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Broccoli Rabe and Braised Mushroom Bruschetta {video}

by Vijay on January 31st, 2012

Remember the  post we did a few weeks ago using bruschetta topping leftovers?  Well, we never actually posted the original recipe from which said leftovers came! I (Vijay) had the opportunity to do a video shoot with a great new online cooking series called Food New England under the direction of producer Roberto Mighty (an awesome guy with an even awesome-r) name.  This was my first foray into cooking videos so I hope you enjoy it!

Check out the video, let us know what you think in the comments, and make sure to share it with your friends!

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Special Delivery: Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Vijay on January 18th, 2012

Back in December, we held our first-ever Holiday Recipe Contest with Tasting Box prizes from our friends at Foodzie.  Our winner of the Holiday Sweets category, Sarah P., was kind enough to take a picture of herself with her Foodzie Tasting Box and send us some cookies made with one of the ingredients (see below for more)

Holiday Contest Winner

One of the great things about these boxes is that they come with a stack of yummy recipes to help you get the most out of the ingredients in the box. And these particular cookies that Sarah made used Red Winter Wheat from Community Grains, a great socially-oriented company that was born out of the community of the famed Oliveto Restaurant in Oakland California.  Community Grains is aiming to create a local grain economy in California while selling super high-quality whole grain products.  Can’t wait to get our hands on some!  (They were also kind enough to let us post this recipe for all of you to try out.)

The whole wheat flour gives the cookies a faint nuttiness that is noticeable, but not too strong in a “omg-is-this-a-healthy-cookie” sort of way.  We found it to be a really nice riff on the traditional chocolate chip cookie.


Make sure you check them out and let us know what you think of this recipe!  And check out Foodzie’s tasting boxes - they send you a bunch of small-batch, gourmet products every month with recipes.

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Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe courtesy of Jenny Raven, Oliveto Pastry Chef via Community Grains (originally posted here)


2½ cups Community Grains Hard Red Winter Wheat Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
½ teaspoon Salt
8 oz. Soft Unsalted Butter
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup Granulated Sugar
2 Eggs
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
12 oz. Chocolate Chunks
1 cup Toasted Chopped Walnuts (optional – these did not have any)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix very soft butter, sugars, and vanilla extract on medium- high speed until fluffy and white.
  3. Switch the speed to low, add eggs, and mix until smooth.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the mix and mix just until they are incorporated.
  5. Add chocolate chunks and, if using, toasted, chopped walnuts.
  6. Mix just until smooth.
  7. Portion out into balls the size of walnuts, pat to slightly flatten, and place 2” apart on a parchment- lined sheet pan.
  8. Bake at 350° until the edges are set and the cookies are a soft golden color. Approximately 8-10 minutes. The center will still be a little soft.
  9. Remove the pans from the oven and allow to cool completely before transferring off the pan.

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Loving Leftovers: Whole Wheat Pasta with Linguica, Broccoli Rabe, and Mushrooms

by Vijay on January 17th, 2012

Today, we’re starting a new weekly series called “Loving Leftovers” where we take bits and pieces from previous meals and re-mix (no pun intended!) them into something equally (or, in some cases, even more) delicious as the original.

After a dinner party we hosted this past weekend, we had some leftover sauteed broccoli rabe, braised mushrooms, and linguica (spicy portuguese sausage) that we used as toppings for bruschetta schmeared with ricotta.

Inspired by our friend Melissa‘s “Grocery Diet Experiment,” we scoured the cabinets and fridge to see what else we could add to make these things into a complete meal without taking another trip to the grocery store.  Then, we came across this recipe for Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage from Real Simple, a classic preparation with just a few ingredients.

The recipe might seem long and complicated but its actually very simple once you see how quickly everything comes together!  It’s also a very versatile dish – you could substitute any kind of sausage for the linguica, other hearty greens like kale for the broccoli rabe, and use no tomatoes or ricotta if you don’t have any.  A perfect weeknight meal and a great use of leftovers.

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The Leftovers: Vietnamese Meatloaf Bahn Mi

by Vijay on December 16th, 2011

After our experiment earlier this week with Vietnamese Meatballs, we were left with a decent amount of the marinated ground pork and chicken mixture.  Not ones to let that go to waste, we wondered if such thing as an “asian meatloaf” existed.  Flavors of garlic, ginger, soy, fish sauce, and chili, glazed with a sweet & spicy sauce and roasted at a high heat until caramelized on the outside and juicy on the inside.  We made this as you would any other meatloaf – ground meat, mixed with spices/flavorings, an egg added for binding, and some japanese breadcrumbs (or regular, if that’s all you have) for texture.  Instead of the traditional ketchup-based glaze, we reduced several ingredients down to a syrupy consistency – soy and fish sauce for umami-rich saltiness, hoisin and sugar for sweetness and consistency, chili-garlic and Sriracha for spice – and spread it over the meatloaf while baking.   Read more

Vietnamese Meatballs with Vermicelli and Nuoc Cham

by Vijay on December 13th, 2011

Let the homemade Asian food kick continue…this time with Vietnamese-inspired meatballs.  A couple of times each week, the MyReci team loves to head over to Boston’s famed Super 88 market in the Allston neighborhood for lunch.  Asian grocery store in the back with multi-ethnic food court in the front, Super 88 has something for everyone.  The food court boasts a variety of different Asian cuisines: Thai, Korean (2 to be precise). Chinese, Dim Sum, Indian, and even the requisite Bubble Tea.  But our favorite far and away is Pho Viet, a family run Vietnamese stall with steaming bowls of pho, bright, fresh spring rolls, and vermicelli rice noodle bowls topped with heavily spiced and freshly grilled meats, doused with a pungent and tangy nuoc cham sauce. Read more

Bulgogi Empanadas | Guest post by Winner Celebration Party

by Vijay on December 9th, 2011

Today is the first of our Guest Post series and we’re joined by our dear friend and all-around-awesome-person Sarah Woo of Winner Celebration Party (amazing name, right?).  A law student by day, Sarah never lets the books get in the way of cooking amazing food and for that, we are all better off =) She knows how much we LOVE Korean food and created this east-meets-(south)west treat-on-the-go!  Make sure to check out her blog and leave some love.


I love bulgogi.  A little sweet, a little salty, bulgogi is a great beginner’s introduction to Korean food.  I recently came up with my own recipe for bulgogi marinade, after several failed attempts to get precise measurements from my mom (whose measurements seem to be limited to “not too much” and “just guess”).

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