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chicken pot pie

chicken pot pie

November 9, 2011 |  Category:   recipes we ate this

I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for awhile…and yes, judging from the clothes that we are wearing in the photos, I made these pot pies a few months ago when it was still warm, but made them recently again, perfect for a Fall meal. Chicken Pot Pie (makes 4 individual pies)   Ingredients for Dough: 8 ounces butter, cut into small pieces 8 ounces cream cheese, cut into small pieces 4 cups flour   Ingredients for filling: 2 Tablespoons butter 1/2 cup diced onion 1/3 cup diced celery 1/3 cup diced carrots 2 teaspoons finely chopped rosemary 1/2 teaspoon sage 2 Tablespoons flour 2 cups chicken stock 1 pound chicken, diced and cut into bite sized pieces 1/2 cup… CONTINUE READING

falafel

falafel

March 15, 2011 |  Category:   recipes we ate this

Long ago, before I moved to New York, I would hear stories from Jenna about all the cheap and tasty food that she missed in NY when she got homesick. There were the big fat quesadillas and burritos at Benny’s Burritos, the Hijiki-Tofu Patties from Dojo, the Chinese food from House of Vegetarian, and most of all the Falafel Sandwiches from Mamoun’s in the West Village. Coming from a part of the country that used to lack authenticity in certain culinary genres, I always got jealous. And hungry. We’ve been making efforts to eat less meat in our diet again lately, so I made falafels last week, using a recipe someone gave me a long time ago when I decided… CONTINUE READING

cozy evenings, lazy weekends

cozy evenings, lazy weekends

January 29, 2011 |  Category:   life we ate this

Mark’s had a little more time to cook these days, so we’re back to eating better dinners. We’re also cutting back on meat and trying to eat healthier overall. We haven’t posted any recipes in a real long time and if I wasn’t feeling so lazy (actually I am sick, legit excuse) I would have taken more photos and maybe we would have posted this dinner of homemade whole wheat parathas, chickpeas with crisp fried onions, and yogurt marinated chicken. It was really good, just take my word for it. We’re taking it easy this weekend. There may be more snow. Mark’s got the Flea on Sunday and I plan on cleaning up around here. We may not even leave… CONTINUE READING

mole

mole

December 9, 2010 |  Category:   recipes we ate this

We love Mexican food in our house. Normally we eat it at least once a week, although it usually comes in the form of simple tacos or fajitas (and always pickled jalapeños, which Jenna seems to have become addicted to). Last week I felt a bit ambitious and decided to make enchiladas with a homemade mole sauce. There are many versions of mole, the most famous ones being molé poblano and mole negro. I made neither of those, and ended up making an approximation using what I had on hand. As many Mexicans I know will be quick to point out, a traditional mole can use more than 40 ingredients. The most essential ingredients are the dried chilies, and I’m… CONTINUE READING

bread and onion stuffed zucchini flowers

bread and onion stuffed zucchini flowers

August 9, 2010 |  Category:   recipes seasonal we ate this

I went on quite the shopping spree last week at the Union Square Greenmarket. Among the goodies I picked up were these nice zucchini flowers and a loaf of fresh ciabatta bread. Stuffed zucchini flowers are one of our family’s favorite summertime treats, but the dilemma, as always, is what to stuff them with. This time I chose the ciabatta bread, dicing up the crispy ends of the loaf and cooking it with onions and herbs. The mixture ended up resembling, well, stuffing, like the kind you put in a turkey, only without the heavy flavor of sage. This filling worked surprisingly well and would also work well with other things added (cheese, seafood, etc…). Just get the zucchini flowers… CONTINUE READING

weekend at our “country house”

weekend at our “country house”

July 11, 2010 |  Category:   family growing up half life we ate this

Some random shots from my parent’s house out here in Lawn Guyland. The morning light streaming behind my toes remind me how translucent skin is. Kinda freaky. Lettuce, perilla leaves and some other greens we don’t know the English word for all came from my dad’s garden and onto the dinner table for lettuce wraps. Yeah, Claudine still sucks her thumb. And she can’t suck her thumb without twiddling her left ear. She once drew a picture of a girl with one hand over her mouth and the other over her left ear. It was a self portrait. Speaking of drawings, this is Claudine’s latest portrayal of me and Mia. I’m the one in the striped dress because, well, I… CONTINUE READING

homemade fettuccine with oxtail ragù

homemade fettuccine with oxtail ragù

March 2, 2010 |  Category:   we ate this

I came back into town late last week knowing that I wanted to cook a nice hearty meal with some oxtails I had bought earlier in the week. I also thought it would be fun for the girls to give the pasta machine another try. As far as the oxtails, I have never cooked with them before so I needed some guidance. I found this recipe from Mario Batali, but made a few changes. I substituted bacon for the pancetta and red wine for the white wine simply because that’s what I had on hand. It also seems that in the original recipe the meat is left on the bone, but I instead chose to remove the bones and incorporate… CONTINUE READING

orange cauliflower with garlic and lemon

orange cauliflower with garlic and lemon

January 24, 2010 |  Category:   recipes seasonal we ate this

We have a small farmer’s market across the street from our house that, until this year, ended in December. This winter, however, they have teamed up with the Can Factory Market so that we in the neighborhood can have our fresh veggies and pickles year-round. Mia, Claudine and I ventured over on an especially cold Sunday to check it out. I was actually a bit surprised by the selection. Lots of fresh herbs, good apples, and this beautiful orange cauliflower. Orange cauliflower is a bit sweeter than the standard white variety, which makes it perfect for roasting or sautéing. Make sure to get it nice and caramelized for the best flavor. We ate it with foccacia, roasted beets and salsify… CONTINUE READING

what’s for dinner?

what’s for dinner?

December 3, 2009 |  Category:   life we ate this

Maybe it’s ironic, maybe it’s not, but back when Mark worked a regular old day job as a Pastry Chef, we used to eat like Kings. Yes, he’d leave at the ungodly hour of 4:45am in the morning every day, but that also meant that even after putting in a full day’s work he’d get home in the afternoon around 3. Back then, there wasn’t much to do after work except cook a nice dinner and play with the kids. Once dinner and bedtime routines were done, he’d be in bed himself by 9:30. So in his spare time, he’d plan meals, go to the store and cook these really great dinners and desserts pretty much every single night. I… CONTINUE READING

yes, there was turkey

yes, there was turkey

November 27, 2009 |  Category:   family growing up half holidays we ate this

Thanksgiving is sort of funny at our house. You’d think there’d be the traditional Thanksgiving spread in all its American glory, but turkey is usually just an afterthought. Yes, we did have turkey, but it never made it to the table, hence the missing bird in the photos. It usually goes straight from the oven to the kitchen counter where it gets shredded and put on a platter – there is no formal carving of the bird in a sit-down ceremony (and crap, I now realize we forgot the canned cranberry sauce. We never forget the can!). And if you must know the truth, in the last couple of years, the turkey plus trimmings has been catered in from restaurants.… CONTINUE READING

kale salad (but never mind that, look who cooked!)

kale salad (but never mind that, look who cooked!)

October 14, 2009 |  Category:   recipes we ate this

I have to credit our neighbor Alison for describing something so delicious that it compelled me to head straight to the kitchen to make it right away. Ya’ll know that I don’t cook. And you’re probably thinking “KALE? Kale is what inspired you to cook after all those years of not cooking?” Yes! And it was good! And totally worth the eczema on my fingers flaring up from handling all that garlic and lemon juice.… CONTINUE READING

pork belly and kabocha stew

pork belly and kabocha stew

September 22, 2009 |  Category:   recipes we ate this

One of my weaknesses if you don’t already know, is pork belly, in it’s many forms. I bought some while shopping at the Korean grocery the other day. In the past I have braised it, roasted it, braised it again, so I figured it might be time to try something different. Perhaps something a little bit less heavy? I ended up trying a Japanese stew of sorts, cooking the meat along with Kabocha squash in dashi. Tasty it was, but less heavy it was not (it put Jenna in a food coma). A “light pork belly entree” just might be the biggest culinary oxymoron of them all. Pork Belly and Kabocha Stew (serves 6-8) 2 Tablespoons canola oil 2-1/2 pounds… CONTINUE READING

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