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My first recipe diary, and not one that starts from the beginning, but one that picks up in the middle with a dish I already made that I'm going to be adding to, and this is entirely me making stuff up as I go along. The initial dish has its origins in Italian cooking as it's my own adaptation from something in Lidia's Italy, just without the saffron, the anchovies (obviously) and the pine nuts, and the whole wheat pasta is from a really insistent suggestion from Mark Bittman. Other differences? The cauliflower wasn't boiled or steamed, it was roasted with olive oil and garlic. Ahead of time too, as one of the first things I did with my share of the box from
Abundant Harvest Organics that I split with the Kossack recoveringConservative is to process the vegetables I know how to process, which at this point is broccoli and cauliflower and not much else.

Here's what I made for yesterday's dinner:  photo f91f59c3-e793-425f-b7f4-a34d71556be9_zps0434f406.jpg

What I did with it to keep it varied is below the great orange vegetable crate.

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So yes, whole wheat penne with roasted cauliflower and raisins, with garlic, green onions (that's "scallions" to you easterners), shallots, mint and basil. The canvas for tonight's recipe. Some meta to start too. The other night when Steveningen commented that he started writing for Top Comments because of BeninSC's  quilt-producing experience, I suggested that I might have come to Top Comments because of the same tragedy and, in fact, I found the comment I made in Steven's first diary for the group. It struck me as I was looking at the list of diaries for January and February of 2012 that we ran a lot more recipes in Top Comments then than we do now, and if that's true, I'm partially responsible for that (since this is my first recipe diary for any group at daily Kos). Hence, this is in part to make amends for that.

You may remember that last semester I had no time to do much of ANYTHING between Monday morning and Friday morning, and that meant cooking for the week Sunday afternoon. When I started reheating leftover whole wheat pasta in olive oil after starting Mark Bittman's Vegan before 6 program in November, I learned that some of the pasta crisps up, which I thought was terrific. So this is going to be a lot like the process involved in making fried rice, in which you cook the non-rice portion of the dish before you fry the cooked leftover rice with the non-rice portion (and, if you want this to be vegetarian instead of vegan, an egg). It's just that instead of the rice, we'll be adding a portion of an already composed dish.

The other ingredients? Kale, mustard greens, and an onion. Here are the greens, unprocessed.  photo c8ca0a80-9202-4a16-bedf-8a3f9bb75592_zps376f6829.jpg

Here is the onion, chopped.  photo 21c441d3-e981-4119-869c-0a773c893356_zps8727b7ef.jpg

And here are the prepared greens, waiting to go into the saute pan with the onions. Kale has thin stems which will get tender in about the same time the leaves do, but mustard greens are more like Swiss chard, which means the stems have to be chopped fine.  photo 7f5b3d52-a99d-4a34-822d-62b8335bdb42_zps95a517dc.jpg

So we saute the onions in the olive oil until it's translucent and soft. photo 2c57fdfd-3ce6-4568-ba8b-c0b307571e0f_zps84d1e6c6.jpg

And then we add the wet greens, and we cover the pan to let the greens steam down, the same way you do when you cook spinach. Here they are after steaming. Salted and peppered.  photo 5e5025f2-8fa8-49ce-843a-e1029d3fed91_zpsd8a31685.jpg

We'll only need half of this for the pasta dish, so I'll add the other half to the pasta I don't use for this. One more tablespoon of olive oil, and high heat, and in goes the pasta.  photo 96128596-5065-4606-bcc9-e5fd201b14bd_zps4b2ce891.jpg

And here is the finished dish, with the snipped tops from two green onions. Salty, sweet, earthy, bitter, spicy, healthy.  photo c628a80e-3355-4d77-b961-417e247f5c54_zps835b8147.jpg

A fried rice technique applied to cooked and dressed pasta. My solution for bringing variety to cooking for the week during the week. And, after drawing my own conclusions about Greece produced a diary nobody much cared about, a poll about next week, which will be about an aspect of Rome and the Roman Empire.

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