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  1. liamsaunt

    Dinner 2019

    Friday i made tuna burgers Last night I made grilled chicken and black bean quesadillas
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    Kitchen photos

    I don't know if it is the height of where the microwave was placed in the island, or my height (I am short), but I don't need to bend down to put things in or take things out of the microwave drawer. It would be kid height though, so I can see that being a concern. Yes! The pantry next to the fridge is a spice cabinet. The lower section has a series of pull out drawers that hold my large spice collection alphabetically. I made labels for the tops of the jars so it's easy to find what I need. The top portion of the pantry holds overflow spices (I buy bags from Penzey's and then decant into jars). The uppermost shelf in that cabinet holds infrequently used items because I can't reach it 🙂 I have a pole gripper to bring stuff down from that shelf if there isn't someone taller around to reach things down for me. I did not capture it in the pictures, but there is a second pantry cabinet on the left wall of the kitchen. It's about three times the width of the spice cabinet and I use it for food storage.
  3. liamsaunt

    Kitchen photos

    Thank you! I am very happy with it. Ton answer your questions: yes, we replaced the original window which had two smaller windows with a divider with one large window. The view is out to woods so it's a pretty view, at least when there are leaves on the trees. The other side of the island has two regular sized drawers (I use one for silverware and the other for side towels), a microwave drawer (truthfully I did not even know these existed until we redid the kitchen but our designer insisted on it and I am happy because it frees up a lot of counter space). There is also a very deep drawer under the microwave, which I use to store my Breville hot wok, a tall cabinet with dividers where I store sheet pans, racks and silpats, and finally a pull out cabinet where I store clean recycling and non-smelly trash until it goes to the larger bins in the garage. The countertops are quartzite.
  4. liamsaunt

    Dinner 2019

    Tuesday night we had grilled swordfish sandwiches with yellow tomatoes and roasted red pepper aioli Last night I made a tuna nicoise
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    Kitchen photos

    I finished a remodel of my main kitchen a couple of months ago. I waited almost five years after buying the house to remodel so I could be sure of how I wanted to use the space and what I wanted to put in it. The first two photos are of the old kitchen, as it looked when we bought the house (these are the listing photos so the stuff on the counters and pot racks are the prior owners'). The second two are of the remodel. You can see that I replaced the eat in area with another wall of storage/counter space and a wine fridge. The eat in area is not necessary as there is a dining room in the room behind the stove. That dining room seats four--six in a pinch. I have a second, much larger dining room in another area of the house that I use on the weekends when extended family and/or friends are eating with us. Old kitchen (Copper backsplash, black appliances, dark wood, green corian counters and evil white tile floor that never looked clean) New kitchen
  6. liamsaunt

    Dinner 2019

    Sunday I made a tomato, Israeli couscous and chickpea soup from the current issue of Cook’s Country magazine Last night I made spicy turkey lettuce cups with crispy ginger and garlic and smashed cucumber salad, both NY Times recipes
  7. liamsaunt

    Dinner 2019

    First grilled pizza of the year yesterday. Standard margharita And one with shaved asparagus and truffle cheese
  8. liamsaunt

    eG Cook-Off #82: Salmon

    I'm in Cape Ann Fresh Catch too! Hello fellow Massachusetts person! 🙂 Last night, I used my Cape Ann Fresh Catch salmon to make a sheet-pan roasted salmon nicoise salad. The recipe is from the New York Times. Here's a link: https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1020220-sheet-pan-roasted-salmon-nicoise-salad?action=click&module=Local Search Recipe Card&pgType=search&rank=1 It was simple and quite good. The potatoes, olives, tomatoes, green beans and salmon all get roasted on the same pan (potatoes going in first of course). I especially liked the dressing.
  9. liamsaunt

    Dinner 2019

    I seared the fish over medium-high heat for about four minutes, then added it to the braised vegetables and cooked everything together over low heat for about 10 minutes or so? I was not really timing it. The original recipe called for searing the fish first and then setting it aside while the vegetables braised, I'm guessing to make it a one-pot dish. I didn't think that sounded like the greatest plan, so I braised the vegetables first, then cooked the fish at the end. It did mean I had a skillet and a pot to wash, but that's no big deal.
  10. liamsaunt

    Dinner 2019

    Cusk from my fish share, cooked pot roast style (a Mark Bittman recipe from the New York Times)
  11. liamsaunt

    Dinner 2019

    Unfortunately the recipe does not appear to be online any longer. The cookbook authors do have a cooking blog called the Inn at the Crossroads, but it looks like they took down the recipes that got published in the cookbook. It's basically a standard vanilla muffin recipe that has two peeled and diced apples added to the batter. The liquid used is sour cream. The topping is a streusel made from brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and chopped walnuts. The recipe called for baking them in a jumbo muffin pan at 350 for 30 minutes. I don't have a jumbo muffin pan, so used my popover pans. I will warn you that my pans overflowed and I had to clean burned sugar off the floor of my oven. If you make them, put a baking sheet under your muffin pan!
  12. liamsaunt

    Dinner 2019

    Saturday was the first warm and sunny day in a long time, so I grilled a big platter of vegetables and served them with grilled bruschetta made from focaccia and topped with homemade ricotta Yesterday I went to my mother's for dinner, but had to get my Game of Thrones recipe of the week in before leaving: apple muffin/cakes. My niece took them all for her breakfasts this week.
  13. liamsaunt

    Dinner 2019

    chicken teriyaki, rice, and broccoli
  14. liamsaunt

    Dinner 2019

    Last night, two recipes from Andrea Nguyen's new cookbook, Vietnamese Food Any Day. Rice Noodle Salad Bowl and Crispy Lemongrass Salmon. The combination was really great. I ate the leftovers for lunch today and they were still delicious. I think this is going to be a frequent dinner once the weather warms up.
  15. liamsaunt

    Dinner 2019

    Last night, sautéed Acadian redfish, macomber turnip-potato puree, and the first of the local asparagus
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