Linguine with Kale for Dinner

I’ve been thinking that I needed to add more vegetables to my meals — in fact it’s probably time to add some vegetarian dishes to the list. So I’m guessing that’s why a menu for pasta with greens caught my eye. Of course I don’t have escarole or pappardelle. For some reason the idea of using Kale came to mind, and living in Rhode Island it’s always available. So I jotted down some ideas and added kale to the shopping list.

Now I’ve never cooked kale in anything other than a soup, so I wasn’t sure how this would turn out. But I figured the slight bitterness of the kale should go well with olive oil and some good Parmigiano-Reggiano. After trying it, it seemed to be falling a little short of the mark. But squeezing some fresh lemon juice on it brought the dish to life! Here’s the recipe for Linguine with Kale

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Spicy Shrimp Tacos for lunch

A quick meal that’s great for lunch, or add some sides and make it for dinner. Corn tortillas are SO MUCH better then the flour ones, just walk away from the mexican aisle and grab the refrigerated ones instead! They smell great when you heat them and really add a lot of flavor to the meal. The recipes at Spicy Shrimp Tacos. Enjoy!

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Chipotle Chiles en Adobo Pork Tacos

A very spicey and easy to cook meal using Chipotle Chiles en adobo to marinate the pork.  Quickly searing the meat is all the cooking needed.  Enjoy! Chipotle Pork Tacos

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Clams & Israeli Couscous

What can be better than a 25 minute recipe with fresh clams with a great olive oil and tomato sauce?  Check it out at Clams & Couscous

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A not so great cookbook

Since I’ve been on a bit of a Mediterranean cooking spree, I decided to see what else I could find to cook.  The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean looked interesting and had good reviews.

So I added it to an order and after looking through the “215 Healthy, Vibrant and Inspired Recipes”, well lets just say I wasn’t feeling very Vibrant nor Inspired.  In fact I decided to let it sit for a few days and then releaf through it and I still couldn’t find a single recipe that I thought looked good enough to try.  Plus, I’m not sure I could get the ingredients.  Paula Wolfert even discourages making these dishes, stating that you can’t possibly get the right mix of spices unless you buy them from the local spice vendor in the village she got the recipe from.

Next time I’ll pay more attention to the 2 reviewers who gave it the right review and not the 12 who raved about it.

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Converting to hRecipe format

What started as a simple project got rather involved.  I decided to adopt the hRecipe microformat that Google requires to get onto their recipe search page.  That ended up requiring me to enable Google+ on my families Google Apps domain (fortunately Google finally allowed App users to get Google+ on Thursday!), testing the 5 hRecipe compatible WordPress Plugins (discovered that only the ZipList Recipe Plugin works with Google, fixing my blog so that Google can find track my posts to my Google Profile using the rel=”me” tags.

Whew, now I’ve got to reenter all of my recipes.  Half way there!

If anyone uses ZipList to prepare their shopping lists and to track their recipes let me know.  I haven’t enabled those capabilities as I didn’t like the idea of having links on my blog that prompted you to create an account at ZipList.

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