August 11, 2016

Summer Shirazi Salad

Ah, cooking! I had my girlfriend over for black garlic, zucchini, and goat cheese pizza last night. Love hanging with this girl. She teaches me so much about cooking + she's one of the most well-rounded bad ass babes I know. The night before I left for Michigan we sat on her screened-in porch and ate and drank the night away with friends ~ linguine made with fresh cream and white wine, tomatoes and basil. 

Good good times!

We make a fresh layer cheese at the goat farm with black garlic made right here in
Hillsboro, Wisconsin. I bought a pound of garlic and thought I'd put it to good use.
After unsuccessfully cutting the artichoke, I put zucchini on the pizza instead. 
The black garlic was overpowering but you can never go wrong with tangy goat cheese. Black garlic tastes a lot like Miso in case you're wondering. Next time I make the pizza I'll go with a base layer of black garlic and goat cheese and top with fresh tomatoes, Carmen red peppers, onions, and herbs. I used my stand-by buttermilk crust which I shared here.

I'll leave you with a recipe for Shirazi Salad I made earlier this Summer!

Shirazi Salad 
Combine a red onion and 1/4 c. red wine vinegar in a bowl and let set for 20 minutes. Drain. Toss the red onion, 2 cloves of garlic, sliced cucumbers along with strips of peel, tomatoes (sun golds and heirlooms are best!), 1/4 c. lime juice and salt in a bowl. Move the salad to a pretty platter or large bowl. Combine chives, dill, cilantro, parsley and tarragon, another 1/4 c. lime juice and 2 T. olive oil in a separate bowl; season with salt and pepper and toss. Mound the herbs on top of the salad and serve! We ate ours with crusty sourdough and goat cheese & a plate of mozzarella and oregano.

Enjoy! 

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