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allakarasik

Love cooking, been cooking since I was about 10. Was considering culinary school when I finished high school, but ended up in fashion instead. So now I design by day, and cook as a hobby every chance I get.

  • Location: Brooklyn, NY
  • Favorite foods: I lived in Miami for awhile and became totally obsessed with Cuban food. Not fancy fusion, just no frills Cuban food. Ah, and Cuban coffee!
    Any type of cuisine though, I'll give it a try.
  • Last bite on earth: Tough. Hmmm. A chunk of fresh warm bread with a drizzle of the best olive oil and a pinch of sea salt.

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9 In-Your-Face Deviled Egg Variations

Made the "Everything Bagel" eggs for Thanksgiving, they were a hit and were the first thing that was gone. Will be making again, want to add poppy seeds and maybe a tiny piece of a cherry tomato next time. It just needs a little more color and texture.

Hearty One-Pot Black Eyed Pea Stew With Kale and Andouille

Can you please clarify the steps listed below. Something seems off.

Stir in kale, cover, and cook until kale starts to wilt, about 3 minutes. Uncover and stir in kale until completely wilted, another 5 minutes.

Kid Friendly in Brooklyn

We don't have a preference. We are in the Midwood area, but there isn't much around us that we haven't tried out yet, would like something new. Totally open to venturing to other neighborhoods, Williamsburg, Park Slope, Prospect Park, Prospect Heights, etc

How to Cook a Spatchcocked Turkey: The Fastest, Easiest Thanksgiving Turkey

I made my turkey like this last year. I didn't brine it, I didn't air dry it in the fridge. I took it out of the fridge in the morning, let it come mostly to room temp. Spatchcocked it, seasoned it, and tossed it in the oven. At first spatchocking a large turkey seems scary, but once you get going it happens fast. Make sure you have good strong kitchen shears and go slowly. I was worried about how the presentation would look, so I only sliced up half the bird in the kitchen and presented it with both halves on the plate, with some grapes and nuts decorating the plate. The turkey was so good though that I had to cut up the second half of the bird very quickly so that everyone could have seconds. It really was the most incredibly easy, juicy bird anyone at the table had ever had.

Easy Peach Turnovers

This is the type of thing that can be so easily thrown together if you have just a few ingredients around. I made something similar just last week, used fresh diced peaches, sprinkled with just a touch of sugar and corn starch to absorb the juices. Also put a smear of organic peach preserves to bring more sweetness. About 15-20 minutes of work for 6 pieces, but they are delicious and impressive.

Vegeta

Vegeta is like a seasoning salt of sorts. In Brooklyn NY you can find it in every Eastern European market. Growing up there was always a tin of this seasoning in the cabinet and I remember my mom using it for many different dishes. A teaspoon or 2 into a pot of soup and into stews of all kind. Try it on different things as a seasoning, steamed veggies, different meats. Just be sure to use a light hand at first until you get used to the flavor. For my taste I always like it in some type of stew preparation that has both meat and potatoes, Eastern European staples.

Bake the Book: 'Marshmallow Madness'

An herbal scented marshmallow to float in a cocktail would be amazing

Good recipe for tonno- fancy tuna

I made a recipe recently that was basically a mediterranean flavored tuna salad, stuffed into roasted peppers. The flavors all work well together and the taste is so light, more like an appitizer than a meal. Here is a link similar to the recipe that I made.

http://www.delallo.com/recipes/piquillo-peppers-stuffed-with-tuna

Turkey Help

I know the temp seems high, but we have been roasting chicken (parts) at 500 degrees for quite some time and absolutely love the result. That is why this technique and temp spoke to me.
I just don't know how to pull off the recipe I want to use using this technique.
Maple Bacon Turkey Recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/maple-roasted-turkey-with-sage-smoked-bacon-and-cornbread-stuffing-recipe2/index.html

In a Pickle: Pickled Red Tomatoes

Pickled red tomatoes are my all time fav. If anyone has a Russian food market in their area you must check out the pickled goods section. You will find everything, cukes in all shapes and sizes, tomatoes, and all sorts of random pickled veggies.
I have always loved garlicky gerkins, and tiny red tomatoes pickled with lots of herbs, pickle spice, and garlic.

Served: Cooking at Home with a Chef

Love this post. My aunt and I are the big food lovers in the family. We can talk about anything food related for hours, but when we get into the kitchen together our styles clash. I finally made it a rule that we each stay at our own areas and not bother the other, this works well.
My husband doesn't really cook, but every once in awhile he will come to help me, or he decides to make one of his 2 specialties. I do a similar thing with him too, I either let him just do things his way and not bother him. Or when he is cooking I help do the prep than just leave him in the kitchen to do his thing.
At home with loved ones food doesn't have to be perfect or look perfect to be enjoyed, sometimes half the days laughter comes from watching my hubby scrub the burnt frying pan.

Foods everyone seems to like but you just can't get into....

Scallops, I just really hate the texture.
Caviar
Stinky cheeses
Red wine
Runny Eggs
Watermelon- it's not that I hat it I just don't get the point, so much work for so little pay back

Pumpkin seed oil

Thank you for your comments. Maybe it was a pumpkin infused oil, not a pumpkin seed oil after all. It was deep orange in color not green. Maybe one day when I have a few spare dollars I will try it.

Bread Baking: 70-Percent Hydration Bread

Can anyone suggest any videos or links with pictures where I can see this type of kneading process. I am a visual person and it is hard to understand the process listed above.
I have only baked bread a few times, have always let the mixer do the kneading for me. The one time I hand kneaded the dough it didn't work out so well for me, the loaf rose than fell over on one side.

Dinner Tonight: Ensalada Rusa

I ate the Russian version of this salad my entire life. My mom always made it with potatoes, carrots, peas, onions, eggs, pickles, and hot dogs. The taste is so addictive you just can't help yourself.
I thought this salad was a Russian regional dish, so I found it was funny that there was a similar salad at the lunch buffet when we were in the Dominican Republic a few months ago. Interesting to know that this salad is made in a few different cultures.

Different backgrounds, different cultures, Common tastes?

I agree with Savtashayna. I think the comfort foods that transend across most cultures are some sort of carb like food, baked, fried or boiled, and usually filled with some goodness. Most cultures have some form of dumplings, hand pies, turnovers, spring rolls, rolled crepes, etc.
I am Russian, my husband is half Fillipino, and we have a ton of friends from many different cultures. Across the board I have never found anyone who will pass up the chance to eat a Lumpia, a stuffed crepe, perogis, empanadas, or burekes.
Stuffed dough transcends all cultures.

Strange food ritual?

I don't like my food to touch on the plate. I have also always been obsessed with having the perfect bite when it comes to things being eaten together. Sandwiches and burgers have to be piled with extras in a way that every bite gets a bit of everything. When I get a deli sandwich I usually rearrange the toppings so that everything is to my liking.

Cook's Illustrated's Thin-Crust Pizza: Works Like a Charm

I know that I did something wrong, so I take full blame. But last week I tried the food processor recipe and it didn't work out for me at all. In all actuality my processor started to smell like burning plastic and a little bit of smoke came out of it. The dough went in the trash and we proceeded to make a second dough with the mixer.
I really want to try the food processor method again but I don't think my husband will let me risk destroying the processor.
My only question is; What type of blade did you have in your processor?

Used cooking equipment

This past summer I held a garage sale, I had a lot of barely used kitchen items that I needed to get rid of. Most of the stuff that I had were gifts that had been sitting in a closet and would never be used, appliances that I bought that I didn't like using (crockpot used once, lower grade stand mixer maybe used several times). I had a bunch of random baking stuff, like silicone backers, molds, tins etc. Things that my mom would by me on a wim but that were simply piling up in my closets and drawers never to be used.
Anyway, my point is, don't shun the "used" because it might actually never have been used at all. See it as "luck" since you are getting something that is still in good condition and at a great deal.

first thanksgiving

Last year I followed a recipe by Tyler Florence were he used smoked turkey wings and vegetables, made totally separate from the bird in the oven. Totally spectacular recipe, I've made it twice the day before I needed it and it was very good for the following few days.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/roasted-turkey-gravy-recipe/index.html

I know it's an old wive's tale, but I _____ anyway.

Here's a weird one that my mom told me just this past year when I was registering for wedding gifts;
It's bad luck to receive knives as gifts!
I asked other female family members and they agreed. I thought back and could not remember anyone ever gifting or being gifted knives within my family. I can't remember the explination of ehy this is such bad luck, sorry.

Eataly- Italian Food Meca

Still in the office luckily. Maybe will wait till tomorrow to head over there.

What Have You Conquered?

I baked, filled, frosted, and even decorated a mini wedding cake. Me and baking doing go together, though it looked a bit "rustic", everyone loved it. It was the biggest culinary accomplishment of my life. I will never do it again, but I wanted to prove to myself that I could.

Recap: Top Chef DC, Episode 1

Finally a personal reason to watch the show. Andrea from Miami was the head chef at the restaurant in the hotel where I worked over 10 years ago. She had won a few awards that year, and she was a pretty big deal. But I remember whenever I would see her after she finished work she was always so cool and nice to everyone.
I never had a chance to taste her food since I was a poor college student at the time. But I remember everyone in her kitchen loved her, and her staff was so nice. Sometimes when I worked the graveyard shift a waiter would sneak me a shot of espresso. Will be rooting for Andrea, look forward to see how far she gets.