All posts tagged: garlic

Garlic Scape Pesto Pizza with Egg

Last Fall I planted two varieties of garlic in one of my raised beds: German Extra Hardy from Seed Savers Exchange and some unknown variety from a local nursery.  They quickly sprouted a few weeks later and I just let the garlic rest and do its things over the rest of the Fall and Winter.  Even after being covered with tons of Cleveland snow, they all perked back up and continued to grow through early Spring.  Over the past few weeks, the prized scape started appearing on the plants.  The plant shoots up this scape with a pointed flower bud on the tip–it comes from the middle of the plant and is very firm and curvy.   By trimming the scape off at the base, you have 2 major benefits.  One, it pushes the plant to send more of its energy into growing the bulb in the soil below.  Two, you get to eat these deliciously garlic-y jewels.  You don’t have to have your garden to enjoy these–just visit your local farmers market or you may even …

Vegetarian Summer Rolls with Brown Sugar Tofu

Summer rolls are one of my favorite, healthy Asian restaurant options.  I usually see them prepared with shrimp, thin rice noodles, cilantro, cucumber, carrot, and lettuce.  I had a package of extra firm tofu in the fridge for a while and decided to experiment with it–thus vegetarian summer rolls were born.  These are incredibly healthy, low in fat, low in carbs, easy to make, and the best part… you can eat a lot of them.  While I really enjoyed my invention (recipe below,) I would encourage you to try any combination you like. Vegetarian Summer Rolls with Brown Sugar Tofu Servings vary based on spring roll wrapper size and how stuffed you like them. Ingredients 1 package extra firm tofu 1 package of spring roll skins or wrappers 1 tbsp. granulated brown sugar 2 cloves garlic, minced and smashed 1 inch of peeled fresh ginger, grated on a microplane grater 1 tbsp. soy sauce 1 tbsp. vegetable oil 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced into matchsticks 1 large red bell pepper, sliced into matchsticks 4 …

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 …

Flat Iron Steaks with Mexican Chimichurri

Chimichurri is the nectar of the garlic gods.  Traditionally loaded with parsley and olive oil and garlic, I usually find myself dipping anything I can get my hands on into this Argentinian masterpiece.  Nick and I love it so much, we served it at our wedding.  I’ve had it more on the vinegar-y side (not my fave) and more heavy on the parsley side–but garlic is always there.  You basically have to make everyone in your party eat it if they’re within 2 feet of your breath.  This time around, I wanted to try to create a version that wouldn’t clear a small village out with the garlic stench, while also reducing the fat content.  Parsley can be surprisingly strong and the olive oil adds a sort of mellowness to it.  So I decided to go heavy on cilantro this time with less emphasis on parsley and less need for oil.  And while I kept garlic in there, I left it to one clove.  Once all of my modifications swirled around in the mini-chopper/food processor, …

Nick’s Rigatoni

One of Nick’s favorite things to cook is red sauce.  Whenever we go out to eat and he orders steak, his first thought is “leftover steak for red sauce.”  I pretty much know from that moment on what we’re having for dinner on Sunday.  Then his love affair begins.  The Godfather goes on the TV and I smell garlic clouds drifting from the kitchen.  I must note that I am not allowed in the kitchen when this process is going on–as I, ah hem, tend to push my input whether it was asked for or not.  So I get to sit back and wait for the lovely results.  I have to say that every batch of red sauce he makes is different–but its always so delicious, so tummy warming, and feels extra special, because I know it was made with love.  Here you have it–Nick’s Rigatoni.  I think this was his best batch yet.  The sauce was so rich–the wine really kicked it to another level.  There was also this smoky taste to it, which …

Korean Chicken Tacos with Cilantro, Red Onion, and Gochujang Sauce

Ever heard of Kogi BBQ?  It’s a food truck based in Los Angeles serving thousands of very lucky Californians everyday.  Oh, how I wish they would send a truck to New York… I love the genius combo of Korean meets Mexican–two packed-with-flavor cuisines.  Since Kogi BBQ hasn’t rolled up to my door (yet,)  I decided to try to recreate it at home.  Two of their dishes really popped out to me.  One, the Pineapple Pork Kimchi Quesadillas and two, the Chicken Tacos, Kogi BBQ prepares the chicken tacos with ginger-soy marinated chicken thighs, salsa roja, an onion-cilantro relish, and a salad with a chili-soy vinaigrette. I decided to first try to recreate Kogi BBQ’s chicken tacos at home, but with some modifications.  I was super happy with the results.  Confession time: I’ve actually made these three times in the past week.  Yeah, they’re that good.  And the best part… they’re healthy. To start, I cut up a pounded, boneless, skinless chicken breast and marinated it in a sweet-soy mixture, including grated ginger and garlic, soy …