A Little About Me

New York, New York
As a newly married woman, it has become my mission in life to learn how to cook. Gone are the days of picking up sushi and ordering curries. In order to jump-start my education, I enrolled in the Institute of Culinary Education's Fine Cooking I course where I learned the basics, from roasting to boiling to mousse-making (ok, maybe not that basic)! I've attempted to replicate some recipes - somewhat successfully- and create a few of my own. This blog is for friends and foodies and is intended to document my cooking adventures (and occasional fiascoes). Enjoy the pictures and bon appetite!

Monday, March 15, 2010

My First Time (Cooking Swiss Chard)

I found myself in the Union Square Farmer's Market yesterday afternoon, looking for something new and green to make with dinner. Because it was a rainy day, there weren't many stands open for business. I did, however, manage to find one that caught my eye and was selling some beautiful red-stemmed swiss chard.
Sauteed Swiss Chard with Onions

  • 3 pound green Swiss chard (about 2 large bunches)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 medium onions, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

Start by cutting stems and center ribs from chard, discarding any tough portions, then cut stems and ribs crosswise into 2-inch pieces. Stack chard leaves and roll up lengthwise into cylinders. Cut cylinders to make 1-inch-wide strips.

Next, heat up your oil and butter over medium heat. Add the garlic, onions, some salt and pepper, and cook until the onion begins to brown, about 8 minutes.

Add the chard leaves in batches, stirring until they wilt before adding the next batch. Cook covered, stirring occasionally, until tender, around 5 minutes.

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