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Cathy Thomas

Ginger-Rollups! Easy, Scrumptious Appetizers!

Uncategorized By July 21, 2022

LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED … Five minutes and you have starters that are as delicious as they are glamorous.  These beauties are lavash (bought at Trader Joe’s) spread with cream cheese and rolled around watercress (or arugula) and pickled ginger. EASY. Ginger Roll-UpsYield: 16 servingsOne (8-ounce) plus one (3-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature2 (9-by-12-inch) sheets of lavash, see…

Cauliflower “Steaks” Roasted Right and Paired with Italian Salsa Verde.

Cookbooks, Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes, Uncategorized By June 29, 2022

At our house, we call slabs of cauliflower “vegetarian steaks.” They are a welcome steam-roast treat to serve when the vegan branch of our family visits. I like the way the chefs at America’s Test Kitchen steam them in a scorching hot oven under a blanket of aluminum foil before roasting them to create lovely caramelization on the exteriors. A…

Strawberry Salad Finds Bliss with Pistachios and Feta

Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes, Uncategorized, Videos By April 10, 2022

Green salads have endless possibilities … Strawberries can be at their very best this time of year – juicy and sweet, with a luxurious texture. This romaine-based mix showcases the berries with Romaine lettuce, Feta cheese and salted nuts such as pistachios or almonds. The dressing is a simple vinaigrette spiked with honey and shallots. Fresh tarragon comes to the…

Celery Salad – Sparked With Bright Flavors

Uncategorized By March 17, 2022

Almost every night at my house, we have some type of salad. When the lettuce runs out, we turn to longer lasting vegetables to be the headliner. Celery is one of those choices. There are loads of theories about how to best store it. I trim the bottom and cut the bunch in half crosswise. After swishing the freed stalks…

Roasted Bok Choy – Potato-Chip-Crisp Leaves with Tender Bases – Top with Ginger Sauce

Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes, Uncategorized By February 3, 2022

High-heating roasting caramelizes bok choy, lending it an alluring sweet edge. It starts out with a gentle mustard-like flavor, but roasting tames much of that sharpness. The process creates texture contrast, transforming the tender leaves to a potato-chip crunchiness, the broad base to a moist succulence. It’s the best way to cook it. While the bok choy is in the…

No-Fail Rice Pilaf with Corn and Leeks, or Diced Carrots and Cauliflower or Green Beans and Peas – Easy and Delicious

Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Restaurants By January 24, 2022

The versatility of pilaf makes it a welcome dish in a cook’s repertoire. Because it can be supplemented with a wide variety of vegetables, it’s a delicious way to use up produce that you have on hand. Diced carrots and celery; slivers of fresh fennel and diced zucchini; diced bell peppers and green onions; thinly sliced green beans and green…

Kimchi Rice – Deliciously Addictive – Top With Fried Egg and Call It Dinner

Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes By January 14, 2022

Teaming starchy white rice with the high-impact flavors of kimchi results in a dish that is temptingly delicious.  On its own, kimchi can be cheekily sour, spicy, and pungent. It’s a concoction of salted and fermented vegetables that is a staple in Korean cuisine. Used in a stir-fry of sorts along with day-old cooked grains of rice, tames the flames…