Last spring, my friend Paulette made this salad for me and I absolutely loved it. I loved it so much that I asked her for the recipe and promised I would feature it on my blog, which I finally got around to today. Seriously, this recipe is great. Fresh salad with pita chips inside to soak up the delicious dressing. Whenever I make it, it all goes, no matter how big the portion is. Continue reading
Before Alexandra “Alex” Guarnaschelli became a Food Network celebrity chef, she was crowned as America’s Next Iron Chef on Iron Chef America in 2012. Now, aside from her successful shows on the Food Network, she is the world-renowned executive chef at both New York City’s Butter restaurant and The Darby restaurant.
This month’s linkup is all about drinks! Cocktails (and mocktails) to serve at your next party. Well, I’m all about my Vitamix these days, and while I could easily whip up a frozen margarita, I am more into making healthy smoothies and drinks. You can add vodka to this if you like, or really anything to make it more of a cocktail. It’s a wonderful drink that quenches thirst and fights cancer! That is, as long as you can crack open that young coconut.
It’s not often you find a meat pizza recipe in a mainstream publication that doesn’t have to be kosherized. I knew had to make this amazing and cheeseless lamb pizza the first time I saw this recipe in Food & Wine; the following day I took pizza dough and ground lamb out of the oven and made it for dinner.
For some reason, our family always made the traditional Green Bean Casserole with broccoli. I really can’t tell you why, but that’s how we had broccoli. So, when my husband requested this for dinner one night, I accepted the challenge. Instead of using canned soup and canned onions, though, I knew I had to make the whole dish from scratch. Of course, Alton Brown came to the rescue this time, and while reading his rendition of the American classic, I decided it’s easy to make this dish in three steps. And I did. Continue reading
Do you ever cook recipes or with ingredients you don’t like? Our mom does, she makes a lot of Shabbat staples over and over again, but never eats them. Our aunt Michelle is the same way. I always thought it was weird.
I do not like anise; not sure why this triple-licorice chicken recipe appealed to me, but I made it, and it was tasty, according to the people who ate it. I guess I’m weird!
Brrr, it’s cold in New York these days! I know, I know, it’s winter… but I’ve spent all of my winters in NYC, and it is not a normal one. Plus, I’ve been stuck inside with a now 11-month old (today! happy 11 months, Steve-o!) a lot lately, since sometimes we just can’t bundle enough for a pleasant stroll. So we’ve been hanging out at home, playing on the floor, and cooking and eating a lot of soup. Steven loves it, and it’s just what I need after a long day stuck in our apartment together when David finally comes home and I get some grown-up time. This is Syrian comfort food at its finest.
Are you a coffee drinker? My dear friend Samir, of Cafe Fanatic wants to fuel your morning caffeine intake for three months.
I’ll get to the coffee giveaway later, but first: gnocchi! Maybe you thought that you had to have a ricer to make gnocchi, but you don’t! I know, this was a revelation for me, too; you can just grate the potatoes! No fancy equipment necessary. Homemade gnocchi, here I come…
A few weeks ago, my uncle came home from a thrift store with a new cookbook. He boasted about paying $2 for a book with hundreds of recipes for cookies, cakes, and desserts. Well, I love looking at cookbooks, so of course I started flipping through it right when I saw it. It really didn’t have any crazy recipes in it, just your regular chocolate chip cookies, brownies…common things. After flipping a few pages I saw a cookie called a split second, something I’ve never heard of before. Continue reading
I’ve been a fan of smitten kitchen since I’ve been reading food blogs however many years ago, but I’ve been slacking on my blog-reading since Google shut down Google Reader (wah!). Still, I kept seeing people recommend Deb’s adaptation of Gwyneth’s miso bowl online and I had to try it!