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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Sweet Corn Ice Cream

I'm a little sad because this is the last post on Living Mostly Meatless... but I'm not too sad because what is coming feels a little bit more like me. For future posts, come to my new site, jessiekaufman.com, after August 20th to see the goodness. You'll be greeted with my updated portfolio- lots and lots of food photos to gawk at, and a new blog- that focuses more on clean eating that eating vegetarian. I hope to see you over there soon!

So. Corn Ice Cream. It's the one thing that if I see on a menu I know I am going to get. Up until a few weeks ago when I was testing this I hadn't made a successful batch. It's my favorite thing in the world and it was a bit depressing that I couldn't nail it. So I tried a few different things- a custard base and a typical ice cream recipe, with emulsified corn. It was ok- but I was really missing a lot of corn flavor. Next I tried coconut milk, again it was fine, but it was missing creaminess. So  I regrouped, and I came up with something completely different.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

French Galette Pancake with Sweet Plaintains in a Butter Rum Sauce

There’s always a few recipes floating around in my mind that I’m dying to make. This one has been simmering for about six months so you can imagine the anticipation when I finally got around to buying the ingredients to make it. I’m honored to be sharing it here with you today. It’s a very special recipe. I’m half French and my husband is half Puerto Rican. I wanted to combine our cultures to make the perfect breakfast treat. Galettes actually originated in the town that my great, great, great grandparents grew up in. (Brittany, FR) And if you’ve ever been to Puerto Rico you’ve likely tried Mofongo or Tostones which are both made with plantains.

If you’ve never tried a plantain they are sort of like a banana mixed with a potato. They tend to pick up the flavor of whatever you add to them, making them a fun ingredient to play with. Sweet plantains are just overripe plantains, so if you can’t find them, put a ripe plantain in a paper bag for about a week. It’ll ripen just like a banana, except you want this to get black before you use it.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Kitchenaid 5-Speed Hand Blender Review

A few weeks ago KitchenAid sent me their 5 speed hand blender to review. It comes in a plastic storage box, which was my favorite part of the whole thing. I don't know about you but with my lack of kitchen space I'm constantly wondering where I put a random attachment to a mixer when I need it.

In the few weeks that I've had this, I've really put it to the test. I made guacamole, salsa, chopped nuts, whipped eggs, a mole,  and mixed a cheesecake.

For what it is, it's a great, powerful little tool. It whips, chops, and emulsifies better than my previous blender.

It's easy to handle, cleans beautifully, looks nice, and it's dishwasher safe. I found myself utilizing the mini chopper more than anything else. I really liked it because it cleaned so easily and didn't take up as much counter space as my food processor. I was very impressed with the emulsifier too. My previous one took forever to get a good froth and this one frothed things so quickly that I pulled out the other one to make sure I did the exact same thing- this one was the winner by far.

A little note though, while this tool is great for replacing a mini chopper and using a hand held whisk it isn't for heavy lifting. You'll still need to use your food processor for larger recipes/quantities- with that being said- I use it all the time. Pick one up, it'll make your kitchen life easier.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Guest Post: Simply Roasted Potatoes

Today I'm excited to introduce you to my friend Michelle. Michelle runs Confessions of a Recipe Junkie. I recently made her Grapefruit Guacamole when I was visiting my mom earlier this month. It was a big hit. Go peruse her site, say hello to her on facebook, or just leave a comment below. I know I'm going to be making these potatoes when I start eating carbs again. :) -Jessie
Photo by Michelle
Hi! I'm so glad to be here guest posting at Jessie's blog.  I am the junkie behind Confessions of a Recipe Junkie,  I love all carbs and sweets, and some veggies here and there.  I'm just a simple homecook who's now sharing my addiction to recipes with you.  Hope you all enjoy this simple dish.

As much as I enjoy whipping up "fancy" little dinners, there is nothing like simple dishes.  This weekend I craved roasted potatoes.  Nothing special, nothing fancy, just deliciously simple potatoes.  So on Saturday after our morning day date at a local coffee shop, we walked over to the fresh market down the street.   I'm so smitten with all the fresh markets here, truly in love!
Photo by Michelle
After browsing and telling myself I can't purchase the entire market, I grabbed what we needed.  Lovely red potatoes, onions, and a few other goodies for the weekend.  We then made another stop for soil.  No, that's not part of the recipe.  I am trying to save a lavender plant I purchased earlier in the week.  It's wilted, well now it's dying, but I needed to change the soil to something that wouldn't retain water.  The lavender isn't going to make it, I'm now hoping it will re-bloom? I know it's not a word, just go with it.

When we got home I got my hands dirty replanting the lavender.  A little praying, a call to my dad the "gardener" of the family, and more praying I started to get hungry.  Those potatoes were calling.  They are so easy to make, 20 minutes later you have these gorgeous rounds.  There was a little twist to how I made them, a squeeze of lime juice, and some herbs.  They were just what we were craving.  Just a little grilled chicken, and you've got dinner.  Left overs? no problem, make scrambled eggs, grab a tortilla, add some of the potatoes and boom- breakfast taco.  You're welcome.
Photo by Michelle
  Simply Roasted Potatoes
  • 1 lb red potatoes
  • 1 large garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of chopped white onion
  • 1 tbs fresh oregano chopped
  • 3 large carrots chopped diagnoly
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 lime,juiced
  • salt & white pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1 tbs freshly chopped cilantro
Preheat the oven to 420

Grab a baking dish and coat with some olive oil.  Cut the potatoes in halves, add to the baking dish.  Add the onions, garlic, carrots, oregano, cumin, mix into the potatoes.   Drizzle more olive oil, the juice of the lime, and dash of salt & pepper.  Cover with aluminum (make sure it's sealed) and pop in the oven for 20 minutes.  They should be nice & tender.  Top with fresh chopped cilantro before serving. ~M

Monday, June 11, 2012

Guest Post: Toasted Sesame Seed Hummus

I'm excited to have Miriam from Tales of an Overtime Cook guest posting today. I met Miriam through twitter and through our extensive knowledge of photography. My favorite part of Miram's blog is that everything is kosher. I feel like everytime a holiday comes around I never know what to cook or how to cook it and now- I can just hop on over to Tales of an Overtime Cook. Of course- kosher cooking is just an added bonus, you can this way all year round. Doesn't this recipe look awesome? I could live off hummus. 

photo by Tales of an Overtime Cook

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Vegetarian Biscuits & Gravy

I don't know what it is about the hottest morning in the summer but I always crave biscuits and gravy. Hot food, hot weather, and cold orange juice just work in the morning. 

There is literally no meat in my house and there hasn't been for at least a week. I'm pretty happy about that. I can feel pants getting looser, and even though it's hot, my wedding ring is starting to feel loose. Hallelujah, right?

I didn't want to ruin all of my progress this morning by eating saturated fat and salt laden sausage so  I decided to come up with a veggie alternative. I'm happy to report that I've been cooking veggie enough that I'm comfortable adapting anything without using any processed junk or soy.

Full disclosure: My husband did not like this gravy. I'm learning that his most hated veggie food is almond milk, so this is probably why. We bought store bought biscuits from TJ's. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Guest Post: Quick & Painless Jambalaya

My friend Rachael is doing a blog post this week because I'm moving and all of my camera equipment is packed up.

I've known Rachael for 10+ years and if you're a fan of mine, you'll likely be a fan of hers. Rachael is a new mom and blogs about her experiences. If you're a mommy looking for support or just need someone to relate to, check out Rachael's blog here. For this post, Rachael made a Jambalaya. I remember the first time she told me she was going to make it. I am a big fan of anything spicy. This sounds fantastic, does it?

You can also follow Rachael on Twitter here.
Quick & Painless Jambalaya by Rachael Kelley
Photo by Rachael Kelley
The first time I made this recipe, I was sure my husband would hate it. You see, he's a very picky eater, and the only ingredient he will admit to liking is the rice. Since that first time, I've been lucky to see leftovers the next day. I took some shortcuts and sneaky cheats to avoid obvious things he claimed to hate like onions, tomatoes & green peppers, and still managed to come up with a flavorful weeknight meal.
This makes a fairly mild/medium hot batch so feel free to add more hot sauce, cajun seasoning or spicier meats to suit your taste.