Sunday, August 29, 2010

The blog meeting in disguise

If you saw my grandmother my aunt and I driving down the road you would have guessed we were having an ordinary conversation, but no our topic was it was official, we had our first blog meeting, in the car.
The meeting was started by the many emails being sent between us consisting of one simple sentence, "we need to post more", and as I think all of us can agree this statement is correct. Okay lets face it people last year we were LAME, like the kind of lame that Sharpay says to Gabriella, ohh yes... that lame. But this week being our anniversary we are doing every thing in our power to counteract this strong lame energy for this year. We have made some blog amendments:

1. always spell check!
2. put less pictures, but bigger pictures!
3. longer post with more detail (Margi cough cough)
4. each person pick a book and do a few recipes out of that book!
5. and last but most importantly... each person post every other week!

Saturday, August 28, 2010


Hello my dear readers,
This week has been a week of discoveries, about blogs, life, and food! The long list starts here:
1. I have discovered that food can bring people together:
Okay lets face it what cant food do... any way, this week I had a fabulous week with my family, all of us together, at the beach, relaxing. But I feel as though I owe the success of this week to the food and the meals bring us all together. And of course with the food comes the laborers, farmers, shoppers, cooks, and consumers(most of all!!), so a huge thank you and imaginary round of applause for them!!! We had many wonderful conversations that not only were funny and random, but meaningful and interesting! Thanks food!!

2. I have discovered that our blog only has four followers (two of which being me, hey its okay to love yourself):
I suppose that's our fault for only posting 39 posts this year. This bring up to other subject first of which being... Phylis!!! A huge thank you to Phylis for being the only non family member follower and giving us the inspiration to start this blog!! Phylis has an amazing blog about food called dash and Bella!! It is super lovely, and cool, and amazing, and yummy. She is a fab author and photographer!!! So lets also give an imaginary round of applause to Phylis !!!!

The second point I was going to get to is that this is our blog anniversary, or... blogaversary (that was also Phyllis's idea,thanks) . Since this is a new blog year I am going to make a new years resolution: I, Anna, will post every other weekend, about awesome stuff!

( so much for a long list!!!)


Friday, August 13, 2010

Bulgar, Kale, Mustard Green, Gratin

On a foggy, cold, wet day in Sf ( Whats up with this weather), there is nothing better for me than to take a quick walk over to my grandparents house, with my dog (of course), and have a peaceful experimental time cooking with my Nana!

Its especially fun on Thursdays, one of my favorite days (Mostly because at Swim team it is kicking day), and go to a lovely restaurant called Spruce to pick up a box of Organic Veggies from County Line Harvest. On the car ride home I always read the list of veggies and find that I don't know of at least 1/3 of the names (Its summer,gosh). Anyway, With the box they always give Two recipes, and this is where we found our next wonderful recipe:

We started chopping tons of greens, grating cheese, making bread crumbs,and after 45 minutes of cold hard cooking ingenious.... Finished and excellent!

It was a wonderful veggie, cheesy, success!!!! ( and even my brother like :0 (omg) )

I hope you guys enjoy the recipe; here it is:Bulgar-Greens Gratin
1/2 c. coarse bulgur
1 bunch kale
1 bunch mustard greens
6 lg. garlic cloves, minced
3 TBSP olive oil
1/4 c. grated Parmesan
6 oz. chilled mozzarella or Monterey Jack
1/2 c. fine bread crumbs
1 TBSP olive oil
In a heat proof bowl pour enough boiling water over bulgur to cover by 1 inch. Cover bowl with plate to trap steam and let stand 20 minutes. Drain bulgur in a large, fine sieve, pressing out excess liquid, and transfer to a bowl. Tear greens into bite-size pieces, discard stems and wash thoroughly, being careful to keep kale and mustards separate. Put kale in the large pot of simmering water, stirring occasionally until wilted, about 4 min. Add mustards and cover until wilted, about 3-4 min. Drain greens in colander, pressing out excess liquid. In a large heavy skillet cook garlic in oil over medium heat until softened but not golden. Stir in the greens and bulgur and season generously with salt and pepper. Stir in Parmesan and remove from heat. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and lightly oil a shallow baking dish. Spread half of greens mixture in dish and sprinkle evenly with mozzarella. Spread remaining greens mixture over mozzarella and smooth top with a spatula. Gratin may be prepared up to this point 8 hours, covered and chilled. In a small bowl with a fork stir together bread crumbs and oil until crumbs are evenly moistened. Sprinkle topping over greens mixture and bake in middle of oven 30 minutes, or until bubbling and top is browned lightly.

Note: cheese and bread crumbs cam make anything taste good :)

Note, note: Add about a 1/2 cup more greens than the recipe states!