Barley Risotto

Barley risotto with spinach

1 cup pearled barley
8 cups vegetable or chicken broth
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 medium onion, finely chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
2 cups baby spinach
1 cup parsley, thick stems removed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 garlic clove, finely grated
1 teaspoon finely lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup finely grated Parmesan
⅓ cup chopped tender herbs (such as tarragon and/or chives)

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Menu for week of Oct 5

Steamed Buns with Pork Belly

Sat: Marinated hangar steak w/bok choi and rice
Sun: Crispy Ho An pancakes
Mon: Lao crispy rice salad
Tue: Steam buns w/pork belly with bok choi
Wed: Thai beef salad with grill leftovers
Thu: Steam buns

Crispy Hoi An Pancakes

Hoi An Pancakes

Batter

1 cup rice flour
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon kosher salt

Assembly

5 tablespoons (or more) vegetable oil, divided
4 oz. small shrimp, peeled, deveined
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 scallions, thinly sliced
4 oz. mung bean sprouts (about 1 cup)
Large green-leaf or Bibb lettuce leaves and mixed tender herbs (such as mint, cilantro, and Thai basil; for serving)
Nuoc Cham (recipe below)

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Rice Salad with Fava Beans and Pistachios

Rice Salad with Fava Beans and Pistachios

Another delicious Ottolenghi recipe, courtesy of Bon Appetit and tweaked just a bit.

½ cup wild rice
Kosher salt
1 cup basmati rice
1 dried Iranian lime (or keffir lime leaf)
2 cups fresh shelled fava beans (can substitute lima beans)
½ cup chopped fresh dill
½ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
½ cup unsalted, raw pistachios
¼ cup olive oil
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
½ cup pomegranate seeds

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Parsley, Red Onion and Pomegranate Salad

Parsly, Red Onion and Pomegranate Salad

1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
½ teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon ground sumac
Kosher salt

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses or ½ tsp. honey
2 cups (lightly packed) fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves with tender stems
¼ cup pomegranate seeds

Toss onion, sugar, and sumac in a medium bowl; season with salt and let sit 30 minutes. Add oil, vinegar, and pomegranate molasses and toss to combine; let sit 5 minutes.

Just before serving, toss in parsley and pomegranate seeds; season with salt. Could add crumbled feta as well.

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Grill Lamb Pita Burgers

Grilled Lamb Pita Burgers

½ pound ground lamb, preferably shoulder
¼ medium onion, very finely chopped
¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
¼ cup crumbled feta
1 tsp ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
pinch ground cinnamon
½ teaspoons kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp cup olive oil, plus more for grilling

2-4 thick medium pita breads with pockets

Using a fork, mix lamb, feta, onion, parsley, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, salt, pepper, and oil in a large bowl. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.

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Green Hot Sauce

A Saveur recipe, modified by Merl and sent by Sharon.

1 lb. mixed medium-to-hot fresh chiles, stemmed and seeded if very hot (Merl recommends 1/2 jalapeños and 1/2 serranos; Saveur recommends red peppers like fresno, holland, or cayenne)
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1.5 tbsp. or more kosher salt, to taste
1/2 cup or more distilled white vinegar to taste

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Menu for week of Sep 12

Fried Eggplant

Sat: Fried eggplant with tomato sauce
Sun: Steak w/ tomato shallot vinaigrette salad and grilled corn
Mon: eggplant parm
Tue: white bean ragout
Wed: Composed Niçoise Salad

Corn, Chili, and Cheese Salad

Grilled Corn Salad

Easy and delicious Bon Appetit recipe. Also keeps well in the fridge for several days and, in some ways, improves over time.

4 ears of corn, husked
1 large shallot, thinly sliced into rings
1 red chile (BA recommends Holland or Fresno, but a Jalapeño will do), optionally deseeded, thinly sliced into rings
¼ cup fresh lime juice
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
2 oz. fresh Cotija cheese or queso fresco, crumbled
¼ cup cilantro leaves with tender stems

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