Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Black Pepper Pasta with Mushrooms and Goat Cheese

Well, we bought goat milk and cheese making supplies two weeks ago, and never found time to make goat cheese using our kit again.  Sigh, the milk went bad before we got around to it.  So, we bought goat cheese at CostCo (killer deal) and made this pasta dish.  The recipe is basically Food & Wine's Ziti with Portobello Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese, with a few additions/swaps:
  • I added about double the amount of both cheeses
  • I used black pepper pasta from a vendor at the Mill City Museum, yummy!
  • I added a cup of frozen peas to the dish when the mushrooms were done cooking
  • I cooked the mushrooms in garlic olive oil
  • I used 1-2 cups of pasta water to thin out the sauce and help it cling to the noodles.
It doesn't look pretty, but it was delicious!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Restaurant Reviews: On's Kitchen and World Street Kitchen

I checked out two new (to me) restaurants this past week with colleagues and friends. 

World Street Kitchen
First, thank you for having offstreet parking in Uptown!  (You don't want to be behind me parallel parking; it is painful to watch. Yes, I'm from and live in the 'burbs.)  We went all out and tried the pickles and aloo tikki chaat.  I have never had anything quite like the latter.  It had a bit of kick, but was more like a spread, so I wish we had pita bread, or something for it.  The pickles were delicious.  I had the lamb belly yum yum bowl, and it was yummy.  I spiced it up with some of their hot sauce selection too.  One miss was the curry peanut butter cookie; it takes a lot for me not to eat something and the curry was too overbearing for me.


On's Kitchen
Go there now!  This is hands-down my new favorite thai restaurant!  I will be getting take-out from there once a month on my way home.  I love this place.  The spring rolls were delicious- balance of crunchy vegetables, noodles, and pork with a nice dipping sauce.  The cream cheese wontons were the best I have had lately, as they weren't over fried and had lots of cream cheese in them.  The reviews all said to get Pad See Ew, and I did.  OMG, the best I have ever had!  I ordered it in between mild and medium and I was sweating a bit, so they really take their spice seriously here.  I washed it all down with a lovely thai tea with condensed milk.  That is a wonderful drink dessert.  Now that I am writing about it I want to go back tomorrow.  So good!



Sunday, July 6, 2014

Pinterst Recipes: 4 Successes

Lately, I have made a few side dishes that I found on Pinterest that I thought I would share that are quite tasty. 

 This past weekend we grilled pork chops from the UMN Meat Lab.  If you haven't checked this place out, do!  I hate sharing my secret, but it is the best tasting pork chops around.  I also love their sundried tomato ground turkey; perfect for Italian casseroles in the winter (we don't eat red meat).   As sides I tried two dishes: lemony parm zucchini and sweet and smokey carrots. The zucchini would have turned out better if they were in planks, like the recipe said.  The carrots were great.  We will make them again soon!
 If you didn't know the trick to ripen avocados is to put them in a paper bag, try it next time you are in a pinch.  I bought a rock hard avocado and it ripened in a day in the bag, so I could make this roasted avocado side dish.  It is a great summertime lunchtime meal. 
 I made a yummy hoisin stir fry last week, but used chicken in this recipe and a lot more veggies!
Based on how many of these m&m cookies my niece Lauren ate on our picnic they are a hit.  I probably did 3/4 a tsp of kosher salt, as some folks said it was too much salt.  I thought it was just right, but I love sweet and salty.