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Things I Am Loving This Week

Posted Jan 05 2010 2:01am
It's the first Tuesday of 2010 and time again for "Things I Am Loving This Week"--the (mostly) food related things I am enjoying and want to share.

Firsta very recent love...I watched one of my celebrity chef "crushes," Ming Tsaimake this Preserved Lemon-Edamame Tapenade on The Today Show yesterday morningthought it (and Ming of course!) ;-) looked deliciousand found the pairing intriguing. Since I had preserved some lemons last monthI had everything I needed to make it and so I whipped it right up. It was great on sesame rice crackers and I also used it as a yummy topping for a veggie burger for lunch. I loved how the flavors work together in this--it gets even better as it sits and it would be great on some grilled fish too.

Preserved Lemon-Edamame Tapenade
by Ming Tsai
(Serves 4)

1 cup cooked and peeled edamamerough chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1/3 cup mincedpreserved lemons
1 tablespoon minced parsley
1 tablespoon low sodium organic soy sauce
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Combine all tapenade ingredients in a large bowl or mortar and pestlecheck for flavor and season.

*Watch the salt on this one and taste carefully before adding any. I rinsed my preserved lemon and still found the tapenade plenty salty with the soy sauce so no additional salt was needed.

(Love edamame? This Edamame-Feta Dip from my early days of blogging ;-) is one of my all-time favorites and really delicious too).

I was happy to find some bags of tea from one of my favorite brandsTeavana in my Christmas stocking. My Mom knows what I love and picked out some great tropical flavors "Arcadian Apple" (a blend of white and green tea with applepapaya and pineapple)"EverSummer Punch" (an herbal infusion of kiwipineapplelemongrass and orange)and this one"Tiki Twilight" (described as "Succumb to the taste of serene shorelines where wild pineapple and sweet hibiscus blossoms mingle in the breezeaccentuated by a smooth blend of white and black tea."). I have tried them all hot and will be trying them iced too. YesI loves my tea! ;-)

Finallyone thing I really love are used bookstores with good cookbook collections. I LOVE oldquirky cookbooks--they are such fun to read and cook from. I met my best friend from Jr. High for lunch and Spanish coffees in downtown Portland and was about 20 minutes earlygiving me just enough time to duck into a little bookstore and find a few books that I had to add to my collection. For $19.00 total (love that price!)I got "Herbs for The Kitchen" first written in 1939(my copy is from 1945)and "A Matter of Taste: The Definitive Seasoning Cookbook" from 1965. Both of these are fun resources for spices and herbs with lots of interesting folklore and information. Then I had to buy "Recipes for Living in Big Sur," published by the Big Sur Historical Society in 1981 because it was mentioned in "My Nepenthe" by Romney Steelethe cookbook I just reviewed (here), and my finding it was kismet. This is a funslightly "crunchy-granola" kind of cookbook that is full of colorful history and has chapters like "Living Off the Land," "Self-Sufficiency," and "Starting from Scratch." I can tell I am going to have fun with this one.

So those are "The Things I Am Loving This Week." How about you--what are you loving right now?

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