Monthly Archives: October 2012

Happy Halloween: Bagels & Locks and Cauliflower Steaks with Romesco

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It’s been a crazy few days on the East Coast. I hope that all of you affected by Sandy managed to weather the storm safely. I think I was definitely one of the naysayers who thought she’d be a hyped-up bitch, and overall tease. Not so.

I spent my Saturday afternoon cooking for a kitchit catering event, and in between dishes, constructing a DIY edible Halloween costume to wear to a party later that night. I wanted to go as Bagels and Locks, a pun-y costume I dreamed up years ago but never had the patience to execute. This year, however, since I was going to the market anyway, it ended up being the one thing I was able to shop for and put together using materials entirely from my kitchen (and a few locks from the hardware store).… Continue Reading

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Gluten-Free is Me: Spaghetti with Clams and Three Herbs

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Our good friend Sandy has come to town, and so far, I’m not that impressed. But I love any socially acceptable excuse not to leave my house for 24 hours, even if getting to stay home is slightly less exciting when you work from there on a regular basis. Still, I’m taking this opportunity to make a big pot of stock with the two chicken carcasses I have hanging out in my freezer, and to work through some of my other weekend catering leftovers. Sometimes it takes a storm to force me to use-up the 56 random items in my freezer.… Continue Reading

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Chef Race: Cornmeal-Crusted Catfish with Tomato-Zucchini Rice and Radish Slaw

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There’s a lot that needs rewriting from this past week’s Chef Race episode. Among them, Stan and my midpoint challenge cook-off against Caroline and Bianca, which they cut entirely. I am partially relieved because it means they cut Richard Corrigan telling me I should go learn how to use my knives. But it also means you missed us winning! (not that he ate his words or anything).

I’ll have all the behind-the-scenes dirt for you, as always, in my upcoming recap of the show. In the meantime, I wanted to share our winning recipe from that checkpoint in Little Rock. The challenge was catfish and rice, and for anyone who’s ever tried to make rice on a grill, you know it ain’t no picnic.… Continue Reading

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The Balanced Diet: Roasted Pumpkin Wedges with Chili, Lime, and Cotija

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One of my favorite summer dishes is elote, Mexican corn on the cob, grilled to sweet charred perfection, and then slathered with mayo, lime juice, and chili powder. Since corn is so cheap, we made Cody’s version several times on Chef Race, including during last night’s Food Truck challenge.

I pretty much look for any excuse to slather mayo all over my food, so I’ve had elote variations on my mind since the summer. Why shouldn’t the creamy, sweet, salty, spicy mixture be applied to every vegetable? The kids would take to the streets with all the nutrients a little mayo made possible.… Continue Reading

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Zokos: Pumpkin Carving Party

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My friends over at Zokos asked me to design a Halloween-themed “kit” from them. Naturally, I went with a pumpkin carving party! If you haven’t checked out Zokos already, you should give it a looksy. It’s a great tool if you host a lot of parties – it allows you to invite friends, design the menu, and have everyone share the cost. This is especially great for potlucks. Or, if you’re looking for inspiration, they offer kits like mine, which give you entertaining tips and recipes for various themed parties. Check it out here!… Continue Reading

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The Steeple Times: What’s on Your Mantelpiece, Phoebe Lapine?

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I did a fun interview with Matthew Steeples, founder of the new online publication, The Steeple Times. Matthew’s mission is to offer his readers a mix of wit and wisdom. Hopefully I came through on both fronts. To find out more about my last meal, and what I would swap all my wealth for, click here.… Continue Reading

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