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sushi at home

sushi at home

July 24, 2012 |  Category:   cooking life

I think the first time we made sushi ourselves was when we lived in Portland. Mark and I and a fellow roommate had emerged out of our long time vegetarianism to include fish and we started going out to eat sushi like we were making up for lost time. It quickly became expensive. So one day we went to this little Japanese market that sold sushi grade fish near our house and we read up on how to correctly make sushi rice. People, the rice is the key, because if you don’t prepare it right the sushi won’t taste right. It took us a couple of times, but the trick is to fan the rice as you carefully fold in… CONTINUE READING

We ate this

We ate this

June 20, 2012 |  Category:   cooking life

Remember last’s year’s “We ate this” post? Might have to bring it back. Not that we were exactly bombarding you with recipes all year, but we do have a different reason – an experiment that I’m hoping to reveal later on in the Fall. We’ll see. I just hope that we retain the motivation and steam that this project requires. In the meantime, you might get some sneak peeks on Instagram. My friend Anna correctly observed that Instagram is like a giant spoiler for blog posts. So true!   And so…we ate this the other night. Clams with a lemongrass coconut mint broth. And yeah, that is totally an Ikea toy frying pan that the spaghetti is in. Oh and… CONTINUE READING

vegetarian shepherd’s pie

vegetarian shepherd’s pie

March 13, 2012 |  Category:   cooking recipes

Influenced by Jenna’s decision to cut meat way down from her diet, I’ve been cooking a lot more meatless meals in the past month. It hasn’t been hard since we were both vegetarians for so long and I probably have a database of recipes, if only in my head. This vegetarian shepherd’s pie, which is also vegan, is super filling, flavorful and makes a nice hearty, well rounded meal served with a salad.   Mushroom & Root Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie (serves 4-6)   1/4 ounce packet of dried porcini mushrooms 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1 pound button mushrooms, quartered 4 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped 2 parsnips, peeled and cut into medium-sized chunks 2 turnips, peeled and cut into medium-sized… CONTINUE READING

chicken pot pie

chicken pot pie

November 9, 2011 |  Category:   cooking recipes

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:   cooking recipes

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:   cooking life

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:   cooking recipes

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:   cooking recipes seasonal

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:   cooking family growing up half life

Some random shots from my parent’s house out here in Lawn Guyland. 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. Yes, 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 was wearing a striped shirt today. Mia is wearing a ruffly dress (and yes, she… CONTINUE READING

homemade fettuccine with oxtail ragù

homemade fettuccine with oxtail ragù

March 2, 2010 |  Category:   cooking

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:   cooking recipes seasonal

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:   cooking life

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

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