Monday, July 19, 2010

Lemon Ginger Dressing, Amaranth Greens & Some News

Whew! Well, this summer is certainly whooshing by. You know those pictures where it looks like everything is standing still but there is a blurred person walking through it? That's what life feels like right now.

I know you are thinking to yourself, "Damn that's a long post title" or maybe "Yummy! Lemon ginger dressing. But what are amaranth greens and what's the news?" Let me start with the news. My husband and I (well only me for 2 more weeks) have moved to Pittsburgh from DC. We had been in DC for 13 years and needed a change of pace....and scenery. Don't get me wrong. I love DC. It's such a great city. But I was feeling tired and I was ready to explore. So, why Pittsburgh, right? We came up to Pittsburgh about 3 years ago to look at a firehouse for sale. Chad is a potter by heart and the firehouse is converted to artist studios and has 2 kilns. So, kilns on the first floor, a basement that could hold more preserves than your grandmother could ever make, loft style living on the second floor and the kicker - it came with 3 plots of land. Hello community garden! So we visited a few times and realized that we were drawn to the city itself and after a while the firehouse no longer became the reason we'd visit. Several architect's bills later and we decided that the firehouse was not in our budget. Even in Pittsburgh where I still gasp at the low cost of groceries, beer and other essentials. We rented a place for now and are looking for something unique with some land that will meet our criteria. But for now, I have space to relax for a second. And to enjoy my own adventures in the kitchen. But until I make some fabulous discoveries that will make me famous and ensure a lifetime of luxury, I want to take some time to review some favorite recipes from our kitchen.

And here I leave you with a staple in our kitchen that we got from the lovely Jaden Hair where she was a guest on the Simply Recipes blog that ignited my passion for the kitchen:

Lemon Ginger Dressing

-from Simply Recipes

-3/4 teaspoon Cayenne
-Grated zest of 1 lemon
-1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
-1/2 tablespoon grated ginger
-1/4 cup rice vinegar
-1/3 cup soy sauce
-1 tablespoon honey
-1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
-3 tablespoons olive oil

Whirl all the ingredients except the olive oil in the blender. Slowly pour in the oil and mix well.

I make this to throw on some noodles with whatever vegetables I have in the fridge. I imagine it'd be good for chicken, fish or salad. And I bet it'd be great on a lentil salad that would be incredibly refreshing during this hot summer heat.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the Amaranth greens! I can't speak highly enough about one of my favorite food websites: Serious Eats. They recently discussed Amaranth greens on the column Seriously Asian. I wilted them tonight and threw them on some noodles with edamame and you guessed it... lemon ginger dressing! The Amaranth greens were from a local asian grocery store. If you have one by you, go get some. I'm not sure they have a long season and they are cheap! I paid less than two dollars for a huge bag(think family-size potato chip bag) and they were delicious.