Italian-Italian: torta della Nonna, so creamy and cheesy and perfect (with a perfect panna cotta a close second)
Italian-American: cannoli! I'm partial to those from Mike's in Boston's North End, so much so that I've had a birthday cannoil tray instead of a cake more than once...
I love cooking for my sister and vice versa. We have similar palates and food interests, so from drunken snack combinations to intense concoctions, she's both guinea pig and most-appreciative audience.
Fusion food offers unlimited possibilities and if you have the ingredient compatibility and strong technique, it can be exciting and delicious. However, it's so often associated with cheap "fad" cuisine that slaps together two or more distinct flavor profiles and styles--and then we get monstrosities such as the buffalo chicken maki roll.
Ugh. When I lived in Berlin, I had friends with near daily currywurst habits- and I never understood it. Why ruin a perfectly good wurst with that sweet, gummy curryketchup?
That said, I can't wait to see the top 5 Berlin snacks. While currywurst can't hold my attention, I am fully prepared to sing the praises of doener kebab and many other German bites. Wilkommen Steen!
Nigella! She makes everything seem cozy, decadent and attainable. Exactly how I'd like my kitchen to be- less mess, more artfully thrown together
Just came back from Florence, where I literally could not stop myself from ordering everything "con tartufo" (with truffles). Fresh, shaved over pastas, truffle oil in scrambled eggs- you name it. The aroma is heavenly.
I'm always a sucker for a good old NY deli black & white cookie. Still nothing as satisfying as one of those babies, especially during a tough day.
Butternut squash soup, roast chicken and asparagus, ending with warm apple galette. Stupid easy.
No eating at chain restaurants or any kind. Taking the easy way out for lunch can be fast/appealing but it never ends well.
I've had good but not great eating vacations in the past. However, I think that it's about the change with my upcoming trip to Tuscany!
Gardens- grandmothers. Market- Trader Joe's...I've been a very busy and bad person this summer. No time for farmer's markets..
Living in Berlin, these were absolutely the best. Not only are they a good quick lunch (mix of crunchy, salty, yum) but they are one of the best drunken/late-night snacks. Hangover-busted for sure.
Caprese dressed with balsamic. Yum yum
Wild blueberries in upstate NY during a walk. Tiny, juicy and sun-warmed, made only to be eaten outside.
I made a mango-lime granita yesterday. Accidental recipe actually because I wanted to make a mango salsa but the fruit was so overripe, it exploded when I cut into the skin. So I salvaged whatever flesh and juice I could, blended it with fresh key lime juice and simple syrup, jerry-rigged a pie dish for the freezer and three hours later, best dessert of the summer.
First time I had grits. I was on vacation in South Carolina and watched as my dad swirled butter into hot grits and thought it was gross. Then I tried them and now I'm all about grits for breakfast when in the South.
Although I love boozy desserts, my alcoholic all-star is definitely red wine in meat dishes, especially a Burgundy in beef stew. It takes it to the next level.
Most of my baking is good but ugly (crumbles, "rustic" galettes, misshapen cookies.) That said, I think my grapefruit pound cake with a glaze would be refreshing and a nice end to a WH meal.
Flat Patties in Cambridge. Love the thin, griddled burgers.
Baked ziti or eggplant parm. For old-school Italian-America, you want fairly simple, hearty, red-sauced goodness.
Caprese salad or panzanella. Anything with fresh, juicy raw tomatoes
Ratatouille! Or a chickpea salad I make with roasted red peppers, red onions, parsley, oil and vinegar.
roasted veggies. anything mushrooom. hummus. ratatouille. it's really only tofu that gives meat-free a bad name. blech
more on the Union Sq. Greenmarket!
Sadly it's a takeout sushi joint near my offices in Flatiron. Good bang for the buck but not superb.
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