In the interim between my internship and my third and final year of law school, why not start a blog? I love making pretty food and taking pictures of it, so it seemed like the thing to do. I’m soaking in as much summer as possible and cooking up a storm in my parents’ lovely and spacious kitchen before I move back to my apartment. Last night I made this winner of a salad…
That would be two ears of Iowa sweet corn sauteed with two cloves of minced garlic, a can of black beans, half a diced red pepper, four sliced scallions, and a handful of cilantro. I dressed it with the juice from half a lime, a splash of red wine vinegar, a few shakes of cumin, and a weeee bit of cayenne pepper. I ate some with a tortilla, chopped tomatoes, and a dollop of sour cream. I had top notch company for dinner–my ma and this handsome chap:
That would be my so-cute-it-makes-my-heart-hurt baby nephew. He looks morose here because he wanted black bean salad and all I kept giving him were lousy green beans. My mom and I were in charge for a few hours, so baby neph and I spent the bulk of the evening hanging out on the carpet.
Tonight, following a trip to a farmer’s market in the nearest Sears parking lot (talk about ambiance!), I created a pasta dish. EXCEPT–I made the noodles out of zucchini, thanks to some inspiration from http://www.thefrontburnerblog.com. We had a zucchini that somehow got overlooked (I am not the world’s most attentive gardener) and was roughly the size of Mr. Baby Nephew. I made the noodles by shaving down the sides with a potato peeler.
How nifty is that?! I made sauce by sauteeing half a diced onion, two cloves of garlic, one diced patty-pan squash from the farmer’s market, chopped tomato, and a few mushrooms on their last legs. Then my sous-chef/mother sauteed the zucchini noodles for a very short time (2 minutes tops), I chiffonade-ed some basil (purely because I like to say “chiffonade”), and we plated up this beauty:
As you can see, we also chowed on some slices of baguette broiled with some fresh mozzarella. It was a smashing success and fantastic fuel for the evening’s remaining leisurely pursuits: piano-playing and reading The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.
Hey–this blogging thing is kind of fun! Perhaps I’ll be back!