This week has been non-ideal.
I’ve sat. A lot.
I own 300+ index cards. With really weird words on them.
And this is only day five of studying. Out of about 50. Let’s not do the math and find out how many index cards I’ll have by then. They’ll outnumber my cookbooks. And then I’ll really be in a sad state.
However, if you were ever thinking of investing in anything. I have insider info. Index cards are the new Microsoft. Really. They’re gonna be big.
Just, you know. Don’t forget the little people on your way up. Specifically the ones who are buried in index cards with no money to eat because they have spent it all at Staples. Ahem.
Can I also tell you that for the last two days, I have sat next to a beautiful specimen of a male in Starbucks? He’s also studying for something. He sits and writes copious notes, totally enmeshed in his own world. While I sit and pretend to write copious notes and sneak furtive glances at him to see if he’s sneaking furtive glances at me.
He’s not. He has this little thing that I like to call “focus”. I should ask him where he found it. Because I need me some of that.
And then, to top it all off.
There was this dish. I don’t know if you’ve noticed this, but there are four pictures of that gratin and one of the fish. Can you guess which I thought I was going to like more?
Can you guess how wrong I was?
Well, in case you ever thought that things were always peachy in the Eats Well With Others kitchen and that everything always turns out marvelously and beautifully and has multiple cherries on top. I am here to tell you that that is not quite true.
This gratin was a disaster. It was so incredibly tasteless that I had to throw it out. And I don’t readily throw out food. But it was just a waste of calories that I wanted nothing to do with. How this could have happened with cheese and corn and potatoes all mixed together in one dish, especially when they really look so pretty together, I just don’t understand.
Maybe that’s the problem with that boy who sits next to me every day. Maybe he’s beautiful on the outside and all messed up and commitment-phobic on the inside. Sigh. Likely. He’s not good for me. I should sit somewhere else today.
But in better news, this fish, which I had such low hopes for. Was amazing. There’s something about the ratio of coriander to salt to pepper in the rub that you sprinkle over it before baking that turns it into something wonderful and addictive.
So if there’s anything I want you to get out of this. It’s that you shouldn’t underestimate the underdog.
And that you should take equal numbers of photos of everything you cook. Just in case.
And index cards. Don’t forget the index cards.
As I’ve mentioned before, I will be running the Boston Marathon on Monday! If you wish to get real time updates as to how I’m doing, you can sign up for Athlete Alert, which will basically text message you or email you (whichever you choose) as I pass certain milestones (5K, 10K, etc.). Here is the link to sign up. My bib number is 13830!
Halibut with Zucchini Salsa
Serves 6, adapted from Bon Appetit August 2010
10 oz zucchini, trimmed and chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 small white onion, chopped
5 tbsp fresh lime juice
1/2 jalapeno,seeded and chopped
2 1/4 tsp coarse kosher salt, divided
1 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 1/4 tsp ground coriander
6 (6 oz) halibut fillets
1. Combine zucchini, cilantro, onion, lime juice and jalapeno in a blender or food processor. Add 1 1/4 tsp coarse salt. Puree until salsa is smooth. Transfer to small bowl.
2. Preheat broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil. Coat with nonstick spray. Combine black pepper, coriander, and remaining 1 tsp salt in a small bowl and stir together to mix. Pat fish dry and sprinkle on all sides with the spice mixture.
3. Arrange fish on prepared pan and broil until just opaque in the center, about 3-4 minutes a side.
4. Transfer to plates and spoon some salsa over it. Serve with remaining salsa.
Poblano, Potato and Corn Gratin
Serves 4-8, adapted from Bon Appetit April 2010
2 tsp olive oil, divided
2 large poblano peppers, stemmed seeded and sliced into skinny strips
1 1/4 lb yukon gold potatoes cut into 1/8-inch thick rounds
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 cup coarsely grated mozzarella
1 1/2 cups almond milk **next time I would use less, maybe 1 cup!
2 tbsp AP flour
3/4 tsp salt **next time I would use more, maybe 1-1 1/4 tsp
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat oven to 400. Spray a deep dish glass pie dish or cast iron skillet with cooking spray or rub with oil. Heat 1 tsp oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add poblano strips and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
2. Arrange 1/3 potato rounds, overlapping slightly, in prepared pie dish. Sprinkle 1/3 poblanos over it, then 1/3 of the corn and 1/3 cheese. Repeat. Top with remaining potatoes, poblanos and corn, reserving the last 1/3 of the cheese. Place pie on a rimmed baking sheet.
3. Whisk milk, flour, salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Pour over potato mixture in the pie dish. Press down on the potatoes to submerge them. Cover tightly with foil. Bake 30 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle with cheese and continue to bake until potatoes are tender and top is golden brown, about 25 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
I am submitting this to Weekend Herb Blogging, which is being hosted by Anh of A Food Lover’s Journey.
I like the fish pic because the green of the salsa is so vibrant. Even with evil coriander in it, it looks healthy and delicious.
(and a big a smile at your daydreams at Starbucks, it sounds like a coffee ad!)
So excited for your run! I know you are going to do AMAZING! I mean with the way you eat and cook I don’t expect anything other than the best! LOL!I will be cheering you on!
Now for the dish above- so beautiful and so fresh! I love the idea of zucchini salsa. never thought of doing that and the potato and corn gratin. WOW!
I will take your word for it and make the fish, it looks amazing. AND I will follow you on your marathon!
LOL, what a bummer…it definitely looks and sounds like it’s gonna taste good. But that fish…YUM! Good luck on the marathon today, chica!! In awe of your ability…to run and enjoy it 😉
This looks great – the gratin sounds amazing!
Haha! I recently made a Malaysian beef curry dish from Food and Wine that was DISGUSTING and I had to throw it out. I feel your pain– but if we don’t make something bad every once in a while, our egos will get too big, right?? Fish looks great, and it’s going to give you some of those omega-3s to help you memorize all those note cards 🙂 Or appear sexier to the mystery man at Starbucks.
Good luck with the marathon! The fish does sound very tasty, sorry about the gratin, but it has happened to all of us at some point!
That fish looks wonderful! Such a bummer that the au gratin wasn’t successful… it sure does look great though!
You are going to do AMAZING on Monday!! Wish I could be there to cheer you on!
A terrific meal! The zucchini salsa sounds wonderfully refreshing and the gratin looks amazing!
At least part of your dish turned out:-) Hot guys make studying SO much better. I could not have survived college without index cards.
I am an index card junkie, too. I currently have a few hundred on my coffee table with accounting and computer systems terms on them… not fun.
Too bad the gratin didn’t turn out as you had hoped.. it really sounds like it would be good! But I’m glad you liked the fish… the zucchini salsa sounds great!
I would like that for dinner tonight, please! 🙂
Good luck with the marathon, Joanne!! Sometimes I get less than stellar results, too, especially when I improvise my own recipes… but sometimes I hit great recipes, too, so it all balances out. 🙂 The fish looks like a winner, but don’t really like potatoes or corn, so don’t feel like I am missing much. 😉
GOOD LUCK WITH THE MARATHON!!! I’ll be rooting for you from NYC!!! 🙂
P.S. I’m sure Mr. Starbucks is sneaking glances while you’re scribbling on one of these 300+ notecards…
Looks fantastic! I really love the flavor of poblano! I just posted about your spaghetti squash with lemon, garlic and ricotta, we loved it! I’ll have to try this, we’re slowly getting into more fish. Slowly.
Wonder what could have gone wrong with the gratin. The ingredients would taste great even if boiled in plain salt water – bad combination I suppose. Shit happens! Regarding that ‘guy’ maybe its another issue which I dare not write here. Good luck with the marathon.
It’s sad to hear that the gratin didn’t turn out. You mentioned focus–when I see “poblano” I’m about as focused as one can get! And I don’t even need index cards to help. Based on the pictures, I had high hopes for this dish.
Good luck in the marathon!
I’m sorry about the gratin, they all can’t be winner, but it does suck to have to throw away food!! Glad you enjoyed the fish, exactly what you need to help you prep for the race!! Good Luck!!
Joanne, if you bring a Tupperware container filled with any one of these amazing recipes with you to Starbucks, and open it up at your table, that Starbucks dude might shift his attention, to the food at least.
i have to tell you, i love your posts! they make me smile because i can so relate to the studying/scoping out coffee shop eye candy, cooking and marathon training.
i hope you rock boston! i live here and as i’m sure you know, it’s a holiday for us so i’ll be cheering you on from heartbreak hill 🙂
“The challenge in running is not to aim at doing the things no one else has done, but to keep doing things anyone could do – but most never will.” – Joe Henderson
ps. bummer about the gratin!
Sad about the gratin, it is a good idea in theory. It certainly looks beautiful. I’m totally going to try to veganize and awesomize it!
I HATE studying and exams! I don’t think I can ever go back to those days anymore! I slogged through that and have always been a good student and that is enough! Now when I research on something – it is because I am genuinely interested in it and practicing the information is the best notecard to help you to remember. So I won’t be a good customer for note cards…:)
I look at your dish and found one word as well – “focus”…how can you say you need that when you already have it? ;p
That gratin looks delicious it is a bummer that it didn’t turn out as good as it looks. I love how you compare the starbucks guy to the gratin. HaHaHa. Maybe he really is focused on studying. I lack focus so of course I would be like you and notice everything but other people have the power to zone out and block out their surroundings.
That gratin sounds amazing…kinda like how you describe the stud at SBux 😉 Snatch him up, wouldja?
GOOD LUCK!! Is the Boston always on a Monday? That seems so bizzare to me. I’m going to sign up for updates 🙂 Run fast!
ouch! for the gratin and the boy. Life has to have some challenges to make it interesting right? just like this gratin…and the boy! no problemo, the fish saved the day! 😉
ps- the gratin does look really really good.
When you pass your boards, you and your friends need to have a bonfire with those index cards. That’s what we did with our law school ones.
For some reason, I think I would’ve anticipated the fish a bit more- it sounds delightful. A shame about the gratin though. Good luck with the Marathon and the studying!
There are definitely those dishes that you really look forward to and then they disappoint. The fish, however, looks amazing! Tender, buttery flaky..love that salsa!
Best of luck at the marathon on Monday. I’d love the chance to see Boston one day. I’m signing up so I can follow you along.
Yeah, Starbucks dude is totally messed up inside. Your gratin disaster was actually a sign. A portent, if you will. An omen. =)
And the fish looks awesome. Love the bright green salsa!
Both dishes look scrumptious.
What not to love about a gratin of any kind, and the green salsa on the halibut is so fresh looking.
Why can’t I ever find a nice piece of halibut in NJ?
That salsa sounds really tasty. I’ve been trying to cook more fish lately, and this would be a great recipe to try. Maybe I can sneak the zucchini in without my fiance even noticing!
Looking forward to hopefully meeting you in Beantown!
The Zucchini Salsa on top is just brilliant. Really, really lovely.
Awww, I had high hopes for the gratin too. It looks awesome! I don’t blame you for not wasting your calories on it though.
Oh yea, and bake cookies or bars and bring them to the hot guy! That’ll win him over.
The hunky guy at Starbucks has way to much focus. or he’s gay. or he IS secretly checking you out, and you haven’t caught him yet. I’ll be having a root canal while you’re running the Boston Marathon, so I’m sure I won’t be able to follow your progress. Wishing you speed and endurance and no injuries!!
Fibrillin!!! One of my favorite words! Yay connective tissue! 🙂 *ducks head in mild embarrassment* 🙂 Good luck with your run!! I know you’re going to do amazing!!! I’m so impressed!! As should be the guy at Starbucks… Who is probably checking out gorgeous, beautiful you every time you glance back down at your index cards! 😉
P.S. Your halibut looks perfect perfect!!! I too fixed the same Bon Appetit gratin reciepe and also had to throw it out… Sigh… I’m sorry you had a similar experience but I’m also comforted that it wasn’t just me and my kitchen… 🙂
i’ll have to get some halibut, that looks fantastic! funny, i’ve had the same thing happen… not take pictures of something that seems completely mundane, and pictures of beautiful things that taste like, well, not very good.
I am so sad the gratin turned out to be terrible… it looks so delicious. The fish also looks fantatic – I am glad that one turned out so tasty.
That is just wicked cool that you can be tracked during the marathon – you go!! That’s great. Yum-o fish there…nice and healthy and perfect for the summer weather we are getting down here. Cool meal.
YUMMY!!!!!! I never made zuke salsa before. This is worth trying in my own kitchen. Thanks Joanne.
The dish sounds so light n fresh- lovely colors too!
Good luck with the marathon 🙂
The fish looks amazing! So pretty!
Sorry about the gratin. Happens to all of us.
Good luck in your marathon! I can’t wait to read all about it.
Now I want to see a pic of the Index cards! The food looks great. Good luck with your Starbucks crush! ?
Yes! Another person with a sad gratin story other than myself. My most recent ham kohlrabi disaster was so disappointing. I must try this fish. Mmmm….
Now…I’m off to “Wine Down Wednesday” (all wine you can drink and fab food you can eat). Smooches!
Pictures look delicious. Good luck with the run!
Good luck with your marathon. Don’t worry about grantin. Fish looks awesome/.
Good luck on the run. I know you will do beautifully.
The potatoes are getting to me. With all those other wonderful veggies, you have me sold. The fish,……I believe you and yes, I want to make it.
Super good looking meal Joanne – good luck in the race.
Funny, those index cards are not that different than the ones Haley has for preschool 😉 Remember when we were 5 and got to play with glue and glitter? Not any more.
I will have me some of that fish. Zucchini salsa? That’s a new one. And I’m all over it.
Good look on Monday babe…I’ll be following along!
good luck on your run.. you amaze me all the time girlfriend… you amaze me!
Good luck in the marathon!!! Im sure you will do great – fuelled by your deliciously healthy food 🙂
I couldn’t empathize more with you Joanne. I find myself in this situation quite often when I bake. It’s always the thing I have certain doubts about that comes out the best.
But the photos came fantastic and the fish sounds really wonderful!
Good luck with your run, I’ll be rooting for you!
That guy would be nuts not to be stealing glances of you. Good luck with the marathon and the studying. Can’t wait to get an update on your results. Not sure how you fit time to train with school and cooking! You rock. I have not run a marathon in 5 years so, I am going to live vicariously through you.
I say take him some halibut! That should make any hunk swoon!
I feel bad about the corn and potatoes dish, but the halibut looks wonderful, Joanne…Good luck with your marathon!
If you keep on cooking such wonderful food,you wont be able to “focus” on studies coz your vibrant, colorful and yum looking dishes will always outshine those white and black pages.This is so so good looking.I just kept on looking at first pic-every cheese shred is crystal clear.I love it!
The halibut does so look incredible! Such a shame about the gratin – it does sound and look like it would be delicious! That boy is losing out by not looking…is he blind???
You are a wonder, m’lady! Great looking fish!
Good luck in the Boston marathon Joanne!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
…and i couldn’t even run 1 km without fainting T_T the dish has brilliant everything in it! yums! good luck with the run!
Hope you run all of the disappointments of the week out of your system. This recipe looks like something right out of Bobby Flay. And that is a supreme compliment.
I do hope the male will turn his focus on you the next time. All the best!
The meal looks fantastic and good luck with everything!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters
Joanne, the halibut looks terrific! Good luck on the marathon running!
Joanne, you always crack me up! Wow, I didn’t know about the marathon but that is super exciting. You are a she-woman! I don’t know how you do all that you do. School, marathon training, beautiful blogging…Please don’t have kids until after you graduate or I’ll have to kill myself for being such a sloth in comparison to you. 😉
I love this post and laughed out loud atleast four times. I have totally done the furtive glances thing before – only to have it not returned in the least. It burns a bit more when its because the boy is being more studious than us… curses!
Oh the joys of index cards. My apartment is completely overrun by them. Good luck studying for whatever exam you have, I’m sure you will do great!
Also, good luck in the Boston Marathon!!! This is sooo exciting! I know you are going to do amazingly well:)We must celebrate when you get back.
How could something that looks as good as that gratin turn out so bad?? And you’re right, the fish didn’t inspire me at all. Guess I better make it! 🙂
Good luck Monday!
That zucchini salsa sounds fab – the green color is awesome! Boston Marathon will be amazing, I am so proud of you. Ran it back in ’05. Will never forget that day 🙂 Can’t wait to hear what you think.
You are the most accomplished young woman I know; running a marathon on top of everything else! Wow! This meal look amazing as usual, love the idea of the pesto with zucchini
Gratin and fish both look amazing to me. I am sorry gratin didnt work out too well. good luck on the boy though. and the run. oh, and those index cards? definitely investment tools. LOL
Your halibut looks wonderful. And I must tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog. You make me smile every time I read it!
Good luck in the marathon!
Sometimes I wonder if the people in food department of magazines actually taste their beautiful food. It’s a shame the gratin was a fail. (my teenage son’s lingo is creeping into mine-yikes!) At least you didn’t take it to Starbucks as a way of introducing yourself to Studly Studier. That’s a bright side.
This really sounds unusual and unusually delicious. I love the way your halibut steak look in that photo. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary
OK… Bake those butterscotch brownies I stole from your blog last year and offer one to that guy at Starbucks… opportunities in life should be seized.
And Kristen name of Studly Studier should stick.
Hard to believe that beautiful dish was a disaster. I might try a different cheese, add some onions and if you really want flavor… Cajun spices. SO much effort, so little results… Always hurts
And break a leg… um I mean do your best at the marathon. Glad everything is working itself out. you are a goddess to me (and i suspect most everyone else that reads you regularly). very proud to know you (in our own little weird way)
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Girl, if he’s not checking you out then he’s obviously goofed up, or gay. Cuz that’s more likely than his being focused! 😉
That stinks about the gratin. It sure looks good anyway. I’m seriously in love w poblanos so I wonder what went wrong? U know, I’ve had several epic failures when cooking off of some popular recipe sites. I think a robot must throw a bunch of random ingredients into a pan and push go. I usually create my own recipe or totally add/change to one to give it life.
The fish however looks amazing too! I could eat fish every single day for the rest of my life and be a happy girl.
GOOD LUCK IN THE RACE!
Holy cow woman. Go study!!! Go!
I made a soup out of those ingredients, minus the fish. The soup was great, but I bet your meal was even better.
Eeek, I’m sorry the gratin didn’t taste as good as you hoped, but at least the fish made up for it!! I can’t wait to see you this weekend (and give you some delicious carbs to get you pumped to run over 26 miles). Can’t wait!!! xoxoxo
That salsa sounds so good. Good luck on the marathon!
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That salsa on the fish is really making my mouth water. It looks really tasty.
Joanne, your photos of the gratin are amazing. I couldn’t believe that it didn’t turn out well. I’m going to try it anyway….but I’m going to add spices….all kinds of yummy spices…right on top of each layer of potato..and then I’ll probably add more on top…because I’m ocd like that….and then I’m going to add pepper jack or some Cabot chipotle instead of the mozzarella. It might not taste good but it will be kicked up. Best wishes on the marathon. I’m going to follow along with you! 🙂
Your pictures make me want to cry they are so beautiful.
These recipes sound amazing. I love poblano peppers in anything!
Good luck on your marathon, you are going to kick ass! Can’t wait to hear about all of it 🙂
Encore une recette délicieuse.
Elle doit être délicieuse.
A très bientôt.
Through the whole post all I could focus on was the gratin, it looked so could! How could it have not been awesome? I’m so sad and confused!
bummer about the gratin, but as usual, everything looks beautiful. and speaking of beautiful, keep sitting by that hottie, at least you have good eye candy while you study 🙂
To me this gratin look absolutely perfect! And good luck with the marathon, although I’m sure you’ll do great! x
You never failed to amaze me with all these delicious meals you have created. This is no exception! Well done.
Sorry the gratin didn’t turn out as well as you wanted – it looks absolutely gorgeous!
This halibut though, I must try it soon! Definitely sounds mighty tasty.
And you go girl! Dominate Boston! I’ll be cheerin’ for ya!
My husband always roots for the underdog in sports. Sometimes they win, just like your fish. That salsa sounds especially good.
Thanks for the tip about investing in index cards;) Seriously, good luck with your studies. I think you are going to be very well prepared and come out with fabulous results. Don’t discount the boy yet – he could be good inside and out. My husband is stone cold sexy, and the sweetest person I have ever known. I had to wait a long time for him, but he was worth it.
Please pass the zucchini salsa. Thank you.
You should accidentally drop your mocha/latte/americano on his lap. Isn’t that how the movies do it? And then the guy jumps up, looks at your gorgeous face, and falls in love.
i don’t care what you are serving. I enjoy reading every bite of how you write. You had me smiling at your exploits. Who knew the fish would be the star. Gorgeous shot, and I’d love to make this for dinner. Bummer on the spud dish, but at least one was a true winner.
I loved reading about the furtive glances. ;D You funny girl!
The fish looks fantastic. Sorry to hear the potatoes were blah.
Best of luck with the marathon. You’ll be great! 😉
Wow, Joanne! This is KILLER! WOW! Talk about beauty in food! Miss Universe that is! I’d love to try your potato and corn gratin! Oh gosh! Oh my! Yum!
I am very sorry for being so late , but life did something that brought me to a stand still:-(
Oh no , i think u have a lot of focus too and i can ramble of all the examples i can think of , but wont take that muc of space.
I have been craving some pesto and almost bought a jar today but kept it back , very well knowing i wouldn like it at all…
And now u have this Zucchini salsa , if i can run down to the veg market this evening , i will have this one tomorrow and jus in time coz my mango coconut relish is jus about getting over….
Off with catch up with the rest of the deliciousness here.
I think this is maybe the first time I have ever been hungry for fish at 7:30 am – glorious pictures (as usual!!!) Hang in there with the index cards…you are going to do GREAT!
interesting – I am always being tempted by recipes for potato gratins but they never live up to expectations – and people often can confound you – as a 3 year old I became best friends with the pretty new girl in town and it was a beautiful friendship but people have never been quite so straightforward since then!
Ok, Joanne, what are you doing with all those gorgeous gratin photos – trying to get us to make bad recipes? ‘Cause from the looks of it I could hardly believe this is anything but good stuff!
Great with the fish, it sounds delicious! Actually, it all does. Good luck with the marathon!
The gratin is gorgeous- too bad it didn’t live up to its appearance! I think the fish is lovely too though- I love the beautiful green on the top. Good luck Monday- You go girl!
The halibut looks delicious and the carbs in the gratin would have been good for you if you didn’t have to throw it out! Good luck on Monday!
Zucchini makes me really happy for some reason so I would love that salsa! I’m so excited for you on Monday (and I can’t wait to see you on Sunday) – yay!!
I like the flavours in this gratin!
Loving the zucchini salsa! Good luck with the marathon!
Bummer–the gratin really looks good. 🙁 but I am loving the zucchini salsa on the grilled fish–that looks right up my alley. 😉
Gosh, I just had halibut last week, but I like your recipe with the zucchini salsa SO MUCH better. Oh well, another time for sure! I know all about exams and studying . . . .did for 13 years while working, raising my kids alone, and then going on for the PhD. This too shall pass, sweetie! Nothing that is worthwhile is ever easy! Find time for yourself too for rest and cat naps!
I’m not a huge fish fan, but I could get behind that halibut for sure. Well, really, I could eat anything if it was served alongside that gratin – OMG it looks so good (and I am not one to say “OMG” too much when responding to blog posts, ha!)
It’s a shame the gratin wasn’t a hit, because it looks absolutely amazing! But that halibut – that’s one I need to try out!
I really hate when I expect something to be delicious and it disappoints. That’s just not right. On the other hand, your fish looks delish. It’s too bad there’s not more photos of it. 🙂