Thursday, May 2, 2013
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
April Bloomfield's Oyster Pan Roast (from John Dory Oyster Bar)--if I died today, I would be happy that at least I had gotten the chance to eat this. One of the best dishes I've had, perhaps ever. This recipe from the NYT gets you pretty close to the actual dish served at the restaurant. I'd add a bit of butter at the end to finish it off.
Honestly, though? Just buy A Girl and Her Pig already. There's not a bad thing I've tried from this one and it is all simple, lovely fare that you can't get enough of (yes, even the veal kidneys. No lie.).
While we are on the subject of cookbooks--please also pick up a copy of Plenty from London's Ottonlenghi. You won't ever struggle with eating vegetables ever again. One of the best cookbook purchases I've ever made.
Corn with Miso Butter and Bacon from Savour Fare. She takes a slightly complex David Chang recipe and simplifies it so it is a breeze to prepare and let me tell you--you will be buying every ear of corn you see from here on out to make this again and again.
So, so easy refrigerator pickles from A Way to Garden. For some reason the husband and I have been on a pickle binge and these may be the best ones yet.
Brown Butter Tomatoes from food52. Can you even call this a recipe? Somehow, though, the caramel notes of the cooked butter coating the fresh tomatoes will make this one of the greatest simple treats you've tasted all summer long.
What have you been loving lately?
Friday, May 11, 2012
Straight from the website, The Food Book Fair was "the first ever event bringing together food publications from around the world alongside a dynamic set of events celebrating food writing, reading, and activism." There was a small bookshop set up in the lobby of the hotel filled with cookbooks and food publications, along with a table set up for book signings. Then there were series of panels occurring all weekend long with food personalities discussing everything from food and science to food and art to food and technology. I was able to attend three of the panels. The first discussed food studies with four food studies professors/teachers. This was a very interesting discussion, but unfortunately it covered such a broad spectrum of topics that I never felt like we were able to delve in as deep as I would have liked on any of them. I left feeling intrigued and excited, but wanting more.
Next up I sat in on a conversation with April Bloomfield and the co-author of her new cookbook, A Girl and Her Pig, JJ Goode. This was such a great talk about how these two worked together to write a book that was truly from April's voice and heart. I was excited about the cookbook before, but once the panel was over I really couldn't wait to get my hands on it. And, thanks to the bookshop, I didn't have to! Not only could I pick up a copy of the book, but I also got the opportunity to meet April and JJ and have a short chat while they signed it for me. Looking forward to spending lots of time curled up with this one!
The final panel of the day featured Harold McGee (author of On Food and Cooking) and Maxime Bilet (co-author of the tome Modernist Cuisine) discussing food, science, and modern gastronomy. This is another conversation that I wish could have gone on much longer. How can you discuss all of this plus the process of putting together Modernist Cuisine in just one hour! I was definitely disappointed to not get more time to listen to Mr. McGee speak but grateful for the short opportunity, as well as the chance to also get his autograph in my own copy of On Food and Cooking.
Overall I felt like I had an inspiring, thought-provoking day in my food life. And on top of it all, I was in Williamsburg on a Sunday which meant some time wandering around the Brooklyn Flea (and all of the yummy food vendors), an afternoon snack at Bakeri, and dinner at Marlow and Sons. Not a bad way to end the weekend!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
|Ferran Adria's Chicken Wings with Mushrooms|
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
|It's judging me right now...|
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
These are my purchases over the last couple of weeks: Ferran Adria's "The Family Meal", Daniel Humm and Will Guidara's "Eleven Madison Park Cookbook" (signed by them both, by the way. Got to meet them when I picked up the book a few days early at Sur la Table), and the second edition of David Chang's "Lucky Peach". So much inspiration and beauty that my head may explode.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Again Julie Powell had me laughing out loud--her candor and honesty can be shocking but is definitely funny. But there are also moments that she seems to punch you in the gut and take the wind out of you with her words. However, a lot of times I felt the story to be choppy and a little hard to follow. Some of the metaphors were so weak they had me literally rolling my eyes in frustration. The way the story unfolded frustrated me, but it does seem like that is just exactly the way Julie P. would tell the story to you in person--tumbling out in bursts until the end. I don't want to give too much away, but I think it is no secret that a large part of this book is about her struggles within her marriage. As much as I realize that this is the way real life is, part of me took this really personally and it made me sad (why I take such personal offense to strangers' love lives breaking down is a mystery--rather ridiculous, I admit, but there you go...). I think there's that small part in a lot of us that just wants real life to be a little closer to a fairy tale and it never really is.
Overall, though, I enjoyed reading as Julie learned and grew in this new world for her. I also love the recipes interspersed throughout the book--I feel like more memoirs (even ones not about food) should have recipes included. They give me a better understanding of a person and a memory that the author is trying to convey. These also made me ready to run out to my nearest butcher and order enough meat for every meal for the next couple of weeks--no vegetables or starches necessary. I've spent the time since finishing the book envious of all those cuts of meat Julie went home with. I've also once again stepped back to review where I am along my personal path. I feel pretty damn good about where I am these days. I'm not sure what exactly it is about Julie Powell's words that brings that out in me but I'm appreciative of it just the same.
(And yes, you are allowed to leave me comments telling me how corny that all sounds.)
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Monday night I got the opportunity to see a pre-screening of "Julie and Julia" (thanks so much to Cathy over at Not Eating Out in New York). To anyone who knows me (or who has read this blog for a while) it's no surprise that I love the books "Julie and Julia", "My Life in France", and that I love Julia Child. I also love Meryl Streep (but who doesn't?) and Amy Adams. Needless to say, I was pretty stoked for the film.
Since the movie hasn't hit wide release as of yet, I'm not going to do a big review. I will just say that I loved it. And that Meryl Streep knocked it out of the
And, until I find my path, I can just keep eating.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
And, like anything I read about food, it inspired me to try something new in the kitchen. I went to the Union Square greenmarket again, this time dragging the hubby along to help me decide what to have for dinner (and maybe to help carry some things as well...). We ended up with some lamb, baby fennel, yellow plums, tomatillos, broccoli, zucchini blossoms, and some Mean Beans from Rick's Picks (green beans in a cayenne dill brine). I love how a meal can just reveal itself to me as I wander around the market. And these local, in-season meals always seem to be the best.
2 yellow plums, chopped
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
I had already decided it was time to break in the Kitchen Aid, and therefore had decided to make my grandmother's homemade chicken and noodles and some mashed potatoes. I love how comforting the chicken and noodles are and they are one of my favorite dishes of all time. The mashed potatoes make a perfect pairing.
While flipping through The French Chef Cookbook I came across the perfect dessert to satisfy my need to use the Kitchen aid, and my need to do some French cooking: Charlotte Malakoff au chocolat, an amazing chocolate almond cream molded in ladyfingers. I also decided I needed to try out a beurre blanc sauce and decided to serve it with some veggies. I was thinking about asparagus, but since there was none to be found at the market, I went with spinach instead. I don't care that this sauce has way too much butter in it, I will definitely make it again and again--it is amazing!
Since the Charlotte recipe is pretty intense, I will post it separately, but I wanted to talk about it here since it was involved in the deflowering of my KA. All of this together was a pretty full day of cooking, but it felt great to be back in the kitchen after the long holidays keeping me away.
Grandma's Chicken and Noodles
2 c. flour
3 egg yolks
1 whole egg
2 t. salt
1/4-1/2 c. water
Put flour, yolks, egg, and salt into a bowl and mix with hands. Slowly add water by tablespoon full until dough can be formed into a ball. Allow dough to sit for at least 10 minutes (very important!). Separate into 4 parts. Using flour, roll out each section until it is very thin and long (about 6"X12"). Use a pizza cutter to cut noodles (can be as thin or thick as you like. They will plump up some when cooking. I like to make mine a little less than 1/2" wide). Place noodles aside and allow to dry at least one hour before adding to soup (the longer you let dry the less they will stick together in the soup).
2 chicken bouillon cubes
Place chicken in large pot and cover with water. Add seasonings and bring to boil. Cover and cook until chicken is tender--about 1 hour. Once chicken is finished, take out of water (reserve water for soup) and let cool, then separate the meat from the skin/bones and finely chop. Add the meat back into the water with the noodles and add salt and pepper to taste and cook for at least one hour. If you prefer, you can place the chicken and noodles into a crock pot at this time and cook on high for a few hours or on low all day.
Spinach in Beurre Blanc
(sauce recipe from Julia Child's "The French Chef Cookbook")
1/4 c. wine vinegar, preferably white (I used red and it was fine)
2 TB lemon juice
2 TB dry white vermouth
1 TB finely minced shallots or scallions
1/2 t. salt
1/8 t. white pepper
2-3 sticks (1/2 -3/4 lb) chilled butter cut into 1/4" pieces (I ended up using 2 sticks)
2 c. fresh spinach leaves
Boil the vinegar, lemon juice, vermouth, shallots or scallions, salt and pepper in the sauce pan until liquid has reduced to 1 1/2 tablespoons. Remove sauce pan from heat and immediately beat in 2 pieces of chilled butter with a wire whip. As butter softens and creams in the liquid, beat in another piece. Then set pan over very low heat and, beating constantly, continue adding successive pieces of butter as each previous piece has almost creamed into the sauce. Sauce should become a thick, ivory cream, the consistency of a light hollandaise. Immediately remove from heat and season to taste. Add spinach, stir together for 30 seconds and serve.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
And I have finally made a recipe from this book: Fried Apples 'n' Onions. It was one of Almanzo's (Laura's husband) favorite dishes, and is a great side dish. The flavors all work really well together and it isn't too sweet and the bacon on top makes it amazing. I made a couple of changes to the recipe, mostly because the recipe in the book would feed about 10 people (even with the smaller version that I'm posting here, Joe and I each had two large servings and a little left over).