Another fun thing I've made a whole bunch of times lately is this little portabella number.
All credit goes to Whole Foods for this idea. I saw this simple creation in the deli case for something outrageous like $9.99 lb. The portabella mushroom is roasted or grilled, then topped with goat cheese. The cheese is allowed to warm up (in the oven, or briefly on the grill). Before serving, the mushroom is topped with slow-roasted cherry tomatoes and some garden basil that is still holding strong, thanks to global warming. It is really delicious and makes a lovely presentation when served over a plate of baby spinach dressed with a vinaigrette.
For the brief time that the weather hinted toward fall, I snuck in a chance to braise some Short Ribs with Asian Flavors . The recipe is from issue 77. Molly Stevens of Fine Cooking is the author. It uses a double flavor treatment of a rub and an intense braising liquid (that includes beer) that infuses the ribs with asian flavors and aroma. If you cook this with the windows open, your neighbors will be snooping around trying to find out where that wonderful smell is coming from! I hope the link to the recipe works. Fine Cooking has started a subscription service for access to their complete library of recipes. Some are still free though. Dear husband loves this dish and I do too. The rich meaty short ribs meld with the soy and ginger/garlic flavors. It is a luscious combination. I love to serve sauteed baby bok choy with these tender ribs. If you've never had beef short ribs, they're nothing like other ribs. These are more rich and soft tender like a pot roast, with meat falling off the bone.
Also of late, I've become quite enamored with my panini maker, which I got for a certain, ahem, significant birthday. I'm not much for appliances that take up room on a counter, but this panini maker is worth it. It can transform the most mundane of leftovers and it inspires creativity. Here's a leftover chicken breast transformed into a crusty panini with slow-roasted cherry tomatoes, spinach and provolone (aka the Chicken Pomodori Panini from Corner Bakery)
That will have to be all for now. Have a Bite still has more to catch up on, but this was a good start.