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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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Posted in Farmer's Market, Fruit, Local Eats, Salad, Savory, Side Dish, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarianwith 2 Comments →

Cabbage and Ramen Noodle Salad05.13.10

032First of all, let me just get the obvious out of the way.  My child is not wearing a shirt in the photo.  This is fairly common dinner attire around here in warmer weather, and while I’m not exactly proud of the fact that he’s not wearing a shirt while eating, it doesn’t trouble me much.  This year, produce.  Next year, manners.

Anyhoo… the salad wars rage on here at the Circus.  One of my favorites, precisely because it is complete trash, is a salad made from shredded cabbage and some other stuff, topped with crunched up ramen noodles and almonds that have been sauteed in butter and then sprinkled with that packet of death that comes with it. Ramen isn’t so bad you say?  Let Maki over at Just Hungry give you the rundown on why ramen is very, very bad for you.  I could top the salad with Doritos for the same nutritional effect.

Let it never be said that I’m high-brow over here.  Here’s what we started with:

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Posted in Salad, Savory, Side Dish, Uncategorized, Vegetablewith 3 Comments →

Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup05.04.10

052 I have found them.  I found the lost photographic evidence of our foray into cooking like Pioneer Woman!  On a cold, dreary night in February, back when I was still on my soup bender, I realized I had all the ingredients on hand to attempt Pioneer Woman’s Cauliflower Soup.

None of the kids were excited, and thinking back on the soups I’ve put in front of them over the last couple of months, I get it.  I really do.  But Ree is An Expert.  So I figured this had a shot at pleasing them, even if I’ve failed over and over previously.

Right away, I knew I was going to be making a few modifications to the recipe, based on my hope that the addition of cheddar cheese would make this soup more Boy-friendly.  And we typically replace sour cream with plain Greek yogurt – and my kids haven’t been big fans of tangy recently, so I figured I’d just top my bowl with it and let everyone else get a pass.

Here’s the cast of characters:

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Posted in Comfort Foods, Local Eats, Main Course, Savory, Soup, Spring, Uncategorized, Vegetable, Winterwith 1 Comment →

Steamed Artichokes02.24.10

004 Artichokes. They aren’t the most reasonable vegetable to approach a produce-averse child with, but I figured it was time. I love artichokes. And although the Chef and my husband will eat them as well, The Boy has never willingly eaten a plain, steamed artichoke before. (He’s had them in that spinach pie I made, and I’ve sneaked them into casseroles.) I figured this would be a one-biter before he ran screaming into the night.

To up the chances that he’d eat SOMETHING, I decided to pair the artichokes with chicken sausage and quinoa.  Here’s what we started with:

  • Quinoa, prepared according to package directions in my rice steamer, using chicken broth as the liquid.
    • One scrawny carrot
    • A couple cloves of garlic
    • 1/2 a small red onion
    • 1 package of spinach, fontina and roasted garlic chicken sausages (fully cooked)
    • grated Parmesan cheese

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Posted in Comfort Foods, Main Course, Savory, Side Dish, Vegetable, Winterwith 5 Comments →

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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Posted in Savory, Side Dish, Uncategorized, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winterwith 1 Comment →

Tortilla Soup02.15.10

074It appears that all we eat is soup around here. That’s not really the case, but it’s winter and I’m trying to get my kid to eat produce – and soup always sounds like a friendly-vegetable-delivery-system. With my flair for screwing up recipes, or blatantly not even trying to use a recipe, we’ve had some really weird soups over the last month and half. Part of me thought, hey, I should look up a great recipe for Tortilla Soup. But then, why break my streak?

We’re winging it over here – come along for the ride!
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Posted in Savory, Soup, Spicy, Uncategorized, Winterwith 1 Comment →

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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Posted in Savory, Side Dish, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winterwith 6 Comments →

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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Posted in Main Course, Savory, Side Dish, Uncategorized, Vegetable, Vegetarianwith 1 Comment →

Cuban ground beef with fried plantains01.22.10

035“I’m sorry, you’re doing what with those bananas?”  That’s what everyone wanted to know when I started heating up the oil to fry the plantains.

“These are not bananas.  They are plantains.”  I didn’t have a plan for them when I purchased them, and as they sat on my counter, slow turning from green to yellow, yellow to black and yellow, I figured I’d better get off the stick and come up with a plan.

Of course, since I’ve never cooked with plantains before, I wasn’t sure where to start.  I thought about making muffins or something, but remembered that they are often used in savory dishes.  So I went internet diving to see what I could find.  Good ole Emeril had a recipe for a Pinon, a Cuban-style Beef and Plantain Pie. That sounded pretty darn good to me, but I thought the kids wouldn’t eat it if it was all baked together like that.  And then I found this recipe for Arroz ala Cubana that also sounded amazing.   I decided to riff off of both recipes and make Emeril’s beef mixture, but serve it over rice, and serve the plantains on the side.  Here’s what I started with (cribbed from Emeril’s recipe, sorta):

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Posted in Exotic, Main Course, Savory, Uncategorized, Winterwith 4 Comments →

Broccoli and bacon baked potatoes01.19.10

099 Well, I’ve been swinging for the fences over here, but I’ve been mostly hitting foul balls, if I connect at all.  The Boy has been getting frustrated, and I’ve been getting frustrated, and we’ve been eating a lot of mediocre soup.  What’s a mom to do?

After a bit of discussion, I decided to take it back to familiar foods, and incorporate a lot of things that seem to make everything go down easier.  Namely – butter, bacon and cheese.

After checking the pantry, and getting a gander of Elise Bauer’s gorgeous twice-baked potatoes recipe, I thought we might have a successful night in the kitchen.

Besides, there are few things more enjoyable that a baked potato on a chilly night, especially if you take the proper precautions so your potatoes don’t turn terrorist.  Confused?  Read it and weep, my friends.

With The Boy on board to help assemble, and a big ole bag of russets in the pantry, we assembled our ingredients and got ready to make some twice-baked potatoes stuffed with broccoli, bacon and cheese.

Here’s what we started with:

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