Ajo Blanco

Ajo Blano

1 1/2 lbs blanched almonds
6 cups water
2 large or 3 small garlic cloves
1/3 cup sherry vinegar
2 1/2 cups good extra virgin olive oil
3 slices rustic style bread, crusts removed
1 Tbsp chopped chives
pinch of salt

Put blanched almonds into a bowl and cover with water. Let the almonds soak overnight. Don't throw out the soaking water!

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a small pot over high heat. Add the garlic and boil for one minute until garlic gets soft. Drain from water.

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Hummus Pancakes With Tahini Mayo

Hummus Pancakes

Via Dorie Greenspan, these quick blender savory pancakes could be used in many interesting ways. Combines nicely with this avocado and cucumber salad for a meat-free, heavy protein meal.

Pancakes
1 cup home-cooked or canned no-salt-added chickpeas, drained, 1/4 cup of their liquid reserved
1/2 cup tahini
2 cloves garlic, cut in half lengthwise (germ removed)

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Menu for the week of May 3

Goat Cheese and Corn Mole Enchiladas

Sat: Fish Tacos
Sun: Carne Asado w/corn salsa
Mon: Corn / Mole Enchiladas
Tue: carne asado BURRITO BOWLS
Wed: Mexicali Salad (CINCO DE MAYO IS ON TUESDAY)
Thu: Veg SXSW Enchilada
Fri: Leftovers / nacho / salad night

Menu for the week of April 27

Mon: monkfish w/pesto pasta
Tue: shaved asparagus salad w/cured meats
Wed: prosciutto/moz/basil sandwiches
Thu: (out)
Fri: leftover pasta

Caramelized Garlic Quiche

Caramelized Onion Quiche

For Crust (enough for two crusts)
2½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup (2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

For Quiche:
5 large eggs
3 heads of garlic, cloves peeled
Kosher salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
dash nutmeg
Freshly ground black pepper
6 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, grated (about 2 cups)
2 cups baby spinach, lightly chopped
1 cup crème fraîche
½ cup milk

Crust

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Menu for Mar 7

Tamales

Sun: Fish tacos with Mango Salsa, Avocado, Tomatoes, Crema, Hot Sauces
Mon: Rick Bayless salad with sautéed shrimp
Tue: Tamales with black beans and crema; side salad
Wed: Mexican Salad

Feb 15: Ethiopian Week

Fasolia and friends

This week we finally tried making Ethiopian food for ourselves - it's one of our favorite meals to eat out, so it was high time we explored the process. For a first try with nothing to go on but some recipes gathered from the Internet, we did... OK. All of these need tweaking and further work to really match our favorites from the amazing Ethiopian restaurants in DC.

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