Thursday, July 31, 2014

Recipe of the Week: Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Pesto

I've been noticing cauliflower steak recipes popping up all over the place.  I've never though of cauliflower being cut like a steak, but this is a great idea.  It's certainly versatile and can be baked, steamed and I like it pureed

This is a combination of a couple of different recipes that I combined together.  I am not sure about grilling it, but I know that I have roasted cauliflower before so I think either way would be nice.


Cauliflower Steaks with Pesto


1 large head of cauliflower
salt and pepper
Olive oil or non-stick cooking spray

Pesto Sauce

1/2 cup fresh basil leaves (you could also use kale or spinach)
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest; plus zest to garnish
1 tablespoon cold water
salt and pepper



In a food processor, place basil, garlic, oil and zest.  Add 1 tablespoon cold water.  Process or blend until smooth.  Pulse in a bit of salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside at room temperature.


Remove the leaves from the cauliflower head and trim the base even with the bottom of the head.  Rinse thoroughly.

Bring a large pot of water to boil just deep enough to immerse the whole cauliflower head.  Salt the water as it comes to a boil.  Gently (try using a large sturdy wire skimmer or strainer spoon) lower the head into the boiling water.  Cook the cabbage for 2 minutes, then immediately remove from the water (place in an ice bath or cold water for 3-5 minutes).  Drain the cooled head and pat dry with paper towels.  Transfer stem side down to a cutting board.  (If you are roasting in the oven, skip the pre-boiling)

With a sharp knife, carefully cut the cauliflower head vertically into slices about 3/4 inch thick.  You should get at least 4 slices.

Preheat the grill.  Rub with olive oil or spray with cooking spray each side of the cauliflower steaks.  Season with salt and pepper. 

Place the steaks on the cooking grill (if roasting in the oven, place cauliflower on a baking sheet and place in a 425 degree oven for 20-30 minutes, turning steaks once).  Grill until they are seared a deep golden brown color (about 5 minutes per side).  Turn them over and brush a bit of the pesto on top.  Transfer the steaks to a serving platter with more pesto on the side.

Recipe Courtesy of Wolfgang Puck
Image found on Google Images

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

33/52: Summer in West Seattle

Last weekend we just didn't feel like ridding.  This past weekend, with temps back up in the 80's we took another ride along Alki Beach early in the morning.

We rode almost 8 miles (just short of my goal of 10), but we both felt great after the ride and are getting stronger on our bikes with each ride.

Friday night it was date night at Shadowland in West Seattle.  I bought a $15 LivingSocial coupon and we treated ourselves to dinner in the neighborhood.

 Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with Roasted Corn Slaw, Chipotle Aioli and Organic Arugula

Saturday night it was cocktails and a BBQ on my Mom and Kenny's patio.

How did you spend your Summer weekend?


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Menu Plan Monday: End of July!

Welcome Monday!

Seriously?!  It's the end of July, already!?

Thankfully, our days are still long and we have all sorts of summer activities planned.  Remember to plan out your menu and grocery list on Saturday or Sunday and get prepared for the week.  

I keep a manilla folder full of easy go-to recipes so that I don't end up in the kitchen after a long day at work.

Be prepared!!

Here is our menu for the week and remember to check out Laura's website for more organizing tips!


MONDAY: BBQ Halibut (or Pacific Cod), Steamed Red Potatoes and Green Beans
TUESDAY:  Roasted Beet, Goat Cheese and Pistachio Salad with Grilled Sirloin Steaks
WEDNESDAY: Garden Burgers with Tater Tots
THURSDAY: Greenway Concert in the Park

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Recipe of the Week: Caprese Portobello Burgers

Since I grill all year round, once summer comes...I kinda run out of ideas for quick grilled summer meals.  Lately, I've been totally obsessed with grilling portobello mushrooms for burgers.  Trust me, the meatiness of the mushrooms easily turns this into a hearty burger. 



Yields 2
2 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, divided
2 Roma tomatoes, sliced
salt and pepper
4 leaves fresh basil
2 portobello mushrooms, stem removed
2 whole grain buns, toasted (we use sandwich thins); you can also omit the bun and use two mushrooms
2 oz part skim mozzarella cheese, sliced
Preheat oven to 400F.  Spray a medium baking sheet with nonstick spray.  Place tomato slices on prepared baking sheet.  Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil and 1/2 tablespoon vinegar.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 20-25 minutes, until tender. 
Rub remaining oil and vinegar on your mushrooms.  Grill over medium heat until browned and tender about 7-10 minutes per side.
Toast bun on grill (we typically don't toast the thins).  Top buns with cooked mushroom and tomatoes, cheese and two leaves of basil.

Recipe slightly adapted from Carla Birnberg
Image found on Google Images

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

32/52: Tired...lost faith in mankind (only to have it restored)!

Oh dear me......

Such drama in that blog post title, I am bound to have you hooked!  Just a has a good ending!

Last weekend was quiet!  We went from 90 degrees to 70 degrees which pleased Brian and Sammy immensely.  We ran errands and cooked a nice dinner on Saturday night and Brian received a surprise in the mail....Dunkin' Donuts coffee from east coast friends!

We were quiet because we were downtrodden, crest-fallen and SERIOUSLY jacked-off!

Brian had a quick mid week trip to Denver.  Upon landing, he got on the Avis rental car shuttle which made two for the preferred, elite, top-notch (I don't have to wait in any line) customers and a second stop...for the common-folk, proletariat (we'll wait in line hours just to rent one of your stupid cars) customers.  At the preferred stop, a seemingly honest, middle aged business-man preferred Avis rental car customer accidentally grabbed Brian's black Costco computer/over-night bag (probably thinking it was his) and took off for his rental car.  It wasn't until Brian's Avis stop that he realized the bag he picked up was NOT his Costco bag.  His bag was gone!

Of course the preferred, elite, honest-looking business-man didn't bother (being that he was so important to the existence of our planet) to put any luggage/name tags on his bag!  That would have been too easy, right to have his cell phone number and to have called him before he left the airport to ask him to bring back the wrong bag he absent-mindlessly just STOLE!

So here Brian clothes, no glasses, no toiletries....oh and no Apple IPAD (belonging to his lovingly, supportive and seductively beautiful Girlfriend of 10 long years = me). 

85,000 telephone calls to minimum wage Avis employees later, hours spent riffling through the absent minded businessman's bag (and he had nothing of any value except chapstick and pencils) and NOTHING. Oh, there was a scrap of paper with a disconnected phone number on it...but nothing real substantial.  Not sure what kind of business this elite Avis car renter does, but I am betting it's nothing too successful! 

Finally with Brian, playing the part of a mix between Ellery Queen and Jim Rockford and his steadfast desire to get the bag back, he and another Avis Manager were able to look up all the customers who picked up rental cars on Tuesday morning.  The businessman was tracked down and sent an e-mail asking if he had mistakenly taken a bag.  But, as the clock ticked by....minute by minute....hour after after day, the absent minded bag stealing businessman never surfaced. Brian left Denver Thursday night with no bag and a small lead.

So.......after a bit of retail therapy on Saturday (replacing summer sandals, work shoes and slacks) we began drowning our sorrows in a fine Zinfandel (thank you Cost Plus World Market)!  Brian's cell phone rang at 6PM and it was AVIS.  The bag had been found....after 6 long days and nights.  Apparently, the elite absetn minded businessman, thinking that he had picked up the bag mistakingly on the airplane, took Brian 's bag back to Delta Baggage lost and found when he flew out of Denver on Thursday! After an hour on the phone with Delta, we found someone who physically had Brian's bag sitting right in front of her.  She verified the contents and then put the bag on a plane bound for Portland where we were reunited with the bag Sunday afternoon!

Whew!  A wild crazy, mentally exhausting week ended up being pretty nice....back in Portland and ready to resume our faith in mankind!