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October 7, 2012

Warm Lentil and Potato Salad

Warm Lentil and Potato Salad
I found this recipe in this month's Southern Living and decided to try it for our Oktoberfest-themed wine club last night.
I found a very similar recipe online from the Alsace-Lorraine region of France, near Germany.  The lentils were a great addition to a traditional warm German potato salad.  David and I really liked this dish, and I'm sure the boys will too.
I assumed this dish would take longer than it actually did.  I think you could cook and make up the entire dish in less than 30 minutes.
Cook 1/2 c of French green lentils in salted water for 20 minutes, then drain.
Clean red potatoes and halve or quarter them, cooking them in salted water for 15 minutes.  Drain.
Combine the potatoes and lentils in a serving dish.
While the potatoes and lentils are cooking, cook the remaining ingredients in a small skillet.
Cook bacon and crumble it, leaving the oil in the skillet.
Add sliced celery, chopped garlic, and finely chopped shallots and cook for 3 minutes.
Stir in red wine vinegar and Dijon mustard and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Gently stir potatoes, lentils, and dressing and top with chopped fresh parsley just before serving warm.

Really great German potato salad!
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Guten Appetit!

Reuben Dip

Reuben Dip
We attended an Oktoberfest party last night and I wanted to take a couple of good German dishes.
My friend Kathja shared this recipe for me. 
It ended up being great!  I returned with an empty dish.
Best part - this is an entirely microwaveable recipe.
Only 5 minutes or so of overall cooking time.
Kathja is from Austria and said (in her dry German way) that this is a very typical Oktoberfest style dish.  That can be served any month at all!  She loves our obsession with all things Oktoberfest this time of year.
She said that she normally uses dried beef for this dish, but if you had leftover corned beef, this is a great way to use up those leftovers.
She let me know that men especially love this appetizer for its salty, heartiness.
I found that the ladies liked it too :)
I used Armour dried beef.  It's really salty, but the crackers help cut the salty taste.
Really, it was delicious!
You start by melting a little butter in a microwaveable dish for 30 seconds.
Then you add in shredded Muenster cheese (I used Havarti because Kroger didn't carry Muenster), cubed cream cheese, ketchup, Dijon mustard and black pepper.
Microwave it again for 1 minute.  Stir it and if it needs another minute, go for it.
Don't worry - this isn't the serving dish so don't worry about the messy look.

Then stir in the chopped dried beef.
At this point I covered the dish and put it in the refrigerator until we were about ready to leave.
It's not necessary though.

When you're ready to serve your dish, place a cup of rinsed and drained sauerkraut in the bottom of your serving dish, top with the beef mixture and stir up just slightly.
Microwave for 3 minutes and serve with crackers or small slices of rye bread.

Delicious and decadent!
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Guten Appetit!

October 1, 2012

Tilapia with Mango Salsa

Tilapia with Mango Salsa
Every Wednesday the boys and I have about 30 minutes to "kill" between school pick up time and when I need to drop Thomas off at a different school for a club he's in. 
We use this time to go Krogering.
The boys like to grocery shop, especially when they take off like a scavenger hunt getting items we need, and when they get to pick out a snack.  And their favorite cereals.  And snacks for home.
Brennan has also found the free samples at the fish counter.  I had NO IDEA they gave out free samples at the fish counter, but Brennan's met all the "fishermen" and he checks out their offerings each week.
He also found the seafood/fish recipe kiosk at Kroger, and regularly brings me a new recipe card to try out.  This past week's was Tilapia with Mango Salsa.
Tip #1 - get the ripest mango you can find.
There apparently aren't any ripe mangoes in Southern Indiana right now, and I was making the dish that night, so we had tart mango.  Ripe would have been much nicer.
The fish dish is easy to make. 
Season your fillets with lime juice, chopped garlic and black pepper, and cook for 12 minutes at 350* until flaky.
While the fish is cooking, mix up your salsa - chopped mango, chopped fresh cilantro, diced red onion, lime juice, and hot sauce. 

Spoon over the cooked fish and serve.

Except for the tartness of the unripe mango - a hit at our house!
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