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Black Bean and Corn Soup

7 Oct

This soup became an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink kind of recipe and is probably that tastiest soup I’ve ever made. It will be great now that the weather has cooled down. Serve it with Garden Salad with Edible Flowers, any salad or roasted vegetables.

Black Bean and Corn Soup:

2 tbsp. olive oil
2 large onion, finely diced
2 med red bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 tsp. jalapeno pepper finely diced, seeds removed
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
500ml shredded cabbage
500ml shredded carrots
500ml chopped mushrooms
1 shredded zucchini
2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
3 tbsp. tomato paste (or1/4 cup ketchup)
2 can diced tomatoes, drained
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups frozen corn, thawed and rinsed (4 cobs)
9 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped (optional)
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Tomatoes and One Zucchini – Garden Summary!

30 Sep

As the growing season is coming to a close, I thought I’d update everyone on my garden project!

Here are some notes about things that worked and things that weren’t so successful:

  • Mesclun greens – I scattered seeds in three of the squares in my square-foot garden. They grew really well and provided fresh baby greens for about 6-8 weeks. They were delicious in my Garden Salad with Edible Flowers.
  • Butter lettuce – Again, I scattered these and let them come up. I picked a few of the baby greens and decided to let some grow into larger lettuces. Once they started to grow larger, if they didn’t have enough space, they just grew upwards. Next year, I’ll plant them a little farther apart so they have room to spread out and get big.
  • Kale – I was given some kale seedlings that have done really well. Next year I’ll plant way more!
  • Tomatoes – I bought the biggest plants I could find at Sunnyside (I think they were about 20″ already) and they have exploded. We’ve been picking the smaller, grape-tomato size for at least 4 weeks. The larger beefsteaks have been coming ripe for about 2 weeks and I’m starting to get a large stock of them that I’ll probably make into salsa.

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Grilled Salmon with Cilantro-Citrus Sauce and Coconut-Lime Rice

13 Sep

I was rooting around in the fridge for lunch the other day and came across a pair of salmon steaks that needed to be cooked off. It was a beautiful day so I cranked up the BBQ. A little experimenting resulted in this delicious cilantro-citrus sauce that goes well with most light fish and even shrimp.

Grilled Salmon with Cilantro-Citrus Sauce and Coconut-Lime Rice:

4 – 6oz salmon steaks
1 zucchini, cut into 1/2″ slices on the bias

Drizzle the salmon steaks with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss zucchini is a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper. With BBQ on high, sear salmon for 2-3 minutes, or until it doesn’t stick to the grill. Grill zucchini at the same time. Flip and sear second side. Reduce heat to medium/low/medium and cook until salmon is just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Continue reading

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