Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sunday dinner.

Mr. Nielson shares his Sunday dinner secrets:


Well here it goes folks…my first contribution to CuisineNie…by Mr. Nielson:


Sunday dinner is almost as religious as the rest of the day. The menu is meant to be down to earth, and easy to prepare (it is our Sabbath you know). And in our house, since before I was born, the patriarch is always in charge of the experience.

It’s amazing how little one can do to screw up good foods in their whole form. For example it’s nice to behold each spoonful or forkful as it makes its way to my palate and be able to say, “this is a beet because it looks just like it did when Jane plucked it out of the garden”. To me, ‘comfort food’ has a strong resemblance on the serving plate as it did before it was prepared.

Anyway, today’s smorgasbord offered the following:

Brown Rice – steamed to perfection served to taste with a dash of Kikkoman…use nothing other than Kikkoman.

Whole German Butterballs – soft-boiled potatoes garnished with copious amounts of parsley, garlic, S&P, and butter. You have to use extra salt on these puppies because since they are whole they contain a lot of flesh in the middle that must draw from their seasoned skins.

Thyme for Carrots – soft-steamed with butter and salt and usually I prefer fresh dill, but we were out, so it was thyme for something new. It worked too.

Stever’s Beets – the trick to these delicious vitamin rich bombers is the way the future Mayor of Provo makes ‘em…lots and lots and lots of vinegar. If they aren’t doing the breath stroke when you serve them it needs more vinegar. Also, make sure you cook them at least 45 minutes. Tough beets are as bad as tough beans.

Bread-Fairy Toast – every Sunday a Bread-Fairy drops off a fresh baked hot loaf of delicious homemade bread. What great (anonymous) neighbors we have. I am with C. S. Lewis and his character’s fondness for good old fashioned toast with butter and honey. Think about it…it’s mentioned in all of his works.

Popping Peas – gently heat them up, either fresh or frozen, never from a can. Seriously not too hot or they won’t pop when you eat them. A little bit of butter and even less salt.

Tomato Ratatouille – I didn’t ask for them, but Jane collected 5 different colors and types of tomatoes from the garden and I had to do something. The shooter sized orange, red, and yellow tomatoes I briefly sautéed whole in olive oil, and balsamic vinegar (and a little water). The green ripe and larger reds I quartered and added later to the mix along with diced garlic, and S&P. After the cut tomatoes begin to transform into a balsam sauce I removed from the heat and added fresh grated parmesan and fresh chiffonade basil.

Served with the Nielson’s-own bottles of “Chilled and Distilled”, or if you can get it Trader Joes version of the unpasteurized, unfiltered, grape juice.

And finally, I give the same advise as my wife…don’t burn yourself…seriously don’t.

110 comments:

Annagrace said...

Yum, yum, yum. I agree--the simpler the better. Only one thing to add: eat slowly and remember to TASTE everything...life is short but awfully beautiful.

Azúcar said...

Beets without vinegar are simply not worth eating.



(But this is a serious fight in our family--will it be pickled beets or regular beets at Sunday dinner? My side? Pickled or DIE.)

Peanut said...

Some day, try well steamed sliced beets drizzled with olive oil and sea salt... delicious!

queenmari said...

i am voting with mr. steve, on the beets, the more vinegar the better they are--i love them!

your meal looks delicious. i think i need to redo my sunday plans and have my husband do the cooking, i like this tradition you have, and my husband is a good cook. new tradition time. thank you.

did you grow radishes? they are lovely and oh so good simply washed and put on a plate with some sea salt to dip them in and then eat.

blessings, mari

whitney said...

Wow...looks beautiful and tasty! I'm sure your kids have eaten healthy foods all their lives, but just wondering if you have trouble getting them to eat their veges...?

Anonymous said...

Everything looks so delicious, especially my favourite the potatoes. Are you using regular curly parsley for the potatoes? I must recommend using Italian flat parsley instead. Much more flavourful. Curly parsley is best as a garnish.

My family is not Mormon, but on weekends Dad always did the cooking too. :)

Starr said...

Good post, Christian. C.S. Lewis is a brilliant writer, a thoughtful Christian, and very, very English -- that's why he loved toast so much. It's an unspoken obsession over here and has bee for centuries.

Gina said...

You make the food look so good my tummy is rumbling, even though I only finished eating dinner an hour ago. If I cave in and do some late night snacking this evening I will tell the weighing scales in the morning it was not my fault. I will simply have to blame you! Keep those fabulous food blogs going!

From the Kitchen said...

I could very easily sit at your table and think I was at my own! What a delicious menu. There's a bowl of tiny, multi-colored tomatoes sitting on my counter right now and a legion of heirloom tomatoes marching across the windowsill. And, fresly roasted beets waiting in the refrigerator to have thinly sliced onions, orange segments and a little juice, a little olive oil and salt and pepper added for a treat several times during the week.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Beautiful...delicious...wholesome.

Just like you guys!

Robin Tolbert said...

...Do you think, perhaps My Larry would cook as Mr Nielson does? Doubts are many. Beautiful meal.

Heidi said...

You went to Chicago and didn't tell me??? I live here and I would have brought you the best chocolate cake EVER had I known you were here. My family owns a bakery. Check it out at www.lovinovencakery.com. Let me know next time you are in town!

P.S. LOVE the veggies!

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

Oh good golly! That all looks delicious! I'm very hungry now.

What a wonderful family tradition. Thanks for sharing.

XO*Tricia

P.S. Your Chicago trip looks like it was wonderful! Can't wait to see more.

CeeCee said...

It's beautiful and all so good for you! Mr. Nielson has done a fine job of carrying on the family tradition. :)

I'm glad you love Chicago. I went for the first time a couple years ago. The pizza was nearly a religious experience for me. As you say, "the crust."

Silvy said...

delicious!! and if you don't like vinegar, you can try lemon juice (a lot of) with beets... yum!

Vanessa said...

How have I still not had beets with vinegar?? This looks divine my to girls are telling it to make it right away while peering over my shoulder :)

Johanna said...

Wow, the bread looks delicious. You sure are lucky to have such great neighbors. And definitely lucky to have such a great husband who cooks for you as well.

Wanda said...

Yum....looks delicious!
Glad you had a great time in Chicago! I love that city!

Best Wishes, Marie said...

the only thing sexier than a man in the kitchen cooking, is a man in the kitchen doing dishes. do our husbands know how fast that gets us "in the mood."

Best Wishes, Marie said...

love the pics of chicago !! that pizza looks amazing. fresh and happy !!!

MyHeartsContent said...

Sunday lunches are more than the just the meal they are for making special memories for the little people at the table!

the formidible mrs dean said...

Ha-Ha the first thing that I thought when looking at the first picture was that I would have never had 2 bowls sitting on the very ledge of the sink while cleaning out a large pan. HA. But anyhow, it looks like a beautiful meal and how fortunate you are to have ANOTHER great cook in the house.

the emily said...

My husband would read this post and recognize one word: carrots. I am astounded! Where did you learn to cook?

Dee said...

I love a Suday Supper. Your family is so fortunate to have such a caring father in the kitchen. The meal sounds great. It can be challenging to get little ones to try new things, but now when you start early and make it tasty AND beautiful!

moshell's lilbit of space said...

Looks yummy Mr. Nielson!!!

I read you both went to Chicago, my hometown. My children & I are headed there next week!! I can't wait to go downtown. I sure hope you were treated well and courteous.

Bert Bell said...

Ok I am not Mormon either. Pentecostal here. Dinner looked yummy...bravo Mr. Neilson on your garden extravaganza! Growing up in my home, Sunday meant Grandma or Mom would put something to simmer in the good ole crock pot...so that is what I did:

3 Bonesless Skinless Chicken Breast
2 Cans of Cream of Chicken Soup
1 Can of milk, measured with soup can
1 package of frozen mixed veggies
(I agree totally NO canned peas)
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

Turn on high and let it go for about 4-6 hours. I shredded the chicken with my tongs when I got home from church, made some rice and tada dinner was done....hot & hearty just like Grandmas!

A. Verzello said...

This meal is so not simple. It seems quite exotic to me. MY simple Sunday dinner merely included: pork chops with Sweet Baby Ray's glaze, steamed baby carrots with butter, grilled onions and grilled golden Yukon potatoes. Dang, you guys really showed me up. (My husband better not find this blog!)

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to try potatoes that way...yummy!

Chicago...a famous celebrity...I can think of "O"nly 1 celebrity who's made Chicago famous! Please keep us posted with details!

.:Bree:. said...

Sounds fantastic!

I found a recipe from my Disney family cookbook for a similar tomato experience! :)

I'll have to try yours. (if you want mine, I can get it for you)

Looks great! Even better that Mr. Nielson made dinner!

Heather said...

FABULOUS POST. great to hear from mr. n! nice job in the garden, jane!

Our Lovely Life said...

Ok, that looks seriously delicious!! I'm hungry now!

mrs boo radley said...

Taaaaasty! We're happy because we eat butter!
Yesterday we took those fresh beets and simmered them to pieces and pureed them (with butter, onions, garlic, and fresh tomatoes) and that is what husband gets to snack on all week long and it is especially yummy because there are blackberries in it too (beware of seeds). I'm not a purple person, but beets sure are beautiful, aren't they.

Kelly Jean said...

If only I could have him as my personal chef for lunch today. Guess my turkey sandwich will suffice :)

Hailee said...

So many beautiful foods to look at, and my first thought is, "Wow, what a great looking kitchen"! I like the counters and the cabinets.

-Hailee

Emz said...

Ahhhhh to have a hubby in the kitchen! ;) Can't complain too much - he's pretty perfect else where! ;)

Looks amazing.

Anonymous said...

My guess is Oprah. :-D

Henny said...

yum!!!! I love good real food.

Heather said...

I was thinking Oprah too - could we have a guest appearance in our kitchen by Mr. Nielson? Now THAT would be awesome!

Pink Slippers said...

The meal even looks beautiful.
Wendy
Mommy to 7. 9 and under.

amelia said...

i love that patriarch tradition! we may have to adopt that for our family :) it all looks heavenly!

and what a great trip you two love birds had! good for you! can't wait to hear about the surprise celebrity!

glad you're back... gotta get my nie nie fix in!

Joy said...

Another great post! I love you two----I am blessed to read your blogs!! Hugs from Houston.....

rookie cookie said...

Vinegar on beets eh? Wait, does that mean I have to like beets?

Anonymous said...

ahhh what a beautiful meal! i think my hubby would not even miss the meat here! also, a truly wonderful tradition of daddy in the kitchen on the sabbath.

keep up the good work, would love to see more of what you have cookin'!

julie
ps. don't you just LOVE chicago? it's a clean version of NY! and the pizza at gino's or unos... i think you can order it delivered even in utah!

Jeppson's said...

Nienie, You guys are amazing... I was reading your blog the other day and telling my husband your story. He glanced at your husband and said, hey he I served on my mission with him. Then went on to tell me he was at our wedding. Your Family is so Beautiful. Tell your hubby Elder Steve Jeppson said Hello...

alanna said...

Looks awesome!

I've never thought about how veggies should look the same on your plate as when you pluck them from the garden.

I'll strive for that more often.

Love you guys!

Anonymous said...

Looks good Mr. Nielson. But I'm incredibly worried about that yellow anniversery bowl precariously placed on the edge of the sink. I would have knocked down with my grace.

Megan Putman

Sue Sparks said...

That's pretty cool to have a weekly Bread Fairy:) Your meal looks delicious and healthy...The best of both worlds!

Britty said...

So glad you're cookin again, Nie! I have missed CuisiNie. And I know why you were in Chicago. I knew it would happen, it was only a matter of time. :) You're pretty amazing.

Mandee said...

do you take requests? I am looking for delicious grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup.

the espinozas said...

that sounds like a feast! beautiful and delicious. i want to eat sundays with you guys.=)

Sarah & Jake said...

Christian, we just love you! And now that I regularly check NieNie, we get to know and love Stephanie. Blogs are great! Let us know any time you are in Seattle again...we live 5 min. from the city and are great entertainers :)
- Sarah (Sedgwick) and Jake

Chrisy said...

Thank you Mr Nielsen for sharin this feast!

Debs said...

The meal sounds and looks so tasty. Many thanks for sharing.

Julieann said...

YUM!!! Everything looks and sounds so good:) I just love meals like those. After reading this post, it makes me want to go in the kitchen right now and create something.

I also want to say, I love both your blogs!!!

Julieann

erin said...

yum. i think i need my husband to read this. Hes a firefighter and they have to cook lots at the station.

and clearly the clebrity you saw in chicago was my adorable sister who lives in the heart. We go often to the windy city and its awesome. I love all those places and the crust oh the crust. I understand the crust.

Rachel H said...

That looks so AMAZING...thanks for reminding me to use MORE veggies! I love veggies..but I forget to be creative like you guys are..and I LOVE beets. Always have. You guys are so wonderful! Much love from OHIO! =)

A Toast to Kos said...

Ah, we love the same foods I think, folks! Beets sound delicious right now.

clara said...

Food Yummy. Are we going to be watching you on Oprah? best of luck.

Anonymous said...

I love fresh beets with butter, salt & pepper. A new way to fix them would be welcome. Please post your recipe made with vinegar??!!

The Vintage Kitten said...

You've just gotta have plenty of vinegar on the beetroot X

Cindy L. said...

Dinner looks so tasty! And yet the real thing I'm so curious about is, "who was in Chicago", and "why you two went there!" Can't wait to figure out the mystery! Loved the pictures too!
I'm also curious about how many e-mails you must receive every day from strangers such as myself. I'll bet you enjoy reading your mail every night.

You both are a blessing to me.

Megan said...

Love your first post!! Everything looks so yummmy! I love Sunday dinners...what a wonderful end to such a fulfilling day!

ricebabies said...

Those little tomatoes remind me of my Grandpas garden. He grew all those mouth watering tiny tomatoes. The yellow bell shaped were my favorite.

Thanks for bringing me back to that memory.

Looks delish!

jyl (Mom It Forward said...

Mmmmmmm! I'm coming to your house Sunday for dinner!

Camille said...

I agree - the Sunday meal is almost as religious as the day itself :) I love the recipe and the fact that MR. Nielsen is guest posting! Excellent work!

Kathryn said...

Okay now I want to be Morman (well, I'm a devout Catholic...but, if I wasn't...) ANDa vegetarian, you guys are just awesome!
BTW, I love the new Halloween theme...LOVE.IT!

Little Lovables said...

wow, these are some amazingly tasty looking meals!!

I'm loving the patriarch in charge of Sunday meals as well!!

oh, and Nie, I LOVE your new Halloween banners!!

AliceK[i]ND said...

OK Christian (sorry, I can't refer to my little brother as Mr. Nielson.... too weird) no surprises here because I know you are a real cook, but I just have to say I am really worried about Stephanie's gorgeous bowls you have perched there precariously on the edge of the counter... did they survive?????

Lynn said...

Wowzer, quite a meal. We've had a big garden this year and I agree, eat fresh from the garden and it's hard to mess anything up! I just made a tomato quiche which, unfortunately, tasted more like an onion quich with a smidge of tomato. Aaaah, well, back to the drawing board. Should've just eaten them fresh and plain, eh?

RUBICITA said...

tu experiencia de vida, es un motivo enorme para que yo siga de pie, pues a todas horas y a todos momentos todos pasamos malos ratos.. que lindo tu blog con tus recetas en verdad alimentan el alma!! saludos!!

Queen B. said...

simply beautiful.

the Lola Letters said...

This has nothing to do with Mr. Nielson's dinner (which looks amazing, by the way) but I just had to write and say that I just BARELY saw a promo about you on Oprah!!!!

And do you want to know what I thought? I thought:

Yesssss! Woo-hoo! It's about time! I was wondering when Miss Oprah was going to catch wind of this amazing woman we are so proud to call our own! (Utah Valley/Provo, that is...)

I suspected that was the "celebrity" you visited in Chicago, but it was still really exciting to see that your story is going to be told.

Can't wait to watch!

Steph said...

Me too! I am SO happy that many more people will have the honor of being inspired by you. The world will be a better place, and I mean that sincerely. Thank you for all you do.

Stephanie T in No California

LoveFeast Table said...

We love a man who cooks!! We've got two that do! Looks healthy, simple and wholesome!! (The food we mean!!) Chris Ann & Kristin

Kate said...

Hello! I just watched the video on Oprah's website of the SAHM visiting you. I am so glad that you are out of the worst of this! I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers!
:)
Hugs!

kristi said...

your family is absolutely wonderful. it was great to see you on oprah today. you are a true inspiration!

Christie said...

I love the October header!!

And I'm pretty sure simple, fresh meals are one of the keys to happiness (not to mention good health!).

I'm so happy for the return of cuisinenie.

3 Peanuts said...

Love to see Christian cooking here...his love for his family and for you Stephanie just shines through. It was a TRUE gift to see you today on Oprah. I read your blog before the accident and read it now and to see you and hear your voice was truly inspirational. To see how you embrace each day really makes me want to be a better Mother and wife. Thank you.

blessings.

Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) said...

This looks incredibly tasty and your photos are wonderful!

You are one inspiring family :)

ryan and kristi said...

I just finished watching Oprah and there you were. I ran into nieniedialogues a long time ago, before the crash, and bookmarked you then because I loved the soul in your photos. I read your blog all the time now and am a better wife, mother and friend because of your example. You are a beautiful human being and your smile lit up that screen!

ps. I may have the tiniest of crushes on Mr. Nielson. I hope you don't mind. It's just that every woman wants to be loved like that! His love is clearly a testament to your character. And so the lesson for me is to be more lovable - like Nie. ;)

pss. What a meal! Eating the last of our tomatoes tonight. :(

www.ryanandkristi.blogspot.com

CB said...

Stephanie ... just watched Oprah and wanted to tell you that you are the most beautiful, gracious, humble and sweet woman. You are a doll.

I wish the show would have explained to the rest of the world how you inspire other mothers to embrace motherhood (like cooking, like hopscotch on the carpet, like the sihouettes, the funny photos of real life). I know those are *things* but they are the expressions of your creative, loving spirit towards your family. I loved how you said that *now* is beautiful with all your family around you.

And hearing you tell of the vision you had while in the coma reminded me to let you know that I prayed often that Jesus Himself would minister to you in your sleep.

Marie {Make and Takes} said...

Okay, the butterballs... I could eat those through the screen! Nice job, Mr. N! I guess I gotta get Mr. L to read this post!!

Brown Thumb Mama said...

So wonderful to see and hear you on Oprah. I can see the love in your eyes as you look at each other! You are an inspiration.

C.T. said...

Oh Lord, it's 10.34 in the morning and I'm already drooling over this dish.

Rosemarie said...

Hey! I just watched Oprah and then read your post. Did she really drink out of a silver straw??? For some reason that totally cracks me up!

And I loved finally being able to hear your voice. For some reason I get all excited when I'm about to hear someone's voice from a blog I read. I makes me ridiculously giddy!

paperhill said...

i've been reading your blog for while. i just want to tell you, you are such a beautiful person. your warmth, kindness & humility are so apparent. thank you, you're a gift to us all. i am touched by your amazing drive & courage. god bless. susan

tricia said...

Hi!

I just saw you on Oprah! Oh, how beautiful you are and how kind. I am so happy for you and your husband. If I only I could find the right words to let you know how you have changed my outlook on life and motherhood. Thank you!

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Amy said...

My husband would wholeheartedly agree with you that only Kikkoman soy sauce is the ONLY soy sauce, although, I am a La Choy kind of girl, myself *ducking and running from all the Kikkoman fans out there.

Do you know I've never tried a beet? Sad, I know.

Macooda said...

oh I love all your lovely anthro bowls! I used to work there. So happy they finally got one in good ole UT!

I was wondering if you would be willing to share some of your craft making secrets, I just love the ones you have posted in your other blog, don't mean to leave a comment here but I don't think I can in the other one.

Cheers!

Melissa said...

I like that your husband cooks on Sunday? Does he clean up too? I think that should be part of the rule. I may have to borrow this a have my husband in the kitchen on Sundays. I have to say your darling and i LOVE your blogs. Thanks for posting, i look forward to them.

Beth said...

Love this post. Yummy...yummy. Looks great.

I saw you on Oprah.
Very Powerful. You inspire me.

Beth

Lauren said...

Mmm! I want some of those sauteed tomatoes right now!

And, I think I will be adopting the patriarch cooks on sunday, tradition!

Mel said...

WAY to GO Mr. Nielson! Great post!

Ya know, I'm battling a pretty gnarly case of baby nausea and this is the first meal (other than a chocolate doughnut) that has looked appealing. Mmmmnn, beets&vinegar, bread with honey, looks oh so YUMMY. Weird, as an adult I do feel weird saying the word yummy. Ah well, moving forward,

I love this blog for the veggie recipe ideas and your beautiful wife's other blog. And I really appreciate the integration of faith as well.

Mel said...

P.S. I'd love your family's bread recipe. It's what inspired me to start baking my own bread, although mine still needs to be fine tuned. Thanks!

Amy Stratton-Duling said...

I LOVE all of your recipes...its so very hard to find really good, interesting vegetarian ones. I made your fish tacos with the orange salsa and my husband went berserk....in fact im on here to get the recipe again to make it tonight! Thank you stephanie for starting this up again...i look forward to all your new recipes brewing over there in utah.
p.s. you look AMAZING! i just had to let you know that i think you look better than EVER....i rushed home to watch you on oprah....you looked so very very beautiful and SOOO happy. youre quite the inspiration. p.s.s. i want your entire outfit....especially those tights and shoes.

ooglebloops said...

I discovered your other blog after you appeared on Oprah-amazing story, beautiful family, beautiful life. That led me to this blog- I am going to love trying some of these recipes!!!

Katie said...

Do your kids gobble this up?

I've been really good about giving my kids a healthy variety....but they would have a really hard time with this meal (thought I think I would love it).


Do your kids eat like this all the time?

Orange Juice said...

That meal sounds so delicious! I love my meals simple and full of lots of nutritious vegetables. Thanks for the ideas!

Tonya and Casey said...

Yum. I'm not much of a cook, so I'll hand off the idea to my husband who is an excellent cook. He just gave me two great soup ideas for our blog. Wish I was better at it.

LOVE your sites. My cousin and I started an event planning blog, Roses and Rhubarbs, a while back and I love looking at your ideas for inspiration. So creative.

Jaime said...

yum!! thanks for the tips!

KL817 said...

Stephanie - I absolutely love CuisineNie and NieNie Dialogues. I saw you on Oprah and I've been hooked to your blogs and cjane's ever since. I am a huge fan of cooking (much like you I can see!) and I encourage you to bring back all of these wonderful, healthy, delicious, vegetarian recipes back to the people. We hunger for more CuisineNie recipes!

Best of luck to you and your family and Happy Birthday Claire!!


Love, Kate - your friend from NJ

Natalie said...

First, Mr. Nielson - you rock for doing the cooking.
Second - I need me some of that tomato ratatouille pronto!!!!

Deborah said...

Wow! That food is almost as beautiful as you! I love both of your blogs. You bring sunshine to my days!

We have a tradition here too. Every Saturday and Sunday morning, my husband makes a big breakfast. The children and I love it. It's my little break from cooking and it's extra special that daddy made the crepes, german pancakes, ebelskiver (filled pancakes), or whatever it may be. We're so full that we skip lunch and then have an early dinner.

Charlene Austin said...

OMGosh that meal looks YUM-O!!!

Momma Chae said...

Oh man - is there anything this guy CAN'T do? He's a keeper for sure. :)

kanishk said...

your meal looks delicious. i think i need to redo my sunday plans and have my husband do the cooking,

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Lindsey said...

Um, that looks amazing.

Thanks so much for the tips!