• Entrees,  Recipes

    Herb Gnocchi with Lemon Thyme Chicken

    I have yet to make fresh pasta, for lack of this KitchenAid Mixer pasta attachment, but I thought I’d try making some gnocchi. My Essential Pasta Cookbook has the basic gnocchi recipe, and I made a few adjustments. Herb Gnocchi with Pesto Parmesan Sauce You’ll need: 2 large potatoes (about 1 lb)—use old potatoes—supposedly these are more starchy and make for better gnocchi. I let mine sit for about 4 days. about a cup of flour 3 tablespoons chives 3 tablespoons basil teaspoon of salt 1 egg yolk Pesto Sauce 2-3 tablespoons pesto 1-2 tablespoons melted butter 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese fresh ground pepper First, cook your potatoes (I…

  • Breakfast,  Dessert,  Recipes

    This bread is bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S

    Sometimes we buy bananas to let them sit on top of the fridge over-ripening. Because then we get to make banana bread! I adapted this recipe from Elise’s banana bread recipe at Simply Recipes. Here are the poor over-ripe bananas. You know they’re ready when the entire stem breaks off when you pluck them from the fridge/fruit bowl/counter top: I decided to try something new with this batch: Spiced Banana Bread You’ll need: 4 medium-sized ripe bananas 1 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 1/2 cup flour 1 teaspoon baking soda dash of salt 1/3 cup melted butter 1/2 teaspoon allspice 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon almond…

  • Recipes,  Sandwiches

    Challah Tuna Melt

    This is the great jewish deli tuna melt that I’ve never had. Let’s get right into the good stuff. Challah Tuna Melt You’ll need: challah bread one can of tuna 1/4 cup mayo 1/8 cup chopped celery 1 tablespoon chopped chives fresh ground pepper cheddar/american/colby jack cheese First, mix your tuna. Butter one side of each slice of challah. Place a generous heap of tuna on your challah along with one or two slices of cheese. Grill, covered, in a skillet on medium heat–about two minutes on each side.

  • Entrees,  Recipes,  Sandwiches

    Mystery ingredient revealed

    Time to reveal the mystery ingredient: Ta-da! It’s Eggplant! And this concoction is an eggplant parmesan panini. I haven’t had eggplant parmesan in a very long time. Perhaps because I tried to make fried eggplant a few years back and it was awful. I blame a bad eggplant. This beauty, on the other hand, can do no wrong. Aren’t eggplants funny? Dense and spongy, almost like a nerf ball. Cutting into them is so much fun. I digress. Anyway, I saw this one in the grocery store and thought, what the hell, Eggplant Experimentation Round II, here we go. Not sure what I did differently, but these fried eggplant slices…

  • Entrees,  Recipes

    Heaven on Crust: prosciutto, arugula and parmesan pizza

    This, my friends, is pizza the way it was meant to be: I first tried this delicious combination in a small trattoria in Turino Italy. The crust was thin, crispy and warm. The flavors and textures of the uncooked toppings mixed PERFECTLY together: paper-thin slices of rich, salty prosciutto, generous shavings of parmigiano-reggiano, crisp, peppery arugula, a drizzle of olive oil, and fresh ground pepper. If I’m ever lucky enough to see a similar menu item stateside, I plead with my fellow diners to split it with me. Most people aren’t into it. Maybe the arugula and prosciutto turns them off. Or the fact that this isn’t anything close to…

  • Recipes,  Side Dishes

    So I’m a little corny…

    Corn-centric recipes have been all over the food blogs this week, and I’ve posted a few myself. I wanted to chill out on the corny posts, but I had to use up my leftovers, so here goes: Mexican corn muffins You’ll need: 1/2 cup cilantro-lime corn (you can also just use regular sweet corn) 1 cup masa 2/3 cup water 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cumin 1/4 cup shredded cheese, divided in half 2 tablespoons butter, softened ½ teaspoon ancho chile powder 1 teaspoon salt Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine ingredients, using half of the cheese (1/8 cup). The dough should be close to the consistency of…

  • Entrees,  Recipes

    Recipe relations: pupusas and corn cakes with shredded chicken

    Per my post about smart shopping, here are two great recipes that are very closely related, yet pleasantly unique. We’ll start with the pupusas, but first a background story. It’s quick, I promise. When I worked at the ad agency, we had several clients in the food industry, and one particular client that did amazing work in flavor and ingredient manufacturing. I was a PR account manager and copywriter on this account, which required me to subscribe to and read loads of fabulous food trade publications. Picture Bon Appetite for restauranteurs and food product formulators. One particular article I discreetly ripped from our agency’s copy of Flavor & The Menu has…

  • Recipes,  Side Dishes

    The best potato salad EVER

    At least I think so. But perhaps I’m slightly biased. I whipped this up this afternoon for an impromptu BBQ at Greg and Doug’s. Before I start the recipe, here’s a disclaimer: I typically eyeball all the measurements. What follows is a rough estimation; we’re not baking a soufflé here, so we should be fine. Red Potato Salad You’ll need: about 3 lbs of small red potatoes (TIP: buy them in bulk if possible and choose ones that are roughly the same size so they cook in the same amount of time) 1-2 celery stalks, finely chopped 1 half of a small yellow onion, finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic,…

  • Appetizers,  Recipes

    A ridiculously easy appetizer

    Ok, so some may say that making bruschetta without basil and balsamic vinegar is sacrilegious, but trust me, in a pinch, this recipe is absolutely delicious and almost too easy. Just so as not to offend the traditionalists, we’ll call this “T.O.G.O. (tomato, onion, garlic, olive oil) Crostini.” It was a real crowd-pleaser at Dave’s birthday. Even the birthday boy himself, who usually won’t get near a tomato, loved it. T.O.G.O. CROSTINI You’ll need: 3 good sized beefsteak tomatoes 1 medium yellow onion 3 medium cloves of garlic 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil ground pepper and salt to taste 1 crusty french baguette, cut into slices about 3/4 inch thick…