This recipe has certainly made it's way around the food blogs I visit, and I've been dying to try it ever since I saw it over on Mike's Table. I then realized he had garnered inspiration from Smitten Kitchen, who adapted this recipe from a Bon Apetit recipe. Whew, that was like playing Six Degrees of Separation! Sadly, there is no Bacon in this dish. But there could be. And it would be a fantastic addition. Be warned, the flavour of this soup is extremely unexpected based on the ingredients, savory and slightly sweet, with a healthy amount of heat.
I have had a bottle of lovely maple syrup in my pantry for nearly 2 months without touching it. I haven't been craving pancakes in a while (I know, what's wrong with me?) but I knew I wanted . . . no, NEEDED to use it in some application. I had some boneless pork chops defrosting in the fridge, so instead of making the same old Pan Fried Pork Chops with a mustard sauce of some sort, I decided to go with a sweeter variety for last night's dinner. I did still include a tablespoon or two of my favourite mustard, but this was clearly a dish made to satisfy the sweet tooth. For dinner. :)
I’ve noticed that many people have a *need* to have a serving of meat with nearly every meal, or at the very least, every dinner. So, in an effort to try and incorporate more veggies into our evening dinner, I decided to try to emulate “burgers” by combining some cauliflower and mushrooms, cotija cheese, cilantro, breadcrumbs, flour and eggs into a ball, and fry in a bit of breadcrumbs and olive oil. I served these fritters with some pasta tossed with a thin and light cilantro cream sauce, and they proved to be a nice, filling dinner with plenty of left-overs without a hint of meat! Tell me what you think!
I had baby-sitting duties for my lovely nearly 15 month old niece, Kendall, on Labor Day, and since I don't normally care for her for hours and hours, I was pretty worn out by the time dinner time arrived. I needed something easy, and QUICK, since we had the Pack 'N Play set up in the kitchen as the "Chef's Table" and my audience was impatient! Luckily, she was easily satisfied with a couple of pieces of fresh strawberries, but she wasn't nearly as impressed with how quickly dinner was put together.