29 August 2014

Sushi favorites in the Rocky Mountains



For those of you living on a coast of some sort, you might think it is inappropriate to attempt eating sushi in such a landlocked place as, say, the Rocky Mountains.  To you I say, "I know, but I want it soooo much!" It really isn't the same, and if you're travelling through the region on your way back to some amazing place with fresh seafood available in your nearby ocean, you probably shouldn't bother.  But for those of us who are sick of waiting for someone else to pay for your trip to the ocean, or for those of you who have never left the state of Colorado because it's so perfect here (don't laugh, that's a lot of people), maybe you can give these a try:

COLORADO

Arvada
Namiko's

Boulder
Hapa Sushi, 1117 Pearl St. (and other locations)
Sushi Tora, 2014 10th St

Denver
Sonoda, various locations
Sushi Den, 1487 South Pearl St.
Sushi Sasa, 2401 15th St
Taki Sushi, 420 E. Bayaud Ave.

Fort Collins
Suehiro, 223 Linden St 
Suh Sushi, 200 W Prospect Rd

Greeley
Lucky Fin's, 4530 Centerplace Dr
Sushi 1, 3820 W 10th St Ste B13

NEW MEXICO

Abuquerque
Jasmine Thai and Sushi House, 4320 The Way, N.E., Suite 300

Sakura Sushi Thai & Laos Cuisine, 4200 Wyoming Blvd NE Ste C-2

Sushi Hama
2918 Eubank Boulevard Northeast

UTAH

Moab
Sabaku Sushi
90 East Center Street
Park City
Shoyu Sushi and Japanese Kitchen, 1612 West Ute Boulevard

Salt Lake City
Sapa Sushi Bar & Asian Grill
722 South State Street

Tsunami Sushi - Sugar House
2223 S Highland D

St. George
Benja Thai & Sushi
2 West St George Blvd

Sakura Japanese Steak House & Sushi
939 E St. Geroge Blvd
WYOMING

Jackson
Kazumi, 265 W Broadway Ave
Nikai Sushi, 225 N Cache Dr

Laramie
Mizu Sushi, 307 S 3rd St



Finally, if you are new to sushi or from Colorado (aw, I'm just joshin', I love y'all!), please review this very helpful guide on eating sushi correctly from The Bold Italic called The Dos, the Don'ts, and the Oh God Please Don'ts of Eating Sushi


26 August 2014

The Zucchini Project: Zucchini Chips

Like potato chips, only better for you. I guess.  Whatever, these are delicious with beer.



Zucchini Chips

Serves 2-4

1 lb (about 4 cups) thinly sliced zucchini
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
½ tsp olive oil
1 tsp white vinegar

Preheat oven to 230 degrees F.

In a medium bowl whisk salt, pepper, olive oil (if used), and vinegar. Add sliced zucchini and toss to coat.
Spread zucchini slices out in a single layer onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for about 1½ hours, making sure to check on them every 10 minutes after about an hour.

Eat immediately after removing from oven for maximum crunchiness. If they cool and get soft, reheat them in the microwave on high for 20 seconds at a time.


Pssst!: If you'd like to add some pep to your chips, use them as the base for this clever take on loaded nachos from The Betsy Life. 

22 August 2014

Weekend favorites: garden tips for late summer



Oh, argh.  The school buses are going up and down the streets again, which always gives me that old start-of-school squirm in the pit of my stomach.  But you know what?  I'm an adult.  I don't have to ride a noxious fume-monster to and from a boring prison that doles out useless homework to waste my time.  I can enjoy what's left of summer and pig out on fresh vegetables and fruit from my garden (and the farmer's market).
You can, too, no matter where you live.

Look up local farmer's markets, CSAs, and ranches, and more from all over the country at Local Harvest.


I love this seasonality chart from CUESA to help me shop with the season all year long. There are some nice, simple recipes here, as well.

I don't think anyone is better at using every last scrap of produce from the garden than You Grown Girl, right down to the clever (and delicious) pickled radish pods.

My five favorite (other people's) recipes utilizing the stuff that's ripe right now:







CORN The Lady Behind the Curtain's Chimichurri Quinoa and Corn Patties is so inventive, I might skip the corn salad this summer!






EGGPLANT  Reclaiming Yesterday's Lime and Sesame Grilled Eggplant is soooo good and easy.





PEACHES It's hard to imagine doing anything with peaches besides just eating them fresh in the morning as a reward for getting up in the morning. But Love and Lemons comes up with a very compelling Ginger Peach Sangria. It's so good I sacrificed my breakfast peaches for it!




TOMATOES  This Laotian Bean and Tomato Salad from Food & Wine has a mind-blowing dressing that doesn't sound like it should work.  So, of course I had to try it.  It does.





WATERMELON These mini watermelon cakes are just ridiculous.  I am totally making these.






This is not the watermelon recipe I crave, but I couldn't help sharing this hilarious concoction with you all...



Happy eating!

19 August 2014

The Zucchini Project: Julia Childs' Zucchini Tian

This isn't my first post attempting to address the love/hate relationship gardeners have with zucchini.  We grow it because we know we won't fail (a nuclear bomb might not kill the zucchini plants in my yard), but we quickly grow tired of the squash these prolific plants produce, from mid-summer well into fall.  When I don't plant zucchini seeds, I still end up with more than I crave thanks to neighbors who just can't seem to kick the habit. But you know what?  It's fresh food, pesticide free and straight from the garden.  So I'm not going to complain anymore. And neither should you.

I have posted a few recipes utilizing zucchini in (sometimes) creative ways this year and in years past, and they are referenced below for your reading pleasure.  But just so you can see that I'm not cheating here, I'm going to come up with a new recipe to use zucchini/summer squash every week that we still have them growing in the garden. Lord help me.

Today's recipe is an adaptation from a Julia Childs classic. The zucchini flavor (yes, it does exist) really stands out amidst this gooey, bubbling, comforting casserole that can stand on its own or pair as a hearty side dish to meats.  Mine adds a little acid and some herbs along with some added crunch on top to create a slightly more interesting bite.



Julia Childs' Zucchini Tian (with liberties)

Serve 6-8

2 to 2 1/2 pounds zucchini, trimmed and grated
1/2 cup plain white rice
1 cup chopped onions
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon herbes de Provence
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups warm liquid: zucchini juices plus milk, heated in a pan (watch this closely so that it doesn't curdle)
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese (save 2 tablespoons for later)
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 cup fine breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper

Place the grated zucchini in a colander over a bowl to catch liquid. Toss with about a teaspoon of salt, mixing thoroughly. Let the squash drain 3 or 4 minutes, or until you are ready to proceed. Just before cooking, squeeze dry with your hands. 

While the shredded zucchini is draining, drop the rice into boiling salted water, bring rapidly back to the boil, and boil exactly 5 minutes; drain and set aside.

In a large frying pan, cook the onions over medium heat in the oil for about 10 minutes until tender and starting to brown. Stir in the grated and dried zucchini, herbes de Provence, and garlic. Toss and turn for 5 to 6 minutes until the zucchini is almost tender. Sprinkle in the flour, stir over moderate heat for 2 minutes, and remove from heat.

Gradually stir in the 2 1/2 cups warm liquid (zucchini juices plus milk, heated gently in a pan -- don't let it get so hot that the milk curdles!). Make sure the flour is well blended and smooth.

Remove from the heat, stir in the blanched rice and all but 2 tablespoons of the cheese. Add black pepper and more salt, if necessary, to taste. Turn into buttered baking dish and cook for about 30 minutes at 425F or until tian is bubbling and most liquid has been absorbed. Remove from oven, squeeze the lemon evenly over the top, scatter the breadcrumbs and remaining cheese evenly over the top, and return to oven to cook another 10 minutes, or until the surface is golden brown.  Allow to cool about 5 minutes before serving.

Past zucchini recipes from DFT...

“Fried” Squash Pasta

Mock Apple Cobbler

Summer Squash “Lasagna”

Zucchini Fritters

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