Vegetables never ranked high in my juvenile estimation, and cauliflower occupied a particularly low rung on the ladder, beneath broccoli but definitely above rutabegas. Everybody behaved as though cauliflower were a deviant vegetable, safely edible only after an extended baptism in a volcanic bath to exorcise its cruciferous demons. This reduced it to a watery, …
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Stuffed Cabbage with Farro, Mushrooms and Chicken Livers
For once I’m going to disagree with my wife (really, this is a first). Stuffed Cabbage with Farro, Mushrooms and Chicken Livers may not be quick, but it is easy. One foot in front of the other, that’s it, then before you know it, you’re done. Hey, if you were part of the road-happy hoards who made the Bicycle Spring Rolls this past summer then stuffing your own cabbage leaves will be a snap. Crowds will acclaim you umami king–or queen,your choice–because of the amazing thing that happens when tomato and liver and dried mushrooms meet, especially in a beautiful package. There’s an olfactory tug of war in your brain as it tries to discern whether what you’re tasting is sweet or savory. It doesn’t matter. Trust me on this, it tastes good.
Shirred Eggs with Spinach, Mushrooms and Toast Soldiers
When Jody said, “Hey let’s do Shirred Eggs with Spinach, Mushrooms and Toast Soldiers,”* I responded with an enthusiastic, “Huh?” Something stirred in the part of my brain where meal descriptions from Dickens and Wilkie Collins rattle around with episodes of Jewel in the Crown, Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey, reasonably accurate associations because Googling shirred eggs brings up the original 1896 edition of Fanny Farmer. She explains that shirred eggs are baked; the name derives from the dish used in the preparation, an egg-shirrer, a shallow gratin dish for baking the eggs. Did you catch that? …are baked …for baking the eggs.
That’s it, the whole circus? I mean, shirred means baked?
Peter Piper Under Pressure – Stuffed Peppers with Porcini and Aged Gouda
This is not a post about stuffed peppers cooked in a pressure cooker. This week’s recipe of Stuffed Peppers with Porcini and Aged Gouda is prepared the conventional way–in the oven. Dried porcini and their deeply infused soaking liquid meet regular mushrooms (we used cremini), spinach, tomatoes, brown rice and smoky, buttery aged Gouda in …