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Pesto, Chicken, and White Bean Soup

Yum! No fancy ingredients and 45-minutes from start to finish made it ideal for weeknight supper. This is definitely one we'll have again.

Feb 06, 2013
Zereh in Recipes

Quiche, lightened up

This is what I use for quiche crust, I can't imagine one needing a whole cup of butter
1 cup + 2 Tbsp flour (I use WW pastry)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cold, cubed butter
3-4 tablespoons milk

I use 5 eggs + enough milk to make 1.5 cups of liquid to put over the filling

I've also used leftover coconut milk and a T or so of red curry paste w/ the eggs with great success.

Oct 28, 2012
Zereh in Home Cooking

Interesting popcorn toppings

Soy sauce

Aug 05, 2011
Zereh in Home Cooking

Minestrone with Parmesan Rind

Here's my tried and true recipe. It never gets old. I wish I could give credit where it was due, but I don't even remember where this came from anymore.

2 small leeks (or 1 large), white and light green parts, sliced thin
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
2 small onions, diced
2 medium celery stalks, diced
1 baking potato, diced
1 med zucchini, diced
3 c fresh spinach leaves, cut into thin strips
28-oz can whole tomatoes packed in juice, drained and chopped
8 c water
1 parmesan cheese rind (approx 5 x 2 inches)
15-oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 basil pesto (or 1 T minced fresh rosemary mixed with 1 teaspoon minced garlic and 1 T extra-virgin olive oil)

Throw everything into a large pan except the beans and pesto and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender but still hold their shape, about an hour or 90 minutes or so.

Add beans and cook until just heated through, about 10 minutes. Remove pot from heat. Remove and discard cheese rind. Stir in pesto (or rosemary-garlic mixture). Adjust seasonings, adding pepper and more salt if necessary.

Jul 31, 2011
Zereh in Home Cooking

What is one tip that you learned about cooking that was simple but made a huge difference? [old]

Save those hard cheese rinds and use them to help flavor your soups! You can usually even purchase rinds at cheese counters just for this very purpose.

I swear that is what pushes my Minestrone over the edge from good to great. I've taken to throwing them into tons of different soups (lentil, potato / leek, mushroom, chicken noodle, creamy asparagus / zucchini / broccoli) all with great success.

Jul 25, 2011
Zereh in Home Cooking

Sriracha Chili Sauce Condiment or Crack?!

I know this is way old ... but I've read each comment! Love love all the ideas and have scribbled the tomato soup recipe down since that is what I was searching for when I found this thread. That is definitely something I will be making.

Here is my ultimate favorite comfort food:

Make brown rice in rice cooker. As soon as it dings place some into a bowl. Add a nice thick slice of Muenster cheese. Place more rice on top. Let it sit just long enough for the cheese to get gooey. Douse liberally with Sriracha and stir. Insert face into bowl and consume.

I've never tried the other brands but I'll be trying them soon as I find 'em.

Jan 14, 2011
Zereh in General Topics

Farmers' market at Pike Place

I live on the Eastside, so here is my tip for when I drive into Seattle (usually I bus): If you can scoot in and buy your goodies and be out in less than an hour you can get free parking at the garage on Western, directly behind the Market. Anything over an hour you have to pay for though.

And yes, I love the seasonal vendors as well. The sweet, soft apricots are to die for!

Jul 27, 2010
Zereh in Greater Seattle

Places a foodie MUST visit?

Oh wow! Love this tip. I will most definitely be heading that way later this week. Nothing like finding something new and exciting hidden right under my nose. =)

Jul 27, 2010
Zereh in Greater Seattle

where can I find wide flat metal skewers for grilling?

I've had some good luck finding kitchen stuff at discount stores like TJ Maxx, Ross or Marshalls. etc. The thing is you kind of just have to grab it when you see it because it can be hit or miss when looking for something specific.

If you can't find them wide enough for what you need (and I can't say that I've ever seen one with that kind of width) you can always use two of the skinny regular sized ones side-by-side.

Jul 27, 2010
Zereh in Greater Boston Area