Seafood Gumbo

The roux for this gumbo toasts in the oven, and only requires occasional stirring.

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Mexican Pickled Onions : Cook Quickie

These simple pickled onions are a perfect complement to carnitas. Mexican Pickled Onions Ingredients 1 red onion, thinly sliced 1 cup apple cider vinegar ¼ teaspoon cumin ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black peppercorns Procedure Combine ingredients in a glass jar. Make sure vinegar covers the onions. Place lid on jar. Shake well Refrigerate 3… Continue reading Mexican Pickled Onions : Cook Quickie

Cook: Shrimp Fried Rice

I volunteer in a community garden in an area referred to as a “food desert.” Food deserts are low-income neighborhoods that do not have ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. The garden is organic and tended by the neighborhood’s residents, who volunteer their time as part of a kind of ‘sweat equity’ CSA.… Continue reading Cook: Shrimp Fried Rice

Cook: Umami Kale Salad

  I wanted to like kale salads. I really did. They’re low calorie, low fat, and packed with vital nutrients. But whenever I tried them, they were tough and bland. Then I tried a kale salad at a potluck gathering. It was flavorful and crisp. I had to get the recipe. The nutritional yeast adds… Continue reading Cook: Umami Kale Salad

Cook: Collard Greens

Collard greens have a spot on many Southern holiday tables. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners wouldn’t be the same without a “mess o’ greens.” This green leafy vegetable has a special purpose on New Year’s day. Southerners (and those with Southern roots) eat collard greens to ensure wealth in the coming year. Collard greens tend to… Continue reading Cook: Collard Greens

Cook: Quest for the Perfect Crab Soup

Many years ago I had a craving for crab soup. Not the veggie heavy, tomatoey Maryland style soup. I wanted a soup with cream and fat lumps of crab meat. The traditional cream of crab soups from local restaurants didn’t do it for me. Some of them tasted like sherry-spiked library paste. I started experimenting… Continue reading Cook: Quest for the Perfect Crab Soup

Drink: Blackberry Mint Fizz

I’m coming up with more uses for the mint syrup  This recipe is a play on the Blackberry Tom Collins recipe by White on Rice Couple. I think the mint plays nicely with the lime and blackberries. And yeah the gin doesn’t hurt either. Special equipment: Collins glass (or any tall glass), muddler Blackberry Mint… Continue reading Drink: Blackberry Mint Fizz