Coconut milk is a fantastic simmer sauce — sturdy enough to boil and full of sweet, coconut flavor. Keep a few cans in the pantry and you can always make a delicious, creamy curry dinner in just a few minutes. Add cooked brown or jasmine rice from the co-ops’ deli and you’re done!
These are a great izakaya-style appetizer, or chop coarsely and add to a bowl of hearty udon noodles. Make extra miso sauce, and use as a dressing for a cold grilled eggplant udon noodle salad, served with chopped scallions on top.
There are a lot of layers of flavor in paella, so keep it simple with the side dishes. A tapas-style selection of olives, chewy bread and Spanish cheeses along with a crisp green salad dressed in a vinegar or lemon vinaigrette work well.
This recipe was taught to us in a City Market cooking class called "The Fall Inspired Vegetarian," with Jessica Bongard of Sweet Lime Cooking Studio. The sweet, spiced butternut squash gets a crunchy topping with praline and is complemented with a dollop of labne (strained yogurt).