Monthly Archives: August 2012

Corn Tartar Sauce

Corn Tartar Sauce Makes about 1 cup Ingredients 1 ear of corn, shucked 1 tablespoon finely minced shallot 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves ½ cup mayonnaise 1 heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar Sea salt 1. Carefully cut the kernels off the ear of corn and reserve in a small mixing bowl. 2. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Season with sea salt and serve alongside fried calamari, fish cakes, or whatever deliciousness comes out of your summer kitchen.

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The Balanced Diet: Grilled Eggplant Baba Ganoush

For someone who loves small plates, condiments, and general grazing as much as I do, it’s surprising that I haven’t warmed up to baba ganoush over the years. It’s one of those dishes that is pretty inconsistent from restaurant to restaurant, and the store bought versions really don’t pass muster in the same way that a Sabra hummus does for the real thing. Since texture seems to be the root of most of my phobias – fruit, wool turtlenecks, snakes – I’ll chalk it up to that. Eggplant, when roasted whole for a long period of time, tends to turn to mush. This is great for efficiency: you simply spoon out the flesh and voila, eggplant dip. But it’s just a little pulpy and slimy for my neurotic palate. This summer, I found a solution to my baba woes. It … Continue reading

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Feeding Friends: Sausage, Lettuce & Tomato Sandwiches (SLT’s!)

I can’t believe nearly three years have passed since I left that midtown Manhattan high-rise in favor of the good life working from home, wondering where my next paycheck would come from. It took a while to acclimate to new measures of productiveness. I may have spent half the day in my cubical emailing friends youtube videos like this and this, and reading the last 30 posts in Suri’s Burn Book. But now I’m not wasting corporate America’s time, just my own. So any internet rampage, even the ones on the subject of food, just feels frivolous. One of my favorite new routines, the kind that mixes productiveness and pleasure, is the mid-week business lunch. When Cara and I started Big Girls Small Kitchen we would meet at one of our apartments every week and cook for one another, talk … Continue reading

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Homemade Chicken Sausage Patties with Olives and Oregano

PrintHomemade Chicken Sausage Patties with Olives and Oregano Serving Size: Makes 12 patties Making your own sausage patties is super easy. You don’t have to worry about casing or grinding your own meat. Simply choose whatever pre-ground protein you want and then let your mind run wild with flavor combinations. These chicken sausages (also great with turkey) are Greek-inspired with olives, oregano, and lemon zest. If I could eat pita, I would stuff them inside of one with herbed yogurt and slaw. Mmmm.Ingredients2 garlic cloves 1 teaspoon salt 1lb ground dark meat chicken (or turkey) ¼ cup finely chopped green olives (picholine) 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano zest of one lemon 1 teaspoon paprika InstructionsMince the garlic cloves together with the salt until you get a fine paste. Combine the garlic paste with the remaining ingredients in a medium … Continue reading

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The Balanced Diet: Israeli Chickpea Salad with Mustard Greens

The summer after I graduated from college, I traveled around Israel for two weeks. I saw many sites, I learned many things, and I ate my weight in falafel. Now, fried balls of ground chickpeas are decidedly not the healthiest of lunches. But there were plenty of other options that were. On days when we weren’t wandering the open air markets and grabbing a quick pita pocket, we’d sit down to a more formal lunch. The table would be littered with small bowls of various salads – the classic Israeli version of cucumber, tomato and lemon, and others that included healthier interpretations of chickpeas. I love this type of grazing, and I heart any dish that forms its personality from fresh lemon juice, herbs, and little else. When I’m looking for a healthy lunch I often think back to Israel … Continue reading

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What’s Eating You: The Best Way to Cook Bacon

What’s Eating You? is a weekly advice column where I answer all of your burning cooking questions. To get the ball rolling, I’ve asked some of my friends to send me theirs. If you’d like your kitchen dilemma solved, feed it to me here. Jillian B. is a 4th year medical student living in Baltimore.  Due to her lack of income, cooking at home provides her only form of sustenance.  She is always looking for new ways to creatively prepare whatever weird stuff was on sale at Safeway.  These days she spends her time outside the hospital tending to her small herb and tomato garden. What is the best way to cook bacon?  I usually cook it in a pan and fry it, but recently I put some in the oven with roast chicken and it tasted so much better. … Continue reading

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The Balanced Diet: Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

I used to have a serious sweet tooth. The one thing I missed most about New York City when I moved away for college were the bulk bin candy stories on every other block. You know, the ones that usually also include 10-calorie soft serve, should you decide to forgo every other sugary option under the sun in favor of something synthetically better for you. I don’t know when it was that I lost my sweet tooth, perhaps in college when late night pizza was the best cure for drunken munchies – certainly long before I became gluten-free. But today I will happily trade an ice cream sundae for a plate of French fries. (Preferably though, I’d eat them side-by-side as I recently did at Pearl Oyster Bar with my friends Julia and Cleo. Highly recommended). Due to my fruit … Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Is Me: Socca with Shallots and Thyme

A few months ago, when this blog was just a seed of an idea and a spec of html, I went for dinner at my friend Emily‘s house. You might remember the first recipe I posted on Feed Me Phoebe for Coconut Rice Pudding? Yeah, that dinner. It’s amazing how many people who ask me for dinner are flustered by the fact that I’m gluten-free (not that many people ask me). Suddenly when I tell them, it’s like they can’t remember a time when they made anything but pasta or pizza or panini for their guests. So I was pleasantly surprised when Emily and her boyfriend Joy not only had an awesome gluten-free dinner party go-to dish, but it was something I had never heard of. Socca – also known as Farinata – is a pancake-like flatbread made out of … Continue reading

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Bottoms Up: Raspberry-Basil Pink Lemonade

When most people think of pink lemonade, it conjures a certain type of nostalgia: tales of sidewalk stands, precocious marketing tactics, hot summer days, innocence and early entrepreneurship. For me, not so much. When I take a sip of pink lemonade today – the Minute Maid, red dye no. 37 kind – I think of college and vodka, off dance floor make-outs and vom-seshes. You see, back in the day – like, throughout my tenure in higher education – I battled long and hard to balance my need to be a cool party girl and the truth that I was indeed a musical theater nerd. Freshman year of college, these two opposing forces were on over-drive as I tried to push both hobbies, drinking and singing. Luckily, my new cool girl friends had equally nerdy sides of themselves and were … Continue reading

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