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Archive for June, 2011

Recipe: Poor Man’s Ceviche

By definition, ceviche is raw seafood poached in acid (i.e. citrus juice) with some chili. Ceviche is served differently depending on which Central or South American country you’re in.  Since many of us don’t reside in coastal cities with a plethora of fresh fish available, we’ll call this a poor man’s ceviche. Summer squash is […]

Recipe: Greek Lemon and Rice Soup

I’m experimenting with cuisines of different origins and I thought I would venture into the wide world (tiny country) of Greece.  For those reading this who don’t reside in New York City, I’m sorry.  You’re missing some stellar meals, as Queens, NY has the highest Greek population outside of Greece. I have never cooked soup […]

Myth: Sea salt is better for your health than regular, iodized table salt.

TRUTH:  I’d like to start by pointing out that iodized salt is iodized for a reason.  If your diet (diet = all of the foods and drinks you consume) lacks iodine, you may develop goiter.  Goiter is a swollen thyroid gland, which occurs (in this case) when the gland doesn’t have enough iodine to make […]

Most Versatile Kitchen Gadgets

People often ask me what I have in my kitchen that I can’t live without.  My answer is usually one of the basics: good knife set or heavy bottomed pots and pans.  But recently, it got me thinking – other than barebones necessities, what are the more luxurious items that I’ve come to rely on? […]

Recipe: Homemade Roasted Red Peppers (no open flame needed)

In a city where oven/stove combos often can’t accommodate a 9” x13” pan and saying “I have limited counter space” is often a gross understatement, roasting red peppers over an open flame is almost laughable.  But don’t fret, it can still be done!  You might be scoffing but this is one ingredient that is absolutely […]

Recipe: Spicy Edamame

Workin’ the fields of the Black Dirt Region of Orange County, NY and picking soybeans on a rainy August day in 2010 made me think about the thousands of farmers in Asia who have been growing soybeans (edamame) for thousands of years.  Picking soybeans is not easy work – they grow on stalks in clusters […]

Myth: Limit fish and seafood because of the risk of mercury poisoning.

TRUTH:  Though it’s not entirely a myth, the mercury levels in fish are usually not cause for alarm.  Tilefish, swordfish, king mackerel, and shark all contain high levels of mercury and should be a limited part of your meals.  Albacore tuna also contains high amounts, but it’s ok to have 6 oz. or less per […]

Organic vs. Local: What side are YOU on?

I know a lot of people who continuously engage in the organic vs. local debate.  A lot of misinformation is thrown around and so let’s clarify a few things by piting the unconventional purists against the locavores and see who comes out on top: Issue: Environment Organic: uses petroleum but improves soil quality and fertility Local: […]

Recipe: Chipotle Black Bean Soup

Black bean soup is delicious and cooking your own means that you can adjust the spice level, the number of vegetables, and how chunky (or smooth) it is. I adapted this from a recipe by Bobby Flay, so if you don’t like chipotles, check out his recipe instead (via the link below). When preparing this […]

Recipe: Tomato Stuffed Peppers

When I think about stuffed things, the first thing I think of is Turducken (you know, a chicken stuffed inside a duck, stuffed inside a turkey).  I don’t know why, I just think it’s funny to stuff one type of food with the same type (in this case veggie in veggie).  Anyway, I think everyone […]