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Sweet Red Corn09.19.10

Camping Summer 2010 We’ve got a whole bunch of posts piled up over here, and I’m determined to get them posted this week!  This summer, we took our annual family camping trip to the Sonoma County coast.  We always bring along easy to cook and eat foods for our meals, and divide up the days – my parents plan for one entire day’s worth of meals, and I usually do the other day.  This year, my mom picked up some sweet red corn, something we hadn’t tried before.  We’re all corn fans, so it wasn’t a real challenge-worthy choice, but certainly, it was novel.

There was some discussion over how to cook it – we could have grilled it over the fire, but we were hungry and didn’t want to mess with trying to time it right, so we opted to remove the husks and steam them in large pot over the cookstove.

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New Carrots and Leeks07.15.10

123 A few weeks back, we ventured back to the Farmer’s Market here in Santa Rosa.  We came away with baguettes and flowers, honey and cherries and figs and a couple of bundles of new carrots and leeks.  Oh, and some butter.  I’ll get to that in a minute.

We always have a blast wandering around sampling and deciding on what to bring home.  The Boy is more adventurous when faced with tables loaded with fresh-from-the-farm produce, and I’ll admit, I’m even more excited than he is to see him go – ooh, what’s that?  Mom, let’s buy those and try them.

Of course, once we get them home, that’s a whole different story.  Carrots and leeks are both familiar and one of those things I’m negating the try-it-three-times rule on.  The Boy was not that excited about it, but hello?  Look at how cute these carrots are:

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Cherimoya and Star Fruit05.05.10

070Oh, how I love the random produce that ends up in our major grocery chain here and there.  While shopping a few weeks back, we stumbled onto some star fruit and cherimoyas, and thought it was high time for a special two-fer edition of What The?  Foods.

Since we started this challenge of ours, we find ourselves poking around a bit, looking for odd shapes and colors.  And okay, I’ll admit my first real exposure to the idea of either of these fruits was through some sort of Baby Einstein knock-off video.

In any case, I’ll admit that up until this point, I’ve never been all that curious about strange looking fruits.  The basics, available year-round, more than filled my personal needs.  But when a kid says “Mom, we should try THAT ONE!”  it seems like a pretty good thing to do.  So!  First up:  The Cherimoya.

According to good ole Wikipedia, in 1866, Mark Twain called the cherimoya “the most delicious fruit known to men.”   We shall see, Mark Twain.  We shall see.

The fruit itself is a lizardy looking green, shaped like a heart.

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Rice Paper Salad Rolls04.07.10

Salad Rolls.  Sorta. Do you see what I see? That is lettuce on The Boy’s plate, and he’s not making the barf face.  How did this happen?  Is my campaign for Pleasant Salad Eating paying off?  Or is it all about novelty?

It was The Chef’s 11th birthday, and she requested barbecued pork ribs and salad rolls.  I don’t think she’s actually ever eaten anything wrapped in the translucent rice paper spring roll wrappers, but I had picked up a package a few weeks back, and she was intrigued.

We decided to get basic, and stick with some of my favorite salad components.  Here’s a look at what we started with:

  • sliced cucumber
  • sliced carrot
  • sliced avocado
  • sliced mint leaves
  • sliced green onion
  • mixed, washed salad greens
  • rice paper wrappers

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Red bell peppers with tomato sauce02.20.10

We’ve had some startling successes with The Boy’s willingness to try new things over the last few weeks.  That said, willingness to try doesn’t always equate to willingness to eat.   For some reason, bell peppers are on his list of buh-sgusting foods.  Like carrots and onions, I am determined to wear him down on these, because I love to cook with them.

So, years and years ago, we had an exchange student from Spain stay with my family for a few weeks.  He had prepared a dish that consisted of slowly sauteed  red bell peppers in a savory tomato sauce.  I loved it, and wanted to try to replicate it.  Here’s what I started with:

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Roasted asparagus02.08.10

051I’m quickly becoming a roasted vegetable evangelist.  I’ll admit to enjoying asparagus…some of the time.  I like it mostly when other people cook it for me, since I always manage to make it stringy or tough or bitter or wrong in some other way.  When I was a kid, I wasn’t a fan AT ALL.  In fact, I distinctly recall nicknaming asparagus spears “green weenises.”  What a shocking display of immaturity! (Heh.)  I haven’t shared that little tidbit with my kids.  I imagine they will come to it on their own, and will be as proud of their invention as I was back in the day.

Greenises.  Hah!

The Chef and Sous Chef were excited about having asparagus for dinner, because they’ve learned from my mom that “asparagus makes your pee smell funny!” And who doesn’t want that, right?  Funny-smelling pee?  Bring it on!

This is totally the most appetizing post EVER here on Kid Vs. Produce.  Let’s just get to it, shall we?

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Spinach handpies01.27.10

063Oy! I’ve been cooking up a storm, and taking pictures up a storm, but I haven’t had a free minute to scratch my booty let alone write about our produce smackdown.  As a result I’ve got a backlog of posts just waiting for the finishing touches, and I’m going to have to learn how to schedule post so I don’t forget to make them live.

Along with the puff pastry from the Chicken Pot Pie night, I had stashed a box of filo dough in the freezer.  I love filo like nobody’s business, and I invent excuses to use it a few times a year.  You just can’t go wrong with flaky pastry + butter in my universe, and even The Boy has been known to roll his eyes up into his head in ecstasy  when biting into a filo pastry.

It was time for more leafy greens, and after the Greek Quiche reaction (also known as “Meh”)  I wanted to let the spinach flavor stand on its own.

It was time for Spinach Handpies.

Here’s what I started with:

  • About 1/3 a cup of olive oil
  • A big old thing of organic baby spinach, washed and dried in the spinner (vroom!)
  • A handful of garlic cloves
  • Salt, pepper and paprika
  • About 1/4 onion, diced
  • About 1/4 cup of red bell pepper, diced
  • About a tablespoon of fresh oregano
  • About 1/4 cup of feta, crumbled
  • 1/2 a can of water chestnuts, chopped
  • 1 stick of butter, melted (aw yeah)
  • 1/2 box of filo dough.  (I used the other half for apple handpies, which I’ll post later)

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Spinach and artichoke heart quiche01.14.10

019Probably three years ago, The Boy and I went together to our local Dinner My Way restaurant and assembled some entrees for the freezer.  One of the dishes we came home with was called “Spinach Pie” and was basically a quiche using fresh baby spinach, onion, Greek olives, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese, among other ingredients.  It was also topped with puff-pastry, which I thought was overkill.  Anyway, The Boy actually loved this pie, and I’ve been banging around in the kitchen trying to duplicate it for the last three years to no avail.

Let’s just say that making a quiche with an entire brick of feta will yield something so salty you will need to drink a gallon of water after one bite, and then you’ll be throwing it all away.  Learn from me, friends!

The other night, I made another run at it.
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Tomatillo Raw Salsa01.10.10

023On another produce aisle spelunking mission, we came home with a handful of lovely tomatillos.  The Boy gave them a double-take, which totally qualified them as our second What The? Food.

Now, I didn’t really have a plan for these yet, but I had purchased some corn tortilla chips, and figured we could make a nice little fresh salsa with them.  I know that most of the green salsas I’ve had have been cooked, but I really enjoy the flavor of fresh tomatillo, and figured we might as well try to make an uncooked salsa.

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Corn Fritters01.05.10

her fourth fritterCorn is one of the few vegetables that The Boy will actually eat without too much drama. He prefers it on the cob with lots of butter, but with the Sous Chef’s teeth falling out like crazy, gnawing corn off the cob is pretty impossible. Add to the fact that I had purchased only four ears of corn for the five of us in a spectacular brain-fart at Trader Joe’s, and I went looking for a recipe that could keep everyone in the family happy.

Back in my vegetarian days, I was given a cookbook called Vegetarian Dishes from Around the World
by Rose Elliot. I think it was a gift from a long-time friend who went vegetarian around the same time. Maybe it was her idea? Anyway, I’ve still got the book, and went looking for a quick and easy recipe for corn.

The recipe called for a can of corn, one egg, separated and two tablespoons of wheat flour, along with salt and pepper and some oil. You can’t get much simpler than that, right? Here’s what we did:

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    Japanese Cucumbers | Jicama

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    Kale | Kiwifruit | Kohlrabi | Kumquats

    L
    Leeks | Lemons | Lettuce, Iceberg | Lettuce, Leaf | Lettuce, Romaine | Limes

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    Malanga | Mamey Sapotes | Mango | Melons | Mushrooms | Micro-greens

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    Okra | Onions, Dry | Onions, Green | Oranges

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    Tamarillos | Tamarindos | Taro Root | Tomatillos | Tomatoes | Turnips

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    Watercress | Watermelon | Winter Squash

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    Zucchini