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Insalata Caprese With Heirloom Tomatoes – The Greatest Salad Of All – Recipe

Insalata caprese with Purple Cherokee heirloom tomatoes

All year I look forward to the brief period when the tomatoes are good enough to eat insalata caprese several times a week.

Because it is made with only 5 ingredients, and you don’t cook them, the greatness is completely determined by their quality. This calls for the finest, …

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Foodbeam Sables Au Chocolat with Fleur De Sel

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Fanny’s Foodbeam blog lately, and when I needed a straightforward chocolate dessert for dinner with Mini-me’s cousins tonight, I thought I’d check her archives. Sure enough, there were these great looking Chocolate Sable Cookies with Fleur De Sel. Fanny warns that they might induce some form of rage but it was …

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Pasta With Eggplant And Fresh Tomatoes – Recipe

Pasta with eggplant and fresh tomatoes, in homage to Norma

Yep, it is summer and the whole deal is to do as little to the beautiful ingredients as possible. This dish is kind of a reinterpreted Pasta alla Norma, a classic Sicilian dish. By reinterpreted I mean: I didn’t have ricotta salata, and I wanted to …

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How To Make A Delicious, Vegetarian Potluck Salad in Five Minutes

Got home from work at 5:30 and the block party / potluck was called for 6:00. Two crazy kids meant I had about 5 minutes to put something together, but I wasn’t about to settle for bland. Last year I brought empanadas, so we have a reputation to uphold! Easy potluck recipes are a dime …

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Iced Lychee With Asian Mignonette Sauce – Recipe

Iced lychee on a bed of ice, with Asian mignonette sauce

Here’s the last of the three lychee amuse bouche (you can see the earlier ones here and here). Sticking again with the idea that peeled and pitted lychee are kind of fleshy and shellfish-like, I made an Asian-twisted mignonette, which a sauce traditionally served with …

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Lychee Tempura With Japanese Pepper Mayo – Recipe

Lychee tempura, with spicy mayo and black sea salt

This is the second in my series of amuse bouche based on fresh lychees. (Here is the first in the series). This one I fried using the small-batch tempura batter from Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking, and served it with a Togarashi-spiced mayo, black sea …

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Tea-Smoked Lychee Amuse Bouche

Fresh lychee smoked with genmaicha tea

This is the first of three amuse bouche I have in mind based on fresh lychees. (Hey, did you know that the plural of amuse bouche is amuse bouche? Learn something every day.) You could also serve all three as an appetizer trio instead of an amuse.

If you haven’t had …

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