Mussel Tacos

Mussel Tacos

I guess it is a little bit gratuitous to remove mussels from their shells for a recipe. I mean, they taste amazing in the shell and it is sort of a fun game to eat them, and on top of that the broth with a nice crusty piece of bread can be nectar of the gods when done right. While it was fun to try this recipe, I probably won’t be taking mussels out of their shells for a recipe again. These tacos were really great, don’t get me wrong, but it is just a lot of pointless added effort when I would be happy to just crack a beer and go to town on a pile of mussels. If you made these on a smaller scale as mini taco apps I think it would be more worth the effort.

Kale Balls in a Spicy Indian Sauce

Kale Balls in a Spicy Indian Sauce

Malai kofta is a favorite Indian takeout dish of Mandi and I. I have been wanting to make a version of this for awhile, and I finally had a chance this weekend. I found a classic recipe in an Indian cookbook I have, and swapped out the spinach for some fresh kale. These kale kofta balls came out great and really satisfied our craving for a hearty Indian vegetarian feast.

Persian Burritos

Persian Burritos

You guys know I love to make twists on the burrito from all over the world. There are even some good versions in Stuffed! The key to making this work is not just slapping a bunch of exotic ingredients into a tortilla, you really have to take the time to replace all of the burrito staples like rice, beans, meat, and salsa. This week Mandi and I made an incredibly tasty Persian take on the burrito. For the rice, we used a sour cherry rice complete with the crispy bits Persian rice is famous for. In place of beans, we used lentils. The meat was a classic marinaded chicken, salsa was a Persian tomato-cucumber salad, and for sour cream, we made a yogurt sauce.

Spice Blends

Spice Blends

Ingredients2 Tablespoons Cumin2 Tablespoons Coriander2 Tablespoons Cardamom2 Tablespoons Black Pepper1 Teaspoon Clove3 Inches Cinnamon1 Bay Leaf Bay LeafSalt1 Tablespoon Cumin1 Tablespoon Coriander1 Tablespoon Cardamom1 Tablespoon Black Mustard Seed1/2 Tablespoon Fenugreek1 Teaspoon Clove1 Teaspoon Black Pepper1 Teaspoon Allspice1 Inch Cinnamon10 Dried Arbol Chiles2 Teaspoons TurmericSalt5 Ancho Chiles5 Chipotle Chiles2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar2 Tablespoons Cumin1 Tablespoon Oregano1/2…