June 19, 2008

No Freedom Fries Here

In Paris, crepes are basically street food, but here in Baltimore a few nights ago, they were a delicious dinner for deux.

I’ve been on a quasi-vegetarian kick recently so I sautéed some baby Portabella ‘shrooms and onions for my crepes and made the Husband Turkey, Cheddar and Apple Crepes. Oui, oui, oh la la, Bon Apetit…Whatever the French say, I don’t know, but I do know that these were a quick and easy meal.

Finally, despite the French-themed dinner, we complimented the meal with some good California Chardonnay. We try to Buy American as often as possible and encourage you to do the same!

Savory Crepes Deux Ways

1 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon cooking oil
¼ teaspoon salt

Assorted Fillings:
Turkey Breast (Turkey Cold Cuts from the deli are fine)
Sharp Cheddar Slices
Apple Slices (sliced very thin)
Sautéed Mushrooms and Onions
Swiss Cheese Slices

Combine all ingredients in a blender container. Cover and blend until smooth.

Heat an 8-inch skillet over medium-high heat and when hot, spray with cooking spray. Next, pour 3 Tablespoons of the batter into the center of skillet. Lift the pan up and rotate and tilt it to spread the batter over the bottom of the pan (work quickly). Return to the heat and cook for about 1-2 minutes (until light brown and ends lift up easily). Turn over with a spatula, (or by hand if you have tough fingers) and cook the second side for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Slide the finished crepes onto paper towels while you’re cooking the rest of the batter. When all crepes are done, layer the fillings into center and roll/fold the crepes and sprinkle the crepes with salt and freshly cracked pepper. Makesabout 8-10 crepes.

June 12, 2008

Fava Beans and a Nice Chianti

I saw these giant beans in the store the other day and knew that these were something I wanted to try.
The beans were time consuming to prepare-- you need to peel them, boil them and then peel them again--but in the end, they were worth the effort. Thanks for the inspiration, Hannibal Lecter, but we didn’t eat a Census Taker’s liver with the beans--Salmon sounded a little more appetizing.

Seared Salmon with Sauté of Fava Beans, Fresh Corn and Tomatoes

2 Wild-Caught Salmon Filets
Spice blend made from ¼ teaspoon paprika, ¼ oregano, ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder and 1 dash of cayenne pepper.

¾ cup of fresh, shelled, fava beans (from about 10-12 pods)
1 ear of fresh white corn, kernels cut off the ear
2 ripe Roma tomatoes, diced
1 small onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375. Dry the salmon filets with paper towels, and sprinkle them with the spice mix.

Meanwhile, heat about 1 Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat and sauté garlic and onions until onions are lightly browned.

While onions are cooking, heat an oven safe sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add some olive oil, and when the oil is almost smoking, add the salmon filets, skin side up. Let cook for about 2-3 minutes, or until the salmon easily lifts from the pan. Using a metal spatula, gently turn salmon filets over and place the pan in oven for about 5 minutes.

Next, add corn, fava beans, tomatoes, and a few dashes of salt and pepper to the sautéed onions and garlic, and stir mixture gently until heated through.

Serve with some crusty bread, and of course, a nice Chianti. Hannibal Lecter sucking noises optional.