Corn Chowder

On August 26, 2012, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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It’s been awhile since I’ve spent some time on one of my favorite blogs: Emily Levenson. Perhaps it has a lot to do with all the change around here after leaving AT&T and Texas then getting our family settled here in Southern California, not that we are quite settled yet. I write this as we are about to get ready to go the beach instead of unpacking.

We did do some unpacking yesterday. It also gave me some time to do some cooking.

I love chowder, especially corn chowder, so when I saw Emily had a recipe for it that received some great comments.

Plus I had some sweet white corn and japanese sweet potatoes from the farmers market.

My version here looks less orange due to the white corn and lightly inside of the Japanese sweet potatoes. The flavor was really sweet and flavorful. I think next time though I’ll use a more traditional sweet potato which is not as sugary as the type I went with this time.

For the Full Recipe: Corn Chowder.

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Sweet Potato Wontons

On January 18, 2012, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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Some recipes are meant for the weekend, not after work. This recipe is one of those. I had planned on making the filling the night before so I could save some time after work. Doing so would’ve made this a good weekday after work recipe, but that never happened and I ended up spending a couple hours making the filling, wontons, dipping sauce and rice.

Pan frying the sweet potato and butternut squash takes some time.  I would recommend steaming the sweet potato and squash for 10 minutes prior to pan frying. Using a food steamer will soften the vegetables before adding to the pan.  This should quicken the cooking at this step.

After the mixture is cooked, place everything into a bowl and roughly mash to combine ingredients and make it easier to use as filling for the wontons. You’ll only need a teaspoon sized scoop of the filling to place in the wonton wrapper.

Prepare as many wontons as you can with the filling. It makes somewhere between 20 to 30 pieces.

Full Recipe: Sweet Potato Wontons with Soy Garlic Dipping Sauce.

Here is a quick video I did showing how to wrap a wonton:

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Pasta with Roasted Asparagus and Balsamic Butter

On May 27, 2011, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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In our family’s quest to try to eat 3 to 4 vegetarian dinners a week, I have turned to blogs like Emily Levenson’s {Custom Made} Life.

Tonight I attempted a rather peculiar recipe that uses a lot of balsamic vinegar and butter (in this case Earth Balance) to make a pasta sauce. Of course with any recipe that calls for balsamic as a key ingredient for success a quality balsamic vinegar is necessary. For tonight, I went with an Organic local selection that we found at the Addison Farmer’s Market late last year.

The balsamic vinegar is made by Texas Hill Country Olive Company. Their Terra Verde Traditional balsamic is a really fruity, rich, thick balsamic that has such an amazing sweetness to it that it really made for an excellent choice for this dish which calls for a 1/3 of a cup of vinegar. Plus Terra Verde’s vinegar is reasonably priced at $16 for a 250ml bottle and can be ordered online too.

The only change I made to Emily’s recipe was using lumaconi pasta shells instead of whole wheat penne which I thought I had, but did not. The shell shape of lumaconi did great and the thick syrupy sauce adhered to the noodles nicely, only downside is lumaconi means “giant snails” in Italian so that’s not so appetizing. Also, I recommend adding some imported Parmesan-Reggiano to add to the dish’s nutty, rich flavor.

For the Recipe: Pasta with Roasted Asparagus and Balsamic Butter