Friday, August 10, 2012

Summer Fun

We have been having fun this summer in the Nord Kitchen.

Potatoes sauted with onions, fennel and kale
Our oldest daughter is working as part of the harvest crew at Siena Farms. Every week she brings home a box of wonderful, fresh, and sometimes unfamiliar, vegetables. It has been a fun challenge to create different dishes each week with the goal to use EVERY item in the box. Although I try to use up every item within the week, some items do get carried over. But, I have not augmented my vegetable cooking with vegetables from any other source. No rushing to the grocery store for a few more potatoes.

We eat what we get.

Of course, we have augmented with produce from our own garden. Alan's garlic crop is plentiful this year. Which helps when advice from the farm is to "saute in olive oil and garlic....add a bit of salt...and enjoy." I have been going through an awful lot of olive oil.

Our own tomatoes have begun to ripen so those are now added to the mix.

Another bonus is access to a continues supply of sunflowers.  I never knew that there we so many different varieties.  My favorite is the Teddy Bear Sunny.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Time for a fresh start

Due to the crazy winter many house bound days due to snow....I've decided to start a new blog....Kitchen InSight I've probably lost the few followers I had since starting this blog in 2007 so it should be easy to make a clean break.

I may periodically post here....but for the latest information on what is happening, in the Nord kitchen...check out Kitchen InSight.

Monday, January 17, 2011

College Care Packages

Change continues in the Nord Kitchen. There are now fewer seats around the dinner table and I've become a regular at my local post office.

With two off to college, Care Package production has gone into high gear. An all time favorite and sure to help make new friends is a Yogurt Rum cake. It is very simple to make and will ship well. Once, while cleaning out the liquor cabinet I found a small bottle of rum, left over from a long ago trip to Bermuda. The rum was 150 proof and there was only about a tablespoon remaining. Just enough for this cake. Flavor might have been a bit overwhelming for some but was a big hit with the college crowd. Recommend using an amber rum like Mount Gay - - my personal favorite.

What you need:
1 cup plain unsweetened whole milk yogurt
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon rum (light amber recommended)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray sides of 10 inch round springform pan with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the yogurt and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla, oil, rum and whisk again. Pour the flour mixture into the yogurt mixture and whisk until just combined. Do not over mix.

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and let stand for 10 minutes. Once completely cooled, slide into a gallon size food bag and prepare for packing.

If you decide to keep for yourself, serve slightly warm or a room temperature. You can always make another one tomorrow.

For more ideas about feeding college kids away from home, check out the Boston Globe article, Mother knows (cooking) best

Friday, October 17, 2008

Watching the Red Sox make an incredible comeback tonight, down by 7 runs in the 7th inning. To then comeback and win the game 8-7. Just incredible.

Guess even I can make a comeback. Where has the time gone?

Since I last posted so much has happened in the Nord Kitchen. One child graduated from high school and left for the University of Vermont in September. Another spent the summer in Scotland and the third grudgingly stayed home. But was able to watch baseball at Fenway Park, including a playoff game. Not a bad life.

The Tomato plants have come and gone. A rainy summer produced a lower yield so most of the tomato sauce has already been consumed. It will be a long winter. This year I'm experimenting with freezing whole tomatoes. I'll let you know how that works out.

We also discovered homemade ice cream and experimented with lots of new flavors. New cookbooks have appeared on the kitchen counter while I continue to work on my own book. More to come later....