Sometimes I’m in the mood for salad, but I also want something with a lot of flavor. Not that other salads don’t have flavor, but I often crave something with protein, some good rich vegetables and a nice dressing. Basically, I want a Nicoise salad.
Oh sorry. I mean Niçoise salad. And as I was corrected on many times, it’s pronounced [niˈswaz]. Not Nicoozy. Or Nicweese.
Anyway, the point is that Niçoise salads are delicious.
I'm embarrassed to say I ate all of this by myself.
Let me start by saying that I may offend some French readers by messing with this classic dish. I substituted asparagus for the traditional green beans in the dish and I completely left out capers by accident. That said, I thought my version was pretty darn tasty.
Every other weekend, I review a cookbook in an attempt to lend some guidance in a field that has become overrun. These days everyone is writing cookbooks and it is incredibly upsetting to buy a dud and have it sit on your shelf for years – staring at you, mocking your poor judgment.
I was looking for a book to review this week and noticed a small book tucked away on the shelf with all my other cookbooks. I think it’s Betsy’s because I don’t remember ever getting it. The book was “The Working Stiff Cookbook” by Bob Sloan. It got my attention because, well, I’m a working stiff and I like to cook! The perfect book for me right? Let’s find out.
I would like to think of myself as a fairly patient person. I hardly ever raise my voice and I usually give people/companies way too many chances before I give up on them. In fact, Betsy has mentioned on many occasions that I’m no fun to bicker with because I don’t really get mad… But let it be known. I’m officially giving up on my hosting company – Godaddy.
It’s not that their support is bad. I can usually talk to someone in a reasonable amount of time and that person is normally very pleasant. The problem is though that their services just aren’t up to snuff. At some point, even if you are pleasant, I shouldn’t have to be calling you every week.
I get about 4 or 5 emails a week from people saying they get errors when they come to Macheesmo.
At least once a week, my database connection will drop (and no it’s not my Internet connection GoDaddy) and I’ll lose what I was writing.
I’ve given them the benefit of the doubt for too long. But I’m sick of it. Even if it means I have to pay more… I want something that works.
Let’s talk about more pleasant things.
How about some links!
Rising Health Costs and Food – I’m not expert on health care, but it does make sense to me that addressing diet/food should be at least a part of a health care plan. Get people healthy and they’ll need less health care right? I think that might be a bit simplified, but it couldn’t hurt. (@ La Vida Locavore)
101 Simple Salads – Good Lord! This is quite the list. Some of the salads on this list are very simple with just a few ingredients. Some are more substantial. All of them would take less than 30 minutes to make I think. Heck. You could just generate a random number and dinner is served! (@ NY Times)
Bacon Wrapped Strawberries – Is it healthy? I have no idea. Probably not. But I bet it is delicious. I reckon I could put down a pint or two of strawberries without a problem if they were wrapped in bacon. (@ Pete Bakes)
Simple Sourdough Starter – This is a world of bread making that I haven’t ventured into yet. But have no fear… I will very soon. I’ve definitely never heard of this method for a starter before, but seems to work! (@ Ruhlman)
There was a decisive winner in last week’s poll and I must admit that it was one dish that I didn’t have an idea for when I put it on the poll. But nachos are something that I can usually wing so I wasn’t too worried about it. After some thinking I came up with a bit of a twist on a very popular dish these days: fish tacos.
I figured why not make some really crunchy, freshly fried chips, and top them with slivers of flaky fish and a good pineapple salsa. Honestly, these fish nachos were darn good.
Some is fishy about this.
If you’ve read Macheesmo for awhile you’ll probably know that I’m not very specific when it comes to a lot of things. I substitute ingredients pretty frequently and sometimes try interesting techniques that may not always be tried and true. But if there is one thing I don’t mess with, it is nachos. I’ve made the near perfect nachos already on Macheesmo and, in fact, the only reason I named them near perfect is so I would have an excuse to make other nachos.
Lately, I’ve been getting kind of sick of my lunch options. I usually bring a sandwich to lunch or leftovers and probably once or twice a week I grab a bite at a local spot. My office is right downtown so if I’m going out it usually isn’t a problem to find something yummy and delicious. But those sandwich days…
Sometimes a sandwich isn’t enough.
And so let me introduce my new favorite friend: The one pound rice and bean burrito.
Not my best photo.
I’ve made breakfast burritos before that are much smaller and filled with egg and cheese, but these guys are for lunch purposes. Super cheap to make, easy to transport and reheat, and very filling.
What’s up man!? It’s been awhile since I’ve written you. I know you are having a kind of hard time over on Pennsylvania Ave. with the health care business and the whole economy deal, but because you took the time to comment on my last letter I thought I would try again.
Luckily, I’m not writing you about any of that hard stuff. I’m sure you have enough people whispering sweet nothings of advice is your ear regarding those very difficult choices. Instead, I want to take a few minutes of your time to discuss a much simpler part of your day: lunch.
My temporary roomie Jeff and his girlfriend Bethany like to play backgammon and they get kind of intense about it. They are very competitive people and backgammon is one of those games that fosters competition. Normally, it’s played for money, but they make other bets based on individual games or a series of games.
Bethany lost a series recently and had to make dinner for Jeff (and me because, well, I live here). When she told me what she was going to make I thought it would make a great post! She chose to make a spicy black bean patty with a cilantro yogurt sauce. It was really good and healthy!
Healthy and spicy. Good stuff.
We ate these with lots of the cilantro sauce and a simple side salad. When I tried this patty the first thing that came to mind was how delicious this would be as a veggie burger.