Monthly Archives: November 2012

Feeding Friends: Roasted Cauliflower and Fennel Salad with Endive and Radicchio

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When my mom is away and my dad is working long hours, the apartment tends to delve into a sad state of bachelordom. I know, because Iโ€™ve dropped by on occasion to pick up this or that from my childhood bedroom, and whenever Iโ€™m home, mom or no mom, I always open the fridge to see if there are any interesting nibbles to be had. But when mom is away, there are no homemade nibbles, or really anything that you would want to nibble on.

In early October, mom was away, so I decided to come uptown and have a Sunday night dinner with dad.… Continue Reading

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On the Job: Mini Shrimp & Mango Cups

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I hope you all had as restful a Thanksgiving weekend as I did down on the farm. I can’t remember the last time I slept so much and cuddled with so many animals. And it’s a good thing I did, because now begins the inevitable cooking and socializing marathon that is the holiday party season. As a caterer, this means I must get my finger food guns a-blazing and transform my studio apartment into a canape sweatshop until January, when no one wants to hire me anymore and I can spend the month wasting all my hard-earned cash on massages and therapy.… Continue Reading

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The Balanced Diet: Five Spice Roasted Winter Squash Soup

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I’m traveling today by air for the first time ever on Thanksgiving, which is ordinarily something you couldn’t pay me my weight in French fries to do. But my friend Kate has promised me horses to ride and puppies to cuddle, so I couldn’t be more excited for the excursion down south. It will also be my first time not cooking with my mom for the holiday. Hopefully, I can take a break from barn chores to help Kate’s mom out in the kitchen, though back in the day I used muck a mean stall, and I wouldn’t want to deprive their clan of those under-utilized skillz.… Continue Reading

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On the Job: Spaghetti and Meatballs a Piperade

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The family that I cook for each week has been diligently following me on Chef Race. This is very sweet, and also strange, since we’ve never actually met in person. They know me purely through my emails, my food, and now, my TV persona. But it’s given me an excuse to cook my way through the episodes with them. A few weeks ago, after episode 6, they asked me for baked beans with Uncle Sammy’s BBQ Sauce. And this past week, after my fateful exit, they asked me to make them the Kale Salad and Spaghetti & Meatballs a Piperade from my elimination challenge meal.… Continue Reading

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Gluten-Free Cornbread

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Gluten-Free Cornbread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • 3/4 cup stone-ground cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 beaten extra-large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and stick a large (13-inch) cast iron skillet on a rack in the middle.
  • Mix the rice flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a mixing bowl.
  • Melt four tablespoons of butter and allow to cool. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, milk, and melted butter. Add this mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.… Continue Reading
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    Feeding Friends: Cornbread and Wild Rice Stuffing with Hazelnuts and Cranberries

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    The extended Lapine clan takes holidays very seriously. And every year, at each occasion, it becomes more and more difficult to fit everyone in one room, even if getting everyone there is no problem at all. My Aunt Jen and Uncle Mark (still known to the kids as Uncle Porky) recently added an addition onto their living room in order to accommodate the growing number of children at Passover and the high holidays.

    Thanksgiving is the one holiday that my branch of the family takes on, and my mother has been running the show with an iron spatula for the last decade.… Continue Reading

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