K’s California Adventures and Homemade Bagels

It is official, I am finally settled into California!  My boyfriend and I have been unpacking for what feels like forever!   We have been here for one month and we have been having a lot of fun settling in (which is probably why we still aren’t totally unpacked.)  I started working at my new job in San Francisco right away so it has taken me awhile to get back into a routine.   I do apologize for not posting for so long, but I have many great recipes and stories to share with you.   M has done such a great job of posting while I have been moving in to my new home.  Thanks M!

My boyfriend and I have moved to Sunnyvale, CA which is still in the San Francisco Bay Area but also part of Silicon Valley.  I commute into San Francisco everyday which is not as bad as it sounds thanks to the express train.  Our favorite part of California so far has been the amazing weather and the fresh produce.   We go to the Sunnyvale Farmers Market on the historical Murphy Street every Saturday.   Our first trip we went a little crazy at the market because there was fruit and vegetables that I have never seen at a farmers market back east.Farmer's Market Finds

Farmers Market Finds- fresh bell peppers, jalapenos, Fuji apples, Granny Smith Apples,  strawberries, cilantro, red and green grapes, oranges, green beans, artichoke hummus, cilantro pesto, Italian bread, Kettle Corn, and Spinach Bolani

See what I mean about a little out of control!   It was so cool to have fresh strawberries and fresh oranges!  I used the bell peppers to make chicken fajitas later in the week.   I steamed the green beans and served them with pepper crusted steak.  I ate the fruit with my lunch and as a snack all week.  With the jalapenos, I made my jalapeno popper stuffed chicken and used them in M’s favorite chicken chili recipe.

While we are loving all the fresh produce and sunshine around here,  we are also missing some of the classic foods from back east.   We have yet to find good deli meats and bagels.   My boyfriend has been out every Sunday determined to find a decent bagel, but he returns disappointed each time.  I suggested a simple solution to him of just trying to make his own.   So this morning I taught him how to make bagels.  We chose a quick and simple recipe to start with.   The results?   They were actually pretty good!   They had the chewiness and consistency of the bagels we miss.   So if you are a transplant out here in the west and are missing some good bagels, try this recipe!

Homemade Bagels

Homemade Bagels
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Ingredients
  • 2 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1½ tbsp. of sugar
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • ¼ cup of warm water
  • 3½ cups of bread flour (500g) plus extra for kneading
  • 1½ tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl or liquid 1-cup measuring cup add yeast and sugar to ½ cup of warm water. Do not stir. Let sit for 5 minutes and then stir until all the yeast and sugar are dissolved.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer add in flour and salt. Mix on low until just combined. Put a well in the middle of the flour mixture. Pour yeast mixture into the hole and then an additional ½ cup of warm water. Stir with the mixing blade on the mixer at medium until combined. You may need to add an additional amount of warm water into the mixture so that all the flour is mixed in.
  3. Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a damp towel. Let the dough rest for 1 hour.
  4. After 1 hour push the dough down and let rest for another ten minutes
  5. Break the dough into 8 even balls and roll them out. You may need to moisten hands a little get the dough balls to roll into a perfect ball.
  6. Lightly oil a baking sheet.
  7. Press thumb through the center of each dough ball and stretch out to a bagel shape.
  8. Place on oiled baking sheet.
  9. Boil a large pot of water and preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  10. Once the water is boiled turn down the heat, and drop 2-3 bagels into the water. Let cook on each side for two minutes. Pull out bagels with a slotted spoons and place back on oiled baking sheet.
  11. Repeat for all bagels.
  12. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown.
  13. Serve with whipped cream cheese

Source- Slightly adapted from The Sophisticated Gourmet

Fresh Produce Tuesday- Corn Recipes

One of my favorite summer memories from growing up is sitting on our back deck shucking bags of corn.  We have finally started to get corn in our CSA and I have been looking for different ways to serve it up.  The standard in our house is of course good old corn on the cob, but there are many other types of corn recipes out there.

CORN RECIPES FROM AROUND THE WEB:

CORN RECIPES FROM OTHER BLOGGERS:

Bloggers, please link up as many corn recipes as you would like:



Too much summer produce and not enough ideas on how to prepare them? Be sure to check out the Fresh Produce Tuesday tag! We have a large assortment of recipes for the following types of produce: PeasRadishesLettuceKaleCarrotsChardRaspberriesZucchiniEggplants, Heirloom Tomatoes, and Beets.

Fresh Produce Tuesday: Beet Recipes

I can’t really say that I love beets, but we get them in our CSA about every other week so I am learning to embrace them.  I was able to find lots of beet recipes this week that I would like to try with our next batch of beets.  One recipe I did make a few weeks ago that I loved was beet chips (recipe below.)  I received a food processor as a wedding gift and never took out all the attachments to see what they did.  Turns out, it has an awesome mandoline attachment that thinly slices things up in less than a second.  Did I mention it is our five year wedding anniversary this week?  I could have used this so many times over the last five years!  Lesson learned- always read your small appliance manuals so you learn about all the extra functionality they might have.

BEET RECIPES FROM AROUND THE WEB:

BEET RECIPES FROM OTHER BLOGGERS:

Bloggers, please link up as many corn recipes as you would like:



Too much summer produce and not enough ideas on how to prepare them? Be sure to check out the Fresh Produce Tuesday tag! We have a large assortment of recipes for the following types of produce:Peas,Radishes,Lettuce,Kale,Carrots,Chard,Raspberries,Zucchini,Eggplants, and Heirloom Tomatoes.

 

Fresh Produce Tuesday- Heirloom Tomato Recipes

 

It’s finally time for my favorite type of summer produce: heirloom tomatoes!  There are so many heirloom tomato recipes, but sometimes I just love to eat them plain with a little dash of kosher salt.  These heirloom tomatoes in the above picture were from our last CSA box.  Since I was out of town for BlogHer ’12, we had our CSA delivered a few days early.  Here’s my weekly instagram of the CSA crops:

And because I love to show my photo bloopers, here are some of Baby T assisting with the shoot:

HEIRLOOM TOMATO RECIPES FROM AROUND THE WEB:

HEIRLOOM TOMATO RECIPES FROM OTHER BLOGGERS:

Bloggers, please link up as many tomatoes as you have (they do not necessarily have to be heirloom tomato recipes.)




If you are looking for more summer recipe ideas for fresh produce, please be sure to check out the Fresh Produce Tuesday tag.  We have a large assortment of recipes for  the following:

Check back in next Tuesday for beet recipes!

Fresh Produce Tuesday- Eggplant Recipes

I can’t believe is the last day of July!  This summer has certainly been flying by.  I have really been trying to take advantage of all the fresh produce that summer has to offer, which includes trying out these various eggplant recipes.

EGGPLANT RECIPES FROM AROUND THE WEB:

EGGPLANT RECIPES FROM OTHER BLOGGERS:

Please link up as many eggplant recipes as you like!

If you are looking for more recipe ideas for fresh produce, please be sure to check out the Fresh Produce Tuesday tag.  We have a large assortment of recipes for  the following:

And keeping with tradition, here’s my Instagram of my CSA pick-up from this past weekend.  We’ve already used up the beets, tomatoes, and the melon- so good:

Next week for Fresh Produce Tuesday, we will be featuring my personal favorite, heirloom tomatoes!  What’s your all-time favorite type of summer produce?

Fresh Produce Tuesday: Zucchini Recipes

Zucchini is one summer vegetable that I love in the beginning of the season and start to dread by the end.  I usually end up brushing the zucchini with a little olive oil, sprinkling it with a little S&P, and throwing it on the side of the grill to enjoy with whatever else we’re having.  However, after pulling together this zucchini recipe compilation, I’m definitely looking forward to trying a few new ways of cooking up zucchini. So whether you are trying to use up a bumper crop of zucchini from your own garden or some you picked up at an urban farmers market, here are some new zucchini recipes to try.

ZUCCHINI RECIPES FROM AROUND THE WEB:

ZUCCHINI RECIPES FROM OTHER BLOGGERS:

Please link up as many zucchini recipes as you like!  Feel free to also submit any recipes for similar varieties of summer squashes such as yellow squash and patty pan squash.



If you are looking for more recipe ideas for fresh produce, please be sure to check out the Fresh Produce Tuesday tag.  We have a large assortment of recipes for  the following:

Next week for Fresh Produce Tuesday, we will be featuring eggplant.

 

 

 

P.S. Here’s my weekly Instagram photo from my CSA pick-up…yay for heirloom tomatoes!

 

Fresh Produce Tuesday: Raspberry Recipes

10+ Raspberry Recipe Ideas

With all of the fresh raspberries available at local farmers markets, I wanted to feature a number of raspberry recipes this week.  Raspberries are one of baby T’s favorite foods as evidenced in this photo below.  I can’t believe how quickly they disappear from his high chair tray sometimes!  Our new house has some wild raspberry bushes around the perimeter, but I have only been able to pick a few at a time…our critter friends get the rest.

No raspberries in our CSA this weekend, but lot’s of other goodies!  Here’s my weekly Instagram photo of our pick-up:

Raspberry Recipes from Around the Web:

One of my favorite desserts to make is this Chocolate-Rasberry Tart from Martha Stewart Everyday Food, May 2010.  It’s really easy to pull together and the raspberry chocolate combination is perfect!

Here are 9 additional raspberry recipes:

Raspberry Recipes from Other Bloggers:

What are your favorite recipes for raspberries?  Do you just pop them in your mouth as they are?  Please link up as many raspberry recipes as you want!

If you are looking for more recipe ideas for fresh produce, please be sure to check out the Fresh Produce Tuesday tag.  We have a large assortment of recipes for  the following:

Next week for Fresh Produce Tuesday, we will be featuring zucchini.  Stay cool!

 

Fresh Produce Tuesday – Swiss Chard Recipes

Swiss Chard Recipes

Fresh Produce Tuesday is finally back this week with some great swiss chard recipes!  I apologize for the 2 week hiatus, but I needed a little blogging break and am now feeling quite reinvigorated.  My local CSA had it’s first pick-up last Saturday…I was so excited to pick it up.  Here’s an instagram I took of my first bounty (on a side note, you can follow us on Instagram under the username 2sisters2cities!)

There was no swiss chard in this week’s pick-up, but there was some Red Russian kale, a variety that I had never tried before.  I actually took the above photo of the swiss chard a few weeks ago.  I used it to make a simple recipe of penne pasta, italian sausage, swiss chard, and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.  Here are 10 more swiss chard recipes I have found that look really good:

Swiss Chard Recipes from Around the Web:

Swiss Chard Recipes from Other Bloggers:

Please link up any recipes with swiss chard as an ingredient.  Feel free to submit as many recipes as you want!

If you are looking for more recipe ideas for fresh produce, please be sure to check out the Fresh Produce Tuesday tag.  We have a large assortment of recipes for  AsparagusArtichokesSpring OnionsPeasGarlic Scapes & Spring GarlicRhubarbFava BeansRadishesLettuceMorelsStrawberries, Kale, and Carrots.  Check back in next Tuesday, July 17th for raspberry recipe ideas and on July 25th for zucchini recipes.

Fresh Produce Tuesday- Week #13: Carrot Recipes


I thought this week might be challenging to find a lot of different carrot recipes, but I definitely underestimated how many ways one can eat carrots.  Although carrots can be found year-round in supermarkets, it’s always interesting to try out the various varieties and colors of carrots available from local farms.  If you open yet another CSA box full of carrots and think “les carottes sont cuites” (translation: the carrots are cooked, meaning: you’re done for), here are 10 carrot recipes to get culinary inspiration.

Carrot Recipes from Around the Web:

Carrot Recipes from Other Bloggers:

Please link up any recipes with carrots as an ingredient.  Feel free to submit as many recipes as you want!

If you are looking for more recipe ideas for fresh produce, please be sure to check out the Fresh Produce Tuesday tag.  We have a large assortment of recipes for  AsparagusArtichokesSpring OnionsPeasGarlic Scapes & Spring GarlicRhubarbFava BeansRadishesLettuceMorelsStrawberries, and Kale.  Check back in next Tuesday, June 26th for our Chard post and on Tuesday, July 3rd for recipe ideas for Raspberries.

Fresh Produce Tuesday- Week #12: Kale Recipes

kale_recipes

Kale is a vegetable that I have come to embrace in the summer over the past few years.  It’s extremely nutritious and a great addition to so many recipes.  I love to steam or sauté some up and add it to pasta dishes, but I’m really looking forward to making kale chips later this week!  Here are 10 kale recipes that sound amazing:

Please link up your kale recipes below.   It would be great if you could link back to 2 Sisters 2 Cities on kale post, but it is not required.  Readers, please “like” the  kale recipes below that you like the best!

If you have been getting lots of spring produce at your farmers market or CSA, be sure to check out the past weeks of our Fresh Produce Tuesday series for recipe ideas.  We have tons of recipes for  AsparagusArtichokesSpring OnionsPeasGarlic Scapes & Spring GarlicRhubarbFava BeansRadishesLettuceMorels, and Strawberries.  Please visit 2 Sisters 2 Cities again in the next couple of weeks as we are featuring carrots on June 19th and chard on June 26th.  Anyone have any produce nominations for the month of July?

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