As promised, I give you a Slow Cooker Roasted Vegetable Recipe. This Mediterranean medley is inspired by one of my French cookbooks. Zucchini squash, red bell pepper, eggplant, tomatoes, red onion seasoned with thyme, parsley and garlic.
Its been a couple of frustrating days here in the kitchen, but Flo’s Carrot Soup is a keeper. I have created and tested recipes for stuffed mushrooms and queso blanco cheese dip (thinking about Super Bowl food). Neither are worthy of sharing yet. But, this carrot soup, well I just spent the last few minutes scraping every last bit of it out of the cooking pot. YUM! The flavors are very subtile. No one flavor jumps out at you but the combination is intriguingly delicious. This soup is gluten free, dairy free and vegan if you leave out the butter.
Our cousins came to visit this past weekend. Well really Andrea is the accidental cowboy’s second cousin. But let’s not split hairs. I now consider Andrea and her husband both my cousins. Andrea is an extraordinary baker and cook. It was such a delight to cook with her while they were here. We, well, mainly she made this amazing salad. Why so amazing? It is so good it could possibly replace Pringles. A little salty, tangy and crunchy. Just like Pringles but healthy! Just vegetables and this really yummy dressing. I call it Andrea’s Confetti Salad because it is full of all these bits of color.
Even though I grew up in New Mexico, I did not know about Calabacitas until I had it recently with breakfast. Turns out it is a traditional New Mexico side dish. It means squash in Spanish and there are tons of ways to make it but zucchini and/or summer squash are the stars. This version includes cheese which you could leave out to make it a bit more low-calorie. I love the cheese though.
This year the tomatoes came on late. I had two plants, one heirloom yellow cherry tomato and the other, sweet 100’s. I planted them in leftover molasses barrels for the cows Just shoot a few holes in the bottom and fill ’em with a mix of ranch sandy loam and horse manure. Out here on the ranch they went crazy the whole month of September. Most of them never made it into the house. Nothing like just picked, vine ripened tomatoes warmed by the sun.
Fall is here. We have already had our first hard freeze. As I write this sitting on the front porch, flocks of snow geese fly overhead. The mule deer are making their surprise appearances all over the ranch. We have started stacking wood for the cold nights that are not far off. And I am having a running battle with the wood peckers that think the eaves of the house will make a swell winter refuge.
There is nothing like New Mexico green chile. It’s not like jalapeños or habanero peppers. The first thing you taste is not just heat, it’s flavor. This type of salsa in New Mexico is like ketchup anywhere else. You can put it on almost anything. Eggs, chicken, vegetables, hamburgers, burritos, enchiladas, the list goes on. Check out my New Mexico Frittata, to get started.
It has been brutally hot for the last week so I have loathed being in the kitchen at the hottest part of the day to cook dinner. We have no air conditioning. Today we had a bit of relief so I roasted cauliflower in my Breville counter top oven. It produces a lot less heat and I love the convection option for caramelization. Now if you think you don’t like cauliflower you really must give this a try. Roasting gives it a totally different flavor.