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2008-04-17 09:01 am
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Sweating? Tasty, whatever it's called

In my time with [livejournal.com profile] duriyah, we've quite enjoyed cooking together. One of our most common meals has been to get out the olive oil and fry some tofu (I add ground coriander, black pepper, thyme, and maybe a little ground cayenne or chipotle chile pepper), then sauté some vegetables such as bell peppers and summer squash (plus more pepper and thyme and of course olive oil*), then toss all that over noodles (more olive oil!) or rice.

However, more recently we've been trying to cut down on the fat in our meals. Oh no, don't take away my olive oil!

But one of my cookbooks includes a section on various cooking techniques, and one technique it lists is "sweating", which I understood from the book as being a little like sautéing, but dryer, without oil, and occasionally adding just enough liquid (vegetable broth, balsamic vinegar, water) to keep things from sticking. (Subsequent research seems to indicate that my understanding of the technique may be flawed, but I'm not sure.)

In my most recent attempt we had no vegetable broth, so I used a lot of balsamic vinegar (and some water). The tasty and unique result reminded me how good balsamic vinegar is when it's reduced to a thicker syrup. Yum.

* When sautéing I usually mix the olive oil with another oil that's better for high heat.
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2006-07-04 09:52 pm
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Unplanned Yum

The other day I was trying to figure out what to cook for dinner. We were out of most of the usual standbys, and I didn't feel like going to the store. Though [livejournal.com profile] nontacitare had just been on her own trip to the store, which helped matters a little.

As I stared at the cabinet trying to figure out what to make, the main thing that struck me was the two bags of tortilla chips left over from my recent takeout excursions to a local Mexican restaurant. What will I ever do with all these chips, I wondered.

Then I remembered a recipe in one of my cookbooks, "double corn tortilla casserole," which is based on two layers of torn corn tortillas. The chips would work nicely in that role. I pulled out the book and found that I only had one other exactly listed ingredient (out of seven), but I could substitute.....

the resulting recipe )

Pretty tasty for something completely unplanned!