As a kid, rhubarb played a pivotal role in my life. It was a literal role, actually. One on the stage. If you're acting in a crowd scene, someone told me, and everyone mumbles, "Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb," it sounds from the audience like there are lots of real conversations going on. This is a big deal to a 12 year old in a school play.
The original Frozen Monkey came from Hoboken, NJ's erstwhile cafe of the same name. That establishment was Hoboken's first Tasti D Lite purveyor, back when at least a certain segment of the population could utter such facts with genuine enthusiasm. The original shake combined brewed coffee, a sliced banana, and the Tasti D flavor of your choice. It was genuinely delicious and arguably breakfast. We went through a lot together.
My eight-year-old is running a race at school next week, and I'm going to let her dope. Good parenting, right? What, was I multitasking so much during Lance Armstrong's Oprah interview that this is what I took away from it? Nope, not this time. Before you call social services, read this: I'm letting her dope by drinking beet juice for breakfast.
Living in England as an American expat is an exercise in diplomacy and restraint. It's about using your "inside voice" even when you feel like using your outside voice. On a good day I like to try to chip away at America's cultural hegemony one considerate decision at a time. ("Yes, I do prefer Amy Winehouse to Lady Gaga, don't you?")
Some people—normal people—crave sweets. It's evolutionary. You'd seek out high-sugar foods in the wild, or you'd die of starvation. Me? I wouldn't have lasted a month. I crave umami. Salt. Tang. There's definitely something wrong with me. If you want a tangy smoothie—pleasantly sweet, sure, but also nice and brisk—sometimes it pays to just go ahead and invent one. So I did.
People tend to drink green juice to feel they're doing something good for themselves—and unfortunately, some of the green juices out there taste like you'd darn well better be doing something good for yourself. But it doesn't have to be that way. Green juice can be really delicious.
January or no, I like my good-for-you fare to taste amazing. That's where drinks like this Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie come in. It's creamy, just sweet enough, and smattered with cakey overtones of vanilla and almond. Smattered, I tell you.
It seems like everyone has their own ritualistic practices surrounding food as remedy. If you're into brothy soups, one of the easiest and most savory broths to brew up with on-hand ingredients is miso broth. It has a satisfying flavor of its own but still accommodates a wide variety of soup ingredients. What are you favorite get-better foods?
The definition varies from person to person, but in general a raw foods diet consists of whole vegan foods that have not been heated over 115°F. Raw enthusiasts prefer these foods because their natural enzymes, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals have not been altered by cooking. I found myself allocating an entire weekend to the Raw Foods Masterclass at Saf Restaurant in London. Saf is often named among the best vegetarian restaurants in London, with a totally vegan menu and many raw options.
No matter the reason and no matter the season, sometimes you just want a big bowl of salad for dinner. Come share your favorite ingredients, tips, and tricks for a really great dinner salad. Whether it's simple or elaborate, we want to know how you make your salads into a main course.
This pizza clearly originated in the mind of a Jersey girl. But now I can vouch for the fact that it tastes just as good no matter where you are—and no matter what you call a zucchini. Like many pizzas, it's a flexible recipe. Just make sure you slice the zucchini as thin as possible so it will be tender by the time the pizza is done.
Blueberries. Coffee. Cake. On a short list of things you can never have too much of in this world, this has three of the heavy hitters right in its name.
Even if you like to put your best foot forward on vacation and seek out the most delicious-tasting fare your destination has to offer (regardless of its ANDI score), it's worth making room for the foods that will keep you feeling healthy and energetic. Even if it's only to ensure you have space in your belly for those world-famous fried clams at dinner. Here are five of my favorite tips for fitting in fruits and veggies on vacation.
Shopping for the bulk of your fruits and vegetables (and beyond, if you're lucky) at the farmers' market takes a handful of different skills than cruising the Piggly Wiggly. Because the availability of individual foods ebbs and flows in a wonderfully non-industrial pattern, you'll have to go with the flow MacGyver-style instead of pre-planning every detail of your meals for the week. Duct tape (while never discouraged) is not an essential tool for your market tote, but here are a few ideas that are.
Local berry season is easy to look forward to. But since most types of berries are only ripe for the picking for a few weeks, it's also incredibly easy to miss. Luckily, with just a bit of planning, you can not only notice berry season but totally own it—and extend its singular pleasures all year long. Here's how.
For those of us with minimal outdoor space who still want to grow a few herbs and even a handful of vegetables, window box gardening can pack a surprising punch. From herbs galore to strawberries and even mini carrots, come see what you can grow right outside your kitchen window.
Sure, fruits and vegetables are good for you. But just like the eating of them, there's no reason the growing of them needs to be all serious and virtuous. Why not plant a little fun in your yard or containers with one of these themed gardens?
This week in the edible garden series: 15 of the easiest vegetables to grow at home. Even novice gardeners should get some satisfying results with many of these relatively unfussy plants.
The first thing to know about growing an edible garden is that no matter what you think, and no matter where you live, you can do it. The second thing to know is that even though it's still winter, it's time to start scheming. What do you feel like eating this summer? Here's how to get started.
As the "mostly plants" approach edges its way into the popular mindset, it's been a kick to see vegetable-heavy cookbooks by well-known authors springing up from the verdant ground of the major publishing houses. These two new books (one very new, one a rock star from 2010) are among my favorites in this category.
A frittata is the Oprah of the scrambled egg world—strong, unfussy, and forgiving. And one that's light on the eggs and bursting with vegetables is a smart, satisfying way to start the day. Here are five savory variations featuring winter produce.
Whatever your food-related goals for 2011—even if you haven't got any—there's always room for a few more fresh vegetables in your diet. You know, "mostly plants" and all. And the easier it is to reach for a healthy meal or snack, the more likely you are to do it. That's why I highly recommend the Big Bag of Salad approach. Read on to see how ridiculous(ly easy) it is.
If you (along with the rest of us mortals) live in a place where fresh tomatoes are out of season, it's time to reach into the pantry and starting loving those canned beauties. Here are my top five ways to enjoy them. What are yours?
Let me begin by saying this: If you're a squash, you'd better start sleeping with one eye open. And if you wake up in the morning full of savory, custardy bread cubes or currant-studded farro, don't say you weren't warned. People don't stuff squash as often as they should. But that's about to change. Do you have a favorite stuffed squash recipe?
This week's column goes out to all you brave soldiers of turkey day who volunteered to bring the vegetables. Sure, you could have made the stuffing to end all stuffings, or the deep-fried turkey that blew a hole through the backyard shed. But you're making the vegetables instead. And with these recipes in your arsenal, you'll blow away your friends and family anyway.
I stopped in last week with William Nazar, the Service Director and Assistant Sommelier to see what was going on behind the bar at Blue Hill Stone Barns. As luck would have it, he was just finishing up his newest cocktail, the Sour Cherry Americano, and was happy to share the recipe.
This recipe with white beans is probably my favorite farro salad yet. The creamy beans play a huge role in that, along with the sweet tender leeks and fresh parsley. But it's the chunks of salty, citrusy preserved lemon, a condiment often used in Moroccan cooking, that really takes this salad to the next level.
When you've reached the end of your box from your local Scouts, there's a surefire solution for sweet gratification: make your own batch of Samoas! Or Caramel de-Lites, whatever you want to call them.
"In the midst of so many other big flavors, rosemary's tendency to overwhelm is muted to a pleasant back note." Previously Zabaione, My Way » All Seriously Italian recipes » This past weekend I was given my annual windfall of...
The best pizza, burgers, bagels, cupcakes, and more—check out the winners of the 2010 People's Choice Awards!
These crab and chickpea "sliders"* start with a slightly streamlined, miniaturized version of Mantuano's Falafel Crab Cakes (I use canned chickpeas, tweak the spice blend to make it more sandwich-friendly, and add a tiny bit of flour to help the patties hold together more easily during the frying stage), which he describes as from "southern Spain, which owes many culinary inspirations to the Moors of Northern Africa."
Add this peanut butter mixture to a warm fondue pot, and serve with skewered marshmallows, apple chunks, sliced bananas, hulled strawberries, or whatever dippable snack you're nuts about.
Enter Provencal Deviled Eggs from Cooking Light. Filled with bits of olive, caper, sun-dried tomato, Dijon, and various herbs, it's a fabulously briny, lighter twist on the classic appetizer.
Whether you do an official cocktail hour or just want something festive to share with your fellow cooks in the kitchen, here are a few autumnal cocktails to help you celebrate Thanksgiving. A touch of ginger, a hint of apple, smoky liquor, tart cranberries...these drinks are a tasty start to Thanksgiving (and worth keeping on file for post-Thanksgiving parties.)
Having just adopted a French bulldog named Dumpling, I'm quickly finding out that taking care of a puppy is very similar to taking care of a good cast iron pan, and in some ways, almost as satisfying. They both require a little work, a little patience, and a whole lot of loyalty. The main difference is that in return for my investment, my cast iron pan gives me golden-brown fried chicken, sizzling bacon, corn bread, apple pies, charred hash, perfectly seared steaks, bubbly pizzas, and, yes, crisp dumplings. Dumpling the puppy, on the other hand, gives me mostly licks, chews, and a whole lot of poop. You do the math.
Just because it's summer doesn't mean our obsession with Grenache has to end. We've told you about our favorite grenache-based wines under $25, those under $10, and now it's time for the Grenache rosés. Winemakers all over the world include Grenache in delicious dry and tangy rosé blends. Don't be put off by the pinkness: these are serious wines, full of flavor and regional character.
We rounded up 24 specially-released-for-summer beers, but more are showing up in the stores every day. The best of the bunch are refreshing, flavorful and fun. Good summer beers aren't just light beers to keep you company while you're mowing the lawn; they're food-friendly options to pair with curry and sushi, barbecue and burritos.
For my money, grilling pizza is by far the best way to cook pizza at home. The basic theory is easy. Take a round of pizza dough, expose it to the intense heat of a grill, flip it, top it, char the bottom, and serve. Because grills can reach upwards of 600°F and emit radiant energy like a motherfu**er, the pizzas bubble, crisp, and char in about 45 seconds flat per side. That's timing that rivals the hottest wood-burning oven, and just like those pizzas, the result is a crust that is soft and chewy in the center, with a crisp, crackly shell that's deeply charred in spots.
For this loaf, I used a pale chocolate malt. The grains smelled a bit like chocolate with a hint of coffee. One of my previous loaves used a darker roasted malt called Pearl Black that smelled very much like roasted coffee and had a much stronger flavor in the finished loaf. If you don't have dark malted barley, you could simply leave it out and use this recipe to make a standard rye. It will be a lot paler, and not as complex, but still a nice loaf of rye.
By this point, there is absolutely no question that the method of cooking foods at precise low-temperatures in vacuum-sealed pouches (commonly referred to as "sous-vide") has revolutionized fine-dining kitchens around the world. But the question of when this technique will trickle down to home users—and it certainly is a question of when, and not if—remains to be answered. The Sous-Vide Supreme is certainly a big step in the right direction. But at $450, for most people, it still remains prohibitively costly. In an effort to help those who'd like to experiment with sous-vide cookery without having to put in the capital, a couple weeks ago I devised a novel solution to the problem: cook your food in a beer cooler. I put the hack method head-to-head against the Sous-Vide Supreme.
The ingredients in Sriracha chile sauce are quite straightforward—just chiles, vinegar, garlic, salt and sugar. So it was a normal aspiration for a Sriracha addict like myself to try making homemade Sriracha, taste-testing the differences between the fresh and fermented versions.
This recipe, adapted from Martha Stewart, is kind of a noodle frittata, filled with ginger and scallions and crunchy sprouts. Doused with soy sauce and plenty of vinegary hot sriracha, it's delicious if a little ungraceful.
Colorful, fresh, and slightly spicy, one-skillet brik-inspired eggs with potatoes, feta, and harissa will be welcome at brunch or at supper.
With a jar of fresh homemade Caesar dressing in the fridge, you'll be ready to conquer the world. And with spring and summer on the horizon, their vegetable bounties looming large, you may actually have to.
Only in Japan have they taken the simple concept of bar snacks—small, often salty treats designed to get you to drink more—and transformed them into a culinary and social art form. Try one of these Japanese Izakaya dish recipes: Karaage, Agedashi Dofu, Tuna and Avocado Nuta, or Yaki Nasu.
Derived from the great Niçoise traditions of chickpea pancakes, fried afternoon snacks, and fresh lemons, these crispy chickpeas are a salty, citrusy alternative to chips.
The iPhone app based on author Michael Ruhlman's book Ratio is now available in the Apple App Store. I've downloaded it and messed around with it. It's a pretty handsome and very well thought-out lil' app. I think I'm going to put it to the test tonight in preparing cookies for our office cookie swap tomorrow....
This week at The Food Lab, we explore the importance of resting meat. You mean I have to wait before sawing into that perfectly charred ribeye? Unfortunately, yes. Asides from over or under-cooking and seasoning issues, not resting meat is probably the carnivore's biggest blunder of all.
We've all experienced dry turkey. The kind that's just bad enough, you wonder why the pilgrims didn't eat prime rib during that first fall. The solution? Brining. And here's why.
[Photograph: Jason Fulford] Kids will eventually want to know where donuts come from. This is actually a bag of Cheerios, the perfect gag gift for any donut-loving gardener in your life. The photograph was taken by Jason Fulford for Kenny Shopsin's book Eat Me. [via Laughing Squid] Related 'Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin' Kimchi Donuts from Dunkin' Donuts in Korea Quote of the Day: Donut vs. Doughnut Spelling...