On eating more vegetables with José Andrés’s Vegetables Unleashed.

As I’ve gotten older, I’d like to say that I’ve become much better about eating a wider variety of vegetables but I know I can always do better. A recent trend that has helped that has been the rise of vegetable-driven cookbooks by various celebrity chefs ranging from April Bloomfield to Hugh Acheson. Earlier this…

Recipe rehash: on embracing ramp season.

A few months ago when we were in the throes of absolutely miserable weather, I had this feeling that ramp season would be embraced even more fervently than before, if only because it was definitive proof that spring was finally here and the long tyranny of this winter had come to an end. There had…

01.11.10: dinner (wild shrimp, zucchini, fennel and couscous)

Why can’t we just call this Shrimp and vegetables over couscous?  Anyway… I’m going to keep this one brief, as I think Elizabeth’ great photo speaks for itself.  This dish isn’t a traditional preparation, per se, but a movement I’ve been trying to make towards what I will call a floating approach to dinner prep…

12.12.09: dinner (roast chicken and chayote are both quite delicious together).

Sometimes, I get this feeling.  I just get this yearning, this urge.  Insane vegan women handling out pamphlets on the subway notwithstanding,  I get an inescapable urge to roast a chicken.  Roasting a chicken is a simple,  straightforward and rewarding exercise, absolutely perfect for a chilly Saturday.  It only takes about 90 minutes from truss to table and the…

06.11.09: dinner (center cut roast and lentils)

Elizabeth and I could think of no finer meal to commemorate our 100th post than the one snapped above.  Neither of us makes any claims regarding our ability as photographers, but amateur or not, sometimes the subject matter speaks just fine for itself. I expect I probably watch too much food-related TV.  I suspect it…

03.07.09: la nuit américane.

Greetings one and all.  Today we (finally) get around to posting the next installment in our foreign film-inspired-dinner series.  This time, selected Francois Truffaut’s Day for Night (originally la nuit américane).  Set in the French countryside, this movie-about-making-movies is a modern classic.  To mirror the flick that night, we opted for a French Bistro menu, straight out of…

04.01.09: dinner. (subtitle: best lentil soup EVER)

Lentils are marvelous things. Extolling the health benefits and relatively low cost of these little guys seems almost redundant these days, so I won’t dwell on lentillian virtues, except to say that there’s plenty of reading material online regarding the inherent culinary greatness therein. Lentils are delicious and hearty without being overly dense. Of the…

03.24.09: dinner. (on eating more vegetables)

When I was but a tyke I remember my grandmom making Pasta Fagioli for my Grandfather all the time. Her version was very Italian-American (and so was she, for that matter), and I have read about or tasted dozens of variations. that’s what makes a recipe classic I think- endless diversity therein through endless variations….

Ode to an ingredient: spaghetti squash.

With spring officially here, the winter season and its best produce are finally on the wane, and it is now time to express my appreciation for the humble spaghetti squash, a vegetable I have grown to love in many dishes. My first exposure to this vegetable was through either Seventeen or the now-dead Teen magazine…