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Menu for Friday

Louisiana Jasmine Rice

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Roasted Green Bell Pepper and Pecan Sauce with Potatoes + Cucumber and Cumin Beet Egg

Black Bean and Shiitake Mushroom Sauce + Carrots and Spicy Cabbage

Spicy Summer Squash with Tomatillos and Cranberry Beans + Cream and Creole Tomato Relish

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Plum Corn Bread with Tahini Glaze

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Iced Tea

Covington Stawberry Pale Ale

Rum Spritzer with Watermelon and Tomato

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2013

Happy New Year! We’ve been busy over the holidays trying out recipes ranging from Taiwanese classics like turnip cakes and sticky rice to a kabocha squash and mushroom stew. Our first event of 2013 will be the 1/12 OCH Art Market. If you’ve been missing Café Reconcile’s cooking, they’ll also be at that Art Market, in anticipation of their long-awaited renovation wrapping up soon. On their menu: White Beans and Shrimp; Eggplant Jennifer; and Corn and Crab Soup. We’re still working out our own menu, but promise to kick the year off right.

Menu for Saturday

Spicy Onion Soup with Turnips, Greens, and Blue Cheese

Rosemary Sourdough/Roasted Garlic Bread

Warm Baby Lima Beans with Mizuna and Citrus Olive Sauce

Spicy Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Green Peppers

Roasted Broccoli with Garlic

Boston Bib Nest with Herbed Butternut Squash and Mexican Tarragon

Parsley Beet Rice with Cumin

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Chocolate Truffles

Apple Cider Caramels

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Rosemary Lemonade

Spiced Wine

Hot Toddy

Recipe: Beans, Peas, Zucchini, and a Roasted Red Pepper Broth

We’ve been happy to see the splendid variety of beans and peas at the farmer’s markets these last few weeks. Pink-eyed peas, crowders, butterbeans, limas…none of them take very long to cook, and they’re delicious boiled, fried, cold, leftover, in a stew, or in pretty much any culinary context we can think of. This recipe joins legumes with the rich flavors of roasted red peppers using an unorthodox technique that’s straightforward and yields wonderful results. As you can maybe tell from the title of this post, we developed this recipe so recently that we’re still working on figuring out a decent name for this dish, which we served a couple weeks ago at the OCH Art Market with a fried egg on top, feta, cilantro, and a scoop of rice.

Ingredients: red peppers, jalapeno peppers, celery, onions, garlic, tomato sauce (optional); assorted beans and peas, chopped zucchini and yellow squash

1. On a stove top, grill, or in an oven, roast whole red peppers and jalapeno peppers until the skins blacken, turning the peppers periodically for even roasting. Remove the peppers from heat, and place in a covered container for the peppers to cool and to allow the steam from the roasted peppers to loosen the skins. The jalapenos should take less time to roast, so make sure to keep an eye on them and remove them from heat when they’re roasted.  

2. Once the peppers are cool, peel the peppers, and discard the skins, stems, and seeds. Collect the juices from the roasting pan and container in which the peppers were allowed to cool.

3. In a blender, combine and puree roasted peppers, pan juices, a handful of chopped onions and celery, whole cloves of garlic, a little bit of tomato sauce, and a drizzle of vegetable oil. (This mixture fragrant and versatile and will keep for a few days. It is delicious with pasta, eggs, or even served cold as a salsa of sorts. Last weekend, we mixed in chopped walnuts and minced scallions, and spooned that onto hard-boiled eggs for breakfast.)

4. Combine peas and squash with enough of the roasted pepper mixture to cover, in a pot or saucepan. Add water to thin the mixture, and bring to a boil. Cook at a slow boil for 10-15 minutes, until the legumes and squash are fully cooked and the contents of the pot have been reduced to the desired thickness. Serve in a bowl with feta and cilantro, and a fried egg on top and rice on the side.

 

Recipe: Baby Squash Salad

We love our baby squash raw. We gussy it up here (and served it at our Rio Mar anniversary event) with a pesto-based dressing, cherry tomatoes, and medium-boiled eggs. If you have the pesto made ahead of time, this dish should take just a few minutes to prepare, and it will delight you with with its colors and flavors. See upper left plate in picture for evidence.

Ingredients: baby squash, cherry tomatoes, eggs, rosemary basil pesto, olive oil, Steen’s cane vinegar, salt, pepper

1. Prepare medium-boiled eggs. Here’s a recipe you can follow. Do this first so that the eggs can cool while you prepare everything else, as they’ll be much easier to peel once they’ve cooled.

2. Prepare the dressing by mixing rosemary basil pesto with the cane vinegar and olive oil, and adding salt and pepper to taste. To make rosemary basil pesto, follow any basic pesto recipe and include a bit of rosemary. We omit the customary pine nuts and Parmesan cheese, but make use of lots of garlic.

3. Slice the baby squash thinly with a sharp knife or using a mandolin. We don’t own such a clever instrument, but have found a vegetable peeler to be equally effective. Cut cherry tomatoes into halves or quarters.

4. When the eggs are cool, peel and cut them into quarters.

5. Combine the squash, eggs, and tomatoes in a bowl, and drizzle with the dressing. Stir gently with a spoon to lightly coat everything with the dressing. Add salt and freshly-ground pepper to taste before serving.

Menu for Sunday

Rosemary Dumplings with Black Lentils, Caramelized Onions, and Fig

Baby Squash Salad with Cherry Tomatoes , Egg, and Rosemary Basil Pesto

Crunchy Green Beans and Chickpeas with Creamy Poblano Dressing

Chilled Sweet Potato Rounds with Aji Dulce Peppers and Cilantro Coconut Dressing

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Succotash with Hungarian Wax Pepper Relish

Braised Summer Vegetables

Choice of Red-Roasted Potatoes or Mushroom Shiso Fried Rice

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Chicory Tea Cookie and Honey Lemon Goat’s Milk Ice Cream Sandwiches

Watermelon Lime Pudding with Pickled Watermelon Rind

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Cucumber Basil Lemonade

Watermelon 75

Bourbon-soaked Peach Old Fashioned

Recipe: Cauliflower Soup with Goat Yogurt and Baby Squash

Try this cold soup on a hot summer day. The mild flavor and texture of pureed cauliflower and potatoes serves as a base for slightly acidic goat yogurt and tender baby squash marinated in a little lemon juice, herbs, and ginger. It’s worth it to get to to the farmer’s market early — the beautiful baby squash you can find there are delicate and sweet, and tend to sell out within the first hour or two of the market opening.

Ingredients: cauliflower, potatoes, onions, baby squash, vegetable stock or water, cumin, coriander, turmeric, fennel seed, cilantro, mint, ginger, lemon juice

1. Separate cauliflower into large florets, and place in a pot with quartered potatoes, chopped onions, cumin, coriander, turmeric, fennel seed, and enough water or vegetable stock to cover. Bring to a boil and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Let cool.

2. In a smaller pot, bring salted water to a rolling boil. Cook the baby squash for two to three minutes, so that they are barely cooked and the squash retain their bright greens and yellows. Transfer the squash to a bowl of ice water, then drain.

3. Finely mince ginger, cilantro, and mint. Combine with lemon juice and water, at a ratio of 1:2. Marinate the squash in this mixture. We find that the lemon juice without the water can be overpowering because baby squash is so delicate in flavor.

4. Puree the cauliflower and potatoes with the cooking liquid, add salt to taste, and chill. The cooling process will thicken the soup somewhat and also change your perception of how salty the soup is, so keep some stock on hand with which to adjust the texture of the soup.

5. Before serving, add freshly-ground pepper and taste the soup again before serving to see if you want to add any more salt.

5. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls. Spoon goat yogurt into the bowl, and place a baby squash or two on top, making sure to include a little of the lemon juice and minced herbs as garnish. The consistency of the soup should be thick enough to float the baby squash.

Menu for OCH Art Market, 6/9, Saturday

We’ll be at the OCH Art Market this Saturday from 10-3. This being the headquarters of the Eat Local Challenge, we’ll be serving up dishes with ingredients sourced solely within a 200 mile radius of New Orleans. Tell all the Challenge participants you know! Here’s our tentative menu for Saturday:

Baby Squash, Cherry Tomato, and Feta Salad with Mint and Parsley

Potato and Egg with Blueberry Rosemary Dressing

Garlic Fried Okra and Cremini Mushrooms with Marconi Pepper Relish over Tomato Congee

Braised Potatoes and Shiitake Mushrooms with Goat Cheese over Jasmine Rice

Blueberry Pancakes with Fruit-infused Cane Syrup

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Blueberry Lemonade

Mint Tea

WGNO Appearance

Recognize those plates?

We were out in Jefferson Parish early this morning to help promote the Eat Local Challenge and also to share our cooking with the hosts of WGNO’s Good Morning New Orleans. Check out our four minute segment here. More pictures are available on our Facebook page. We had a couple of dishes on display, including creole cream cheese stuffed squash, fresh whole wheat sourdough bread, and a peach and blueberry tart. We also prepared a courgette and peach salad with corn dressing and a fried okra/courgette and mushroom dish served with herbed lemon yogurt and jasmine rice. Both recipes are available on the WGNO website here.

Recipe: Arugula and Creole Cream Cheese Stuffed Squash

This dish sold out quickly at our last TSAI House event. We used baby squash, and served a few on a plate as hearty one or two bite appetizers. The dish is not so rich, even with the cream cheese, that you couldn’t scale up to using full-grown squash instead for a tasty main course. Give it a try — the recipe takes surprisingly little time to prepare and provides a nice use of the abundant squash at our summer markets.

Ingredients: baby zucchini, baby yellow squash, or baby pattypan squash, potatoes, arugula, garlic, mustard, creole cream cheese, white wine vinegar, parsley, scallions, salt, pepper, vegetable oil

1. Cut baby squash in half, lengthwise. Use a small spoon or a sharp paring knife to scoop out some of the meat of the squash. You want to create a sizable depression within which to place the stuffing. Be very careful if using a paring knife — we like to insert the knife into the squash and rotate the squash about the blade.

2. Cook a potato chopped into small pieces (skin on) in salted water until tender. Before taking the potatoes out of the boiling water, add a handful of arugula. Remove and finely chop the wilted arugula.

3. Mash the potato, mince a few cloves of garlic along with scallions and parsley, and combine these ingredients with the chopped arugula, a few spoonfuls of whole-grain mustard, creole cream cheese, a splash of vinegar, and salt and pepper. Feel free to add chopped hot peppers as well, though the mustard will already provide a little spice.

4. Brush squash halves with oil and spoon the mixture into their depressions. Roast the squash for 10-15 minutes, or until the squash is tender. Garnish with finely chopped scallions, and serve warm.