What’s New on the Menu?

photoOne of the reasons I love my mom’s cooking is that she is the queen of mixing things up. Never will you see the same dish twice within a short period of time. In fact, I never hear even the slightest hint of indecision when it comes to picking her next meal. She just knows, always changing things up, cooking with the seasons and making the most of what she has around. It’s a skill and while I try to use my full repertoire of cook books, I sure could use a little help in keeping the menu new and interesting. Which is why I love the pile of recipe ideas on my desk. These words on paper scream out to me. They want a chance to turn into successful and well-liked dishes so that they can move from anonymity to prominence in my beloved recipe box. This is how I keep things interesting for the boys who are the ultimate hungry guinea-pigs, and luckily very rewarding in their role. Today I’d like to share a few of my latest discoveries which are taking up permanent residency in our menu of ideas. Hope you take them into consideration as well. Come and cook with us!

  • A delicious shallot and mustard sauce to glaze baked fish, particularly salmon. Based on shallots, vinegar, and grainy mustard, this sauce did its job in the oven and beyond. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy and so much better than any similar store-bought version.
  • Any type of warm quinoa salad with some spinach or kale, zucchini or cucumbers, tomatoes or dried currants, feta or asiago, or anything else that sounds good. My current favorite is kale, pistachios and currants. Oh so very delicious.
  • A simple dish of caramelized red onions baked in the oven. All they need is a stir here and there and you have a colorful, caramelized deep flavor addition to any meal. And we all know how good onions are for us!
  • Sauteed pumpkin seeds that pop and provide for an extra crunch on a simple green baby spring mix salad enriched with ripe pears and spiked with a lemony vinaigrette. Thank you Andrea for this delicious salad idea!

There are so many wonderful recipes out there waiting to be let into your kitchen. Reach for something new, get inspired by fall and what it brings and try at least one of these new recipes so that you can say you’ve tried something new. Let us know how it went. We’d love to hear from you! Come and cook with us!

Shallot and Mustard Sauce
Warm Quinoa Salad
Caramelized Red Onions
Sauteed Pumpkin Seeds

PS: The picture combines three of the four dishes into a substantial left-over lunch salad with glazed salmon, pumpkin seeds and roasted onions. The quinoa never made it to the left-over stage…


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