Where should a group of poor students, including one vegetarian, go for a celebratory Italian dinner?
I'm a serious eater, trying to get more serious about health and fitness. I recently joined Weight Watchers and it's been working great, but I've kind of stalled out. Anyone have any ideas for high protein/low fat breakfasts? I'm not super into fake or reduced-fat stuff; I always prefer to eat less of the real stuff. But I am getting a little sick of the Greek yogurt/fruit combo every day.
My friends and I are planning a bachelorette weekend in Port A. Where should we eat? Any other suggestions?
My roommates and I each bought a tub of sour cream. D'oh! What should we do with it all?
My original plan was ratatouille, one of my absolute favorite seasonal meals. I picked up eggplant, zucchini, tomato, and set about finding a recipe. The problem is, I'm already quite fond of this one and couldn't find another that excited me in the same way. Luckily, I came across a recipe that uses all of the above vegetables, then adds some chickpeas and bell peppers. How could that be bad?
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Soupe au Pistou is a traditional Provencal soup, but you'll find different versions across the region. Feel free to substitute vegetables (yellow squash for zucchini, etc) based on what's in season....
Though I've definitely seen curries made with coconut milk, this is the first time I've seen one calling for dried coconut flakes. Toasted in the pan along with cumin and coriander until golden brown, it blends up into paste with garlic, ginger, and tamarind to become the sauce. It's surprisingly light and delicate for a curry, and lends itself particularly well to shrimp.
This classic Russian dish always signals celebration. It's possible to take much of the grueling work out of this arguably arduous dish by making all the separate parts the day before; then it's a simple matter of assembling and baking, once your party is ready to eat. A cucumber salad and a few bottles of something with bubbles will be the perfect thing to cap off this Mother's Day meal.
Though I hate to admit this, I am a little frightened of cooking lentils. Sure, they look harmless enough, but they just have a tendency of not cooking for me. Instead, they remain little pebbles in the saucepan far past the recommend cooking time. But red lentils are the great exception. They only require 15 to 20 minutes to become tender, and they faithfully stick to that schedule.
[Photograph: Max Falkowitz] This is not your typical chicken and rice dish, but it may be my new favorite. The chicken is cooked two ways: first braised on the bone in rich coconut milk, steeped in turmeric and chile; then...
I used to really, truly loathe this dish. It was the one thing I wouldn't touch on my Passover plate. Anyone else? But this version adds a touch of honey to highlight the carrots' natural sweetness and spices like cardamom to give the dish more dimension.
To combat chickpea fatigue, Yotam Ottolenghi chef and author of Plenty created this reimagined take on a vegetarian classic, a humble preparation of sautéed chickpeas. His Chickpea Sauté with Greek Yogurt incorporates flavors that are both expected—garlic and cilantro—and one that is entirely new—caraway and mint.
This particular plate, a cool starter or perfect spring lunch, marries ingredients that seemingly have nothing to do with one another, namely mango and eggplant. But when the eggplant is charred and mixed with the nutty soba noodles and the tangy dressing, the mango brings the dish together with its sweet bursts of fruitiness boosting the salty, sour qualities of the noodles.
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.
These Piedmontese Peppers from At Elizabeth David's Table are so lovely and simple. The nearly effortless antipasto is full of the bright Mediterranean flavors that David is known for. Bell peppers are halved and filled with little chunks of anchovy, tomato, garlic, and butter, then get a drizzle of olive oil and touch of salt.
Chicken breast is both the bane and the boon of the healthy eater. The trick to non-underwhelming chicken is slicing the thicker breast into thin fillets and quickly browning both sides in a pan. It worked for today's dish, Chicken with Artichokes and Capers, a lighter version of the usually fried Chicken Piccata.
When you think of casseroles, health isn't necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. More likely, it's Cream of Something-or-Other Soup, canned mystery meat, and gobs of butter and cheese. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Still, if you can make a casserole that's both nutritious and tasty as all get out, why not do so?
I spent a good portion of the last month making eggplant parmesan for the Food Lab article on the subject. This left me with a few things: lots of canned tomatoes, plenty of Parmigiano-Reggiano, a slew of eggplants, and a great microwave-then-cook technique for getting the most out of their texture. That's about all there is to say about this recipe, other than the fact that it takes about 20 minutes to throw together, and is really good to boot.
I'll be honest—I don't eat much hominy. I have nothing against it, it's just not in my weekly rotation. When I do have it, it's usually in a fine bowl of Mexican posole. But the South also has a way with those fat corn kernels, and this recipe from the Matt and Ted Lee's epic Southern Cookbook jumped out at me because it looked both filling and vegetable heavy. Thanks to the bacon, it's not vegetarian, but still qualifies as a meat-light meal.
My guess is that there's only so much excitement I can drum up about a lentil soup. Inherently, it's just not going to send you running to the kitchen with nothing on your mind besides, "I have to cook this now," like a picture of a dripping burger might, or a seared, crusty steak. But I'm going to try anyway, because even though lentils have a reputation as sort of drab, this is one of the best recipes for them I've ever made.
Spinach and artichoke dip may have Mediterranean-inspired ingredients, but most of the recipes out there are American through-and-through. Frozen spinach? Thank you, Clarence Birdseye! Mayonnaise, cream cheese, and sour cream? You betcha. It appeals to our love of the hot and gooey, and I'll be the first to say it's great stuff. But I wanted to go a little lighter this time around.This version brings an all-American dip to its imagined Mediterranean roots with fresh spinach and garlic, olive oil and Greek yogurt.
Note: To purge eggplant without using microwave, Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a double layer of paper towels. Shingle the eggplant slices on top of the towels and top with another double layer of...
Intended as a cheap way to draw customers into drinking establishments, the most traditional tapas are easy to make, inexpensive, and go perfectly with booze. Nobody wants throwing a party to be a chore, least of all the cook. In that spirit, here are 4 simple tapas that require only 4 ingredients (aside from salt, pepper, and olive oil). They're guaranteed to get the mixers mixing and the shakers shaking.
There's something universally satisfying about meatballs, seasoned all the way to the center, flavorful as all get-out, juicy and filling. It's all the pleasures of eating meat, with almost guaranteed results: you get to pick the flavors, control the fat content, and shape them all into the right size so they cook properly.
[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger] These pancakes were supposed to be small little guys, about the size of CDs (that's stands for a compact disc, for you young folk). They'd be perfect as banchan, those tiny appetizers set out for a full...
The real story here is the cumin vinaigrette which is laced into every bite of this salad. It's a heady combination of toasted cumin seeds, black pepper, and oregano, all smashed together with garlic, good olive oil and red wine vinegar. It's a little bit Mediterranean, a little bit Middle Eastern, and it does wondrous things to the chickpeas.