Saturday, September 25, 2010

A Week in Santa Fe, in a Tiny Kitchen

Some totally random photos from a week’s cooking in a small, poorly-equipped, vacation-rental kitchen. We did bring our own knives.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Garden Veggie Alfredo Over Whole-Wheat Cheese Ravioli

Sauteed onion, garden beans, oregano, baby squash, and squash blossoms. Mixed with a very light olive oil & Alfredo sauce. Fresh grated Asiago cheese. With Barnard-Griffin Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot.

(Just looked at the 8/31/10 post on Veggie Shepard’s Pie – funny how this was mostly the same ingredients.)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Potato, Asparagus, Wild Mushroom Quiche

Yesterday we found our first fall mushrooms – not really a common occurrence in this very dry part of Washington. We gathered one large puffball and a few nice-looking shaggy manes. We saw but didn’t pick several patches of pear-shaped puffballs.

The puffball proved fresh and firm, so it was sautéed and we’ll use it in the next day or so – maybe in a puffball lasagna or pasta sauce. The shaggy manes were also quickly sautéed, and we added them to a quiche creation we’d already planned for dinner – using sautéed garden potatoes as the “crust” for the quiche, brie cheese, and asparagus. (Alas, this time of year the only asparagus are grocery-store ones from Mexico.)

We had one bottle left of a Lemberger Rose from Lake Crest Winery in Oroville, Washington. It was the perfect match, as we thought the potatoes would go best with a red, while the asparagus and mushrooms would pair with a white (asparagus is notoriously hard to match with reds, and the shaggy manes were so delicate that, again, one always thinks white).