I’ve been all over the blogs this month, frantically trying to use up my CSA produce before it wilts (why does it wilt so fast?). Here are the things that made an impression:
For once, the bacon didn’t steal the show. This crappy shot was taken over vacation, which was SO three weeks ago. Still, the Southern cream biscuits from Trivialissimo were to-die-for, along with this rhubarb compote that Helen of Beyond Salmon recreated from Cambridge’s Rendezvous.
Another recipe from Helen is her mother’s rhubarb cake. It’s slim pickings for rhubarb these days, but you can substitute in other seasonal fruit and it makes for a rustic, not-too-sweet treat that will inevitably turn into a meal. I’m waiting for my CSA peaches and plums to arrive. Where the hell are they, anyway?
Looking for the chicken piccata of chicken marinades? It's at Kalyn’s Kitchen. Thank goodness, or I might have resorted to injecting capers directly into my bloodstream (not nearly as delicious). Her tips for grilling are spot-on and the meat was perfectly juicy, as promised.
If you’re at all lukewarm on quinoa, as I was, this particular recipe at Tea & Cookies truly is the thing to change your mind. The red stuff is beautiful, and it cooks up just right in the rice cooker. Mixed together with farm-fresh radishes, a well-seasoned vinaigrette, and some marjoram from the deck, not to mention a liberal hand with the goat cheese, it can make a girl weak in the knees. Tea, you weren't the only one who was wrong.