Thank goodness for the word “potatoes” at the end of this recipe title – otherwise, you’d think I was writing “A Modest Proposal 2.0” Ok, enough dark jokes for the day and on to the latest entry in the quest for the perfect weeknight side dish. Barely a recipe (I love these!), this one graced the table the night my darling husband decided to cook me an anniversary dinner. Given that I usually rule the roost that is our kitchen, I welcomed the offer excitedly, looking forward to the special menu that he had in mind. I’d been missing hanger steak a whole lot, which is apparently hard to come by at regular markets here in Phoenix, so he drove to the other side of town to Hobe Meats in search of the beloved butcher’s cut. He decided to round out the meal with homemade horseradish sauce (*in best Racehl Zoe voice* I die!), creamed spinach and a recipe from this blog, my Summer Salad of Heirloom Tomatoes, String Beans and Fingerlings. What a treat! Continue reading Herb Roasted Baby Potatoes
Today’s guest post is coming at you straight from NYC courtesy of my good friend Arber. We met under non-culinary circumstances during my time as the master of web goodness at The City College of New York. I had the dubious honor of serving as the advisor for his student organization, a cluster of entrepreneurs, programmers and designers who created the brilliant website, In Your Class.com. Funnily, in order to get their student organization up and running as quickly as possible, they found it easier to take over an already established group rather that go through the appeals process to create a new one. Thus, although I am out and out Brazilian/Italian/African-American, I soon discovered that I was the newest advisor to the Albanian Students Organization. The founders (Arber included) were all Albanian, so to prove my mettle, I showed them all I learned from Wikipedia about Albania and had them fill me in on the rest of the important details. I adored the multiculturalism mixed with the laughs, and was totally honored that they asked me to be their advisor in the first place. Continue reading Classic Mussels with White Wine and Herbs
Although I don’t have access to a plot of land to cultivate my green thumb, I make do with every inch of real estate available to me in my apartment with my itty-bitty home garden. It saves me quick dashes to the store to buy expensive fresh herbs, and I’m further encouraged to include them in dishes as opposed to dried herbs. It’s an absolute boon, and truly, a window garden is very little work. Not to mention the fact that with a little sun and water, basil, dill, parsley and mint are practically unstoppable.
This simple rice pilaf is a celebration of the goodness of fresh herbs – if you are not inclined to grow your own, pick up the prettiest, leafiest bunches from the store or farmer’s market and go to town. This is one of those “make-it-your-own” kind of deals, so absolutely be creative. I like a combination of dill, mint, basil, thyme and parsley, but sage, savory, rosemary and fennel also work well.
I use chicken broth in lieu of all water in this recipe, but if you’d like to keep things vegetarian, replace the chicken broth with veggie stock to make things meat-free. Scrap the butter for a little more olive oil, and you’ve got a vegan delight on your hands. Yup, that easy. And speaking of easy, these shots feature Marx Foods Palm Plates – biodegradeable gems that are as lovely to look at as they are sturdy and good for the environment. Check ’em out!
2 c. of long grain rice
2 tbs. of butter
1 tbs. of olive oil
2 c. of chicken broth
scant 2 c. of water
1/2 tsp. of salt
pinch of black pepper
1/4 c. of mixed herbs, loosely packed
Begin by roughly chopping the herbs. Heat the butter and olive oil in a medium pot. Add the rice, broth, water, salt and pepper and bring mixture to a boil. Once boiling, toss the herbs on top and cover. Turn heat to low and cook until all water has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork and serve.
There’s a time and a place for Applebee’s, and that’s when your dead. Kidding, but seriously, the salads at all these chain restaurants (I’m talking to you too, Chilis and TGIFridays) are a waste of money. I’m sure that the dressings are prepackaged with all kinds of preservatives, and heaven knows when the produce last left the garden. It’s a waste of cash as well. The only thing that they’re doing right is illustrating the point that salads don’t have to be boring.
This particular recipe reminds me of all of my favorite things about a salad – exceedingly crisp, ultra light, and super refreshing. Matchsticks of carrot, daikon and red bell pepper give an addictive crunch, and the crisp noodles help to soak up the yummy peanut lime dressing. Cilantro and mint add spice and sweetness, and the dressing gets a kick from a bit of chili and garlic. It’s all around goodness. Continue reading Thai Chopped Salad with Crisp Noodles and Herbs