Prized Possession?

December 31, 2010 Vegetables

In your kitchen, what is your most prized possession? Obsession? Delight? A college friend posted an abbreviated Ode to his Cast Iron Skillet. If you were write an ode, what would your object be? I think mine would be tongs — lockable, collapsable, versatile. Love them.

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Beginner’s Ratatouille Recipe

December 20, 2010 Vegetables

My favorite version of ratatouille is served by L’Orange Bleu on Crosby Street. I learned from one of the chefs he adds anchovies (!) to flavor the vegetables. I liked the idea of adding anchovy paste. I’ve tried to make this before but didn’t *love* the results. This time I tried roasting the vegetables based […]

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Flourless Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

December 17, 2010 Dessert

Since figuring out I feel better without gluten, my cake/cupcake cravings have only increased. Finding sweets without gluten has been an interesting task. Yes, in the West Village there are a handful of gluten-free bakeries but, at $4-7 a pop, I needed to figure out how to make my own. I’m not really a baker […]

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Roasted Bone Marrow Recipe

December 14, 2010 Beef & Lamb

Now that bone marrow has become more faddish, it’s easier to find. My source is the farmers market at Union Square. I consulted a handful of chefs I trust and here’s the method that worked. 2-3 marrow bones salt 3-5 bread slices (depending on size of loaf) Turn on the oven to 400 degrees. Line […]

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Winter Squash Recipes

December 2, 2010 Vegetables

V called me asking for cold weather comfort food on a raining-sideways day. This soup does the trick. Another option is to bake the squash — in slices! This is a great appetizers for wintery parties. 1 kabocha squash 1 Tbsp olive oil 1/4 tsp sea salt 1-2 Tbsp grated Parmesan Set the oven to […]

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Stuffed Cabbage Recipe

November 29, 2010 Beef & Lamb

The Central Park food stand where the little sailboats are has Amazing stuffed cabbage. You’d swear Bubby was in the back making them by hand. I was looking for a recipe I liked. Martha Stewart came through. Fortunately, she cooked them on her show, so I could watch the process. Here’s a link to that […]

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Rutabaga Souffle Recipe

November 25, 2010 Vegetables

I have a major girl crush on Elise Bauer, the blogger for Simply Recipes. She’s a technologist turned chef-photographer. Each year her photography gets better and better. I stumbled upon her recipe for Carrot Souffle but in reading the (41!) comments, I was inspired to substitute. Mary wrote, “I had a rutabaga the size of […]

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Roasted Parsnip Recipe

November 23, 2010 Vegetables

Easy. Easy. Easy. And yummy. You want a really hot oven to properly roast. 400 degrees is ideal and, hopefully, you have an oven thermometer to verify that temperature. Avoid crowding the pan. This means make sure each cut vegetable has a little elbow room. 5 parsnips, peeled and cut into cubes 1 T olive […]

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Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

November 22, 2010 Vegetables

I am beyond thrilled with how this dish turned out — photogenic and scrumptious! This is a perfect dish for 2 since you cut the squash in half. And you will have leftover rice! Using a rice cooker makes quick work of the filling. While in Minnesota last winter (brrr), I found a rice grower […]

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Bacon Brussels Sprout Recipe

November 19, 2010 Vegetables

My football husband, Tom, turned me on to the concept of bacon + Brussels sprouts. Because he knows I don’t eat American pork, he made this version with turkey bacon for Thanksgiving. If cooked over low heat and turned often, it crisps up nicely. And you can add the fat drippings back into the sprouts […]

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