Friday, March 11, 2011

What To Make On A Cold & Rainy Day...

 Well, here in the Pacific NorthWest, March has come in like a lion..., cold rainy, blustery days, we've  even experienced the occasional explosive thunder clap or two...

Neither the dogs or I enjoy going out in this weather..., in fact, I prefer to be dry and warm (ditto say the dogs,) and in particular on days like these, I enjoy being in the kitchen, making something comforting, healthy and tasty... 

Like this....

Split Pea Soup With Turkey Bacon

Here's the easy recipe:


.  Olive oil
.  1 large yellow onion, peeled and chopped finely
.  2 large washed, peeled, finely sliced carrots
.  1 cup of washed, chopped celery
.  4 rashers of finely chopped turkey bacon
.  1.5 cups of rinsed dried split peas
.  1 tspn. of celery salt
.  1 bay leaf
.  Sea salt &  fresh ground pepper
.  7 cups of vegetable stock

(p.s this can be made into a vegan recipe by omitting the turkey bacon, or simply substituting a smokey tempeh or field roast type meat alternative.)


.  Heat oil over moderate heat, add onions and cook for 5 minutes till they start to look transparent.
.  Add carrots and celery and saute for 5 more minutes.  Add celery salt, and chopped turkey bacon.
.  After a few minutes all the veggies should be looking shiney and par-cooked, add the split peas.
.  Stir the peas and veggies well then add the veggie stock and bay leaf, heat till it starts to boil then 
   turn down the heat to a low simmer, cover the pot, set your timer for 40 minutes (check on it a couple
   of times, giving a gentle stir.)
.  After 40 minutes the peas should be soft and the soup almost done,  season with salt and pepper, 
   remove the bay leaf and puree the cooked veggies and stock.  ( I have a hand held blender which 
   makes this job very easy.)
.  Serve hot topped flavorful, chopped parsley (or whatever your favorite topping might be!)



Sunday, March 6, 2011

We've Been Away For A Few Days...

Guess where we went for a few days???

Need a few more clues???

How about this stately Saguaro cactus?

Or this drop dead view of big sky and red, red rocks?

Yes, we flew to Arizona for a few days and soaked up the sunshine, and on a day trip to precariously perched,  ghost infested, mining town of Jerome, we soaked up the exquisite views, frosted in a layer of recently fallen snow..., it was beautiful, the sunshine, the snow, the mountains, the cactus... did I mention the sunshine??? Oh, and some very tasty chicken and queen olive stuffed blue corn enchiladas with incredible jalapeno and cilantro salsa (gluten free of course..) at a wonderful little place called the "Quince Grill & Cantina." Gosh..., I LOVE good SouthWest food...

Here's some snapshots, to share the flavor of one of my favorite states...



The facade is all that's left of this old building in Jerome.

The Quince Grill & Cantina...(note the icicles on the awning!)

Snow covered twigs against a startlingly blue sky.

The drive home..., sorry to be leaving...