So it appears that this is my second post in a row in which I'm being the "My boyfriend and I this..." and "My boyfriend and I that..." girl. I know that this can be a little irritating to you, my dear readers, and I hate to do that to you, but there is just no way I can avoid mentioning Rene in this post. You see, empanadas are kind of a special thing for us.There is a little place by Rene's house in Brooklyn called Fiesta Chicken that sells rotisserie chicken and other specialties from the Dominican Republic. Probably more often that we should, we stop by . . .
The Brown Betty Cookbook (John Wiley & Sons, 2012) is a collection of dessert recipes from the Brown Betty Dessert Boutique in Philadelphia. The boutique was founded by mother-daughter team, Linda Hinton Brown and Norrinda Brown Hayat, and inspired by Linda's mother Betty's legacy of weekly biscuit, pie and cake feasts. From the cover art and the photos inside, to the family stories told throughout, and even down to the font choices, this book is absolutely beautiful. It features recipes for cookies, pies and cupcakes, but has a definite accent on their famous . . .
When Apron Anxiety came out earlier this year, all I heard about it was that some chick who dated Top Chef’s adorable Spike Mendelsohn wrote it and that she learned to cook because of him. I expected something Fifty Shades-esque, with a few memorable meals strewn throughout.Alyssa Shelasky is still practically a girl; she definitely looks like it. What could she know about life? I always assumed that one would have to be old and wrinkly to write a memoir. And, what? She learned to cook for a guy? Bid whoop. Small step for Shelasky, big step backwards for womankind. . . .
For many, the name Cape Cod is associated with long days spent at the beach, cool nights spent by a bonfire, and lavish meals of seafood consumed whilst draped in a bib. This recipe has nothing to do with any of it.As some of you may recall, I made my first trip to Cape Cod this past July - a camping trip with my boyfriend, his family and their friends, to be exact. We ate dinner together almost every night, potluck style; at one point, there were like thirty of us! One night I made this dish to use up the ingredients we had leftover in our cooler. I cooked it on a . . .
Latin-American cuisine is not something I cook a lot of at home. I am not quite sure why since it is one of my favorites, but ever since these tequitos and now these ah-mazing platanos, I hope my patterns are changing.I tweeted about how excited I was to finally cook this exotic fruit and my e-friend Olga - from one of my favorite food blogs, Mango & Tomato - tweeted back and helped me figure out how it's done. Thanks, gurrl!In other news, I will be spending next week camping in Cape Cod. The thought of going an entire week sans manicure kind of gives . . .
I happen to love chicken salad. I usually make it with apples, pineapple and/or dried cranberries or cherries. This time I wanted to jazz things up so I decided to add one of my favorite things - yellow curry powder. I thoroughly enjoyed the result and I'm pretty sure I'll never make chicken salad without it again.Curry fun fact? It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. And, studies show that it may aid in the prevention of Alzheimer's disease.(Yield: 4 servings)Ingredients:1 boiled chicken breast, diced1/2 c finely diced apple (like . . .
The recipe for these meatballs is loosely based on Alton Brown's recipe - watch the video. It's quite educational. But the sauce was all my idea. This is one of those recipes with lots of ingredients and several steps so I recommend reserving it for a weekend dinner.(Yield: 18 balls/about 6 serving)Ingredients:1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese1 egg, beaten1/2 c bread crumbs, divided1 tsp dried parsley1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepperSauce:4 red bell peppers2 tbsp olive oil, divided1 tbsp butter1 yellow . . .