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crispy skate

crispy skate

June 5, 2008 |  Category:   recipes savory

I took the kids to the Union Square Greenmarket the other day to buy some tomato plants for our balcony, and I also picked up some skate for dinner from the fresh fish stand. Skate has always been one of my favorite fish to eat, but it is not always easy to find. Whenever I see some at the market I buy it because it is always fresh and usually only about $4.50 a pound. The only catch is that it is not cleaned, and skate is probably one of the toughest fish to fillet because it is so thin and fragile. Besides that, this is a simple and easy way to cook it. It has great crispness and should… CONTINUE READING

shopping in chinatown and Chinese-Style Braised Pork Belly

shopping in chinatown and Chinese-Style Braised Pork Belly

May 22, 2008 |  Category:   recipes savory

I’m sure many people can relate to my latest shopping trip to Chinatown. I went for just one item – lemongrass for the marshmallows I made for the FiFis – but ended up buying much more than I originally intended. Specifically, I bought fresh cherries, fried tofu, chinese broccoli, canned wheat gluten, a nice pork belly, a roast pork bun for me, and a sweet red bean bun for Claudine, who accompanied me on this trip. The pork belly ended up on the dinner table the next night. Unlike my last recipe, I wanted to braise this one. It is actually based on the Chinese cooking method called “red-cooking”, which is commonly used for pork belly. The roasted version I… CONTINUE READING

chicken curry

chicken curry

May 21, 2008 |  Category:   recipes savory

Sometimes I’ll ask the kids what they want to eat for dinner before I make my weekly shopping trip. Yesterday M replies without hesitation, “Chicken Curry!” Sure, why not? My 4-year old actually asks for chicken curry, so I’ll make it. I picked up some chicken thighs and coconut milk and made a Thai curry with a coconut milk base. Thai cuisine is the first kind of food that I learned to cook, way back in college when Thai restaurants were just starting to open up, and it’s like comfort food for me so naturally I want my kids to like it as well. Until they take to spicy food, however, they won’t be able to try the real thing.… CONTINUE READING

salmon and salad with salvatore ricotta

salmon and salad with salvatore ricotta

May 15, 2008 |  Category:   savory

I’m a huge fan of really fresh ricotta cheese. One of my favorite desserts to make back in my restaurant days was a small portion of ricotta from Dancing Ewe Farm surrounded by a pool of fresh cherries in syrup. The cheese needed absolutely nothing added to it – it was sweet, milky perfection, the epitome of fresh. So I was naturally quite intrigued when I heard that Salvatore Ricotta was going to be sold at the Brooklyn Flea. I actually had a minute last Sunday to make it to their table and bought a container. My Mother bought one of their fresh cannoli, but I can’t report on that – it lasted all of about 2 seconds. When I… CONTINUE READING

roast beef

roast beef

May 12, 2008 |  Category:   recipes savory

Sometimes I find it hard to believe that I was a vegetarian for eight full years. I started eating meat many years ago after a trip to Paris where I somehow found it hard to find a good meal – I guess I just didn’t know where to look. Anyway, after the trip I decided to begin making exceptions to my diet when the circumstances warranted it, and now here I am, years later, cooking meat-based dinners for my family almost every day. Today’s dinner, however, is something relatively new for me – a roasted beef. As a former vegetarian I am sometimes intimidated by the various cuts of beef, scared that I will pick the wrong one and end… CONTINUE READING

dinner: roast pork, corn and quinoa

dinner: roast pork, corn and quinoa

May 9, 2008 |  Category:   cooking

We’ve been eating some mighty strange dinners this week since we are got slammed with orders, but we had this fairly healthy dinner 2 nights ago. I never was a fan of quinoa, but I’m liking it now and, more importantly, M really likes it. Miss C at least has moved on to eating salads for dinner the last 2 nights instead of applesauce or Polly-O string cheese, which is really strange for her, but I’m not about to complain. She did have a few pieces of pork so her self-declared vegetarianism seems to have lifted for that night. Our late night packaging marathon has run into this morning so we are all a bit dazed (and no, we still… CONTINUE READING

Roast pork, scalloped potatoes & creamed spinach

Roast pork, scalloped potatoes & creamed spinach

April 30, 2008 |  Category:   cooking

Roast pork, scalloped potatoes (to use up some of the heavy cream that Mark accidentally bought too much of at DairyLand) and creamed spinach. Yeah, definitely not low-fat. Oh, and Miss C had a Polly-O string cheese for dinner (the only kind of cheese she’ll eat, by the way).… CONTINUE READING

springtime fish soup

springtime fish soup

April 22, 2008 |  Category:   recipes savory

The whole family has been feeling a bit under the weather on and off for the past week or two. Hopefully it will all clear up soon, but I still needed something to help chase these colds away. I remembered my sister telling me about a soup she made last weekend and it inspired me to make a soup of my own, a nice light fish soup of some kind with tiny pasta shapes to make it more filling. I went to the fish store earlier in the day to see what looked good and I left with a whole snapper, mussels and squid. By the time I finished the rest of my shopping, it was already 5:00 – time… CONTINUE READING

spaghetti with preserved meyer lemon

spaghetti with preserved meyer lemon

April 13, 2008 |  Category:   recipes savory

I did a big shopping trip today in anticipation of next week’s Brooklyn Flea. The refrigerator is now packed with eggs (9 dozen), oranges (36), and butter (20 pounds), not to mention the usual things needed to feed a family of four. While rearranging things in the fridge to make space, the mostly empty jar of preserved Meyer lemons that I had made caught my eye. Since last December it has occupied a spot on the top right shelf, usually hiding behind another jar so I always forget that it’s there. Tonight was pasta night and I was planning to make a dish with leftover green olives from last Friday’s lamb stew, so I chopped up the last of the… CONTINUE READING

lamb stew with green olives

lamb stew with green olives

April 11, 2008 |  Category:   recipes savory

We made a last-minute decision to visit Jenna’s parents for dinner tonight. Usually the house is stocked with all sorts of food in anticipation of our arrival, but not this time with such short notice. Jenna’s Mom normally goes to such great lengths to put together a wonderful meal every time we visit and I usually don’t have to cook at all, but tonight we gave her a break. While at the grocery store I spotted some lamb that I thought would make a nice stew. While picking out vegetables I was tempted by the olive bar and decided to throw in some chopped green olives for good measure. I only had about an hour to cook and was unsure… CONTINUE READING

back to dinners..tonight, shrimp

back to dinners..tonight, shrimp

April 8, 2008 |  Category:   recipes savory

I was so completely focused on baking for the last few days that I hadn’t really cooked much of anything else. I made a big shopping trip today without planning any meals beforehand which is unusual for me, but while shopping, I happened to see shrimp in the seafood display, followed by bacon not too far away. For some reason I felt compelled to cook them together. I’m not sure what kind of dish I ended up with – it was a little Thai, a bit Brazilian, but probably none of either. It was, however, quite delicious, with a nice mix of coconut, lime, and cilantro. And bacon, of course, really does go with just about everything. Shrimp with Bacon… CONTINUE READING

roasted pork belly

roasted pork belly

April 3, 2008 |  Category:   cooking recipes savory

Here’s something I’ve been wanting to try for a long time. Pork belly can sometimes be hard to find and it seems too expensive when I actually do find it. During a recent trip to Chinatown, however, I spotted a bunch in the butcher’s case and at $2.99 per pound, it was actually one of the more expensive items. It’s true, most everything is cheaper in Chinatown and I always say I should shop there more often only to return many months later. The thing about pork belly is the crispy skin and I went to great lengths to achieve it – scoring and salting the skin, drying and seasoning again before actually cooking. The pork itself was not unlike… CONTINUE READING

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