some of you might be familiar. Based on past purchases, three of the brands they carry stand out to me as really high quality; T. Babaton, Talula, and Wilfred.

Check it out.  I apologize to your bank account ahead of time.

 

{loving these looks}

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Carrot Parsnip Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter

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This last week was intimidating and exciting at the same time. I joined a new gym and started working with a personal trainer. I’m enjoying the guided kick your ass work-outs and I am definitely feelin’ it!  Spending some time on ME has been a long time coming, so it feels good.

I was a little concerned to make gnocchi the same week that I jump into a healthy kick, but these carrot and parsnip gnocchi really didn’t seem that unhealthy since the most prevalent ingredients are the veggies.

The simplicity of this dish completely blew my mind! Just carrot, parsnip, and flour? So many possibilities and the FMP members pulled out all the stops. Our host this week, Joanne whipped her rendition up with Butternut squash instead of carrots.

I chose to add some sweet parsnips and loved how they turned out! This would be a really unique dish for your Thanksgiving dinners this week.

 


Carrot Parsnip Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter

Prep Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Serving Size: 2-3 servings

adapted from The Food Matters Cookbook by Mark Bittman

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 pound carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  2. 1/2 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
  3. 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  4. 1/2 cup regular flour
  5. salt and pepper to taste
  6. pinch of nutmeg
  7. 2 tablespoons butter
  8. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  9. 2-3 sage leaves

Instructions

Place carrots and parsnips in just enough water to cover them and bring to boil. Add a pinch of salt. Boil until soft, about 45 minutes, then drain. Return carrots and parsnips to your pot and let them dry over the lowest possible heat for 10 minutes. Puree carrots in food processor or by hand (I used a potato masher and did this by hand) and add nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste. Set aside to cool for a couple minutes. Boil a small salted pot of water (this will be used to test the dough).

Combine both flours in mixing bowl. Add carrots to mixing bowl and stir until just combined. Pinch off a piece of the dough and boil in your test pot it to make sure it holds its shape. If it falls apart add more flour to mixture, until gnocchi just holds together.

Turn dough onto floured surface and roll into 1/2-inch ropes. Cut rope into 1-inch pieces. Arrange gnocchi on a floured baking sheet then cover with a towel. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or up to 2 hours. (At this point the gnocchi can be frozen on the sheet pan, then transferred to a plastic bag for 3 months. Do not thaw before boiling.)

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Also heat oil, butter, and sage over medium low heat in a large skillet. Heat until sage begins to crackle and butter begins to lightly brown. If butter is browning a lot turn down the heat. Cook a few gnocchi at a time in boiling water, until 1 minute after they rise to the surface. Transfer cooked gnocchi to skillet with a slotted spoon and lightly toss to coat. Continue process until all gnocchi are covered in the sage brown butter sauce.

Serve immediately.

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This week I’m heading to Orlando then Ft. Myers for some family time. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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