August 17, 2016

6 Ingredient Zucchini Tart

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It’s that time of year again, when gardeners and CSA members ask themselves: what else can I do with zucchini?

If your garden is anything like ours, then you might have blinked and then looked down to see one laying on the ground that is roughly the size of a baseball bat:

^ An offering to grandpa. I love how Andrew looks like he is paying homage with all his might.

I’ve seen a ton of recipes around for zucchini (I’ve added my favorites at the end of this post!), but in true Humble Onion philosophy that simple ingredients make the best food, I wanted to make a light zucchini tart with simple ingredients. So I gathered up these:

My number one way to use up garden veggies is just to sautee them with a bit of garlic and either serve them as a side …

August 10, 2016

Make Dinner Easier

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^Dinner a few weeks ago. Techniques used: breading, pan frying, and doing a finishing roast in the oven. 

If you heard me last week on the Jen Fulwiler show on Sirius XM talking about making dinner easier, you know that my goal is to make cooking easier and more fun. Since we are getting into the busy season of life again after the lovely slowness of summer, I thought I would recap my pointers for anyone who found me from her show (hi new readers!). I can’t tell you how much I agree with this Julia Child quote:

“To the new generation of cooks who have not grown up in the old traditions: learn the basics and understand what you are doing so cooking can be easier, faster, and more enjoyable. To the more experienced cook: have fun improvising and creating your own versions of traditional dishes.” 

I think a lot of people …

August 3, 2016

Lemon Garlic Shrimp Salad with Arugula and Avocado

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I could write a big post that is just an ode to the summer salad. We’ve been growing fresh romain and red leaf lettuce in our back yard, and I’ve been making big batches of this homemade Panara Greek Dressing.

But this salad is AH-mazing. Get ready for a flavor blast of lemon, garlic, and feta along with a texture explosion of crunchy radishes and nuts, creamy avocado, and meaty shrimp. You can make this for a party, or you can make it for yourself and halve the recipe. Either way, you’re going to wanna make it. Because its amazing.

I think I was laying by a pool while my kids swam when I dreamed it up. Most likely it was the lingering effects of Tamara Adler and her urge that a salad have something crunchy, creamy, acidic, and oily. Plus I totally crave shrimp in the summer for some reason – it cooks …

July 29, 2016

Why I Love (Cheap) French Wine

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First, let me start out by saying I am NOT a wine expert. This post is meant to share that as a decidedly NON-wine expert, I have found a few good wines that I am loving and a few reasons why, so I am sharing them in the hopes that you can take it and make it work for you in your (perhaps) non-expert wine drinking moments. (Julie and Henri, this excludes you if you are reading this since you both know more then I ever will).

I wanted to share this because I feel like I found a treasure trove by accident. It is the French wine section at our New Hampshire Liquor Stores.

Wherever you live, find a place that sells good wine, and head on over to the area marked ‘French’ or is broken down by French regions, like ours is. Once you are there, please note the prices.

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July 20, 2016

Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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You guys! These Mediterranean stuffed chicken breasts are amazing! I am seriously drooling looking at the picture because they were so yummy. I just made them last week and I think I need to make them again tomorrow.

I love stuffing anything – chicken breasts, pork chops, zucchini boats. It is just a great way to take something boring and make it sparkle a wee bit. (Sorry, I’ve been watching too much Outlander). The options are truly endless for what to stuff them with – gouda/bacon/breadcrumbs? (super good in pork chops), sautéd veggies/kale/parm?, olives/mushrooms/fontina? But I seriously love these Mediterranean flavors. I first made it for my husband who loves sun-dried tomatoes and spinach. And my love of feta knows no bounds. So it was pretty easy to combine them.

When I first split the breasts open, I tenderize them with a meat hammer (free therapy). This makes the …

July 14, 2016

Shrimp Ceviche

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Is there anything better to eat on a hot summer night then ceviche?

The first time I ever tasted ceviche was on my Honeymoon in Aruba, and I have been in love ever since (both with the dish and my husband).

I went to a tapas party last night, and decided to make ceviche because holy humidity. When I got there, it was the most amazing spread, filled with families from all over the globe, and the best food I have ever eaten. Rice and beans with octopus and mussels, garbanzo beans with spinach and buttered bread crumbs, stuffed fried sardines, manchego and olives and dates, spicy cheese fondu-type dips with cubes of bread, something amazing and creamy with chicken and mushrooms that was supposed to go into a tortilla but I ate it without and it was delicious, and flan for dessert. Plus there was plenty of Spanish wine and …