25 August 2012

Returning to the kitchen
Today is the first time in almost 2 years that I have felt so inspired that I am returning to my Chef Halie blog.  Although I am no longer a chef I have still been cooking and creating over the past years.  I now belong to a great CSA here in Carmel, WE Cooperative, and am loving using all the veggies and fruit that come every week.  This is a new way to cook that I had not truly appreciated until now.

My most recent inspiration though, has come from my new friend Melissa.  If there was anyone who could inspire you to use every last piece of your CSA box each week it would be this woman.  An enthusiastic gardener, forager, cook, and aspiring hooch making queen, her excitement about food has excited me to get back into the swing of things here and find new kitchen adventures.

So... I hope to share with you all again my new receipes and adventures.
Hope you enjoy!

Huckleberry Foraging
Today I went foraging... Not out in the country or on a mountain side, but right here in Pacific Grove, CA.  Now I have been berry picking before, but almost always at a farm and paying for the privilege of picking my own food.  Today Melissa and I trapesed out into the bushes of this urban forest, wearing sneakers and long pants and sleeves, the appropriate berry picking clothes.  These tiny berries peaked out from the hundreds of bushes and we picked and picked and, did I mention we picked?  Our little buckets filling up with the sweet sometimes tart berries reminded me of "Blueberries For Sal" as they plunked  in.  While this adventure took hours to collect a modest amount, Melissa and I chatted and improved our health with fresh air and slow thoughtful searching of Huckleberries.
This whole process has made me appreciate each berry in a way that I may never have done before.

Now the task will be finding the perfect receipe for these little treasures.  I've thought of a tart, if I can find the bottom for my pan, or jam?

20 December 2010

Baked Tortellini Soup

I made this for a dinner party for 13 people.  I doubled the recipe and it was plenty with a few bowls of leftovers too!  I also used Gluten Free Tortellini!  It was wonderful and a "One Pot Meal" unless you double it and then you need two big pots.

This entire soup can also be made in the oven.  See notes on baking temperatures below.
Serves 8-10 (not doubled).

14 December 2010

Strawberry Shortcake

This is my Mom's recipe and they are the best things in the world.  Forget about those gross store bought biscuits and try these flaky warm delights!

This is not a Paleo friendly recipe, but I thought I would share it anyways since it is so good!
I will post a Paleo version of this soon!

Preheat oven 450.  Serves 6.

13 December 2010

Bangers and Mash

Oh my gosh!!  This is WONDERFUL!  It really hit the comfort food spot.

Serves 2.