- 1 T + 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/3 cup flaky sea salt
Toast the cumin seeds in a dry pan over medium heat until they just start to become fragrant, only a minute or so. After the seeds cool, combine them with the sea salt and grind to your coarseness-liking using a spice/coffee grinder or a mortar and pestle. I blitz a couple times using the chopping attachment of our Magic Bullet. Transfer to an air tight container and keep handy for dusting root vegetables, eggs, steak, soups, chili...anything really.
This whips up in less than 30 minutes and has only 7 ingredients. The spicy sausage adds a ton of flavor even though the soup doesn't simmer long. It's creamy and savory with enough substance to feel like a meal and not just a soup. It's also easy to adapt. We used sweet potato gnocchi, not quite as much, half the bone stock, double the cream, local roasted peppers (we froze a couple Anaheims during farmers market last summer)...it was fantastic.
Throwing a bunch of ingredients into a slow-cooker or crockpot is about as effortless as it gets, but we always apply a rub the night before and braise the meat in a cast-iron skillet to get a nice crusty caramelization before throwing it in the pot. A version of this is our favorite "BBQ" pulled pork (without all the sugar).
Maybe I'm way off base, but I doubt I'm the only one who thinks a burger can be so much more than a burger. Beautiful grass-fed beef + a flavorful rub + a husband who can grill it just right make for one of my favorite meals. Some nights we roast potatoes; other times we grab to-go orders of sweet potato fries on our way home and throw them in the oven to crisp up while burgers grill. I like taking a bed of arugula, drizzling it with a bit of flavorful olive oil, maybe adding a squeeze of lemon or splash of vinegar, then placing the grilled burger right on top. The heat and juices wilt the leaves slightly, and the peppery greens mesh nicely with the spiced-up burger. A mustard sauce/vinaigrette - or just straight up mustard - adds the last perfect punch of flavor.