Austin Farmers Market Salad

The other day, all I had to do was pour the entire contents of my refrigerator into a bowl and call it a day: A shredded kale salad became the foundation for a pan-seared corn salad, which was pulled together by some Sungold tomatoes purchased at a farm stand in Dripping Springs and a Dijon-honey vinaigrette. The result was a sweet and spicy salad that I couldn’t stop eating.

Farmers Market Salad
Serves 6

For the salad:

1 bunch lacinato kale, minced
1 cup fresh mint, minced
1 cup walnuts, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2–2 tablespoons Sriracha
3 ears of corn, kernels sliced off of the cobs
1 red bell pepper, seeded and minced
1/4 cup packed, chopped parsley
1/4 scant cup crumbled cotija
Juice of 1/2 lime
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup halved Sungold tomatoes

For the dressing:

1 tablespoon honey, creamed if you have it on hand
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil

  1. To make the dressing, in a small dish or Bell jar (which makes for easy storage later), whisk together the honey and Dijon with a fork until fully combined. Add in the vinegar and mix, then, while whisking with the fork, slowly add in the olive oil, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, until well-combined. Set aside.
  2. In a large serving bowl, toss the chopped kale, chopped mint and the walnuts together, then set aside.
  3. In a medium pan over medium-high heat, warm the butter. Add the Sriracha, then, add in the corn, stirring with a wooden spoon until the corn is slightly browned, about 7 minutes.
  4. Add the peppers and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Add in the parsley, cotija, and lime juice; mix to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the warm corn to the bowl of kale mixture and toss to combine.
  6. Add the halved tomatoes on top, toss with the dressing, and serve so that the corn is still warm.

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Recipe: Easy Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli e Zucchini

In every country or region, there is just this one dish that brings people straight to memory lane. You know, those kinds of food where is is warm, fuzzy, and very comforting that brings you back to the good old days. For every Italian, it is the humble Pasta e Fagioli or also pronounced as Pasta Fazool. Seriously, every Italian that shares this recipe or any Italian who talks about it just straight up says that they remembered something when eating or making it. Either a childhood memory, friends, grandparents or family. That’s why this dish is very special to every Italian I know. And even if you are not, you will definitely love how delicious and filling this one pot wonder of pasta and beans.

Recipe: A Venison Take on Ragu Bolognese

A classic ragu bolognese with a homemade pasta is one of my top 10 favorite dishes to prepare as well as eat. It’s my gauge for the authenticity of an Italian restaurant and unfortunately I’ve had very few in the USA that come close to the real thing. A recent trip to  enjoy the beautiful colors of autumn in Vermont inspired this twist on a classic bolognese. I used a cooking method similar to what one might see in a more classic version of the recipe, but a few substitutions made for a crowd favorite.

Seven Tips For Keeping, Serving and Enjoying Wine at Home!

I read an article this morning by NYTimes writer Eric Asimov. In his article titled “Wine as the Supporting Player in an Ensemble Cast at Home,” Asimov makes the recommendation to drink more wine at home and learn to love it.

The title alone was enough to have me find something else to read…wine as the “supporting player in an ensemble cast”…who thinks this stuff up? But I clicked. And read. And found a few good tips for the wine novice such as get a simple corkscrew, decent stemware, to make friends with a good wine salesperson at your local shop (this is a great tip, actually). That said, overall the article is a bit vague as to how to actually keep, serve and enjoy the wine at home.

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Here’s a quick list of the top 10 sports bars in Austin that you can try.

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