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Archive for 2006

December 29, 2006

Cardamom Meyer Lemon Créme Brûlée Bubbles

Cardamom Meyer Lemon Créme Brûlée Bubbles

This is my entry for Sugar High Friday #26: Sugar Art. Today is the last day to post entries, so please get them up and email me about them soon! I’m really excited about all the entries I’ve seen so far, and would love to see what the rest of you can come up with, […]

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December 27, 2006

Scallop Chickpea Tagine

Scallop Chickpea Tagine

When I first served this to two couples we had over for dinner, the women declared it too spicy, while the men dug in enthusiastically. I won’t try to interpret that data, but there it is. I’m not sure why any of them found it to be so spicy, though. I am sensitive to spicy […]

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December 25, 2006

Hortobágyi Palacsintak (Pancakes Stuffed with Meat Stew)

Hortobágyi Palacsintak (Pancakes Stuffed with Meat Stew)

Now that I have my new camera, I figure I should post older recipes that have been sitting in my drafts folder with photos taken with the old camera, just to get them out of the way. This is one of the first meals I made after returning from Hungary this past summer. Pancakes were […]

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December 22, 2006

Crispy Potatoes

Crispy Potatoes

The latest edition of Fine Cooking had instructions for making these potatoes. You get some baby red potatoes and boil them until they are soft. You then place them on a baking sheet and squish them flat, about 1/2″ thick. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper, and pour olive oil over them fairly liberally. Bake […]

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December 21, 2006

Blogging by Mail

Blogging by Mail

This post isn’t about cooking, or photography (see how I failed to make a still life out of all that stuff?). It’s about the sheer fun of sending presents to strangers, and receiving massive boxes of goodies in return. That’s what Blogging by Mail is all about. Last time I tried Blogging by Mail, the […]

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December 19, 2006

Pear Liquor

Pear Liquor

Dave and I are members of the Park Slope Food Co-op, where we each do a two and a half hour work shift once every four weeks in exchange for the right to shop. Sounds crazy, maybe, but I can walk three blocks from my apartment and find fresh turmeric root, fresh galangal, curry leaves, […]

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December 17, 2006

Salty Oat Cookies

Salty Oat Cookies

Teaism is a wonderful chain of cafes in DC.Their salmon ochazuke is delicious, and I am utterly addicted to their cinnamon apricot tisane. A year or two ago, I finally discovered their brilliant Salty Oat Cookies. According to Teaism’s package, the fellow who originally came up with the Salty Oat Cookies wanted to recreate the […]

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December 14, 2006

Roundup of Food Blog Posts I’ve Enjoyed #6

Roundup of Food Blog Posts I’ve Enjoyed #6

These are photos of a plantain maple tart tatine I made based on a recipe I found here. The best part was sucking on the split vanilla bean after it had been baked in caramelized maple syrup. In other news, tomorrow is the deadline for nominating food blogs for the 2006 Food Blog Awards. There […]

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December 12, 2006

Lemon Chocolate Chunk Cookies and Granite Countertops

Lemon Chocolate Chunk Cookies and Granite Countertops

I was walking in to work the other day when I passed a large piece of gorgeous granite countertop leaning against the side of someone’s stoop. It had a sign taped to it that read, “Do Not Touch.” As I was staring longingly at it, a man came out of the building and told me […]

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December 10, 2006

Habeas Brûlée 2007 Wall Calendar for Sale Now

Habeas Brûlée 2007 Wall Calendar for Sale Now

Last week, a reader emailed me to ask if I would consider creating a Habeas Brûlée 2007 wall calendar, so that she could buy a few to give to her boyfriend and friends as holiday gifts. So, I put together a set of my favorite images from the past year, along with their corresponding recipes, […]

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December 8, 2006

Persian Pomegranate Soup (Ash-e Anar)

Persian Pomegranate Soup (Ash-e Anar)

Tami of Running With Tweezers set a Super Souper Challenge this month, asking everyone to share their favorite soup recipes. This is the first time I’ve made this soup, but it may become one of my favorites from now on. It’s adapted from a recipe I’ve had bookmarked for a while now in A Taste […]

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December 6, 2006

Apricot Hazelnut Squares

Apricot Hazelnut Squares

The worst thing about my latest cookbook acquisition, Essence of Chocolate: Recipes for Baking and Cooking with Fine Chocolate by John Scharffenberger and Robert Steinberg, is the terrible difficulty I had in trying to decide what to make first. In the end, though, I had to go with these cookies. This turned out to be […]

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December 3, 2006

Truffled Gruyere Risotto

Truffled Gruyere Risotto

I know it’s past the deadline for Hey Hey It’s Donna Hay Day #8: Tempo di Risotto, run by Cenzina at il cavoletto di bruxelles, but nonetheless, this risotto was so tasty and such fun to make. Truffle salt is my latest discovery. Truffle salt is just a blend of ground dried truffles and sea […]

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November 29, 2006

Kabocha Beef Tagine with Chickpeas and Preserved Lemon

Kabocha Beef Tagine with Chickpeas and Preserved Lemon

The preparation for this dish must begin a month in advance, unless you already have a jar of preserved lemons lying around. The lemons are preserved in water and salt with a layer of oil on top, and for the first week you must shake the jar daily to redistribute the salt. After that, the […]

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November 27, 2006

Sugar High Friday #26: Sugar Art

Sugar High Friday #26: Sugar Art

This month, I am hosting Sugar High Friday, a traveling event that was originally created by Jennifer of The Domestic Goddess. Last month, Johanna of The Passionate Cook had the wonderful idea of inviting us all to make chocolate truffles, and oh, my, did everyone produce some tasty looking treats. In fact, they were so […]

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November 24, 2006

How to Make a Truffle from Scratch

How to Make a Truffle from Scratch

It was hard, trying to figure out what to do for Sugar High Friday #25: Truffles. After all, we all know how to make truffles – either you throw together a ganache and roll it in something, then keep it in the fridge, or you take out your chocolate molds and create chocolate shells into […]

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November 22, 2006

Cocoa Nib Caramel & Almond Butter Nougat Bars

Cocoa Nib Caramel & Almond Butter Nougat Bars

These candies are what Snickers bars ought to be – soft, salty caramel with the luscious crunch of cocoa nibs, topped with almond butter nougat, and coated with dark, high-quality chocolate. If I’m feeling very nice indeed, I will make boxes of these to give away for the holidays. Buying candy at the store is […]

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November 19, 2006

Stir-Fried Clams with Black Bean Sauce

Stir-Fried Clams with Black Bean Sauce

I keep seeing these tiny, adorable clams in the Chinatown fishmarkets whenever I’m out shopping around there. They live in vast bins, not far from the live frogs and periwinkles that I keep meaning to learn how to prepare. I have this thing about eating cute things. I like doing it. If I see something […]

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November 16, 2006

Roundup: The Spice is Right VIII: Frankenstein’s Monster

Roundup: The Spice is Right VIII: Frankenstein’s Monster

The bird in the top photo was found in my parents’ house by the window, terrified, unable to escape. He was so scared that when we lifted him up with the pool net and carried him outside, he didn’t move at all. You can see how close he let me get to him in order […]

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November 13, 2006

Sichuan Shrimp Chowder

Sichuan Shrimp Chowder

This is my entry for The Spice is Right VIII: Frankenstein’s Monster, where we are creating culinary mash-ups using spices from one cuisine in recipes or with techniques from another. Here, I have used Sichuan peppercorns to add a tingle to a bowl of classically American shrimp chowder. The deadline to post your entries is […]

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November 12, 2006

Meeting John Scharffenberger

Meeting John Scharffenberger

I met John Scharffenberger last Thursday. Yes, one of the founders of Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker. I passed by my local chocolate cafe, The Chocolate Room, that afternoon, only to notice a sign in the window saying that John Scharffenberger would be there that evening to give a talk and sign copies of his new […]

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November 10, 2006

Töltött Káposzta (Stuffed Cabbage)

Töltött Káposzta (Stuffed Cabbage)

Ivonne from Cream Puffs in Venice and Orchidea from Viaggi & Sapori are hosting a one-time event called Dishes of Comfort. They ask us to write about something we consider comfort food, one of the special dishes that meant a lot to us when we were young. My grandmother has a fairly limited culinary repertoire. […]

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November 7, 2006

Finnish Meatballs with Squid Ink Pasta

Finnish Meatballs with Squid Ink Pasta

October is over, Halloween has passed, and pumpkins are quickly going out of style. It’s hard to find tasty baby pumpkins, anyway, so these function more as cute bowls than anything else. But the meatballs were absolutely delicious, and the mildly intriguing taste of the squid ink pasta balanced well with them. Kids in particular […]

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November 5, 2006

The Queen of Sheba

The Queen of Sheba

The Queen of Sheba was Solomon’s only match, as rich and wise as he, or more. Legend has it that it was she who told him of the lost vessel of blessed light that cast peace on anyone who stood in its presence, which became the greatest of his treasures. William Butler Yeats imagined the […]

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November 2, 2006

Rosemary Currant Shortbread with Cumin Ginger Apples

Rosemary Currant Shortbread with Cumin Ginger Apples

When Rose and I got together a few days after our apple picking excursion, we decided to experiment with some of the apples. The rosemary currant shortbread is her adaptation of a shortbread recipe she found on Epicurious. Back when we were dating, she and I made rosemary chocolate truffles together; a love for rosemary […]

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October 31, 2006

The NYC Food Bloggers Mailing List, and Dave’s Garlic Focaccia

The NYC Food Bloggers Mailing List, and Dave’s Garlic Focaccia

I have put together a NYC Food Bloggers Mailing List. If you are a food blogger who lives in or around NYC, please subscribe to the mailing list here. We can use this to announce further potlucks, parties, classes, sales, tastings, and any other events local food bloggers might enjoy and are invited to attend. […]

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October 29, 2006

Dave’s Autumn Rice

Dave’s Autumn Rice

Originally I was not going to bother posting this recipe, because it is such a simple thing, and not all that much to look it. Never mind that it is delicious and addictive and goes unbelievably well with our favorite skirt steak for a quick and easy autumn dinner. Never mind that it is an […]

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October 25, 2006

NYC Food Blogger Potluck (Post-Potluck Report)

NYC Food Blogger Potluck (Post-Potluck Report)

Last Saturday night, I hosted the first-ever (to my knowledge) an entirely fabulous NYC Food Blogger Potluck. It was a smashing success, and I think we are all looking forward to making this a recurring event. I made my french onion soup dumplings, though I should go back and edit that post now that I […]

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October 23, 2006

In Defense of Picky Eaters

In Defense of Picky Eaters

Barbara recently posted about how picky people are a huge pet peeve of hers. She was inspired to write about this by Amy, who wrote about how picky eaters make her a bit crazy. There was even a recent Washington Post article which implied that picky eaters are rare and suffer from some sort of […]

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October 22, 2006

Apple Picking

Apple Picking

I hosted the most incredible NYC Food Blogger Potluck on Saturday night. I am waiting to post about it, though, because I want to give everyone who attended a chance to put up their recipes for the food they brought so that my post about the event can be a sort of round-up as well. […]

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October 20, 2006

Kaddo Bourani (Pumpkin with Yogurt and Meat Sauces)

Kaddo Bourani (Pumpkin with Yogurt and Meat Sauces)

Perhaps the best Afghani restaurant I have ever been to is Helmand in Cambridge, MA. Bamiyan in NYC has a special place in my heart, because we discovered it when Dave was trying to keep me fed while I was taking the bar exam, but Helmand won me over with their Kaddo Bourani. The way […]

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October 18, 2006

The Spice is Right VIII: Frankenstein’s Monster

The Spice is Right VIII: Frankenstein’s Monster

I am hosting The Spice is Right, a food blog event created by Barbara of Tigers & Strawberries, for just one more month. Barbara is still busy taking care of her gorgeous new baby girl (with the help of her other fabulous daughter), after all. Since Halloween is coming up… This month’s challenge is: Frankenstein’s […]

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October 16, 2006

Roundup: The Spice is Right VII: Seasons of Love

Roundup: The Spice is Right VII: Seasons of Love

The top photo is a kitty who utterly charmed me from the other side of the window of an antique/junk store the other day. This is the round-up for The Spice is Right VII: Seasons of Love, where I asked you to write about recipes including spice mixes commonly used in your families. As the […]

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October 15, 2006

Nutmeg Chipotle Tuiles with Chocolate Mousse

Nutmeg Chipotle Tuiles with Chocolate Mousse

This is my entry The Spice is Right VII: Seasons of Love. If you would like to join in, please do! Today is the last day to post entries for this month’s challenge, which is all about family spice mixes. One of the flavor bases Dave and I have been using a lot since we […]

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October 12, 2006

Lamb Tagine with Pearl Onions, Dates, and Sugar Snap Peas

Lamb Tagine with Pearl Onions, Dates, and Sugar Snap Peas

Well, I finally purchased a tagine, so my tagines will actually deserve the name from now on. I seasoned it by soaking it in water for about an hour and a half, then rubbing the inside with olive oil and baking it for a nice long while afterwards. I have been rereading all the Paula […]

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October 10, 2006

Baked Rummy Plantains with Cinnamon Gelato

Baked Rummy Plantains with Cinnamon Gelato

Plantains, o platanos, which I fell in love with in the form of sweet fried maduros years ago. Plantains, which look like large bananas, but hide a secretly unsweetened center until they blacken and transform into something marvelous. From the black, squishy, grotesque exterior of a fully ripe plantain emerges an ingredient you cannot find […]

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October 7, 2006

Roundup of Food Blog Posts I’ve Enjoyed #5

Roundup of Food Blog Posts I’ve Enjoyed #5

This is another collection of food blog posts which have really caught my attention and struck me as worth and saving and, in the case of the recipes, worth trying out. I highly recommend taking a look. This particular set of posts had a certain shared quality to them, an emotional intensity and history. There […]

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October 5, 2006

Spicy Beef Slices with Tangerine Peel

Spicy Beef Slices with Tangerine Peel

I just purchased a copy of Land of Plenty: A Treasury of Authentic Sichuan Cooking by Fuschia Dunlop. It came very highly recommended, and rumor has it that this is the best text on Sichuan cooking available in English today. I’m very excited and looking forward to trying out a whole lot of Dunlop’s recipes. […]

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October 2, 2006

Cranberry Lemon Cornmeal Cake

Cranberry Lemon Cornmeal Cake

Yet again, let me tell you why I love living in NYC, and in Brooklyn in particular, and in Park Slope in particular. We found a stack of clean, beautiful cooking magazines out in front of someone’s brownstone a few blocks away from our apartment just a few days ago. We often find books this […]

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October 1, 2006

Reminder: The Spice is Right VII: Seasons of Love

Reminder: The Spice is Right VII: Seasons of Love

I just wanted to remind you that the deadline for posting your entries (and notifying me of them) for The Spice is Right VII: Seasons of Love is October 15, 2006. The full reminder: This month’s challenge is: Seasons of Love Each culture has its own common spice blends, like the Chinese five spice mix […]

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September 28, 2006

Pumpkin Nests

Pumpkin Nests

It is time to celebrate winter squash! Not only that, it is also time to celebrate low-fat desserts that are actually too rich for me to handle large portions. (Some of our guests had seconds, mind.) This is basically pumpkin pie filling served in delicate, darling phyllo nests; the perfect fall dessert. Our first taste […]

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September 25, 2006

Hungarian Food in my Grandmother’s Hungary

Hungarian Food in my Grandmother’s Hungary

These are the rest of my photos from Hungary. They were taken in Tarpa, the town where my grandmother grew up. Above is Josh Sucher, holding out some grapes for me to try. We were in the grapery at the top of the hill, as my grandmother called it, belonging to her friend Szaz Karcsa […]

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September 22, 2006

Dave’s Sour Cherry Barbecue Sauce and Baby Back Ribs

Dave’s Sour Cherry Barbecue Sauce and Baby Back Ribs

I took no part in cooking this meal. Me, I’m just the scribe and photographer this time. The ribs were experimental meats purchased in Brooklyn’s Chinatown. The sour cherries come from my parents’ sour cherry tree, and I did help with the picking and pitting. We made most of them into jam and pie and […]

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September 19, 2006

Cabbage Strudel and Paprika Ice Cream

Cabbage Strudel and Paprika Ice Cream

While I am still on my Hungarian cooking kick, I offer you two desserts: one traditional, the other, not so much. This my entry for Sugar High Friday 23: Surprise Inside, which is run this month by Alanna of A Veggie Venture. Finding cabbage inside a dessert strudel is not surprising to Hungarians or their […]

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September 17, 2006

The Spice is Right VII: Seasons of Love

The Spice is Right VII: Seasons of Love

Barbara of Tigers & Strawberries created one of my favorite food blog events, The Spice is Right. Every month, she sets a challenge with a spice-related theme. Since she just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Kat, she doesn’t have time right now to run the event. I couldn’t bear the thought of […]

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September 14, 2006

Apricot Marzipan Tartlets

Apricot Marzipan Tartlets

I just love the way that apricot in the center is peaking up his little head over the expanse of crust like a prairie dog going up on his hind legs to see the world outside his den. This recipe was inspired by a photo of rustic apricot marzipan tartlets I came across in a […]

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September 11, 2006

Sweet Roasted Káposzta Töltött Paprika (Cabbage-Stuffed Peppers)

Sweet Roasted Káposzta Töltött Paprika (Cabbage-Stuffed Peppers)

I was so excited when I saw cabbage-stuffed peppers on a menu in Hungary. How wonderful, I thought. But when I ordered them, they turned out to be pickled. I’m sure that is delightful to some of you, but personally, I do not like pickled anything. (Oh, all right, Japanese pickled ginger. And mango slices […]

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September 8, 2006

NYC Food Blogger Potluck

NYC Food Blogger Potluck

I would like to hold a NYC Food Blogger Potluck on Saturday, September 30th October 21st, at 8pm. If you are interested in joining in, drop me an email and I’ll start organizing. If more people respond than can fit around my table, I will ask someone else to donate the venue instead. Who would […]

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September 5, 2006

Hungarian Food in Hungary

Hungarian Food in Hungary

I flew into Budapest, then traveled with Dave to Pécs, Szeged, and Debrecen. In Debrecen, we met up with my grandmother and mother, who drove us up to the pair of small villages near the Ukrainian border where my grandmother grew up. She was born in Tarpa, and when she returned from Auschwitz and got […]

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August 24, 2006

Husk Tomatoes, a/k/a Ground Cherries (Still in Hungary)

Husk Tomatoes, a/k/a Ground Cherries (Still in Hungary)

These photos were taken back home, before I left for Hungary. I picked up these cherry husk tomatoes, which look quite a lot like tomatillos to me, at the farmer’s market in Brooklyn Heights. They smell like a mango and taste like a firm persimmon, almost. Delicious! I threw a few into a sort of […]

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August 17, 2006

Leaving New York Behind (for just two weeks)

Leaving New York Behind (for just two weeks)

These photos were all taken at the NYC Greenmarket in Brooklyn Heights, right in front of the Brooklyn Supreme Court and Borough Hall. The tomatoes (and young lady) were from Wilklow Orchards. Their produce was stunning, and I appreciated the lady’s kindness in letting me obsessively photograph her as she cut tomatoes. I am leaving […]

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August 14, 2006

Fig and Date Basteeya

Fig and Date Basteeya

In their original form, basteeya are Moroccan dove pies, savory pastries of spiced dove with almonds and cinnamon and sugar. We usually make them with chicken instead, with cumin and saffron and dill and other such things. There are often several dozen of them in our freezer, in case of emergency meat hunger. These sweet […]

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August 11, 2006

Blueberry Port Chutney Shortbread Bars

Blueberry Port Chutney Shortbread Bars

When I was flipping through Gale Gand’s Just a Bite, what really caught my eye was her suggestion that when making shortbread, you can simply grate the frozen dough into your baking pan instead of bothering to thaw it and roll it out. How simply wonderful! That means that you can keep a hunk of […]

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August 8, 2006

Duck-Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

Duck-Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

These are made in much the same manner as the last stuffed zucchini blossoms I posted about, except that they are filled with spicy duck breast instead of the sweet cheese filling I used before. I am so excited that this time we found blossoms with baby zucchini attached! I think someday I will have […]

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August 5, 2006

Roundup of Food Blog Posts I’ve Enjoyed #4

Roundup of Food Blog Posts I’ve Enjoyed #4

We bought a bag full of baby zucchini with flowers still attached, and when we took them home and started rinsing them out, we discovered that many of them were filled with dead bees. Yes, bees. What a perk! Under the cut are links to excellent posts by other food bloggers that you ought to […]

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August 1, 2006

Crypto-Jewish Brazilian Yellow Stew

Crypto-Jewish Brazilian Yellow Stew

I have the most amazing new cookbook – A Drizzle of Honey: The Life and Recipes of Spain’s Secret Jews, by David M. Gitlitz and Linda Kay Davidson. It is full of recipes for foods cooked and eaten by Jews and conversos in the Iberian Peninsula during the time of Inquisition. To my great delight, […]

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July 29, 2006

Banana Malt Brûlée Spoonfuls

Banana Malt Brûlée Spoonfuls

Tiny single mouthful desserts with which to finish off the meal with just a single moment of bliss, is what these are. Vanilla malt cream, adapted from a recipe in Claudia Fleming’s The Last Course: The Desserts of Gramercy Tavern. A single spoon filled with cream and topped with a slice of banana and burnt […]

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July 27, 2006

Jam Swap Reminder and Teaching/Catering Announcement

Jam Swap Reminder and Teaching/Catering Announcement

REMINDER: If you want to be involved in the Homemade Jams, Jellies, Curds, Chutneys, &c. Circle Swap, you have to let me know what country you are in, what you have available to swap, whether you are willing to ship internationally, and how many people you would like to swap with (ideally) by August 1, […]

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July 26, 2006

Brandied Peach, Ginger, and Sweet Corn Cornbread Trifles

Brandied Peach, Ginger, and Sweet Corn Cornbread Trifles

Peaches and sweet corn grow together, so therefore they must go together, right? That was my reasoning when I picked them up at the market, figuring that I would combine them somehow once I got home. I asked Dave to make his fabulous cornbread for the trifle, and he did, with a bit of extra […]

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July 24, 2006

Mujaddara

Mujaddara

I was at Kalustyan’s the other day, looking through their spices, when I wandered up to the second floor to check out their tea selection. There is a small deli section up there, where they sell prepared foods, which I had never examined before. I glanced over, and the man behind the counter thrust a […]

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July 21, 2006

An Attempt to Answer Your Unasked Questions

An Attempt to Answer Your Unasked Questions

That is a photo of Meyer lemons, taken back in April right before I experimented with preserving them via lactic acid fermentation. It has nothing to do with this post. Dave finally showed me how to check my blog stats, so I can see who is linking to me and what sort of search terms […]

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July 19, 2006

Basil Sorbet with Lemon Olive Oil

Basil Sorbet with Lemon Olive Oil

I came across this recipe for basil or mint sorbet by Sara Kate over at Apartment Therapy: the kitchen, and of course had to give it a try. I followed Sara Kate’s recipe almost exactly, except that I used apple lambic instead of apple juice, and added it when I added the basil, because I […]

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July 15, 2006

Roasted Red Pepper Chipotle Egg Rolls with Tzatziki Dipping Sauce

Roasted Red Pepper Chipotle Egg Rolls with Tzatziki Dipping Sauce

This is my contribution for The Spice is Right IV: It’s Too Darned Hot!, though, in truth, I am probably the only resident of New York City who is not completely sick of the heat by now. I am cold-blooded and reptilian, and nothing makes me happier than soaking in the warmth. I am trying […]

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July 14, 2006

Israeli Couscous with Afghan-Inspired Caramelized Carrots

Israeli Couscous with Afghan-Inspired Caramelized Carrots

My favorite Afghan restaurant is Bamiyan, on the corner of E. 26th St. and 3rd Ave., just a few blocks away from Kalustyan’s. I discovered it when I was taking the bar exam last summer. Dave’s job over those few days was to make sure that I actually ate dinner, when all I wanted to […]

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July 10, 2006

Circle Swap: Homemade Jams, Jellies, Curds, Chutneys, &c.

Circle Swap: Homemade Jams, Jellies, Curds, Chutneys, &c.

Summer is here, and I have been in a frenzy of home canning. I have been making jams, curds, chutneys, and sealing them in jars to lay in for the colder months to come. I know I am not the only one who acts on this urge. I propose that we add some variety to […]

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July 5, 2006

Blueberry Oatmeal Crisp with Lime Ice Cream

Blueberry Oatmeal Crisp with Lime Ice Cream

Whenever I see blueberries, I think of my mother. She loves blueberries so much that even when she was pregnant with one of my brothers, Josh, and eating them made her feel nauseous, she just couldn’t stop. Pregnant and sick and miserable, she ate blueberries until she vomited purple. She has told me repeatedly that […]

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July 1, 2006

Roundup of Food Blog Posts I’ve Enjoyed #3

Roundup of Food Blog Posts I’ve Enjoyed #3

Dave made ciabatta the other day. I don’t think he intended for this loaf to end up looking like a snake, but I’m delighted that it did. It has nothing to do with this post, though. Enjoy the food blog posts I’ve linked to! They are splendid.

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June 28, 2006

Grapefruit Almond Tart

Grapefruit Almond Tart

Imagine, if you will: A rich, buttery, almond-based tart crust. A thick, granular layer of creamy grapefruit almond curd. Slices of fresh pink grapefruit, sweeter, pulp bursting with juice. The crunch of a thin layer of caramelized sugar. The warmth of the crust, fresh from the oven. Curd and grapefruit, cool from the fridge. The […]

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June 25, 2006

Chocolate Cassis Sorbet

Chocolate Cassis Sorbet

I have a confession to make: I like chocolate sorbet better than chocolate ice cream. There is a darling little chocolate cafe near my apartment called The Chocolate Room. Every time we go there, we are given a tiny dish of unbelievable Valhrona sorbet as a mise en bouche which always ends up surpassing whatever […]

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June 22, 2006

Sour Cherry Almond Milk Sorbet

Sour Cherry Almond Milk Sorbet

No story here. Just another photo taken in my parents’ kitchen, and the perfect way to finish off the last sour cherries of the year. The first thing to hit your tongue here is the sour!, and then mostly smooth almond, until a lingering aftertaste of pure, tart cherry sweeps in.

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June 20, 2006

Apricot Ketchup

Apricot Ketchup

A friend and I were once on a bus to Boston, discussing the origin of ketchup (a/k/a catsup). I insisted that it had to be a relatively recent invention, because the tomato is a New World fruit. She thought it was older. So I called up my brother, asking him to look it up for […]

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June 17, 2006

Sour Cherry Sage Flower Jam

Sour Cherry Sage Flower Jam

As soon as I saw the flowering sage at the farmer’s market, I just knew I had to use it in my entry for The Spice is Right #3: The Perfumed Garden, which called for us to use edible flowers in our cooking. And as I was saying, I have this extreme overabundance of sour […]

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June 16, 2006

Sour Cherry Pie (Old Version)

Sour Cherry Pie (Old Version)

My father planted a sour cherry tree by the side of the house a few years back, and every year he insists that I make him a sour cherry pie. The deal has always been that my brother picks the cherries and I pit and bake the cherries. The tree has grown enormously in the […]

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June 14, 2006

Onion Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Onion Jam Thumbprint Cookies

The photo is of the unbaked cookies, because I failed to take a good photo of them after they came out of the oven and before they were taken away. I am catering a cocktail party (well, we are – I never cook alone anymore; everything I make is a joint effort with Dave nowadays). […]

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June 8, 2006

Saffron Dill Cappelletti Stuffed With Leeks

Saffron Dill Cappelletti Stuffed With Leeks

I’m still stuck on that saffron dill tart dough I was playing with when I made those garlic scape tartlets and leek tartlets. I am also temporarily entirely done with making tartlets – spending most of a party in the kitchen making extra batches of them can do that to a person. What to do? […]

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June 6, 2006

Garlic Scape Tartlets

Garlic Scape Tartlets

The tart dough I used here was actually developed by my friend Scott Lefton, who showed me the recipe and encouraged me to go forth and play with it. First, I used it with brie and sauteed leeks for a variant of Bron‘s leek and brie tartlets. The flavors combined so well, a slow rolling […]

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June 1, 2006

Thai Iced Tea Ice Cream

Thai Iced Tea Ice Cream

Two ice cream related posts in a row? I suppose it’s appropriate. Let’s say it’s for plaisir sucre‘s summer ice cream event. We also installed our air conditioners a few days ago. Ice cream season is definitively here. Thai iced tea is one of the best substances on the planet. Thai iced tea ice cream […]

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May 27, 2006

Lemongrass Saffron Soda and Ginger Ice Cream Float

Lemongrass Saffron Soda and Ginger Ice Cream Float

Sugar High Friday #19: Ginger It Up! posed a real challenge for me. You see, I love gingery sweets. I make them all the time. I’ve posted about one here already, my ginger rum churros with milk chocolate dipping sauce. I use ginger in my apple pies, my ice creams, everything. And I hate using […]

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May 20, 2006

Ramp Butter

Ramp Butter

Spring is here, but it won’t be for long. Hurry! Rush to the farmer’s market! Buy those ramps. Blanch them briefly. Throw them in your food processor, along with plenty of butter. Line your ice cube trays with plastic wrap or tinfoil, leaving plenty hanging over the edge to grab later, then fill them with […]

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May 12, 2006

Roundup of Food Blog Posts I’ve Enjoyed #2

Roundup of Food Blog Posts I’ve Enjoyed #2

The subject of the photo above is our beautiful and inedible kitty, Katya. It was taken by a fellow named Brad while Katya was still in the possession of her previous owner, Lisa. It is, of course, completely unrelated to this post. I forgot to photograph yesterday’s rhubarb cream pie, so instead here’s another collection […]

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May 8, 2006

Paprika Sticky Rolls

Paprika Sticky Rolls

For The Spice is Right #2: Sweet or Savory?, we were supposed to choose a spice used primarily in sweet or in savory applications in our native culture, and then turn it around and use it in the other. My mother’s side of the family is Hungarian, and so my life has been saturated with […]

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May 4, 2006

Pear and Basil Tart

Pear and Basil Tart

My partner, Dave, and I joined the Park Slope Food Co-op as soon as we moved to the neighborhood. Last Sunday, we finally did our first work shift there. I desperately wanted to do something physical, since I spend so much of my time at the court sitting at a desk and writing. More office […]

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April 26, 2006

Gunpowder Carrot Chutney

Gunpowder Carrot Chutney

TeaChef has this ongoing project where each month they give away free samples of a different tea. The catch (and it is hardly a catch) is that if you get a tea sample from them, they want you to cook with it and send them a recipe including it. I can handle being honor-bound to […]

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April 23, 2006

Striped Bass with Ramps (and a thieving Katya)

Striped Bass with Ramps (and a thieving Katya)

Ramps are here, ramps are there, stinky beautiful ramps are everywhere! If you’re not familiar with them, it’s about time for you to give them a try. They’re also called wild leeks, and they taste like very garlicky scallions to me. They won’t be in season for long, so find them and devour them while […]

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April 21, 2006

Ginger Rum Churros with Milk Chocolate Dipping Sauce

Ginger Rum Churros with Milk Chocolate Dipping Sauce

One of the best things about NYC, and Park Slope in particular, is the abundance of streetbooks. Everywhere I go, I find books people have left out on the street for whomever may pass by. A few days after the move, we found an autographed copy of Bobby Flay Cooks American sitting in a box […]

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April 19, 2006

Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

I always get Tom Lehrer’s Poisoning Pigeons in the Park stuck in my head around this time of year. “Spring is here, ah-sah-pah-ring is here! Life is Skittles, and life is beer! I think the loveliest time of the year is the spring, I do. Don’t you? ‘Course you do.” For me, though, spring is […]

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April 10, 2006

Freeform Caramel Prawn Pies

Freeform Caramel Prawn Pies

Yes, I know, I know, even my savories tend to be sweet. To be honest, I made these a few weeks ago, and am only now getting around to posting about them. We finally unpacked the kitchen at the new apartment, though, but we got so caught up in making and eating our first meal […]

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April 3, 2006

What Makes a Formal Dinner

What Makes a Formal Dinner

If posting is sparse for a while, it’s because we just moved to a new place and this week they’re painting our new kitchen, so it will be a few more days before we can get in there to unpack the kitchen stuff and start cooking. In the meantime, I’ll simply do my best, even […]

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March 31, 2006

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

Last time I saw him in concert, Arlo Guthrie told the story of how his grades dropped in 6th grade, leading his family to send him to see a shrink. His mother had to go with him. He put pegs into holes, looked at ink blots, took all the tests. The shrink sent Arlo out […]

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March 28, 2006

Cranberry Leek Strudel

Cranberry Leek Strudel

I was reading Clotilde’s recipe for Leek and Apricot Strudel with Pinenuts over at Chocolate & Zucchini, and started thinking about what it would take to transform it into Danielle food. I’d have to take out the pinenuts, of course. I don’t like those. And the breadcrumbs, which I prefer to avoid in sweets, though […]

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March 25, 2006

Roundup of Food Blog Posts I’ve Enjoyed

Roundup of Food Blog Posts I’ve Enjoyed

For once, the photo is completely unrelated to the post. That’s a photo of me spinning fire on a rooftop in Williamsburg (Brooklyn, NY, USA) on July 4, 2004. Photography by Dov. Why am I posting a photo that isn’t of food? Well, I’m moving on April 1, so I’m having trouble finding the time […]

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March 23, 2006

French Onion Soup Dumplings

French Onion Soup Dumplings

There’s a restaurant on the Lower East Side called Stanton Social, which is designed around a menu containing nothing but small tasting dishes meant to be shared with everyone at your table. Dave and I went there not too long ago at my honorary aunt’s recommendation, and everything we tried was excellent. I fell utterly […]

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March 21, 2006

Lamb Tagine with Apricots, Dates, and Yams

Lamb Tagine with Apricots, Dates, and Yams

To be honest, what I’ve actually been searching for is a good recipe for Sali Boti, a Parsi lamb and apricot dish that I have every time I go to this wonderful Indian restaurant in Cambridge. I haven’t really seen any trustworthy recipes for it, though. If anyone reading this knows of any, I’d be […]

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March 19, 2006

Maple Cream Truffles

Maple Cream Truffles

Josh, the elder of my younger brothers, took a bite out of a store-bought chocolate the other day, and declared, “This is amazing! What is this delicious taste that is filling my mouth? I know it, I know that I know it, but I can’t think of what it is!” It was a maple cream. […]

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March 17, 2006

Cocoa Nib and Currant Rugelach

Cocoa Nib and Currant Rugelach

My mother’s side of the family is Hungarian. Her parents were born in a small town in Hungary, and their paths took them from there to Auschwitz, from Auschwitz back to Hungary (with a few countries in between), from Hungary to Italy (briefly), from Italy to Israel (where they helped found a moshav), and finally […]

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March 15, 2006

Scallion (Spring Onion) Bread

Scallion (Spring Onion) Bread

I’ve been sorting through my mother’s cookbooks lately, taking out the ones I want to keep. She has so many interesting Thai and Indian and Chinese cookbooks that I can see already what I’ll be eating for the next few months, at least. This recipe was the first thing that caught my eye when I […]

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March 13, 2006

Cocoa Nib Ice Cream

Cocoa Nib Ice Cream

Cocoa nibs are nothing more than pieces of roasted cocoa beans, the basic building blocks of chocolate. They’re slightly bitter, with an intense flavor that can vary greatly depending on their origin. While you can taste a hint of the chocolate they can become, they really have a unique and incomparable flavor of their own. […]

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March 11, 2006

Banana Caramel Tart

Banana Caramel Tart

The original recipe for this tart in The Union Square Cafe Cookbook calls for more butter, more sugar, and a higher temperature for the initial baking than what I have laid out below. After fussing with it a bit, though, this is what I came up with. It’s a wonderful confluence of textures: the tart […]

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March 9, 2006

Homebrew Vinegar

Homebrew Vinegar

I checked in on my everywine vinegar tonight, and gave it its weekly libation of wine. I have begun to think of it as a monster to whom I must make sacrifices, a beast I must ply with wine in order to keep it drowsy and slightly less likely to kill. I feed it from […]

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March 7, 2006

Lime Syllabub

Lime Syllabub

“I’m not stupid, you know.” “Quit bragging.” “Stop being rude.” “When was the last time you read a book? The truth now. And picture books don’t count – I mean something with print in it.” Buttercup walked away from him. “There’re other things to read than print,” she said, “and the Princess of Hammersmith is […]

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