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Bok Choy With Raisins (A Winning Side Dish Is Born)
Mar 12th, 2015 by

The sweet blends perfectly with the sour in this tasty side dish.

The sweet blends perfectly with the sour in this tasty side dish.

This side dish is a definite keeper. I made it up yesterday, while trying to come up with a good green side dish to go with baked stuffed shrimp.

At first I was thinking of an arugula salad, but didn’t feel like driving three or four miles to a farm stand where I can get it at a good price: less than $2 for a good-size bag. And I wasn’t going to spend $6 or $7 for arugula at the Stop & Shop, just a few blocks from my home. So, I set my sites on the Asian supermarket, which is about a 1/4 mile from my house.

Super 88 doesn’t sell arugula, but they have an amazing selection of bok choy. And it’s cheap.

I thought about stir-frying it with some scallions and then a crazy idea hit me on how to offset the subtle bitterness of the greens with something sweet. Raisins! And just to keep things real, I decided to finish it off with a vinaigrette, a balsamic vinegar being a perfect match to bring out the flavor of the raisins.

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Bok Choy. I used about 15 pieces of the baby bok choy and it was enough for three people. Washed and chopped into 2-inch pieces.
  • Scallions, about 6. Cut off with about 2-inches of green showing and then sliced into small wheels.
  • Peanut oil, about 1 tablespoon.
  • Garlic, one clove, crushed.
  • Raisins, about 1/2 cup. I used regular raisins, but I think golden raisins may work even better.
  • A balsamic vinaigrette, about 2 tablespoons. You could also use Italian dressing.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Procedure:

Heat the peanut oil in a wok, spreading it around to coat the sides.

Add the scallions and cook until translucent.

Add the garlic and the bok choy and stir to coat with the oil. Cook for a minute or two.

Add the raisins. Stir everything occasionally and cook until greens are wilted but the white parts of the bok choy remain crisp.

Add the vinaigrette and stir to coat. Put lid on wok and cook on low heat for a minute. Then turn heat off.

Serve with your favorite protein (chicken, beef, pork, fish, even eggs).

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Simple Asparagus
Apr 6th, 2010 by

Dan helps himself to some "Simple Asparagus." On Easter Sunday guests are asked to show up to dinner wearing their Easter bonnets and Gabriel complied with a sombrero..

Dan helps himself to some "Simple Asparagus." On Easter Sunday guests are asked to show up to dinner wearing their Easter bonnets and Gabriel complied with a sombrero..

Spring Vegetable Week continues here at RootsLiving.com.

This is a technique I developed from watching chef Jacques Pepin on TV.

The secret to all good vegetable courses is buying fresh vegetables. Asparagus should be a bright green with tightly packed tips.

Ingredients/Shopping List:

  • Fresh asparagus
  • Water
  • Butter/Olive oil (A little dab will do ya.)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

What I did:

Prepare each stalk by laying it flat on a cutting board and then peeling off the top layer of skin from about half-way down the stalk with a vegetable peeler. Then snap off the end. Pepin shows you how to do this here.

I then pour a little water into a frying pan (just enough to cover the bottom), add the asparagus, a little salt and pepper and then cover and cook for about 1 1/2 minutes over medium low heat. The asparagus should remain crunchy, not mushy.

I shake the pan occasionally as it cooks. The asparagus is steam-cooked in this way.

Add a dab of butter and a little bit of olive oil and cook until melted. Serve hot.

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