Posts tagged ‘greens’

March 28, 2012

Risotto of the Week | Spring Broad Bean and Foraged Dandelion

I returned home after a lengthy trip to Texas to find spring had sprung: the daffodils were spent and the ferns unfurling.  Nestled amongst said ferns on the shady side of the porch were dandelions, just emerged, with slender leaves and nary a flower in sight.

Which of course meant they are at their peak for eating.

Tonight’s dinner involved a return to cooking with a risotto.  Included were the fruits of my garden weeding – young dandelion leaves – and broad beans, another early spring arrival.

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January 27, 2012

Why You Always Buy Beets with the Greens | Duck Fat Beet Greens

Growing up, this was just about the only way I would eat my greens.  I am more adventurous now, but I still love some good smothered greens.  This is an ultra-simple recipe, one my Grandma made frequently, making a quick gravy out of (usually) some rendered bacon fat, a little flour and some onions.  It is quintessential Great Depression cooking: making do with the leftovers.  Lowly ingredients that are greater than the sum of their parts.

This time I had some leftover duck fat from a spicy smoked duck breast to start the gravy.  If you don’t have it, use bacon fat.  It’s enough to turn a greens-phobic into a greens lover.

Beet Greens with Duck Fat and Onion Gravy, makes enough for two (but barely, if one of them is me)

Greens from one bunch of beets, stems removed, washed well and chopped

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