Category Archives: Appetizer

Homemade French Onion Dip

French Onion Dip from Saveur

I couldn’t help but to stop in here to share this really delicious French Onion Dip that I made last weekend for our condo warming party/Dave’s 29th Birthday!

Takes a little planning since you need to let the dip rest and chill overnight in the fridge but it is seriously worth the wait.

Beyond delicious. I can’t wait to make it again

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Zucchini Corn Fritters {and I’m back!}

Zucchini Corn Fritters

Somehow I managed to go a year without posting to this space. Sure there are a million excuses (new job, no time, long commute) but really, I just didn’t want to blog anymore. It was just too much to take the perfect picture to get onto Tastespotting or Foodgawker (which ironically, I never visit anymore), try to say something witty and meaningful and keep up regular posting. So I just stopped. But now I’m realizing that I have a years worth of recipes I’ve tried out with no documentation. Take these Zucchini Corn Fritters. I made them last year around this time. I know this because the picture was still on my iPhone. Once again, I am overrun with zucchini from my CSA share and corn just hit the market, so I went to my blog to find this recipe and I realized, it wasn’t there. Thankfully, some searching with Betsy of our GChat histories allowed us to find this recipe. So, I have no idea how often I will make it back to this space. But I’m going to try to start posting again, mostly just for me, my family and my friends so that I can remember the highlights in my kitchen. But if you happen to still be reading after all this time…all the better.

Zucchini Corn Fritters
Recipe adapted from Serious Eats

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 ears of corn
  • 1 small onion, diced small
  • 3 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, minced
  • bunch of chives, minced
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 8-10 grinds of black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Sour cream, for serving

Directions:

1) Shred the zucchini on the large holes of a box grater or with the shredding disc of a food processor. I used the food processor. Place the shredded zucchini in a colander in the sink or over a bowl and sprinkle with the salt. Toss to combine. Let drain while you get the rest of the recipe ready.
2) Crack the eggs into a large bowl and give them a quick scramble with a fork. Cut the kernels from the cob using this method and add the kernels to the bowl along with the onion, scallions, cilantro, chives, flour and pepper.
3) Grab the shredded zucchini in small fistfuls and squeeze out as much water as possible over the sink. You want to get out as much liquid as you can. Add the zucchini to the bowl and mix well to combine.
4) Pour the oil in a large frying pan to a depth of about 1/4 inch. Heat the oil over medium-high heat until not but not smoking. Drop a handful of the zucchini mixture into the pan and press down with a spatula to form a disc. Cook in batches without crowding 2-4 minutes on each side. You want the side to be golden brown. Remove to paper towels on a plate to drain. You may need to add some more oil between the batches.
5) Serve with some sour cream on the side. The fritters should be crisp on the outside and slightly custardy on the inside.

creamy roasted jalapeño salsa

Creamy Roasted Jalapeño Salsa

It is pretty hard to grow up in Texas and not have a thing for salsa. The quality of the salsa can make or break a Mexican dining experience. If I sit down at a Mexican place and the salsa is lackluster it is rather difficult to look forward to the rest of the meal. However, really good chips and salsa can almost ruin the rest of my meal, because I just can’t stop eating the scoops of salsa and I spoil my appetite for the rest of my dinner. Continue reading

spouseless eating

pan-roasted asparagus w/ fried eggs & anchovy bread crumbs

Today I caught up on a handful of Spilled Milk podcasts at work and listened to a perfectly timed topic: spouseless eating. Tonight my husband (and it feels weird to finally call Dave that) had his book club meeting (yes, our group of guy friends was jealous of our girls’ book club and started their own) so I was on on my own for dinner. Spouseless eating usually means to me epic amounts of braised kale and spaghetti (or a trip to McDs if you are Dave) but since it is springtime at the market it is time for epic amounts of asparagus. I picked up two bunches yesterday at the market with plans to make this salad but I’ve been flipping through this book the last few nights and remember a recipe that featured asparagus. And it was especially perfect for a dave-less night because it called for anchovies. Continue reading

smoky red devil eggs

Deviled Eggs

I’ve never really been a picky eater per se, but there have been things I thought I hated. Take mustard as an example, I never understood why someone would ruin a perfectly good sandwich or hamburger with a big smear of mustard. It would be the only flavor I could taste. Up until a faithful day with my (now) fiance, a pretzel, some spicy mustard and Wrigley Field, I still hated mustard. Now, I appreciate a mustardy vinaigrette over some greens, or some spicy mustard for my McDs hashbrown (don’t hate). Continue reading

getting my groove back

Chipotle Hummus

April is a strange month.  One day it is 80 degrees and you curse the fact that your high-rise apartment building still has the heat on full blast and it is almost impossible to sleep because it is hot and stuffy.  The next day, you are getting caught in a downpour while waiting for the bus, with only a rain coat and no umbrella so that by the time the bus finally makes it to your stop, you are wet down to the lining of your dress pants and maybe even your underwear (TMI perhaps, but it totally happened). Continue reading

nibbly thingies

Rosemary Flatbread

Holiday season is upon us.  The Salvation Army bell ringers have set up on Wells by my apartment.  Christmas decorations fill the stores.  Thanksgiving Menus are being finalized and shopping lists created.  For the first time in my life I am getting to enjoy the holidays without finals looming, outlines to write and papers/memos to finalize.  Needless to say, I’m feeling the holiday cheer.  I’m sure that you have read about people’s turkey methods, pumpkin pie masterpieces and creative uses for the cranberry.  However, I am hear to tell you about a simple recipe that you could whip up to have as munchies in the kitchen while cooking your feast. Continue reading