Dried Spaghetti Squash

I had planned to create a post about my pinto bean meatballs I made last night but I thought the spaghetti squash would just get lost…and I ordered online from the company tonight.

A few months ago we were in Sprouts and I saw this package of dried spaghetti squash.

And it’s just been hanging around since. Yesterday I had focused so hard one the pinto bean meatballs that I kinda neglected the rest of the dish. I threw some squash in a pan because it needed used…then I remembered the dried spaghetti squash and busted it out to soak. Once done, it sautéed nicely before being buried with toppings.

I don’t think it’s widely available but I ordered more online and some of their other products at Solely included fruit jerky, dried fruit and more of the spaghetti squash. I like their mission and their story so I was happy to order and share with you.

Lions Mane y Salsa

No idea what else to call this dish. It is 100 percent inspired by the tempeh y salsa recipe in La Vida Verde by Jocelyn Ramirez which I would never even have glanced at it had it not been for the amazing chicharrones en salsa at El Mirasol that Jim used to devour breakfast lunch or dinner back when we ate red meat. My dish started out with a batch of Rancho Gordo Buckeye beans made “the Rancho Gordo way.

I think took about 8 ounces of Lions Mane and did a fine dice and sautéed it until it became crisp but not burnt

I took half the finished drained buckeye beans and mashed them and then gave them the refried beans treatment with olive oil not lard and a splash of Mexican oregano.

I took two poblanos (1 for each of us) and seeded them by just a slit along the top. These were put in the toast setting on the airfryer on the medium setting. Once warm and pliable I stuffed them with leftover white rice that I flavored with Rancho Gordo Felicidad Chipotle Sauce. I set these in a warm oven to get themselves warm and let the flavors mingle.

Meanwhile I decided this was a good time to try the Adonis Spritz recipe found in Bon Appetit recently which I made in Ken whiskey glasses made as a collab with Mattel and Dragonglass

The plating went together like this:

Warm beans on the bottom of the pasta bowl, the chili stuffed with rice on top. I had put just a dab of cheese on both to melt while in the warm oven. I sprinkled the Lions Mane pieces (my chicharrones) on top, then drizzled a fire roasted salsa, then drizzled some Chema with sliced avocado on the side. Garnished with some tomato and cilantro

With the drinks and the rose from the yard…

This one will get made again!

BBQ Pink Oyster Mushroom Sandwiches

Last weekend the Palm Springs Farmers Market granted me Pink Oyster Mushrooms from Canyon Creek Mushrooms. I was lucky as we slept in and they had two bags of mushrooms left—one was the pink. After hunting recipes I settled on the caramelized bbq sandwiches

I loved these! Carmelize them in a hot pan with some spicy seasonings…and toss in bbq sauce and then sauté them quickly again.

Here’s how they start:

Here is the last sauté before they hit the toast:

I used my favorite bbq sauce from We Love Jam

And I plated these beauties with a coleslaw

I’m gonna do this again. It’s a lot of low and slow time getting a nice caramelization but well worth it!

White Chili

White Chili

This white chili came out a little yellow thanks to homemade low sodium “chicken broth.” It can be made vegan my omitting the sour cream and cheese or by swapping in plant based version.

I cooked my beans and assembled my ingredients (note, I saved my bean cooking broth for use back in the chili).

Not pictured is my broth blend and the mushrooms. I sautéed onion chopped onion in olive oil, adding in one yellow bell chopped, one anaheim chopped with some salt, the pepper blends shown and a touch of the oregano Indio. After everything sautéed I added 1/2 the bag of corn and 8 ounces of chopped mushrooms and let it all sautéed until the mushrooms were cooked. Then I added in my bean broth, my low sodium “chicken” broth and water. Here I added in another teaspoon or so of the oregano Indio and let it simmer about 30 minutes. Garnished with radish, cilantro, cheese and sour cream.

One note about the oregano Indio.

This treasure of from my newly discovered Rancho Gordo in Napa. This oregano is grown for them as a partnership with an organization in Mexico. It’s more earthy than Mexican oregano and lacks the citrus notes. I like it.

Tomato pie…

I had planned a tomato tart but somehow i googled tomato pie and got buried with recipes. This one is a hybrid of all those i saw.

Im also working in more omega threes so you will see a cucumber dill salad with some anchovy filets….

The pie absolutely used a frozen gluten free crust…i hate making gf pie or pizza dough.

On day 99 we had green beans and fried mac and cheese

Its time to have some cucs and i had no idea what to do with them plus an heirloom that was ready…so they got plated..a little salt on the cucs and a drizzly of sherry vinegar for the lot.

And an excellent go cheese we have missed for months from a local farm. Goat cheese idyllwild from Drakes Family Farm. This cheese is an old world Portuguese recipe.

I, again, made a grapefruit juice/grapefruitcello/grapefruit sparkling water cocktail in my Tom of Finland glasses

I made green beans to simmer several hours ago—-using my own blend low sodium chickenless chicken broth.

Fried up some leftover baled mac and cheese slices

And we had some new brand of gluten free dinner rolls that were absolutely perfect

Day 99 worked out well

Day 98 goes a little south with fried okra and white bbq…and

This was another idea that developed based off my need to use up the cucumbers i have on hand, however, no cucumbers are anywhere on the menu….

I started with the white bbq sauce straight outta southern living magazine

Mayo, vinegar and spices
Mix it up and its white bbq sauce

Next came the greens slow cooking for hours

Followed by a baked mac and cheese ready for the oven.

And corn!

And okra

It all came together:-) with a grapefruit cocktail (from my grapefruit) mixed with my homemade grapefruitcello?

And the whole things came together

And day 97, t-3 to 100, is our usual margarita friday.

I defrosted some tilapia loin yesterday on accident so its getting used today. What to make, what to make…

First inspiration was refried black beans—i was home today so that was perfect. Alas, i have none, but i have a bounty of lentils. True to form those google searched resulted in a mexican inspired lentil salad.

Lentil salad with a red jalapeño hiding out in there for bite

We had mexican corn and zucchini

And a spice rubbed tilapia loin

And of course…margarita—-with our home grown grapefuit juice

Day 96, zucchini/corn tacos and black eyed pea salad with hot sauce vinaigrette

The summer is for zucchini right? I had it in my head to try the black eyed peas with hot sauce vinaigrette….

But i didn’t know what to make with it. I was trying to think south but got stuck at the southwest and settled on zucchini/corn tacos since I have fresh corn on hand that needed used.

It all worked out nicely along with a marg to wash it down.