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Bombay Spread: One of the Best Appetizers on the Planet

Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes By July 31, 2022

After all these years, this is still one of my favorite appetizer spreads! Serve it with apple slices, crackers, or slices of baguette (toasted or fresh)! Six-Layer Bombay CheeseYield: about 30 servings8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated1/2 teaspoon curry powderGarnishes:1/2 cup mango chutney2 tablespoons unsweetened flaked coconut1/4 cup toasted pecans, roughly chopped, see cook’s notes1…

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…

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…