When wife Jan recently bought me blue corn meal, she also purchased some blue masa harina. Masa harina is corn that has been soaked in calcium hydroxide (AKA slaked lime) in a process called nixtamalization. This process has many benefits, making it easier to remove the hulls, breaking down toxins that may be present in the raw corn, and altering the corn’s chemistry—allowing for easier absorption of key nutrients like niacin and letting the corn flour to absorb water to make a dough. The freshly ground corn dough—masa—is dried and then reground to make masa harina.
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Shishitō peppers are the hot new pepper in California—which is surprising since most of them are very mild. Miriam and Chris requested them for her birthday dinner this Saturday. Jan and I wanted to know what all the fuss was about, so I cooked some up this week.
Jan wants to go to a movie for Mother’s Day, Avengers: Age of Ultron. For me this means making dishes that I can prep ahead. To go with my steamed mussels, I decided that a rice salad would be nice. In days past I would probably have used white Jasmine rice, but with my diabetes I am going with whole grains.
I am making ham steak for this Sunday’s dinner. Miriam requested cauliflower and Jan loves Brussels sprouts. I had thought to make two separate dishes, but as I was looking at recipes on-line I saw that several combined these vegetables. For me ham calls for Southern (U.S.) cooking and it is not a Southern recipe if it doesn’t have bacon.
This morning Jan asked for my potato and leek soup with chicken. I have done that and this blog always pushes me to try something new. What could I do that both answered Jan’s desire, but also be completely new and different?
I did not want all of my dishes to be the same, so I decided to leave the Sichuan pepper out of this one. When I am home alone, I will frequently make a lunch of some sautéed vegetables with a tablespoon of Chinese chili garlic sauce stirred in. I decide to carry that idea a step further in these roasted vegetables.
Everybody in my family, except Eilene, loves mushrooms. She doesn’t like the texture. This leaves me with three options when I use them in cooking.