kruizing with kikukat

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Almost Pike Place Chowder: Smoked Salmon Chowder

Pike Place Chowder is THE place to have chowder when you are in Seattle.  I made girlichef's copycat version of the smoked salmon chowder.  It was good, but I omitted the garlic and added salt.  I also tried to lighten it up a bit by using less butter and 2% milk.  It still turned out great.

Smoked Salmon Chowder

     1 lb white or red potatoes
     1 lb smoked salmon
     5 tbsp butter, divided
     1 small onion, chopped
     2 stalks celery, chopped
     1/2 c flour
     3 tbsp tomato paste
     3 c water
     3 c milk
     4 oz cream cheese, diced
     6 tbsp capers, rinsed
     1 1/2 tsp rock salt

Cook potatoes in a pressure cooker at high pressure for 17 minutes.  Allow pressure to release naturally.  Remove skins from potatoes and cube.  Set aside.  Rinse smoked salmon pieces and pat dry.  Scrape off skin and dark meat (if desired) and discard.  Cube.  Set aside.  Heat 2 tbsp butter in a Dutch oven.  Saute onion and celery for 10 minutes.  Add remaining butter.  When melted, add in flour, and stir well.  Cook for a minute.  Combine tomato paste and water.  Gradually add to Dutch oven.  Add potatoes.  Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.  Check potatoes to be sure they are not hard.  Add milk, cream cheese, capers, salmon and salt.  Heat gently until cream cheese has dissolved and soup is hot.  Do not allow to boil.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Hearty Italian Dressing

This dressing tastes great on mixed greens and shredded cabbage.

Hearty Italian Dressing

     1/4 tsp dried oregano
     1/4 tsp garlic powder
     1/4 tsp cumin
     3/4 tsp garlic salt
     3/4 tsp sugar
     dash of black pepper
     1/3 c grated Parmesan cheese
     2 tbsp water
     2 tbsp EVOO
     1 tbsp vegetable oil
     1 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
     1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Combine all ingredients using a hand blender.  Chill until ready to serve.
Makes about 1/2 cup of dressing. 

Monday, November 8, 2021

I Heart Tarts 4: Pumpkin Custard Tarts

Perfect for Thanksgiving

Crust (makes 20 2 1/2" tarts)
     1 1/2 c flour
     1 tbsp sugar
     1/4 tsp salt
     1/2 c + 2 tbsp cold butter
     1 egg

Combine flour and sugar in the bowl of a food processor.  Add cubed butter and Crisco.  Pulse until pea-size grains form.  Add egg and process til dough begins to hold together.  Turn onto lightly floured surface and knead til smooth.  Divide into 20 pieces and press into tart shells. 

Pumpkin Filling

     1 c cooked, pureed pumpkin
     6 tbsp sugar
     2 tbsp warm water
     1/2 c milk
     2 eggs, beaten
     1/2 tsp vanilla
     1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Combine pumpkin puree, sugar and warm water.  Stir until sugar has dissolved.  Add milk, eggs, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice.  Use a whisk to ensure spices are evenly distributed.   Divide among lined tart pans, filling almost to the top.  Place filled tart pans in flat pan.  Bake for 25-27 minutes.  Cool for 5 minutes before attempting to remove tarts from pans. 

Monday, October 25, 2021

coffee mochi

Coffee Mochi

1/2 c butter
1 lb mochiko
2 1/2 c sugar
1 t baking powder
2 c coffee (brewed)
1 c half-and-half
4 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Melt butter, cool.  Combine mochiko, sugar, and baking powder.  Combine remaining ingredients and stir into ochiko mixture; mix well.  Pour into 9 x 13" pan.  Bake for 1 hour.  Cool

D2's Harvest: Ribollita

Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) does soups so well.  Her ribollita is just fantastic.

Recently, D2 worked in the school garden and brought home a tiny beet with green attached.  I was planning to make ribollita anyway, so I diced up the beet and added it with the vegetables.


     1/2 lb dried cannelini beans
     2 1/2 tsp salt, divided
     1/4 c EVOO
     1/4-1/2 lb bacon (anywhere from 4-8 Costco maple bacon slices), chopped
     2 onions, chopped
     1 c chopped carrots
     1 c chopped celery
     3 cloves garlic, minced
     1/4 tsp ground black pepper
     1 28 oz can plum tomatoes, chopped/pureed
     4 c coarsely shredded savoy cabbage
     4 c coarsely chopped kale leaves (rib removed)
     1/2 c chopped fresh basil leaves
     1 can beef broth
     2 cans chicken broth
     4 c sourdough bread cubes (3/4"), crusts removed
     shredded parmesan cheese

Beginning the night before, cover beans with cold water (water level should be at least 1" higher than beans).  Cover and store in refrigerator overnight.  Drain beans and place in a large pot with 2 quarts of water.  Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer uncovered for 1 hour.  Add 1 tsp salt and cook an additional 15 minutes.  Set aside to cool.  Heat EVOO in a stockpot (6 qt or larger).  Add bacon and onions.  Cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.  Add carrots, celery, garlic, 1 1/2 tsp salt, and pepper.  Cook for 10 minutes.  Add tomatoes, cabbage, kale, and basil.  Cook 10 minutes.  Remove half of cooked beans and 1/4 c of bean cooking liquid and puree in food processor (or use immersion blender).  Stir into soup.  Add remaining beans and cooking liquid to soup.  Add beef and chicken broth.  Bring to a boil.  Lower heat and simmer 20 minutes.  Add bread cubes to soup.  Simmer for 10 minutes.  Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Sandy's Pickled Mango

I worked with Sandy around a decade ago in the office of human resources.  She has since gone on to bigger and brighter things.

She shared some pickled mango with us, and it was the best pickled mango i had ever tasted.

Sandy's Pickled Mango

     6 medium size green mangoes*
     2 c sugar
     1 c white vinegar
     1/4 tsp salt
     2 red li hing mui

Peel and slice mangoes.  Place in a clean jar or container, adding li hing mui among the mango slices.  Heat sugar and vinegar in saucepan unti sugar is melted.  Add salt.  Pour sauce over mango slices.  When cool, refrigerate.  Mix occasionally to distribute color from li hing mui.  Ready to eat in 2 days.

Almost Kuhio Grille: Creamy Dressing

Creamy Dressing

     1 c mayonnaise
     1/4 c cubed onion
     2 tbsp red wine vinegar
     1 tbsp sugar
     1/4 tsp salt
     1/4 tsp garlic powder
     1/16 tsp black pepper

Blend all ingredients until smooth.  Chill 2 hours before serving.