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Since we're out of food (and kinda have been since having the Swede's car in late July and not going to the grocery store and stocking up on, among other things, BEANS), I stopped by the co-op last night and got some dinner inspiration (as well as a cup of free lemonade). I went in wanting tofu and stir-fry, but I left with something completely different.

large can of diced tomatoes
squash, zucchini, baby eggplant
pre-made polenta loaf
half a white onion
minced garlic
red pepper
overripe jalapeno
olive oil
red wine (that was poorly corked and thus better suited for cooking than drinking as it's taken on vinegar-y properties)
small can of sliced black olives
generous clippings of basil from the garden
garden-grown parsley for garnish

I started by cutting the leftover onion half into quarters, then thinly sliced it before adding it to a stockpot with enough olive oil to coat. As the onions cooked, I added garlic (way more than most people would use, but we like garlic), and once the onions were translucent, I added some of the liquid from the can of diced tomatoes. While that cooked down, I diced a red bell pepper and a leftover jalapeno, then adding that to the pot. I let the peppers soften and then added a generous amount of wine (a cup, maybe more). I let that cook down some more, went out back, cut the basil and the parsley, chopped the basil, and added the basil, the olives, and the rest of the can of tomatoes. I left the sauce to simmer for about 90 minutes on the back burner.

I rinsed and prepared the rest of the vegetables for oven-roasting. I sliced the yellow squash length-wise, I cut the wee eggplant into little discs, and I halved and quartered the zucchini. I threw all of them into a Pyrex casserole and coated with olive oil before over-roasting for about 45 minutes - low and slow, baby!

I then thin, diagonally sliced the polenta loaf and lightly pan-fried that. To serve, I placed several slices of warm polenta on one half of the plate, a generous portion of roasted vegetables on the other half of the plate, and then topped with a thick and hearty homemade sauce.

I'm calling it Awesome Sauce and I want to make more of it and can it. I seriously think it could bring about world peace.


* or, as puttanesca as I'll make it. No capers, no anchovies.

Holy Cow!

Jun. 29th, 2008 08:37 am
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Finally got to see my dear friend Chloe and her husband Felipe yesterday. Hard to believe they've been married two years! I remember their wedding like it was yesterday, *sniffsniff*. Anyway, Felipe is straight-up Colombian (he's applied for citizenship and that whole process was sped up with him marrying a citizen, but he's still looking at years of waiting) and since Mike and I are always willing to try new cuisines (Mike especially moreso than me; I'm willing so long as I can have some sort of warning or investigation beforehand), the four of us went to a Colombian/Latin American restaurant for dinner: Holy Cow Grill.

After having Felipe check and double-check with the kitchen about certain dishes and the presence of flour (oh, Felipe is so sweet!), I settled on an arepa and some frijoles. I kinda suspected those two items were already sans wheat, but believe me, it does not hurt to check! Had I been more adventurous, I could have gone with the rest of my party and ordered the country platter - steak, chorizo, pork strip (a strip of pork with meat, fat, and skin), avocado, egg, plantain, rice, beans, and an arepa. I probably wouldn't have eaten the pork strip or the fried egg or the plantain, but that dish also looked 100% wheat-free. Good to know

Anyway, we have a nice leisurely dinner and Felipe and I both cleaned our plates (admittedly, I did not have nearly as much as he did). As we drove back to their house in Hamilton Township, the four of us thought we were going to pop. In fact, my stomach hurt for much of the night and I had to fight off the urge to succumb to the food coma as I was driving home. The food was really good, not too spicy, but full of flavor. I definitely want to try my hand, now, at making arepas - they're so simple and yet so delicious.

Five oh

Jan. 11th, 2007 11:34 pm
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Dear Miss Angela,

The cookies were good. I ate them all at the Snyder Station. I walked past a German Shepherd at SPHigh and couldn't figure out why he was barking and whining at me through the fence. It wasn't until I saw the cop at the station that I got a little paranoid.

Anyways, I only ate one. They're awfully chocolate-y!

Sleep-sleep-sleepily,
Diva Sqrl.

(this message was typed in Word to facilitate editing)

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