Pesto Revisited

Pesto Revisited

I posted last year about making pesto in the food processor. I'm writing now to say that I've changed my ways. I use a large mortar and pestle instead and make it by hand. I really enjoy slowing down for a few minutes and methodically grinding the ingredients together while I take in their fragrance. I feel like I appreciate the final product more. My preference for ritual aside, pesto made by hand covers pasta much better and has a better blending of flavors. See Dan Gritzer's post on Serious…

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Salsa Verde Revisited

Salsa Verde Revisited

I looked back at my salsa verde post from last year and decided I could improve it. I tend to only make it once a year because that is when I get a big bunch of tomatillos in my CSA share. That doesn't leave much room for rapid feedback loops, but let's see what we can do. Last year's version was all done on the stovetop. That is a fine method and gets the job done, but it relies heavily on the taste of the raw ingredients and doesn't develop them…

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Faster, Easier, Tastier Homemade Mayo

Faster, Easier, Tastier Homemade Mayo

I used to make mayo at home with the food processor method. I only made mayo for special occasions because this method has a high probability of failure (emulsions are tough!), has more prep and clean-up than I like, and makes fairly large batches for two people. That all changed after I read this post from The Food Lab. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt figured out that a hand blender does a much better job at emulsifying the ingredients and it is much faster and easier to clean up than the food processor. Check…

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Mix Up Your Hotdog Toppings

Mix Up Your Hotdog Toppings

We like to mix up our hotdog toppings in the Grimmett house so that we feel a little less guilty about eating hotdogs. Sometimes it is cucumber kimchi. Sometimes chili, cheese, and fritos. Sometimes sauerkraut. Sometimes coleslaw. Sometimes ginger scallion sauce. Last night it was quick-pickled cucumbers, radishes, and green onions with a spicy mayo.     Ingredients for the quick pickles 1 Kirby Cucumber 4 medium radishes 2 small green onions, greens and whites 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon white sugar Juice from 1 small lime   Instructions for the quick pickles Slice the…

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Apple Butter

Apple Butter

Amanda and I love apple picking. We go out in our flannel shirts, pick apples, eat cider donuts, sip hot apple cider, then come home and make apple butter and bake apple pies. It makes for a wonderful weekend. This year we picked Macoun (cross between the McIntosh and Jersey Black) and Empire (cross between McIntosh and Red Delicious) apples. A half-bushel of apples (pictured above) is enough for two pies, two batches of apple butter, and a few apples left over to eat. We start making the apple butter around 7pm…

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