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TOMATOES

Friday, August 17th, 2012

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So I’m sure you don’t know that tomatoes are awesome right now. Because of how you don’t go to any stores or look at the internet at all.

These are some heirloom babies that Crockett and I picked up at Whole Foods. Yes, they were $4 a pound. Yes, I find that entirely reasonable. I wanted to use them for BLATs, but then I forgot, and then they’d been on the counter for several days….

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And then they (and a buttload of my purple basil) were this.

Isn’t buttload a charming word to use when referring to food?

Other things that happened yesterday:

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More Fresca (consumed while everyone else was eating lunch and I just got back from the gym).

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A tiny chunk of super tasty Murray’s fromager d’affinois (it’s sort of like brie and sort of like butter and sort of completely awesome).

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Some of the Whole Foods sweet chili tofu that I definitely should have already eaten…

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and a peach – not pictured, peach pie.

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These bowls of rice and cottage cheese are not for me. As shocking as that may sound. My Cloey has been having some digestive issues lately, and on the vets instructions she’s on bland foods for a couple of days. The bowl on the right is for Maida – she gets a little rice and cottage cheese with her dog food so she doesn’t feel left out.

I’m not actually sure if she’s capable of feeling left out, but I would feel like she’s left out, and that’s close enough.

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Also? I intentionally drank red wine for the first time since May. That was a weird choice.

tomato tomato

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Tomato tomAHHto?

Over the weekend I didn’t feel very well. Crockett and I both ate something that didn’t agree with us, but that mofo bounced right back and I didn’t.

However, I had like four pounds of tomatoes, due to some poor planning on my part with regard to overlap between the grocery store and our local produce delivery.

Anyway, I made two things with tomatoes. Both were awesome. If I do say so myself. Which I do.

Tomato Cobber
Adapted from Lottie + Doof

1 tbs olive oil
1/2 white onion, thinly sliced (I used my Crockett-given mandoline which is the best motherfucking thing ever)
1/2 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic
8 – 12 oz cherry tomatoes (I had a quart of heirloom cherry tomatoes that weighed in at about 10 oz. You can probably go up to 20 oz or so if you want a high tomato to biscuit ratio.)
1 tbs all purpose flour
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
scant 1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 tbs unsalted butter, cold and cut into eight pieces
1/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese (1/2 oz – 1 oz)
4 tbs cold water

1. First, caramelize the heck out of the onion. (If you want to do the whole onion here and stick the rest in a baggie in the fridge or freezer, you don’t have to do this step next time! Good ideas from Emma that no one ever has thought of except for oh yeah everyone ever!)  Add the olive oil to a non-stick pan and turn the heat to medium-high. You can use a non-non-stick (sticky?) pan, but you’ll need more oil and I was trying to back off a little. Michigan gave me pounds, y’all. Add the sliced onion and the salt to the pan and when the onion starts to soften, turn the heat to medium low and cook for 20 – 40 minutes, stirring when you think of it. I actually added about a tsp of white sugar in there somewhere to help with the caramel – your patience will determine if you do or don’t have to do that. When you feel like the onions are almost done, mince the garlic and throw it in with the onions while they finish up.

2. When the onions are ready, toss them with the red pepper flakes, flour, and tomatoes. The tomatoes are raw and whole, here, and that is correct. Heat the oven to 375.

3. To make the topping, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt and massage the butter in with your fingers until the texture of everything is sandy. Add the cheese and mix in, then add the water. (Lottie + Doof calls for heavy cream. If you use cream, you will get softer biscuits with a lighter cheese flavor. I like being able to taste the cheese and the crunchiness that comes from the water.)

4. Find a dish that holds the tomatoes in a double layer. Drop the biscuit dough in tablespoons sized clumps evenly on top, and throw the whole thing in the oven. Bake for a long ass time – 40 – 60 minutes. You can cover if if your dough starts to burn, ok?

Eat, happily.

Yes, that is cottage cheese behind the cobbler. It’s delicious, but acidic, and I wanted even more creamy cheeseyness. This is not a recommendation I would share with just anyone, guys, but this is a pretty good way to eat it – specially if the cobbler is hot and the cottage cheese is cold.

My second tomato experiment was Smitten Kitchen’s tomato pie.

I’ve made it before, exactly as written. Crockett said it was the best thing he ever ate, but it didn’t reheat very well and I wasn’t nuts about it. I mixed it up a little this time, using the cobbler as an inspiration. I made a top crust only, so there was nothing on the bottom to get soggy. Now? It’s the best thing I ever ate.

Tomato and Corn Pie
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

1/3 cup light mayonaisse
2 tbs lemon juice (Everyone always says fresh – screw it. If you have lemons on hand go ahead but use that stuff in the squeeze bottle if you want. I’ll back you.)
1 3/4 pounds beefsteak tomatoes
1 1/2 cups corn (from three ears or frozen, not canned), very coarsely chopped
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
5 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/2  tsp kosher salt, in addition to what’s above
1 tsp dried basil (if you didn’t kill your basil plant by leaving it alone in a window for 9 days, you can sub a tablespoon of fresh basil here, but dried is totally fine)
3 tbs unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
6 tbs cold water

1. Rub a little olive oil onto the base of an 8 x 8 casserole dish (or a deep dish pie plate, if you’re not ready for square pie). Heat your oven to 400 degrees.

2. Peel the tomatoes. (Blanch or freeze, either method works here.) Slice into half inch thick rounds and remove the seeds. Layer half the tomatoes in the base of your dish, sprinkle them with half the corn and half the cheese, and then 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp of pepper. Repeat. Stir together the mayo and lemon juice and pour evenly over the top of the vegetables.

3. Make the biscuits by stirring together the flour, salt, baking powder, and basil. Rub in the butter as above, and stir in the water. Roll it out to roughly the size of your dish and plop it on top of the vegetables.

4. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until it’s bubbling all around the edges.

It will be wet – we ate it more like stew out of bowls than pie. That’s one of the reasons I hated the bottom crust.

Maybe it’s not the prettiest tomato dish on the block.

It’s surely the most delicious.

Just, do me a favor, ok? If you’re going to reheat it for more than one person, please do the reheating in the oven. It does take about half an hour at 300, but the microwave seems to bring all the textures closer to each other and remove some of what’s great about the dish. It’s still great from the microwave, so if you’re doing single portions carry on, but if you have the time and you’re serving it with salad or whatever for dinner, pop it in the oven, k?

And?

No one actually says tomAHHto.

Seriously.

la la

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Could you tell that ‘la la’ was the Gilmore Girls soundtrack? No?

I’m on Season 5 now.

That’s pretty much it, for what you’ve missed. I studied. I got a new laptop that, despite being exactly like my old laptop, wouldn’t take the pictures from my camera.

I figured it out. By the way.

This is Deb’s tomato and corn pie.

Yes, it’s a pie made with biscuit dough and filled with tomatoes and corn … and mayonnaise and cheese. Don’t let that throw you.

Crockett changed his statement that my grapefruit scones are the best thing he’s ever eaten. Now he says it’s this.

This is where I ate my leftover tomato and corn pie. My office on campus doesn’t have a window, and this place under the stairs had plenty.

This is the chicken that Crockett assaulted with a PBR can.

He said this and drowning your enemies is the only appropriate use of PBR.

He stuck a can up it’s patootie and then he made it dance.

Then we allowed it to cook in the most dignified manner we could find. Turns out, a chicken with a can up it’s butt looks roughly the same when it’s being dignified as it does when it’s dancing.

Cloey enjoyed the sunshine.

I started eating summer fruit.

Hellllllllo mangos.

Crockett and I watched the Sabres play game 5 of their series against the Philadelphia Flyers.

This is the face of a man who likes watching his team win.

Sadly, they lost the next two games and they’re now out of the playoffs.

I actually found myself caring a little bit.

I made chicken and then covered it with cheese, and then put all of the leftovers in our fridge in a pan until they were cooked, and then put the chicken on top of the leftovers. It seemed like a good idea.

It wasn’t, so much.

Our apple tree is flowering.

Isn’t it nice?

I’m trying not to think about all of the apples that will eventually grow from these flowers and fall into the grass and be eaten by puppies. And then thrown up onto our carpet.

I’m just thinking about the flowers.

These, folks, are the best of the 200+ pictures that I’ve taken since I was last able to upload pictures.

what’s eventually accomplished Wednesday

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Yesterday had the potential to be a complete bust.

First, I went to the doctor.

What?

That’s really what it looked like.

If you’re out there saying ‘Em, you may be getting too Halloween-effect happy on Picnik‘, to you I say – PSHAW. That’s really what it looked like! (Fine. My hours of medical treatment may be clouding my vision, but that’s what it looked like to me and that’s what’s important.)

I did manage to walk the dogs today, which was a step up from the past few days. They’re so patient and loving that sometimes I forget… I’m sorry, I just choked on my own hyperbole. They’re gigantic pains in the ass. They are. I love them anyway.

Even when one of them (cough*Cloey*cough) sleeps in the garden that I’m sure would totally be carefully tended if I had the time and the inclination and my dogs would stop sleeping in it.

I fully intended to nap, because that’s what you’re supposed to do when you have perhaps-appendicitis and a fever. I was interrupted by a man who does not have an iPhone 4.

It seems that there’s a beta program that allows people to use their computers to FaceTime.

Thank god, because prior to this I knew 2 other people with 4′s, and we mostly just talked on the regular phone. However, since I positively love to look at Crockett, I’m going to embrace this whole iPhone/computer interface.

As long as it doesn’t interrupt my naptime, that is.

Finally, in a burst of homework-avoidance and badly timed energy, I made two very simple recipes and dealt with a third I’d made several days ago.

It’s sepia for two reasons. Reason 1: baking more than one thing at a time always makes me feel like some sort of homesteady wheat grinding bread making bonnet wearing … woman, and you know everything was sepia in the olden days. Reason 2: my kitchen is a really pretty green color, with really unhappy lights that aren’t quite fluorescent – those combined lead to a nasty yellow tinge that even my mediocre photo editing skills can’t eliminate.

(Sepia) apple and cheddar scones. Deb ain’t lying, y’all. Fall in a handheld pile of yummo.

Chocolate has the power to overcome all evils. Including the evil of not-quite-fluorescent lights in a kitchen. Seriously, apparently chocolate chocolate chip pumpkin pie muffins can ward off the power of the yellow photo – who knew? These, because I’m sick and because the scones were fun and totally homemade and because sometimes cake mix is ok - are a six ingredient recipe.

Ingredients:
1 box chocolate cake mix
1 can pumpkin
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
As many chocolate chips as you damn well please

Mix together everything but the pumpkin and the chocolate chips. Add at least half a cup of water and the pumpkin – if it sucks to stir it up, add up to a cup of water total. When it’s all combined, stir in your chips. Add nuts, coconut (OMG how good would that be – someone do that and let me know how it is), whatever rocks your socks.
I used cupcake tins without cupcakes papers – I just buttered the bottoms of the cups. I feel like, for whatever reason, I lose a lot of good muffin to papers, so I avoid them whenever possible. This made about 16 muffins, baked at 20-22 minutes at 350.

Yes, I’m going to insist they’re muffins, even though they start with cake mix.

As an ex-pastry chef, I have to admit it took me some time to acknowledge that there are times in which convenience baking items come in handy. I’ve since embraced it, because if you’re short on time, money, ingredients, or confidence, muffins that come out of your oven that started with a mix are still going to be tastier than no muffins at all. (I have not extended that ruling to refrigerated pie crust. That stuff is not ok.)

Then?

Falafel salad and white wine.

In bed.

So, I did eventually accomplish some stuff eventually… eventually. And for a Wednesday that could have been a total bust? I’m calling it a win.