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Beef Kofte Sandwiches! March 29, 2009

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This is so easy and DELICIOUS that it was easy to prepare even after a long and exhausting day at work. I grabbed this recipe from the Cooking Light’s Quick & Easy section and was not disappointed. This recipe is also very easy to modify: I actually forgot to add an egg to the meat and everything came out amazing. So you could easily halve this and omit the egg without any worries. I discovered another trick: if your patties catch on fire in the broiler, they are even better, plus it’s like a mini-adventure in your kitchen. The char not only accented the beef, but carmelized some of the big chunks of onion. Lastly, the leftover patties were GREAT, just microwave for a minute. Today I packed a mini container of labneh, pre-sliced up my veggies, and then assembled the sandwich fresh at work. Easy.

Get yourself 1 pound lean ground beef (or lamb!) and mix in: 1 lightly beaten egg (or not!), 1/2 chopped white onion, 1/3c. breadcrumbs (I used panko to good effect!), 1/4c chopped fresh mint, 2T tomato paste, 1-2 cloves minced garlic , shake in some combination of salt, cumin, cinnamon, crushed red pepper, and allspice.

Shape into 8 patties, and broil for 4 minutes on each side. Meanwhile, dress 1/2 pitas with plain yogurt (I highly recommend either Greek yogurt or labneh, which should be a staple of any kitchen), sliced roma tomatoes and cucumbers. Awkwardly stuff giant kofte ball in sandwich, at which time your pita bread will start to break, but you won’t care because this is such an amazingly delicious and perfect meal. I ate my inaugural kofte w/ tabouleh and olives:

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Jarlsberg Quesadilla! March 27, 2009

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I bought a hunk of Jarslberg and didn’t know what to do with it as I don’t use much cheese in my home cooking. Luckily, there is an official Jarlsberg website that offers some simple recipes. I ate this quesadilla religiously for about a week:

The key is making a nice fresh homemade salsa, as it lightens up the heavy cheese and bacon flavors. I am not a fan of cilantro, so I omitted it from this recipe, but you can add it if you are a normal person. Add chili if you like heat. But I like this very mild and sweet version: Gently mix together: one diced tomato (seeds removed), 1 finely chopped shallot, ~2 cloves chopped garlic, juice of 1 lime, and s&p to taste.

In frying pan, cook 1 piece bacon per quesadilla. Remove to paper towel, and drain fat. Crumble that delicious bacon. Shred some Jarlsberg, approximately 1/3 cup. Spread cheese, bacon, and salsa on 1/2 of a folded tortilla. Fry up that quesadilla (the bacon fat residue in the frying pan is perfect!). Top with more salsa. Eat daily until supplies run out.  Double portions (2 tortillas) for a dinner portion, but this half size is perfect for a quick lunch or a side.

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Apple, Garlic, Cheese Salad

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This is an amazingly simple and refreshing salad that was brought to me by a good friend. It includes all of my favorite ingredients, is easy to prepare, and is easy to portion for as many people as you need, even just yourself.

chop equal parts apple and asiago cheese into small pieces. mince or chop a few cloves of garlic (~2/serving). sprinkle with lemon juice. enjoy!

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Hello world!

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Good food, crappy attitude.