Browsing through gorgeous mounds of summer produce at the greenmarket, hauling home tote bags full of veggies, and thinking up new recipes as I go has been one of my favorite pastimes this summer. Cooking these little purple potatoes, flavored with bright cilantro and garlic and gently perfumed by lemon, I envisioned myself enjoying them on the French riviera instead of my fifth floor walk-up in Queens. This purple potatoes recipe is beautiful but simple enough to make after work, and can elevate the most mundane of weeknights. Because of their modest side, . . .
There are few higher honors for food than comparing it to drugs - namely, "crack." I confess, I've never tried crack or anything remotely like it, but using the word really drives the point home, doesn't it?The inspiration for this dish comes from Barn Joo, a gastropub near my work that has a great happy hour. I always order the bacon Brussels spouts when I'm there. They are technically a side dish but are also perfect for nibbling on with that much-needed après-work cocktail. The dish consists of charred Brussels sprouts, chewy barley and bits of salty bacon, with . . .
Baked yuca fries are delicious and easy to make, and perfect as a side dish or party snack. Yuca (also known as cassava) is one of those vegetables that if you didn't grow up eating, you probably wouldn't pick up on a whim at the supermarket. And who could blame you? Yuca stalks are large and irregularly shaped and their skin looks like shiny, brown tree bark - so the intimidation factor is potentially high.But! Once you peel off the thick skin, you'll find a hard, white flesh underneath that's kind of like a potato. When cooked, yuca is becomes creamy, mild, . . .
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 . . .