Tuesdays with Dorie: Cranberry Crackle Tart

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Green Pigeon Pea Escabeche (Gandules en Escabeche)

green pigeon pea escabeche

A Holiday Tradition

Gandules – also known in the rest of the Caribbean as guandules or just peas – are the traditional Puerto Rican legume of the holiday season.  I dare you to go to a Christmas party in Puerto Rico without arroz con gandules.  These days, I might even extend that dare to Thanksgiving meals in the island.  The minute you taste the sofrito laced rice and peas, you know it’s Christmas or you are reminded of the season.

Green pigeon peas can be found either canned or frozen, with fresh peas being a little harder to come by.  I was extremely lucky a few years ago.  I had a co-worker that grew them on her backyard.  When the holiday season was around the corner, she would start taking orders for her cosecha, the harvest.  Although there are few things better dishes than arroz con gandules made with fresh peas,  the convenience of canned gandules cannot be denied, especially for recipes like this one. Read More…

French Fridays with Dorie: Leek and Potato Soup

Leek and Potato Soup Dorie Greenspan

While the rest of the Doristas are showing today’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Jerusalem artichoke soup with parsley coulis, I’m going playing catch-up with a classic leek and potato soup.  The group prepared this soup back in December of 2010.  Given the similarities between potatoes and sunchokes, I figured this throwback recipe would fit in nicely with the rest of the group’s soups.

Leek and potato soup is also known as potage Parmentier, after Antoine-Augustin Parmentier.  Parmentier was a French agronomist and scientist that championed for the use of potatoes in the French diet after subsisting on them as a POW in Prussia.  It’s hard to imagine French cuisine without potato gratins, mashed potatoes, and frites. Read More…

Great Food Reads: Make It Ahead

Make It Ahead by Ina Garten

I have kept a tradition with two neighbor families of making potluck dinners every other month for over two years now.  E has been friends with most of them them for almost two decades now – which is scary but comforting at the same time.  Even though we have learned to split responsibilities and dishes for these gatherings, the hosting family often ends up working on a dish or two while we are all hanging out or playing with the girls.  That’s why we try to cook as many items as we can beforehand – to be able to enjoy each other’s company more those Sunday afternoons.  I’m very excited to have received a copy of Ina Garten’s newest tome, Make It Ahead.  It will definitely be put to use for our neighbor dinners, and beyond that. Read More…

French Fridays with Dorie: Osso Buco à l’Arman

Osso Buco a l'Arman

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Osso Bucco a l’Arman, is a light braised dish that combines mild tasting veal, tomatoes, carrots and onions with a citrus based sauce.

If you had asked me before this week about making a dish with an orange and tomato sauce, I would have raised a skeptic eyebrow.  If we had been talking about braising osso buco without wine, I would have gone full Knope: Read More…

Chicken and Pumpkin Green Curry

Chicken and Pumpkin Green Curry

October couldn’t wrap up without a pumpkin recipe!

I started dating E ten years ago.  During those first months of courtship, he made sure I knew that he could cook. Pastas? Check. Steaks? Check. Composed salads?  Oh, please.  A whole Thanksgiving feast?  That too.  This year, E took off most of the month of September off from work, and on several days I came home to find dinner waiting for me.  Just when I was getting used to arriving to a tasty meal, it was time for him to head back to the office. Read More…

Happy French Friday Birthday Dorie! – Cannelés

Baking Chez Moi

Today is a very special French Friday for our FFwD group.  First, we couldn’t be more excited about the release of Dorie Greenspan’s newest tome, Baking Chez Moi.  Imagine the beautiful section on desserts at the end of Around My French Table and super size it.  Or that AMFT and Baking from My Home to Yours had a baby.  Or… yes, you get it.  Wonderful recipes with easy to follow directions, and the stories about the people and places that inspired them.    Read More…

Great Food Reads: French Roots

French Roots cookbook review

Can you miss something you never had? That’s one of the many questions that French Roots: Two Cooks, Two Countries and the Beautiful Food Along the Way posed while I read it.  French Roots is a joint effort by husband and wife team Jean-Pierre Moullé and Denise Lurton Moullé.  Jean-Pierre Moullé is best known for his tenure as executive chef at Chez Panisse.  Denise Lurton Moullé was a French wine importer and tastemaker, following her wine-making family footsteps.  Read More…

French Fridays with Dorie: Roasted Chayote with Garlic

 

Jerusalem Artichokes Redmond Farmers Market

Last year E and I spent a week frolicking in the Pacific US Northwest/Canadian Southwest after IFBC wrapped up.  On our last day and a half before returning to Puerto Rico, we hung out around Redmond, a Seattle suburb famous for its proximity to the Woodinville wine tasting rooms, the Microsoft campus, and The Herbfarm.  After spending about an hour in the Redmond farmers’ market that Saturday, I decided the next time I visited that area I would rent an apartment with a good kitchen.  We were wowed by the wonderful produce we saw at the market, stand after stand.  I took an especially good look at the Jerusalem artichokes, aka sunchokes, knowing that I’d likely wouldn’t be seeing them again in the (near) future. Read More…

Whipped Potatoes with Olive Oil and Pesto

 

Whipped Potatoes with Olive Oil and Pesto

Countertop Ornaments

Storage space is a touchy subject in our kitchen.  While a cluttered countertop doesn’t bother me on most days, sometimes I wish I had enough storage space in the cupboards to stash the kitchen gadgets that are scattered around.  Even if I could, there are two larger pieces of equipment I definitely can’t fit in the cabinet.  One is the toaster oven, a key appliance when cooking for two.  I use it almost every day and it wouldn’t be practical to stash it away.  The other is the stand mixer.  Every time I see it, it begs to be used.  I usually take it out for a spin once or twice a month, but know I should be taking advantage of it for more ‘everyday’ cooking.  My favorite of those cooking tasks is whipping potatoes.  Nothing against the humble potato masher, but if in a minute or two I can have perfectly smooth potatoes ready for dinner… Read More…

French Fridays with Dorie: Monkfish with Double Carrots

 

monkfish double carrots

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Monkfish with Double Carrots, comes with a warning.  Monkfish is an ugly, ugly fish.  Not even sunglasses can make this guy attractive to me.

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October is World Vegetarian Month

October World Vegetarian Month

October is World Vegetarian Month!

October was declared World Vegetarian Awareness month by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977.  The food holiday was adopted by its international counterpart in 1978.  As awareness of the benefits of plant based diets increases, so has the demand for delicious vegetarian and vegan fare. More and more restaurants are including meatless dishes in their menus.

Here are some of my favorite vegetarian and vegan recipes for World Vegetarian Month and beyond.  Feel free to link yours in the comments section.

Breakfast of Champions

Orange cinnamon oatmeal

Orange Cinnamon Oatmeal

Lunch Ideas

tomato mozzarella avocado salad

Tomato, Mozzarella and Avocado Salad

Roasted Asparagus Soup

Quick Veggie Stir Fry

Quick Veggie Stir Fry

Vegetarian Cocktail Hour

Garlic Sherry Mushrooms

Garlic Sherry Mushrooms

Green Bean and Scallion Crostini

Green Green Crostini

 Vegetarian Dinners

Vegan garbanzo stew

My Favorite Chickpea stew

Kale Sofrito Risotto

Kale Sofrito Risotto

French Fridays with Dorie: Celery-Celery Soup

Celery-Celery Soup Dorie Greenspan

“I’m doing the Friday recipe today!”

“Cool.  What is it?”

“It’s soup.  A celery root and green celery soup. But it has apples in it.”

“Okay.”

“I can go the criollo route and do it with garlic and sofrito and cilantro if you want.”

“Whatever way you choose is fine.  But the recipe says it has apples you should probably make it as it is written.”

“Yeah… I guess.”

And that’s how I ended up cooking the recipe, exactly as written.  Two Fuji apples joined a mountain of onions, a couple of stalks of celery, and chunks of the root vegetable we call apio, which translates to celery. Read More…

French Fridays with Dorie: Vanilla Vegetable Salad

Vanilla Vegetable Salad Dorie Greenspan

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Sweet Potatoes Stuffed with Lamb and Eggplant Picadillo

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I have a confession to make.

I live in Puerto Rico and I visited José Enrique’s flagship restaurant at la Placita de Santurce for the first time a month ago.  The restaurant has been operating non stop since 2007.  The lines have not thinned out since then.  It took friends visiting from Boston and the ‘it’s Tuesday, how bad can the wait be’ reasoning to get me to Calle Duffaut. Read More…

Five Lessons: Oliva Dieta Mediterranea

For many home cooks like me, a meal is an opportunity to be inspired. Ingredients we thought we were familiar with take on new shapes, or are paired in combinations that did not seem possible. Recently, I visited Oliva Dieta Mediterranea, the restaurant lodged in the Olive Boutique Hotel in Condado, Puerto Rico. Oliva – as it is often referred to – was acquired by its head chef, Argentine expat Nicolás Gómez. Chef Nico renewed its concept, opting to work directly with farmers and local food producers to bring a menu that’s as much fun for him to prepare as it is for the diner to enjoy.  Additionally, he lowered the prices in many items, making the restaurant more accessible to both locals and tourists. Read More…

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