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Recipe: Smoked Sun-Dried Tomato and Red Lentil Salad

In a moment of panic for a 4th of July party, I didn’t have enough vegetarian options so I had to throw something together.  This was the result and it was one of the biggest hits at the party (second only to pulled pork on ciabatta with red cabbage)!   Smoked Sun-Dried Tomato and Red […]

Recipe: Enoki Miso Soup

Miso is traditionally made by fermenting soybeans with salt and koji-mold; the fermentation results in a paste that can be used in marinades, sauces, salad dressings, soups, desserts, or any other kind of dish you can think of.  Adding miso improves the  flavor profile by adding dimension and meatiness.  The meatiness it creates is called umami, which is now […]

Recipe: Chickpea Stew with Poached Eggs

I’m a big fan of stews (especially one pot stews, like this one) because they’re usually very hearty and the clean-up is easy!  Plus, they freeze well and you can flavor them easily according to your taste.  This stew is best with soft, juicy tomatoes when they’re in season (aka now).  The egg yolk adds […]

Recipe: Roasted Tomatillo and Corn Soup

For those of you who are unfamiliar, tomatillos are very popular in Mexican cuisine and are known as tomate verde (green tomato).  They have an inedible husk around the outside that turns brown and splits when the tomatillo is mature.  Tomatillos are more tart than tomatoes but turn sweeter as they’re cooked.  Tomatillos make great […]

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 […]

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 […]