Monday, January 26, 2015

Roasted Tomato and Pineapple Salsa

This is a very complicated salsa recipe, I’m not going to lie, but it’s so tasty! There are a lot of ingredients cooked a few different ways, and the results are fantastic. You can really taste everything and it comes together as a sweet, sour, spicy salsa that’s just super flavorful. The recipe is from Truly Mexican, my fave. Would be perfect for Super Bowl this weekend!

1 lb tomatoes (4 small/medium)
1 1/2 cups pineapple chunks
1 medium red onion, peeled whole and cut into 1/2” rounds
5 garlic cloves, peeled
3 dried arbol chiles, wiped clean and stemmed
1 small poblano or hot Italian pepper
pinch allspice
2 tbsp chopped jalapeƱo chiles, including seeds
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tbsp distilled white vinegar
2 tbsp water
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp fine salt or 1 tbsp kosher salt

Monday, January 19, 2015

Caviar Potato Chips

I saw this recipe in the Times ages ago and have been wanting to try it. I had some friends over for my birthday and served this as a festive appetizer. It's delicious. So salty and tasty, and goes perfectly with champagne. It's great for a special occasion. 

You just mix up some creme fraiche with lemon zest and put it on good potato chips and top with salmon roe. Easy peasy. Just be sure to only do it right before you serve them so they don't get soggy.

Friday, January 16, 2015


If you want your house to smell amazing (a la Clueless), bake these. The cinnamon sugary goodness wafts out from the oven and will make anyone in the house come to the kitchen for a sample. Also, you probably have most of these ingredients in your kitchen already. These are simple cookies but they just taste so, so good.  You do need to know about an hour in advance just to be sure your butter and shortening are nice and soft.

Makes about 24 cookies
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp cream of tarter
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
8 tbsp butter, softened
8 tbsp vegetable shortening (like crisco)
2 large eggs

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Roasted Vegetable Soup

Winter Sundays are always good soup days. For this Italian-inspired soup, I roasted a bunch of vegetables (mostly root vegetables) with fresh rosemary, chopped fennel seeds, and red pepper flakes. You can use whatever vegetables you want or can find, just be sure to have some starchier veggies in there like potatoes/turnips/parsnips. Using a food mill instead of a blender means that you don't have to peel the vegetables or fish out the rosemary, and it gives the soup a more rustic texture. I drizzled the top with reduced balsamic vinegar and some good extra virgin olive oil.

1 red potato
2 small turnips (I did peel these because they put wax on them)
2 leeks, rinsed
3 garlic cloves
1 small floret broccoli, halved
2 parsnips, roughly chopped
3 carrots, roughly chopped
1/2 big yellow onion, peeled and halved
2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp roughly chopped fennel seeds
4 cups chicken broth


Monday, January 12, 2015

Roasted Cauliflower with Panko and Pecorino

Happy New Year! As with most early January weekends, I've had my nose in cook books - all my wonderful Christmas presents from the people who know me best. Every Christmas I amass several new books to add to my growing collection. My mother-in-law gave me Ina Garten's new "Make It Ahead" book. I love Ina, and pretty much everything she makes is good. Healthy, not always, but reliable and tasty, yes. This cauliflower is fantastic! Totally addicting. I will certainly be making it again. It's pretty simple and it will disappear quickly. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Cacio e Pepe

This is almost as simple as you can go for pasta, and you can probably make it with ingredients you already have in your kitchen. The freshly crushed pepper gives it a real kick. You can go as heavy or light on the pepper as you want.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ugly Sweater Cookies

Every year, Jamie and I have an Ugly Christmas Sweater party. This year, about a week before, a package arrived in the mail from Jamie's aunt Patti - an ugly Christmas sweater cookie kit! It's so adorable. It's really just a sweater-shaped cookie cutter, frosting, and sprinkles, but they were a hit. I had so much fun decorating them and they fit the theme to a t. Everyone gobbled them up.
She got the mix at CVS (I found this expired link googling) so you may be able to still get them! Such a fun alternative to the usual stars, bells, trees, and snowmen - though I do love those, too.
I love Christmastime, and so does Petunia.