Forays into Smitten Kitchen
Posted by eemilla on January 25, 2009
The past two nights I have cooked up Smitten Kitchen fare; both nights have been smashing successes. Friday was a simple snack of a dinner as we both ate late lunches. My honey was a bit put off by the thought of eggs and red sauce, but I trusted the photos. The only thing I missed was the side of cooked greens, although I think kale would have been more appropriate as we hold different opinions as to how cooked spinach should be.
On our toasted bread I added some cheap deli swiss, and I made the red sauce spicier and threw in an extra glug or two of wine (shiraz). The extra wine gave the sauce this really intense red color, and the flavor was married nicely with the spice. My honey even went and poached another egg with the tiny bit of leftover sauce; this will certainly make it onto the quick and easy dinner rotation. Making this in the summer will require some victory garden basil with victory garden tomato sauce, and maybe Mom’s backyard eggs.
Last night got off to a late start because even though I remembered to run the store for the noodles, I managed to forget that I had consumed the last of the cooking wine. The mushroom bourguignon was well worth the wait. Due to all the simmering and reducing, this is too time consuming to be on the quick dinner rotation, but it is certainly easy and could be prepared while completing some other task. Being the garlic lovers we are, I doubled the two cloves called for, but on the next round I think I will double it again and possibly add some more onion. Another thought would be to add seitan. Also I don’t understand why a roux wasn’t called for; it would have been easier to combine into the stew, and it would have provided some extra nutty complexity as well as gorgeous glossiness. In lieu of the egg noodles, I opted for whole wheat; I don’t like sour cream, but my honey enjoyed it with his dish.
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