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Over the past couple of weeks I have found a variety of excuses to make a batch of this Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. First, we had friends over for dinner so, selfishly, a fresh batch was in order. Our crew easily polished it off in one sitting. This weekend, we celebrated my mom’s 60th birthday (the gardener behind these amazing peonies) and, you guessed it, another batch was served. This recipe is easy to love – it calls for only 5 ingredients, is naturally sweetened with maple syrup, and takes on the perfect minty flavor (thanks to steeping 2 cups of green leaves in cream). If you have an ice cream maker or can borrow one from a friend I am telling you – make this.
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
from Diary of a Locavore
Pour the cream, milk, and maple syrup into a medium saucepan. Add the mint leaves, stir, and warm slowly over low heat until the mixture begins to steam. Cover and steep for at least an hour at room temperature, then put the pot in the fridge.
When the cream is cool, strain out the mint leaves, wringing carefully over the pot to get out any extra flavor and cream. Pour the cream mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturers instructions. When the ice cream is almost done, add the chocolate. Scoop into a container and chill for another hour or so before serving.
Getting a new cookbook in the mail is my kind of fun. I flip through it right away, bring it into bed at night, start folding down pages, and ultimately create grocery lists for a handful of first choice recipes. We cook and eat those, check out the other folded pages, again shop and cook, slowly eating our way through it. I’m in the middle of a love affair with this new book, Clean Slate, from the editors of Martha Stewart Living, and am giving away a copy. Leave a comment below to enter the drawing and I will pull a name early next week!
I can’t wait for one of you to bring this home. There is so much important information in here from an overview of nutrients (including super detoxifiers, antioxidant powerhouses, inflammation fighters, and digestive aids) to a simple pantry restock approach, and two specific mind/body detox action plans (one is 3 days and the other is 21 days – both come with full menu guides and recipes). Personally, I’m starting with the 3 day detox plan (call it trip prep or snow distraction strategy #99) and really appreciate the ease of it. You just cook three big batch meals (a smoothie, salad, and soup) to enjoy over the 3 days. It’s so simple that I may even be able to talk Nick into it.
I have at least a dozen recipes dog-eared but started in the kitchen with these two salads and loved both.
Farro, Pea Shoot & Goat Cheese Salad
1 cup farro
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup fresh shelled peas
2 ounces pea shoots, torn into bite-size pieces
1/3 cup small fresh mint leaves
1/3 cup almonds, toasted and chopped
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh goat cheese, crumbled (1 ounce)
Place farro in a medium saucepan, and cover with 4 inches of water; add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until tender; 30 to 35 minutes. Drain and transfer to a bowl; let cool completely.
Meanwhile, cook peas in a small saucepan of salted boiling water until tender, about 2 minutes. Drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking.
Add peas, pea shoots, mint, almonds, and lemon zest to farro. Toss with lemon juice and oil. Season with salt and pepper. Serve topped with goat cheese.
Brussels Sprout Salad with Avocado & Pumpkin Seeds
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest plus 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 pound brussels sprouts, trimmed and leaves separated
2 tablespoons raw hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas), toasted
1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and sliced
Whisk together lemon zest and juice and mustard in a bowl. Add oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.
In another bowl, toss dressing with brussels sprout leaves and pumpkin seeds. Gently stir in avocado, season with salt and pepper, and serve immediately.
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I’m not sure if our neighbors appreciate our homemade Halloween decorations or if they think we are going a little crazy. Dylan is really into a spooky holiday so we have that awful fake spiderweb batting all over our front steps, old t-shirt ghosts floating from the porch, and construction paper skulls, bats, and spiders taped randomly (with bright blue painters tape!) all over the walls. It’s a look. Nick grew up in Sleepy Hollow so we are reading, on repeat, the tale of the headless horseman. To say we are excited for Friday is an understatement.
We tried this simple lentil dinner last week and really enjoyed it. It’s easy to individually tailor for each family member. You can toss on an egg, leftover roasted vegetables, or shredded chicken on top.
Spiced Black Lentils with Yogurt & Mint
slightly adapted from Bon Appetit
½ teaspoonground coriander
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon mustard seeds
2 tablespoons olive oil plus more
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup black beluga lentils
3 cups (or more) low-sodium vegetable broth or chicken broth
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced
We have had close to two dozen almost perfectly ripe cherry tomatoes on the plant growing outside the kitchen window. A couple of times Dylan has spontaneously picked an orange one and taken a bite but other than that we’ve been patiently waiting for ripe, perfectly red, summer tomatoes. And then it happens – time after time. The new turkey mom in the neighborhood and her three little ones come and eat breakfast. They show up every morning and pick away until we bang on the windows or run chasing them from the yard. They can jump, climb, and move fast. This morning they took about twelve tomatoes and left a huge turkey feather behind. There are still bunches of green ones but I have a feeling all of our summer tomatoes will be coming from the Farmer’s markets and stands – not our own backyard.
Tomatoes have been a part of many meals these past few weeks but these two dishes – Lemon Pasta with Arugula & Tomatoes and Roasted Tomato Salad with Mint have been the favorites.
Lemon Pasta with Arugula & Tomatoes
Slightly adapted from Ina Garten
1 tablespoon good olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic (2 cloves)
2 cups heavy cream
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 pound dried pasta (I used spinach fettuccine)
1/2 pound baby arugula
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic, and cook for 60 seconds, then add the cream, the zest and juice of the lemons, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until it starts to thicken.
2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add 1 tablespoon salt and the pasta, and cook al dente according to the directions on the package, about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot.
3. Immediately add the cream mixture and cook over medium-low heat for 3 minutes, until the pasta has absorbed most of the sauce. Pour the hot pasta into a large bowl and add the arugula, Parmesan, and tomatoes.
4. Cut the last lemon in half lengthwise, slice it 1/4-inch thick crosswise, and add a few slices to the pasta. Toss well, season to taste, and serve hot.
Roasted Tomato Salad with Mint
From The Nourished Kitchen
2 pounds cherry or grape tomatoes
1 small red onion, sliced 1/8 inch thick
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons finely ground sea salt
1/3 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
1. Preheat the oven to 425 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. (I used my cast iron skillet in place of a lined baking sheet and loved the results!).
2. Toss the tomatoes and onions with the olive oil and sprinkle with the salt then arrange them in a single layer in the pan.
3. Roast for 40 to 45 minutes, until the tomato juices thicken to the consistency of maple syrup and the tomatoes wrinkle. Spoon the roasted tomatoes and onions into a mixing bowl, toss in the mint, and serve immediately before the mint wilts in the residual heat of the tomatoes.