Zucchini in Red Sauce.



Zucchini in Red Sauce is one of those recipes I feel silly calling a recipe.  (It's not really a recipe.)  I grew up eating this at my grandmother's house, and never thought twice about it.  But when I made this for my husband, he was astonished.  "Wait?!  This makes zucchini taste REALLY good!"

For the record, I think zucchini pretty much always tastes good.  



Zucchini in Red Sauce, Ingredients:


Zucchini in Red Sauce, Directions:

  1. Bring marinara sauce to a low simmer in a large sauce pan.
  2. Add zucchini and cook covered, on low, approximately 20 minutes or until you reach desired tenderness.
  3. Enjoy with meatballs and garlic knots!

 

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Cranberry and Goat Cheese Steak Salad.



This Cranberry and Goat Cheese Steak Salad brings me back to the days when I worked a 60+ hour week and wore uncomfortable suits with ridiculously high heels to work.  Once upon a time when lawyering was my thing, there was a grossly overpriced restaurant around the corner from our firm and they had a cranberry and goat cheese salad that I was absolutely obsessed with.  It was so overpriced that even when money wasn't an issue (can you believe there was a time like that?!) - I still couldn't bring myself to go there more than once a month.

A girlfriend of mine recently asked about what to do with goat cheese and it reminded my of this beloved salad.  My career, and that restaurant, are long since retired, but memories are still fresh.  And delicious. 




Cranberry and Goat Cheese Steak Salad, Ingredients:

  • Lettuce, Spring Mix
  • Dried cranberries (unsweetened, if you can find them)
  • Pumpkin seed kernels (or pine nuts)
  • Goat cheese, crumbled
  • Cooked steak, sliced thin 
  • Balsamic dressing

Cranberry and Goat Cheese Steak Salad, Directions:

  1. Find a big bowl and pile the ingredients together.  Use more goat cheese and cranberries than you think are neccessary.
  2. Pour a generous helping of balsamic dressing over top.
  3. Enjoy.  Have seconds.

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Roasted Okra.




Roasted Okra is absolutely my favorite food discovery this year. I always heard that okra was weird and slimy and the only preparation I knew of was battered and fried.  Which, I love fair food as much as the next gal, but it's not something I would go out of my way to make.  (I reserve that honor for pickles).  

And to be completely honest?  Until this year, I wasn't even sure what okra looked like. But a girlfriend heard I was starting a garden and brought me a pile of seeds.  Some of which?  Okra!  So when it started growing, I had to figure out what to do!  One day I threw it on the baking sheet with my broccoli, and I've been smitten ever since!



Roasted Okra, Ingredients:

  • okra, sliced crosswise
  • olive oil, or other fat (in the pictures, I just used a bit of bacon grease that was leftover in the pan)
  • salt

Roasted Okra, Directions:

  1. Drizzle a light coating of oil over a baking sheet, and lay the okra on top.
  2. Roast at 475 degrees for ten minutes, then toss a bit with a spatula and roast 5 minutes more.
  3. Sprinkle generously with salt and ENJOY!







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