Author: Tara Roberts

Slow-Roasted Beef

Well, as you can probably tell by the tardiness of my post, my back is not back to normal.  It is better, but standing at the stove and cooking for a long time is just not happening.  I made this recipe last week, using a roast that I had in the freezer from a few months ago.  I was really pleased with how it turned out.  Even though it was an inexpensive cut, the meat was tender and juicy.  The first night we just had it sliced with a side of roasted vegetables, but since then, I have been using it to make sandwiches and boy are they yummy.  So, if you are like me and mobil-y challenged at the moment or would just like an easy recipe that produces a good meal and leftovers, this is definitely for you.

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Collard Greens with Freekeh

Well, the universe has chosen to remind me that I am not Superwoman and am all too human and breakable by providing me with an excruciating bout of sciatica.  This means no standing on my feet for more than a few minutes and trying to pick recipes for my husband to cook for us that I might be able to help with from a seated position.  Just because I am not mobile at the moment does not mean that I am going to give up eating seasonally and healthily.  Enter who might be my next food crush: Joshua McFadden and his book, “Six Seasons.”  This recipe, along with a couple hundred others are broken down seasonally with some delicious and inventive ingredients.  This one calls for freekeh, a roasted wheat grain with a lovely smokey flavor.  It is worth hunting down, but you could also use a medium grain bulgur or if gluten is an issue; cracked buckwheat groats.  Here’s hoping I’ll be vertical next time we speak.

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Sweet Potato Hummus

Its still January…For some reason, it seems like the longest month ever.  Maybe because it’s the month when we are abstaining from sugar, alcohol, carbs and/or are trying out a new, healthier lifestyle after a couple of months of indulgence.  Regular hummus is healthy enough, provides a nice flavor punch and is easy to make (please do not buy that awful stuff from the store,) so I am sure you are saying, why make it with sweet potatoes(?).  Well, sweet potatoes are grown locally, so you can be assured of their quality and growth practices, plus sometimes you just want something a bit different.  So, when you are planning your food for the week and your Super Bowl snacks why not throw some “Southern” flavor in your hummus for a change.

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Chorizo and Halloumi Pancakes with Fried Eggs

I love breakfast!  At almost any time of the day, there is nothing quite so satisfying as an egg with a runny yolk, a pork product (yes, I was born and raised in the south,) and/or pancakes.  I love to find new recipes and flavors for those times when we are having breakfast for dinner, brunch, or hosting friends.  This has been in my recipe queue for a few months and this feels like the right time of year to try it.  There are a couple of interesting ingredients; Spanish chorizo (the cured kind, not the raw Mexican version that requires cooking) and halloumi cheese (a “grilling” cheese, popular in Greek cooking.)  Both should be able to be found in the cheese section of better grocers.  I like chorizo (both kinds actually) because it provides a great deal of savory flavor to most any dish, even if you use very little and halloumi; well come on, its cheese, whats not to love.  So whether you are making this for brunch or dinner, for yourself or friends, enjoy some farm-fresh eggs with a couple of new and interesting flavors.

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Garlic Soup

Sorry to be a bit late, but the day got away from me…This month, my cookbook club is revisiting (some for the first time) Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”  This recipe has been quite popular and is next on my “to-do” list.  Except for the mayonnaise, which I am totally going to use my hand mixer for, it is a pretty simple dish and great for the back and forth spring-winter weather we are having.  I need something a little easy to do this week, since I am elbow deep in my husband’s birthday dinner prep.  He requested Mexican and of course I have gone a bit overboard (no big surprise there,) but this will signal the official end to the holiday season for me, so I can take a breather; at least until I decide to go nutty again.  See you on the other side…

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