Month: September 2011

White Bean Dip with Three Lemons

On a recent trip the farmers market, I started exploring a stall filled with potted plants: mostly flowers and herbs.  I found myself sooooo wishing I had a home garden.  How many times have I had to pay $2.99 for a bunch of fresh rosemary or thyme for a recipe, only to use a few pieces and have to discard the rest, only to have to buy it again a month later for another recipe.  If only I had a garden!  Then I could plant all of the herbs I wanted and enjoy them whenever I needed them with a quick snip outside.  Nothing would be wasted.  Meanwhile, I have wanted to buy lemon thyme for a long time.  It always smells so bright and sweet and filled with citrus joy.  I knew I wanted to find a good recipe that would let it shine.  So when I spotted the lemon thyme plant, I thought: I can do this.  I will try to keep this pot, this living thing, in my one-bedroom Manhattan apartment.  The …

Grilled Skirt Steak with Smoked Garlic + Parsley Compound Butter

If you live in the NYC area and haven’t been to Eataly yet–GO–and go soon.  The crowds have definitely died down a bit since opening, and while it’s still crowded, you can navigate the aisles with more ease.  (This is not to say that its not mobbed at certain key times during the week, as would any Whole Foods around the city.)  I recently made my way there the other night with my girlfriends Marcy and Sarah, filling my basket with tallegio, house cured meats, fresh amazing breads, and 2 foot long crackers with a touch of pepperoncini.  All were over-the-top delicious, and all I would expect from the good name Batali.  What was unexpected were the fruits and vegetables imported from around the world.  Finger limes, black garlic, mango nectarines, lobster mushrooms–the list went on.  It was ‘produce porn.’  There was a whole section devoted just to garlic, and in that section I spied ‘smoked garlic,’ imported from France.  The garlic wasn’t cooked from a smoker–it was still raw–but the skins had this intriguing …

Slideshow: Dollhouse Food Miniatures

Etsy.com has probably made the biggest impact on handmade goods of all time.  I’m constantly inspired by the wide range of creativity and talents in this marketplace, and this slideshow highlights a few items I stumbled on by accident.  I found myself through some search term (miniature-something), looking at dozens of pages of dollhouse furniture.  From miniature Eames replicas to $100s in vintage mini-hutches, Etsy had an incredible variety of dollhouse pieces. I never picked up this hobby personally, but I couldn’t help but be drawn into the art and craft.  Being a foodie, I’ve included the miniature food items.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Check out these miniature food items and many more, here at Etsy.

White Peaches + Prosciutto

The smell of bursting ripe peaches in late August at the farmer’s market is incredible.  Their juiciness and sweetness almost explode in your nose.  That’s when you know that if you bit into one, like you would an apple, your shirt would already be drenched. That’s why I didn’t hesitate when I saw the whopping $5.00/pound sign at the peach stand last weekend.  That’s why I spent 10 minutes picking out the perfect 4 peaches.  That’s why when I carried them home, I made sure that the paper bag containing them was surrounded by nice pillow-y veggies like butter lettuce to get them safely home.  After such TLC, it seemed only fitting to eat them simply.  Either straight on or sliced with some other wonderfulness.  The idea of white peaches + prosciutto was born from that.  Hardly a recipe, this is the perfect late Summer, Labor Day, easy-peasy, sweet/salty/rich/refreshing, everyone-will-love appetizer to serve.   Whether you prefer easy or more difficult, white peaches need to be consumed now.  Just enjoy them and have a safe …