Sunday, September 30, 2012

My Legume Love Affair # 50 - The Round-Up

Although I'm running very late, it gives me the greatest pleasure to present your talented and generous recipes for My Legume Love Affair #50. Thank you very much for your patience and delicious contributions.  Please leave a comment if I've made an error or omission that needs correcting.

Jaya of Desi Soccer Mom is taking latecomers for September's MLLA #51 through October 5. Sra of When My Soup Came Alive is hosting MLLA #52 for October and will be announcing within the next few days.

Big congratulations to Shri of Tiffin Carrier Antic/que's, the winner of my hand-selected prop box, as well as the Hurst Bean Prize. I will be contacting Shri soon to make arrangements for delivery. To those still waiting for your prizes from me, please know that I have not forgotten you at all. It's been an exceptionally stressful summer which has had me running very far behind my usual timing. Packages are making their way to you with little extra treats to thank you for not turning blue in the face waiting on me. ; )












Wednesday, September 26, 2012

All Choked Up - Black and White Wednesday Week # 51

All Choked Up

As much as I love my SLR cameras, sometimes you need to take a stealth shot with a camera phone in order not to draw attention to yourself.  When I saw the pile-up of these beauties (in a market which shall remain nameless) I casually turned on my phone to make a call.  Actually, I was making a comp.  It was a quick click, but it did the trick.

This is for Cinzia of Cindystar hosting this week's Black and White Wednesday #51.  You can enjoy Cinzia's gallery here.  Thanks to Ci for hosting and all who joined in!

I am currently welcoming your photographs for next week's gallery, Week #52, which makes for a solid year of BWWs.  You can direct your 500 X 700 shots (either orientation) to me at this address:  thewellseasonedcook AT yahoo DOT com

See you very soon!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Silver Sips - Black and White Wednesday Week #50

Silver Sips at the Antique Shop

My woefully late contribution to Black and White Wednesday Week # 50 which was hosted by the very talented Haalo of Cook Almost Anything.  You can get an eyeful of the really first-rate creativity presented in Haalo's gallery here.

I thank host and participant alike for their fine monochromatic culinary images which enjoy a small but enthusiastic following every week. If ever there was a niche, it's black and white food photographs.

Cinzia of Cindystar is hosting the current BWW Week #51.  You can direct your photographs to her for her September 26th gallery at casacortella AT tin DOT it.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Black and White Wednesday - Gallery # 49

As creator of Black and White Wednesday - A Culinary Gallery, I am very happy to be hosting this week's fine photo round-up. It was a nice turnout with visual delights all around. Thank you so very much for joining in. Haalo of Cook Almost Anything is hosting Week #50. She is now welcoming your 500 pixels-wide photographs. Please send them to haalo AT cookalmostanything DOT com. When I started blogging over five years ago, Haalo was my first inspiration to photograph food with aesthetics in mind.  Her offer to host is of particular pleasure to announce.

Hosting opportunities are always welcome and appreciated.  If you have left word in comments that you are interested in hosting, please contact me directly at thewellseasonedcook AT yahoo DOT com. It is the easiest way to ensure that I can reply to you.  I do not want you accidentally lost in the shuffle of too many avenues of communication.

And finally, given that I have pressing time/effort constraints lately, I have been unable to resize your images to a standard for all who participate.  If you literally want a larger presence, please ensure you send your photos at approximately 500 X 700, either orientation.  Thanks!


Window Seats
Quiet on a Busy Street by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook


Signs at the Farmer's Market by Simona of Briciole


More Signs at the Farmer's Market by Simona of Briciole


One Mean Stove by Lisa of Lisa's Kitchen


Mazzo di Aglio (Bunch of Garlic) by Haalo of Cook Almost Anything


Fresh Vegetables Delivered by Greenofresh by My Experiments and Food


Let's Cut a Cookie by Anusha of Tomato Blues


Wild Blackberries by Rosa of Rosa's Yummy Yums


Pretty Props by Rosa of Rosa's Yummy Yums


Sardine Filets by Cinzia of Cindystar


Sunbathing Rice by Lubna of a click a day...


Bar - Streets of Aspen by Soma of eCurry


Bar - Streets of Aspen 2 by Soma of eCurry


Bar - Streets of Aspen 3 by Soma of eCurry


The White Fig - Aspen by Soma of eCurry

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Special Delivery for Black and White Wednesday Week #48

Look What the Cat Dragged In - Sunny Curbside NYC

My contribution to Black and White Wednesday being hosted today by Anusha of Tomato Blues.  Anu will have her gallery up shortly. 

I will be hosting the September 12, Week #39 gallery.  Please send me your (approximately 500 X 700 - either orientation) black and white/sepia/cyanotype culinary photos by Tuesday, September 11, 11:59 p.m. New York time to thewellseasonedcook AT yahoo DOT com.  

For rules and history of the event, you can always pop over to the BWW post, where I will shortly fill in the who's-hosting-which week for the near future.  There is still some schedule tinkering to be worked through, but all will be revealed by the time I post my gallery next week.

Thanks always for joining in!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Millet Frittata with Smoked Cheddar, Porcini Mushrooms, and Arugula


Tasting like popcorn but cooking up like rice, millet makes a wonderful change from the everyday carbohydrates which usually balance our dinner plates.  This is the very first time I have ever prepared a meal with millet, as interested as I am in new ingredients for my kitchen. Given its unique flavor, texture, and nutrition, it will not be the last.

Millet Frittata with Smoked Cheddar, Porcini Mushrooms, and Arugula - My own recipe

Serves 4 (The above photo illustrates a smaller, individual-sized serving.)


1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup millet
1 cup vegetable stock

6 eggs
Vegetable cooking spray

1 cup dried porcini, rinsed of grit, reconstituted in 4 cups warm water for 30 minutes, then simmered in same water for another 30 minutes until tender (porcini will be moist; drain and reserve liquid if any remains.)
1 cup grated smoked Cheddar cheese
2 cups baby arugula

Salt and pepper


In a large skillet over medium heat, toss millet in olive oil until toasted and fragrant. Add vegetable stock, reduce heat to low and cook with lid ajar until water is absorbed (about 20 minutes).  Set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, beat eggs and cooked millet together.  Prepare a large oven-proof skillet with a generous coating of cooking spray.  Over medium heat, warm skillet until vegetable coating gleams (10 seconds). Add egg/millet mixture, spreading millet to distribute if it clumps together.  Reduce heat to low.  Cook frittata until bottom is firm but top is still quite liquid.  Millet tends to be very dry and overcooking the frittata will make it more like a bread and less like an omelet.  Spread toppings evenly over wet surface.  

Slide skillet under broiler and grill top just enough so that it is set and cheese has melted.  Again, it is key not to overcook it.  Carefully remove very hot skillet from oven.  Season with salt and pepper.  Serve immediately.

This recipe is for Simona of Briciole hosting Weekend Herb Blogging #349 for Haalo of Cook Almost Anything.

For more millet ideas, you can find inspiration from the recent collection assembled by Akheela of Torview.  And our ever-busy Simona has also just closed out a millet-themed event which will soon be published on her blog.