Archive for the ‘Recipes’ Category

June 26th, 2011

For the Love of Riesling

Three summers ago, Paul Grieco, a New York City sommelier and restaurateur started Summer of Riesling at Terroir Wine Bar. During that summer if you wanted white wine by the glass at his bar, your only choice was Riesling. The goal was to get people to try the grape and dispel the notion that its […]

May 22nd, 2011

Mango Mini Tarts

It’s been so long since I asked for suggestions for a Florida recipe using puff pastry for an assignment by Pepperidge Farm. I got some great suggestions in the comments, including using hearts of palm or callaloo, but I took the obvious route and made mango tarts. Mangoes were the first thing I thought of […]

March 29th, 2011

Muriel’s Little River Kimchee

On Sunday afternoon, I joined some 25 people at Muriel Olivares’s Little River Market Garden to learn how to make kimchee. Sitting in the perfect shade of her mango tree, we watched as Muriel made a huge batch of this popular Korean dish made by fermenting vegetables and chilies. Before starting Muriel warned that the […]

October 6th, 2010

Making Carolina Pulled Pork

Flipping through the pages of the September issue of Food & Wine, I came across a Carolina pulled pork recipe by Sean Brock. Many of you will have heard of Brock, chef at McCrady’s in Charleston, South Carolina, and winner of the 2010 James Beard award for Best Chef Southeast. The magazine calls Brock a […]

May 28th, 2010

Limonada (limeade) for the summer heat

My blender has seen the light of day more in the past two weeks than in the past few months. Blame it on the hot summer days that have inspired me to make refreshing juices almost daily. A watermelon agua fresca was a big hit with family last week but this week I was really […]

April 12th, 2010

Belles calas

Calas, calas! Belles calas! Touts chaude, madame. Such went the cry of the calas street vendors in New Orleans. It means: calas, calas, beautiful calas, very hot. If you haven’t heard of these fritters prepared with leftover rice, you’re not alone. When New Orleans chef, cookbook author and Slow Food New Orleans leader, Poppy Tooker, […]

January 12th, 2010

Getting to know Dragon Tongue beans

I’m not going to lie. It was the purple flecks. That’s what got me to buy these beans, known as Dragon Tongue or Dragon Langerie. The beans’ beautiful dappled exterior makes them hard to ignore as they sit among monochromatic green and yellow beans on the market stand. As I paid for a bag at […]

January 4th, 2010

Lomo al trapo

One of my resolutions this year is to do a little more cooking. I’ve always liked to cook but last year I didn’t do nearly as much of it as I would’ve liked. This week’s project is “lomo al trapo,” which my dad and I made for D’s birthday last week.

December 21st, 2009

Dulce de Leche Oatmeal Cookies

This weekend’s kitchen project was making Sofia’s Dulce de Leche Oatmeal Cookies as a little welcome gift for my parents. I had forgotten how finicky these cookies can be. Making them takes quite a bit of care and patience. Don’t, like I did, decide to write a blog post while they’re in the oven or […]

December 14th, 2009

Weekend Project: Making dulce de leche

Apparently the holidays have put me in the cooking spirit. Last week, I randomly remembered these thin dulce de leche and oatmeal cookies I used to make. Since my parents are coming to town next week for the holidays, I decided I’d have some ready for them. First I had to make the dulce de […]

November 27th, 2009

Thanksgiving for Two: A recap

Thanksgiving this year was an unusual one. Not a bad one, just not the usual. It was a Thanksgiving for two. “Well, enjoy your newlywed Thanksgiving,” one friend said. “What? You guys are doing a romantic Thanksgiving?” said another. Not really. Let’s just say it happened that way. We started off our day very early […]

June 22nd, 2009

Savory Mini Cheesecakes with Red Pepper and Green Tomatillo Chutney

When I read food writer Monica Bhide’s (@mbhide) tweet calling for participants for a virtual potluck, I was curious. I had never heard of Monica or her work before but I wanted to find out what this virtual potluck entailed. She was calling on bloggers to each cook a dish from her latest cookbook release, […]

October 16th, 2008

My go-to quesadilla

In the past few months, I’ve tried to cut down on my trips to dine out — at least to dine out at pricey establishments. Not only am I in frugal mode, but I have a wedding to pay for. I can’t say I’ve been making up for that by cooking elaborate meals, but there […]

August 12th, 2008

Learning to make fresh pasta

Making fresh pasta is one of those things I’ve never really had the urge to try. Seeing people on TV throwing eyeballed amounts of flour onto an empty counter, digging a little hole in the middle and mixing in the eggs, just seemed complicated. Without planning for it, however, I ended up making fresh pasta […]

May 4th, 2008

Saturday pig roast

I promise there’s a valid reason for the slowness in posting, but I’ll leave that for later. Yesterday D and I hosted a pig (shoulder) roast to celebrate two friends’ birthdays. It really wasn’t my idea; a friend suggested it and we agreed despite my warnings that I wanted nothing to do with the pig. […]

January 20th, 2008

Getting to know kale

Kale was one of the ingredients in our third CSA box that I wasn’t too familiar with. Everything else — canistel, black sapote, scallions, red leaf lettuce, dill, watercress, arugula and green peppers — seemed pretty manageable, which I’ve found increases our odds of using it. Last week, for instance, we got oranges, lettuces, cherry […]

January 11th, 2008

Turnips, check. Cilantro, check. A CSA update.

The week has been extremely hectic for me but surprisingly, I’ve been able to make use of a decent chunk of my produce, so I thought I’d give a quick update with links to recipes (since I have little time). I cut up the turnips in cubes, placed them in a roasting pan with cubed […]

October 31st, 2007

Getting to know Halloumi cheese

Rub your fingers across your teeth for a few seconds. Hear anything? Squeak-y, squeak-y. That’s a little bit like the sound and feel you get when you chew cooked Halloumi cheese. Unique to Cyprus, Halloumi is a semi-hard cheese made from sheep’s milk or goat’s milk — or a mix of both — seasoned with […]

October 28th, 2007

Rioja-style potatoes with chorizo

Sometimes D greets me with a few printed recipes that “we should try.” For some reason, we rarely make them. We either forget them when we go grocery shopping so we don’t know what we need to buy or they just sit there and get buried under a pile of mail. Last night, we didn’t […]

July 25th, 2007

Mango: The comfort fruit

Once during my brief stint in culinary school I applied for an internship at a New York food website. As a test, they asked me to write about a fruit or vegetable. I chose the mango and deemed it my comfort fruit. I wrote of memories of hot beach days biting into a ripe mango […]

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