Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Black Bean & Rice Salad

Here's another dish I made for the 2015 Earth Day Food & Wine Festival - black bean & rice salad. I forget how fast & easy this one is to make, and just how tasty it turns out.

Brown Rice & Black Bean Salad 
1c cooked brown rice - rinsed & drained after cooking
15 oz can black beans, rinsed & drained
3/4c bell pepper, diced
1/4c carrot, peeled & diced
1/4c red onion, diced
1/8c green onion, diced for garnish

1/3c olive oil (we really like California Olive Ranch brand)
1/2c sugar
1/2c red wine vinegar

Combine olive oil, sugar & red wine vinegar in a small pot, bring contents to a slow boil until sugar has dissolved, remove from heat

Cook rice using package directions as a guideline, try to keep rice a bit al-dente so it has texture when added to the salad

Make sure rice is cooled all the way before mixing into the salad

Drain & rinse black beans

Cut bell pepper, red onion, carrot into bite sized pieces

Mix all ingredients together

Garnish with green onion & enjoy

If you refrigerate, bring back to room temperature before eating to allow the olive oil to liquefy again

Monday, September 26, 2016

Best Biscotti Ever

For 2015 Earth Day Food & Wine Festival I made a blanc biscotti. This is so yummy and easy to make.

Blanc Biscotti 
1c gold raisins
1c Pinot Blanc wine
1/4 lb unsalted butter (at room temperature)
1 1/4c sugar
2 eggs (at room temperature)
2 1/2c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Soak raisins in wine for 1-2 hours
Pull butter & eggs from fridge, bring them to room temperature
Drain raisins & set aside soaking wine
Pre-heat oven to 375'F

Cream butter & sugar
Add eggs, 3 tbsp reserved wine, mix until blended
On low speed, slowly mix in flour, baking powder & salt
Stir in raisins

Lightly flour work surface
Turn out dough, it will be very soft
Divide dough into 3 equal pieces, form into loaves
Transfer loaves onto parchment lined baking sheet, about 3 inches apart
Brush tops with reserve wine & sprinkle with sugar
Discard reserve wine
Bake 20-25 minutes or until tops are golden brown

Remove from oven, gently remove from baking sheet & cool on wire rack
Slice loaves into biscotti shape pieces, place back on cookie sheet, cut side up
Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown
Store in an airtight container

Yield approximately 36 cookies

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Hubs made dinner

Steak kabobs with rice. Yes I know – steak again! I think hubs just likes the convenience of the gas grill I got him two years ago. As much as he fought me and as much as he didn’t want one, he really likes the ease and convenience of firing up the gas grill to get dinner cooked quickly when the wife is starving.

Steak Kebobs
Cube up steak & chop vegetables (mushrooms, zucchini, onion, bell pepper) in big pieces

Thread onto metal skewers (ok to use bamboo, but you must soak them for at least 20 minutes before using)

Drizzle with olive oil, or teriyaki marinade

Salt/Pepper to taste

Cook on pre-heated grill

Rotate as needed to get all sides cooked & your favorite doneness

Serve over your favorite type of rice