When I hang out with this one group of friends, we have a bit of a problem where everyone has specific diet restrictions. Someone is vegetarian, another is allergic to gluten, and the third is just generally pretty picky. We have found that one of the best dinners for us all to enjoy is a make your own summer roll party. We prepare tons of fillings, and then each person dips their rice paper into some water and rolls up their own delicious creation. Here are some photos from our most recent summer roll party!
This is one of my favorite late summer recipes for when you want to get out of that grilling the same thing every night rut. I recently went to Mass Appeal and showed Seth and Ashley how to make these tasty fresh and unique tacos!
Whoa! Sorry for the sudden disappearance for a few weeks. I'm still alive Mom! Things have been really crazy over here and work has been in crisis mode. I'm back now and things are going to be really exciting here with some big changes coming in the next couple weeks!
Anyway, lets move on to todays recipe. I recently had a break in my crazy work schedule and was able to carve out a few hours to have a nice night with some good friends. I have been eating really healthy lately and wanted to make something with fresh summer veggies and not much else. I went with these gnocchi made out of roasted cauliflower instead of potatoes and dressed them in a light sauce of roasted tomato, broccoli rabe, garlic, and olive oil. These tasted light and summery but also super savory and filling at the same time. This dinner combined with a fun night with friends was exactly what I needed to get over my long work week.
I love the Vietnamese dish Bun Vermicelli and I thought that I knew all about it, but recently I went out for Vietnamese and they had a totally new version that I had never seen before! It was served with these super thick rice noodles that actually confused me and my friend who has a gluten allergy because they seemed so much like wheat noodles. We triple checked with the staff and then proceed to inhale the coconut version of one of my favorite all time dishes. I had some of the thick rice noodles at home so a week later I made my version of the coconut vermicelli to share with you guys.
I once made a burger with essentially a french fry as the bun. It came out pretty good but it wasn't as amazing as I had hoped. I recently was out with a friend and they came up with the idea of using potato skins as the buns of a burger and my brain just said yes! This is what I was supposed to do instead of fries! The thing about the skins is that there is a pocket area that the juices of the burger can get trapped and absorbed whereas on a french fry the juices just run right off onto your plate. Also it means lots of cheese bacon and sour cream.
These sandwiches sparked a really interesting debate. They were very good sandwiches, and they all got devoured pretty quick, but lobster is definitely one of those ingredients that people are purists about. The whole state of Maine will shun you if you put an ounce of celery in a lobster roll! My friends were all a little preoccupied about the lobster not exactly being the star of this sandwich, and I can understand that thought especially when you are dealing with something as delicious and expensive as lobster can be. If you read this site at all though, you know that no ingredient or dish is sacred here. I don't mind pissing off a whole country with a misplaced drop of cream in a carbonara, and I don't mind using lobster in fun new and creative ways, especially when the results can be as delicious as this!
I wanna grow tomatoes on the front steps. Sunflowers, bean sprouts, sweet corn and radishes. This is what Courtney Barnett is planning in her song Avant Gardener before her day takes a bad turn. I imagine that things got better and she was able to plant that garden eventually so the neighbors would stop thinking that they have a meth lab in the house. Then one day after the garden grew, she made this sweet salad with the harvest.
I wanted to call this pesto "bazelnut" but they didn't love that idea over at Tablespoon. This is one of thoes recipes where I thought of the name before I thought of the recipe, just because the words fit together so well. It came out really awesome and a different spin on summer grilling. Try the hazelnut basil pesto skewers recipe from Tablespoon.