Monthly Archives: September 2011

Mexican Corn Salad

I’m so behind on recipes. Particularly since I made a zillion new ones for a recent birthday barbecue (and of course, took no pictures). Oh well. Here they come.

This is actually a borrowed recipe from Becky (who got it from Food & Wine). She made the scallops version for us for dinner and it was great. I omitted the seafood and served this as a side. I could have used less mayo (I’m a mayo hater) but it got totally gobbled up at the event.

Ideally the recipe has you char the corn on the grill but I ran out of time so I just boiled the corn. It was fine.

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Tequila Pork Chops with Guacamole

This marinade is more forgiving than I’d have thought. The recipe (which is actually for pork tenderloin, and was a variation in this month’s Cooking Light) recommends two hours. Due to circumstances, ours marinated, well, let’s just say close to 48 hours. It still turned out tasty.

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Tortilla Soup, Take Two

It’s been years since I made tortilla soup. I remember it being a staple when I lived in New York but I can’t even remember the last time we had it. When I saw this recipe on Joy’s blog, it seemed like an easy meal to make ahead and then wolf down when we need a quick dinner (though I decided to tweak it a little based on what we had around). So that’s what we’ll do tomorrow night before I have to go see a play to review.

Now that said (and speaking of reviewing plays), this recipe didn’t go off without a hitch. You see, I forgot to turn down the broth when it reached a boil. And then got caught up in late night review writing. Like, over an hour later, John says, “Man, that soup is starting to smell good”. Except it wasn’t so much theĀ  soup. And it didn’t smell so much good as smell like smoke. Yeah, my stock pot was charring on the stove. Strangely, the chicken had kind of survived (it’s pretty dry, though), so I soldiered on with a messy remake of the recipe using what I had left on hand. Lesson learned: cooking and reviewing don’t always mix.

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Roasted Okra with Chaat Masala

If anyone were going to get me to like okra, it would be Monica Bhide. She steered me towards the NPR article she wrote on the vegetable when I asked her for advice. I went with her most simple approach for the okra we got in the CSA – roasted with chaat masala. And it was terrific! I’m not sure if I’m an okra convert yet, but I’m definitely a fan of this recipe. Pictured with Mandy’s piccata and orzo tossed with spinach. Cause you know. That totally goes with chaat masala.

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Scallops with Spinach and Paprika Syrup

This Cooking Light recipe was unusual enough to catch my eye. And it was quite tasty! A little sweeter than my usual style, but the spiciness of the sauce makes the dish complex and balanced. I actually used a mixture of scallops and jumbo shrimp (to save money) and it worked just fine.

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