All posts filed under: Grains, Breads & Legumes

Whole Wheat Bread

Somehow I found myself with two 5-pound bags of whole wheat flour and not a speck of white flour in sight.  I went on the hunt for wheat bread recipes and sadly discovered most bread recipes contain a mixture of whole wheat and white flour.  Finally I found this super easy and quick recipe with only whole wheat flour and was delighted with the results.  After baked and thoroughly cooled uncovered at room temperature, the bread stayed moist stored in a large Ziploc bag on the counter (NOT in the fridge) and did not mold after a 4+ days (a rarity for homemade breads.) While you might be tempted to laugh at the exact baking time listed in the directions–don’t.  The bread baked perfectly. Turns out that 100% wheat flour recipes can be more challenging as the bread can turn out very dense and almost bitter.  By adding lovely sweetness from molasses and honey, this bread did not turn out bitter at all–rather it tastes homey and healthy.  The sweet-level is just enough, but it’s …

Grilled Zucchini + Lentil Quesadillas

When in the guts of Summer, when temperature highs are in the 90s (or 100s) and humidity is giving you a new hair-do, the real high points for me are AN OUTDOOR GRILL and OUTDOOR FARMERS MARKETS.  This week browsing the New York City Stuyvesant Farmers Market with my friend Sarah, the real stars were pit fruits (peaches, nectarines, plums,) tomatoes, and zucchini.  Nick and I stocked up on all of the above.  Inspired by the gorgeous yellow and green zucchini, I set out to make a vegetarian main course using this versatile vegetable.  Using what I had on hand (tortillas,) I decided to go for quesadillas.  For added protein and fiber, I added lentils.  The end result was so delicious.  You should see this recipe less as a “recipe” and more as a template.  You could easily substitute grilled eggplant or red/green peppers for the zucchini and your favorite cheese will work as long as it melts well.    An important tip: be SURE to cook your veggies first. If you don’t, they’ll put out …

Tartine’s Seeded Whole Grain Bread

I’ve never pretended to be a baker.  For one reason, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth.  Second reason is normally baking recipes serve an army: dozens of cookies, three layer cake, etc.  And with 2 people in my household, that’s too much for us.  Making bread, however, is different.  You can easily freeze extra loaves and/or slices.  With recent media featuring recipes from San Francisco’s Tartine and New York’s Jim Lahey, I couldn’t help but be inspired, and I felt that maybe, just maybe, I could try my hand at being a non-sweet, more savory baker. This particular recipe comes from Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP, courtesy of Tartine baker and co-owner Chad Roberston.  I followed the instructions exactly for the poolish pre-ferment (packaged yeast) version–including weighing all measurements.  I did not have linen-lined baskets for the last rise, so I simply lined a few wide, short ceramic bowls with clean kitchen towels–worked just fine.  This bread was so amazingly good.  The crust was crisp and dark and the inside was perfectly moist and chewy.  …

Best Lentil Salad Ever

Lentils are the stuff of good health.  Packed with protein and fiber (and many helpful vitamins,) many consider lentils to be a super food.  I love how versatile they can be–and this recipe is a great example of that.  I stumbled on this on a blog called My New Roots.  The spice blend is truly unexpected and extraordinary, and it takes the humble lentil to a new level.  A small warning: between the spices and the red onion, this salad packs some heat, so cut back if you feel you need to.  Nick and I love it just the way it is.  You could easily add lots of goodies to it, including more small-chopped vegetables, crumbly cheese, fresh herbs, or nuts.  I’ve prepared it simply here, without any add-ons except for a few small lettuce and arugula leaves.  I didn’t include two of the spices only because I didn’t have them on hand.  The dressing is still delightful.  I like to keep a bowl of the lentils in the fridge to have on hand to …

Lentils with Bulgur Wheat + Caramelized Onions

Goodbye 2011.  Hello 2012.  This year was a big year for Nick and I.  We were married May 15th in Naples Florida at the beautiful La Playa Beach & Golf Resort with a small gathering of our closest friends and family.  It was also the year that we lost my 13 year old cat, Sydney, and gained two new members of the family, kittens Miles & Sadie.  2011 was a year of wins and losses, but most of all, a year of abundant love and joy.  It is said that lentils symbolize prosperity, good fortune, and wealth.  Nick and I are raising our forks full of lentils as we ring in 2012 with hopes for forkfuls of more love, health, and happy surprises. Please enjoy this delicious and oh-so healthy lentil recipe not-modified-one-bit from Emeril Lagasse.  A note: Santa was very good to me this year, leaving a new Canon 100mm macro lens in my stocking.  I’m still getting the hang of it, but here are some photos taken with the new lens. Lentils with …

White Bean Dip with Three Lemons

On a recent trip the farmers market, I started exploring a stall filled with potted plants: mostly flowers and herbs.  I found myself sooooo wishing I had a home garden.  How many times have I had to pay $2.99 for a bunch of fresh rosemary or thyme for a recipe, only to use a few pieces and have to discard the rest, only to have to buy it again a month later for another recipe.  If only I had a garden!  Then I could plant all of the herbs I wanted and enjoy them whenever I needed them with a quick snip outside.  Nothing would be wasted.  Meanwhile, I have wanted to buy lemon thyme for a long time.  It always smells so bright and sweet and filled with citrus joy.  I knew I wanted to find a good recipe that would let it shine.  So when I spotted the lemon thyme plant, I thought: I can do this.  I will try to keep this pot, this living thing, in my one-bedroom Manhattan apartment.  The …

Split Pea Soup

This is a soup I’ve made every year since I moved to New York.  I don’t know if its the chill in the air that calls me to make it or the autumn craving for earthy goodness, but either way, this soup has been a wonderful standby.  I like to make a big pot, spooning individual servings into my Tupperware for lunch all week and then freezing the rest.  This version is made with ham hocks (vs. bacon as you often see,) which gives it all of its character.  I suppose you could try it without the ham hocks, but don’t yell at me if it doesn’t wow you. The process for making this soup couldn’t be simpler.  In some butter in a large pot, I added the chopped celery, carrot, and onion until softened. Next I placed the ham hocks on their vegetable bed and added the marjoram.  A quick minute in the pot, and then I added the dried split peas and water.  Yes, water.  Not chicken or vegetable stock.  Trust me: the …