Inspiration: I have this thing with favorites. Brandon always teases me because any time that there's an opportunity, I'm always asking him to pick his favorite. If we have a wine tasting and taste several wines, I have to know which one he likes best. If we try out a bunch of different appetizers at a restaurant, I'll always ask which he liked above all of the others.
And unfortunately not much has changed. My love of food is no different, but my life’s focus has changed. Hopefully positive changes will come my way soon enough.
One of my favorite sushi spots in Suffolk County is Shiki in Smithtown. It is very underrated most likely because it is far from a fancy place, which is another great thing about this place. Many sushi places are over decorated with the sushi not adding up. Shiki has the most delicious, freshest sushi. They have so many special rolls to choose from that are so creative. If your like me and you love crazy special rolls, trust me they are kick ass! I especially love the Crystal Roll or the Tuna Trio which has a lot of white tuna..My new favorite! In comparison to other sushi places in the area, they are very reasonably priced. Check it out!
1 cup yellow onions-julienned
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 roasted poblano peppers, peeled, seeded, and sliced into 1/8-inch pieces
1 cup button mushrooms, quartered
3/4 cups zucchini, diced to 1/4-inch
1 tablespoon roasted garlic
1/2 cup Yukon gold potatoes, diced 1/4-inch
2 red bell peppers
2 yellow bell peppers, peeled, seeded, and sliced like rajas
1 tablespoon toasted oregano leaves
2 teaspoons epazote, chopped fine
2 teaspoons hoja santa, chopped fine
Salt and black pepper
In a large pan over high heat, saute the onions in the olive oil until translucent, then add the poblano and the mushrooms, saute on high until the mushrooms are soft and edible. Add the zucchini and saute until the zucchini are no longer crunchy when you taste them. Add the rest of the ingredients then season and set aside to cool.
1 cup spinach
2 flour tortillas
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese
Green and red chile sauces
Put a small amount of olive oil in a pan and saute the spinach on high for one minute or until wilted, then set aside. Warm the tortillas to make them flexible. Fill the tortillas with vegetable mixture and roll them up. Cut the enchiladas in half and set on an oven- proof plate. Cover the enchiladas with both chile sauces and a liberal amount of cheese. Place the plate in the oven or the salamander until the cheese melts.
I’ve benn hearing a lot of talk about Meatless Monday’s. It is a non-profit initiative campaign which encourages people to give up meat for just one day..Monday. Their goal ”is to help reduce meat consumption 15% in order to improve personal health and the health of our planet”. It’s one day a week without eating meat. What do you think? Something you’d be interested in trying? I was a vegetarian for a number of years and being a lover of all foods this wasn’t easy. There are a lot of alternatives to eating meat nowadays though. Most restaurants have vegetarian options. I think I will jump on this trend. It is only one day. One day to eat more veggies and try and be healthy. Many celebrities such as Oprah and Gwyneth Paltrow have done so thus far. You can go to MeatlessMonday.com for some good recipes. I will post some as well.
“Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good”.
-Alice May Brock