Monday, June 30, 2008

Eating Steak on the South Beach Diet and Kalyn's Take on Montreal Steak Seasoning

Grilled Steak
By now I have pretty much every book written by the folks who created the South Beach Diet, so when I saw The South Beach Diet Supercharged I didn't plan to buy it. Then my local Costco got the book, and when I looked through it I saw the newly expanded food lists, and I'm sure you can guess what happened next. Yes, I have the new book now, and I do like having the list of "foods to enjoy" spelled out a bit more clearly in this book.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sharpening the Focus of Weekend Herb Blogging and Recap of Entries for Week 139

Earlier today I posted some new rules for Weekend Herb Blogging, something I'd been thinking about for a while and finally decided it was time for. Those rules go into effect on July 20, so hopefully everyone has a chance to read them before that time. I appreciate the nice responses to the rules so far. Amazingly enough, even though I was obsessing over rules and writing a couple of other pieces, I've managed to get the recap for this week done on Sunday, so let's just get right to the food!

New Rules: Narrowing the Focus for Weekend Herb Blogging

October 27 - November 2, 2008, we are celebrating the Three Year Anniversary of Weekend Herb Blogging. After that date, Weekend Herb Blogging will be managed by Haalo from Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once. Here is where to find the Rules for Weekend Herb Blogging on her blog.

Lately I've been thinking about the future of Weekend Herb Blogging, the food blog event I created by accident in October of 2005, and which became successful beyond my wildest dreams. The number of blogs and blogging events has exploded during that time, and in order to sharpen the focus of Weekend Herb Blogging so it remains informative and unique, I've been feeling like a little fine tuning of the WHB rules is in order.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Friday Night Photos: 2008 Downtown Alliance Farmer's Market in Salt Lake City

I'm wanting to improve my photography and friends who are good photographers advise me to take lots of photos, so I've been trying to take my camera with me everywhere. Sometimes the photos are things I think my blog readers might be interested in, so I thought it might be fun to start posting them once in a while. This first batch of pictures is from the Salt Lake City Farmer's Market, held Saturday mornings at Pioneer Park from 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.






Thursday, June 26, 2008

Recipe for Spicy Stir-Fried Radish Greens and/or Swiss Chard

Stir-Fried Radish Greens and ChardI was intrigued by the idea of stir-frying radish greens, but if you're not that adventurous, think of this as a recipe for spicy stir-fried Asian-flavored swiss chard. I actually used a combination of radish greens and chard when I made it, and both were fresh greens from my garden. Even if you have a garden with lots of radishes, you may want to combine them like that, because radish greens do have a slightly bitter taste. Think about whether you enjoy bitter flavors like arugula and Kalamata olives to help you decide whether to make this with radish greens or swiss chard, but I really enjoyed the radish greens.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Leftover Salmon Salad Recipe with Yogurt and Dill

Leftover Salmon Salad with Yogurt and Dill found on KalynsKitchen.com
A delicious salad made with leftover salmon, yogurt, green onions, celery, and dill.

Is it possible to take a piece of leftover grilled salmon, add some yogurt, celery, dill from your garden and a few seasonings, and create a salad you'll absolutely drool over? I'm happy to report it is, and I quickly devoured this salmon salad I created a few days ago. Faced with a piece of leftover salmon and temperatures in the 90's in Salt Lake, I checked Food Blog Search for salmon salad ideas and came up with a delicious full-meal salad. As I've said before, this type of creative cooking is one of my favorite ways to cook.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Grilled Salmon with Maple Syrup Glaze

Grilled Salmon
(Updated June 2008) My friend Susan and I are both fans of the frozen salmon filets they sell at Costco. They come in a bag with each piece of salmon individually shrink-wrapped. Susan likes to just cut the corner off the shrink-wrap package and put the salmon in the microwave. Since I'm fond of grilling, I usually cook my salmon on the grill. Often I put a piece of frozen salmon in the fridge before work and grill it that night. This is a grilled salmon recipe I make when I want something simple, and it uses ingredients most people have on hand.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Cucumber and Yogurt Salad Recipe with Feta and Dill

Cucumber Salad with YogurtThis year I'm loving the fresh dill in my garden, since previously I forgot to plant dill and was dill-deprived two years in a row. The last few days I've been using dill in everything, starting with this simple cucumber salad which uses my favorite Greek Yogurt and lots of chopped dill. I'm having a major brain freeze as to where I got this recipe, although I know it was on a comment somewhere that I saw the idea for a simple salad with cucumbers, yogurt, feta, and lots of dill. If you're the one who left that comment, let me know so I can give proper credit for the recipe.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day to My Shrimp-Loving Father!

There's no doubt that this Shrimp and Macaroni Salad is my dad's favorite!

My dad loves shrimp salad above all other foods, so when we had the family Father's Day party on Thursday he requested I bring Shrimp and Macaroni Salad, something I've been making for him for years. Dad doesn't mind that I make the salad with low-glycemic Dreamfields Pasta; he thinks my shrimp and macaroni salad is the greatest. To continue the Father's Day wishes for my dad, I wrote more about Father's Day Shrimp Salad Recipes today at BlogHer.com. If your own dad or husband loves shrimp salad, check out the collection of tasty-sounding shrimp salads I found.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Chile Mustard Pork Kabobs Recipe

Chile Mustard Pork Kabobs Recipe found on KalynsKitchen.com
Chile Mustard Pork Kabobs use those extra-thick boneless pork chops, and marinating the pork keeps it moist on the grill.

(Updated with new photos and better instructions June 2008) Here's a slightly unusual twist on kabobs that I first posted back in September of 2005. Not only was that before I entered the digital camera age, but I've learned a lot about cooking since then. This recipe was something I used to make all the time when I was catering trips at Lake Powell, but when I decided to update the post with a photo, I realized I make this recipe differently now. Not to worry, any changes are noted in case someone has bookmarked the original version.

Vegetables Are Appearing: 2008 Garden Update #6

Baby tomatoI've been ignoring the garden for more than a week now while I've been busy attending my nieces wedding, lunching with food bloggers in San Diego, and having an early Father's Day dinner while Rand was in town. Luckily my garden seem to be thriving without me. This photo shows the first tomato of the year, barely resting on the metal cage. I'm always excited by the first tomato, and when I went out to take photos late yesterday, I found a lot of other baby veggies starting to appear.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Barley and White Bean Salad with Parsley, Lemon, and Capers

Barley and White Bean Salad
One of the cookbooks I've consistently used is Jack Bishop's Vegetables Every Day, so when I started hearing about his latest book, I had to have A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen too. This newer book has the same creative approach to vegetables that made me love the first one. It was the parsley in this salad with white beans and barley that caught my eye, and when I made it, the flavor was a little similar to tabbouleh, one of the summer tastes I crave. I did change the proportions of the salad a little, adding more beans to bump up the protein. The recipe suggested serving this on butter lettuce topped with tomatoes, but I didn't have lettuce. The tomatoes gave a nice color contrast, but this would taste great without them too.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Fun in San Diego with Mary and Jacque and a Food Bloggers' Lunch at Nine-Ten

If you've been reading Kalyn's Kitchen for a while, you might remember that every summer I go on a weekend get-away with my two lovely friends Mary and Jacque. This year our lively threesome visited San Diego, where I somehow didn't manage to get a single photo of the three of us! I'm such a bad photographer when I'm busy having fun. (The photo above is from last summer when we went to San Francisco - from left, Kalyn, Mary, Jacque.)

Leftover Tofu, Halloumi, and Tomato Salad Recipe

Salad with Leftover TofuThere's nothing that original or unique about this salad I made recently with some leftover Baked Tofu, but it was such a satisfying way to use leftover tofu that I thought it might be worth posting. Baking gives tofu a slightly chewy texture, making it perfect to use as a salad topper like this. I thought this was an quick and tasty salad for a summer lunch.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Tarragon-Mustard Deviled Eggs Recipe

Deviled EggsLast year I tried French Tarragon for the first time, and became completely addicted to the flavor of this somewhat assertive herb. The idea for using tarragon with mustard to make tarragon-flavored deviled eggs was something that popped into my head recently after I wrote a piece about cooking with tarragon for BlogHer.com. It was a complete experiment, which I'm happy to report turned out well. In fact, the first time I made this I didn't especially like the photos, so I just gobbled up those eggs and made another batch a few days later to photograph again!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Easy Baked Tofu Recipe with Soy and Sesame

Easy Baked Tofu with Soy and Sesame found on KalynsKitchen.com
Baked Tofu that's both easy and delicious!

I had such good success when I tried a recipe for stir-fried tofu, I vowed I would cook it again soon, so this is my second tofu adventure. The recipe is adapted from a basic recipe for baking tofu in Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, and once again I was thrilled with how this turned out. If you're a tofu novice (like me!) this has to be the easiest possible way to cook it, and with only three main ingredients, this is definitely an Easy South Beach Recipe, headed for the section in the recipe archives where I file recipes with five ingredients or less.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Vege-Sal

Vege-SalI'm fairly organized about some things in my life, but I do tend to choose the items I feature for Kalyn's Kitchen Picks by impulse, and recently I realized I hadn't ever done an official pick for Vege-Sal, even though it's something I grew up loving. I still remember as a young girl going on Sunday afternoon "rides" to my Grandma Denny's house in Layton, Utah, and Grandma would always make popcorn seasoned with Vege-Sal. That was in the 1950's, so it's safe to say that this is a product that's been around a long time!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Plants are Flowering: 2008 Garden Update #5

tomatillo plant
Hooray for summer vacation! I can still vividly remember as a young student teacher how shocked I was when a veteran teacher said to me, "The three best things about teaching are June, July, and August!" That's rather a jaded view, but there's no doubt having nearly three months off each summer is a wonderful way to recharge your batteries, and when it's finally summer I love having time to putter in the garden. Lots of plants are starting to make flowers, (like the tomatillo pictured above) which has me anticipating the vegetables soon to come.

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