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October 25, 2016

composed salad of golden beets, arugula and grains w/ lemony herb dressing

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composed salad of golden beets, arugula and grains w/ lemony herb dressing
composed beet, arugula and grain salad with pepitas and goat cheese

Story

This salad feels like fall with the roasted golden beets and toasted pepitas, but is light enough for summer. After returning from our trip, eating super heavy foods felt like a chore. So Daniel and I had this for dinner one night last week and didn’t feel at all bad about having dessert. For the kids: I served the components individually bento-style.

Ingredients

one bunch of golden beets (3 or so)
1 ½ cups mixed grains (such as quinoa & bulgur)
3 cups micro arugula
½ cup of raw pepitas
½ package of Humboldt Fog goat cheese (or any herbed goat cheese will do) cut into small ½ cubes or crumbled… whatever works
zest and juice of one lemon
¼ cup chopped Italian parsley
1/8 cup chopped fresh oregano
2 tbsp chopped thyme (or whatever else you have on hand. Basil or mint would have also been lovely)
½ cup of olive oil (divided)
sea salt
fresh cracked pepper

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October 24, 2016

domo arigato

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domo arigato
Our recent trip to Japan (more on that later) was our first time to leave the girls for more than two nights. We all survived. Surprisingly even their grandparents who babysat the whole…

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October 3, 2016

chicken & kale in pasta bianco

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chicken & kale in pasta bianco
chicken & kale meatballs in anchovy white wine butter sauce

Story

We love sunday suppers at our house. Although we agreed meatballs sounded good, we weren’t quite ready to commit. So, we did a riff on spaghetti and meatballs that was herbaceous, rich and bright and  a little inspired by an osso bucco dish I’ve done before. This dish feels summery but as a good friend said at dinner, in Texas, our fall is most peoples’ summer. Tonight was the first time we have dined outside at least at our the house in many months and it was a treat.

Ingredients

meatballs
1 lb chicken breast (if you have a meat grinder otherwise buy the breast and grind it yourself. If not, buy 1 lb of ground chicken breasts)
1 bunch of kale
1 cup grated parmesan
2 cloves of garlic minced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
1/2 cup breadcrumbs (toasted)
1 tbsp cumin seeds (toasted)
1/4 cups sour cream
1 beaten egg
1 1/2 tsp salt
pinch of red pepper flakes
3 tbsp olive oil  plus a good amount for frying
1 cup of flour (for dredging)

optional: lemon zest, sea salt and a tbsp of chopped parsley for garnish

salsa bianco
5 anchovies
2 minced garlic cloves
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup white wine
3/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp salt
few rounds of ground pepper
2 tbsp oregano leaves
1/4 cup flat leaves parsley leaves
1/8 cup torn basil leaves
zest of one lemon
juice of a lemon
1lb of whole wheat spaghetti
grated parmesan for serving

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September 29, 2016

beet walnut tahini dip with warm pita

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beet walnut tahini dip with warm pita
Recipe from Spain a Culinary Road Trip by Mario Batali w/ Gweneth Paltrow

Story

Evidently it is Spanish tapas week over at the Heimbinder’s. Initially I got started thinking about tapas because I am reading a lovely book called Everlasting Meal. Its chapters are filled with process-centered  kitchen ritualistic content dotted with a few simple technique driven recipes. The one that stood out was a five ingredient Tortilla Espanol. I had been dying to make it since I read the recipe. Then, feeling a little inspired by Spain I started thumbing through the pages of the one of my old cookbooks and decided to try out this beet and walnut dip first since I happened to have a bunch of beets on hand. I served it with warm pita for  lunch along with a green side salad and we ended up having the tortilla for dinner. The key to both was really good olive oil ( I used Portuguese) and serving the tapas at room temperature.

Ingredients

beet walnut dip
1 lb of beets
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup olive oil
Maldon sea salt
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 tbsp tahini
1/4 cup water

 

 

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September 26, 2016

slow cooked pork tacos

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slow cooked pork tacos
slow cooked pork tacos

Story

I have made these tacos at least a half dozen times and finally I created something worth sharing and saving. This recipe is a cross between a pork carnitas taco and a Yucatan style roasted pork dish called cochinita pibil. You will need a slow cooker for this one and something to do for the day, because it won’t be standing in front of the pot stirring.

Ingredients

serves 6-8

3 1/2 lb boneless pork shoulder (untrimmed and cubed into 1 1/2 inch chunks)
corn tortillas

marinade
1/4 package of achiote paste (this is a paste made from achiote seeds- looks spicy, but is not)
1 onion roughly chopped
4 cloves of garlic roughly chopped
1 tsp ancho chili powder
1 tsp chipotle powder (if you don’t like spice, skip this ingredient or sub for an extra tsp of the milder chili powder)
note on spice: my kids ate this dish, granted they are from Texas
1 tsp regular chili powder (something mild)
1 1/2 tsp honey
juice of 2 limes
3 tsp salt

braise
1 cinnamon stick
3 pineapple rings (halved)
1 bay leaf
1 cup chicken stock

toppings
julienned radishes
crumbled queso fresco
hot sauce
mexican crema
cilantro
sliced avocados
pickled red onions (one red onion cut thinly sliced then soaked for a few minutes in the juice of a lime and about 1/4 cup of rice wine vinegar)

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September 21, 2016

ham & swiss w/ dijon butter

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ham & swiss w/ dijon butter
copycat ham & swiss with dijon butter

Story

Daniel and I spent a few days in Paris on our honeymoon. He enjoyed many a ham & cheese on baguette while I opted for cheese only on mine. I regret that decision a bit now, but hopefully I’ll get a do-over. If I remember correctly, these were the first things we ate after arriving there hungry, jet-lagged, but very happy. Anyway, a local Houston bakery  called Common Bond, recently introduced this grab and go option that changed my tune on a cold ham and cheese sandwich. Of course, I started making them at home, so we can have them more often at lunch. The dijon butter is what seals the deal on this guy. If you eat one of the these on an airplane, next to a hungry stranger… just don’t get up to go to the bathroom.

Ingredients

serves two

1 tbsp dijon mustard (I like the added texture of the grainy kind)
2 tbsp softened butter
1 baguette (or 2 demi baguettes)
4 slices thinly sliced ham (Neiman Ranch makes a really good one)
2 thin slices of swiss or provolone (something mild)

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September 20, 2016

shop, drop & roll

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shop, drop & roll
something for everyone. a friend's recent shop & drop for our whole family made my week
Let's talk about gifting.* Have to admit, not super great at it. But I'm trying to be better. Part of my problem is that its very hard for me to keep track…

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September 17, 2016

chiara’s cucumbers w/ lime and salt

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chiara’s cucumbers w/ lime and salt
cucumbers w/ lime and salt

Story

Chiara whipped these together when we were in Bellport. Super happy to have this in the recipe box that is my head since we had a freakin bumper crop of cucumbers this summer, including one that was 2 ft long (yes, its true). I didn’t enter it into the Guinness, but that is something I would try to do. Anyway, my kids love them and I love this simple preparation, especially for Texas summers when limes are 7 for a dollar.  Feeling inspired to try this trick with other raw vegetables like shaved radishes, sliced tomatoes, or shaved asparagus.

Ingredients

cucumbers
olive oil
flaky sea salt
lime juice
lime zest

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September 12, 2016

california girls

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california girls
groundbreaking idea. terrible for neighbors, amazing for parents
Traditions. There is something incredibly comforting to know that they will be there for you next year and the year after that. A few years ago, we started an annual birthday trip tradition…

 


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August 29, 2016

Summertime

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Summertime
fancy tea party
Beautiful Bellport trip this summer. Here are some highlights. Our friends' sons, Cade and Jackson had never attended a tea party before. I think Heart really made everyone feel at home…

 


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August 24, 2016

heirloom tomato + burrata salad

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heirloom tomato + burrata salad

Story

It’s hard to mess up this salad. The key is to not mess too much with this salad. If you start with delicious burrata and summer heirloom tomatoes all you need is basil, salt, pepper and a little olive oil.

Ingredients

serves 6
3-4 heirloom tomatoes
2 packages of burrata (which is cream injected mozzarella. Plain old fresh mozzarella works too)
basil leaves and flowers
good olive oil
Maldon salt
fresh cracked pepper

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August 24, 2016

tea party time

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tea party time
tea party throw down

Story

Having a tea party moment ever since my mom delivered several old tea sets from my childhood. The girls designed this late afternoon tea with Marcia complete with “fancy” place cards.

Ingredients

sunshine raspberries
ottolenghi’s homemade poppy seed parmesan crackers
g
luten free pretzels (because they taste better than regular ones)
goldfish
sleepytime tea
vanilla wafers

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August 10, 2016

in the garden: cucumbers

in the garden
in the garden: cucumbers
summer harvest
We planted these in May, so these were about a 90 day crop. Beautiful and tasty and the girls eat them right ON the vine actually.... as in... don't bother taking them off…

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August 9, 2016

sun, sand & cellphones?

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sun, sand & cellphones?
heart (4) rockport beach
Hit the beach after picking up Heart from Cousins only week. It turns out seaweed is really fun to collect and old flip-phones make terrific beach toys.

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