Happy New Year

Happy New Year Recipe

Happy New Year to all of you. I've been out of the kitchen quite a bit over the past week, mostly playing around with a vintage large-format camera I've somehow become enamored with. It is heavy, slightly awkward, temperamental, doesn't fit in my camera bag, and attracts more attention than I'm comfortable with. But I'm enjoying the pictures it makes. I'm looking forward to getting back into the kitchen though - aside from the camera crush, I've also had enough party food.

I actually went back through my archives today and picked out a handful of recipes to revisit this month - recipes that are light and bright, brimming with vegetables (for the most part), and flavorful. I made the list for myself, but I thought you might get some use out of it as well.

I hope you all are looking forward to 2010 as much as I am. I have a few things I'm anxious to share with you, but more importantly, I wanted to start the year off thanking you for all you share with me - your suggestions, comments, ideas, the photos you post - I feel very fortunate for all of it.

Last year I ushered in the new year with a stomach flu, so we are already off to a better start ;)......The list of recipes:

Miso Soup - A simple, everyday approach to miso soup - this recipe yields me a bowl of soup in five or ten minutes. You can keep it simple if you like, but in this version I add soba noodles and tofu, and a few garnishes.

Double Broccoli Quinoa - I cook up lots of broccoli here, then puree half of it into a pesto. The other half is cut into little florets. Toss the broccoli with some quinoa, sliced avocado and a drizzle of feisty chile pepper oil, and you've got a nice meal on your hands.

Red Lentil Soup - A single-pot lentil soup with brown rice. It is made by browning some onions, adding the rest of the ingredients, and simmering until the whole lot is done.

Orange Pan-glazed Tempeh - The best tempeh recipe I've highlighted to date, it features a simple ginger and garlic-spiked orange glaze that plays off the nutty earthiness of the pan-fried tempeh beautifully.

Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Apples - Shredded brussels sprout ribbons, apples, garlic, pine nuts, and tofu in a skillet with a hint of maple syrup.

A Tasty Frittata - I make frittatas all the time, and this version with potatoes, onions, and eggs, drizzled with a cilantro chile sauce is a favorite.

Rustic Cabbage Soup - Hearty, healthy, and satistfying - this cabbage soup recipe is super simple to make. Slice a cabbage into thin ribbons and cook it down in a simple pot of sauteed potatoes, onions, beans, garlic and flavorful broth. Finish each bowl with a generous drizzle of great olive oil and a dusting of shredded cheese.

Broccoli Crunch - Tiny green broccoli florets, crisp apples, crunchy shallots, candied nuts and slivered red onions are tossed in a barely sweet, creamy almond vinaigrette. Add baked tofu or pan-fried tempeh and you can easily turn this side into a main course.

Caramelized Tofu - One of my favorite tofu recipes, caramelized strips of tofu served over sauteed shredded brussels sprouts. It comes together quickly and uses just one pan.

Richard Olney's Garlic Soup - I can't get enough of this soup. From Richard Olney's The French Menu Cookbook, it is made by simmering a dozen or so cloves of garlic in water with a few herbs, then thickening it with a mixture of egg and a bit of shredded cheese. It's hard to beat a ladleful poured over some crusty day-old chunks of walnut baguette.

Wishing each of you a happy, healthy, and peaceful new year. -Heidi

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  • I LOVE the Red Lentil Soup, but have you noticed they are orange, not red and turn yellow when cooked up? Just think that's interesting. (smile)

    Libby
  • Hi Heidi- I love, love, LOVE the photos you're taking with your new (old) camera! I've always loved what you take, no matter what camera you might use - but these are exceptionally beautiful. Looking forward to more to come! Happy New Year to you and W! x

    chika
  • Happy new year, Heidi! I love the warm antique hue of the photo above. I think it's neat that you've been playing around with the old fashion professional camera in light of today's emphasis on accelerating technology into smaller, faster cheaper formats. Thanks for providing a list of good healthy recipes for us to start the new year. All the best, Christine

    Christine @ Fresh Local and Best
  • Heidi, I saw Super Natural Cooking at Anthropologie yesterday!

    Monica
  • Happy New Year Heidi !!! Thanks a million.

    JULY KHIN
  • Happy New Year! Your miso soup is a regular appearance on our table, I love it! I had the shredded brussels sprouts on my list to make soon, good reminder to see it making your list of the best recipes

    SallyBR
  • Happy 2010 Heidi. Thank you for the list of favorites - I love the garlic soup and have made it several times now, (and linked it in my own gardening blog last autumn re: the garlic harvest). Now I am going to have to try the rest, especially the frittata. Of course I am curious about your new photos, so I will go have a look at that before I do anything else. All the best wishes for a healthy, joyous new year! xo Michaela

    Michaela @ The Gardener's Eden
  • Happy New Year Heidi! Love the photos you've been taking with your new camera. Thanks for a perfect list of winter warming recipes to start us off for the year. I think I'm going to make the rustic cabbage soup tonight...

    Holly
  • Happy new year to you

    chapot
  • Happy New Year to you Heidi!! Thank you for all those recipes. I'm so glad the caramelized tofu one made the list, b/c it is the first one I made off your site, and though I already admired your blog, the first bite, truly sealed the deal for me.

    mai
  • Happy New Year, Heidi. Thank you so much for the joy of your recipes, photos and stories all year long. I look forward to whatever is come next. All the best....

    Shelley
  • there's NOTHING like a good old fashioned camera crush. dare i say, it even beats playing around with food in the kitchen. happy new year, heidi!

    my spatula
  • That is a beautiful photograph. I'd say the camera is treating you well.

    Satpreet Kahlon
  • It's so funny to see the Rustic Cabbage soup on the list! A blogger friend just asked today what your favorite soup is and I answered that! I've made it about a half of a dozen times since I discovered it! I absolutely love it and highly recommend it!

    Christina (Dinner at Christina's)
  • And to you! Thank you for YOUR beautiful photos, perfect recipes and kitchen inspiration. Your accomplishments and loyal following are absolutely deserved.

    Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen
  • Thank you so much for this list -I'm so impressed with your new camera - - -so jealous :) Can't wait for you to start posting new recipes!

    MmmCheese
  • Thank you! This is so helpful. I've just finished the first batch of soup I made to regain my health this January, and I was looking for some new ideas. I think I'll start with that garlic soup with walnut baguette, mmmm... I feel haler already.

    Isabel
  • I really liked the recipes...especially the caramelized tofu. Just amazing.

    Dave -nibbleanibble
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