Monthly Archives: October 2007

Whole Wheat No-Knead Bread

There is no way to welcome in the colder weather like the penetrating aroma and warmth of fresh bread baking in your oven. It brings new meaning to ‘comfort’ and ‘home’. Jim Lahey of The Sullivan Street Bakery, shared his recipe for No-Knead Bread with Mark Bittman of the NY Times. Inspired by my friend Rebecca, I made my own and just took it out of the oven an hour ago. Worth every second. You’ll never buy store-bought bread again.

I subbed in 1.5 cups of whole wheat flour – so that it was half and half. I threw in some flaxmeal, and quinoa to boot. Didn’t have a dutch oven (yet) but used an oven-safe pot. I also included a ceramic roasting pan with water to add moisture to the oven.

Here’s the link to recipe on The Minimalist, Mark Bittman’s NY Times Column.

Serve with anything – particularly delicious straight out of the oven with good olive oil.

When I have a chance, I’ll upload a picture.

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Fresh Pesto

Until I get my hands on the Poupolo Family recipe for Pesto, I will have to improvise. And luckily, our passion for cooking leaves us comfortable with improv. Add some nice white wine to the mixture, a splash of fresh lemon, ground pepper – and walnuts with the toasted pine nuts.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh basil – rinsed & chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup freshly greated parmesean cheese
  • 1/2 cup of toasted pine nuts (with some walnuts in there)
  • olive oil – until consistency is right
  • some nice white wine (same as above)
  • splash of fresh lemon
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Blend
  2. Eat

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Idit’s Red Rice

This rice reminds me of my grandmother’s rice – but don’t tell- Idit’s is better.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • little bit of sunflower/canola oil
  • 2 cups water  (can use 1/2 water and 1/2 orange juice)
  • 2 heaping tbsp. of tomato paste
  • cumin – to taste
  • ground black pepper – to taste
  • 2 medium cooking onions – diced

Directions

  1. Soak rice in a large bowl
  2. Dice Onions; sautee (@ medium heat – do not burn!)  in a pot with oil until transluscent
  3. Add salt, pepper and cumin to the onions
  4. Dissolve the tomato paste in the 2 cups of water 
  5. Drain the rice & add to the pot; Stir around with the onions & spices
  6. stir in the water/tomato mixture
  7. Bring to a boil; simmer for 20-25 minutes on low heat
  8. Fluff and serve.

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Mario Batali’s Pizza Dough

Click here for this recipe.

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Homemade Banana Bread

As I sip my Saturday morning coffee and ponder the healthy food options for breakfast, I can’t help but crave a small slice of a velvety smooth robust banana bread. Just a tiny taste to compliment my coffee… Here’s a simple easy recipe from Leites Culinaria Website (which is, by the way, amazing) – a recipe from the editors of Cooks Illustrated. Banana bread is a nice treat for a morning coffee, or at a brunch, or even a nice dessert. Enjoy.

For the recipe: click here.

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Beet Ravioli with Butter and Poppy Seeds (Casunziei)

Al di La Trattoria – a great Italian restaurant here in Park Slope – has an amazing Beet Ravioli dish that is hands down, the best around. Check out NY Times’ Marc Bittman’s Recipe.

The combination of these flavors – especially the subtleness of the poppy seeds – will please the palate. It’s a great take on a fall root vegetable. 

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Video: Kibbi Mishiya

Until we get Doda Jannet’s recipe up here enjoy this quick video. The only difference is, we wouldn’t serve the kibbe with yogurt – but other than that, I think it’s pretty much right on.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=TNYvBYtRsiI 

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Eli’s “Thunder & Lightning”

Kitschy it may sound – but trust me – it is simply divine. This dish is an Eli Shem-Tov original (I think he adapted it from a Rose Reisman cookbook, but not sure) from back in his bachelor days on 118 Albany. The dish has gotten better and more sophisticated over the years – but remains uncomplicated and steadfast; a great go-to dish when you need something hearty and satisfying. I made this in less than 20 minutes, start to finish and the whole thing was under $10. Pour yourself a glass of red, and get comfortable. This dish however, is not in line with South Beach restrictions. Sometimes you gotta break the rules.

Ingredients

  • a few garlic cloves (to taste – about 2 -4 depending on how garlicky you like it), pressed
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 can of chickpeas (the bigger cans,) drained
  • freshly ground pepper and salt, to taste
  • penne pasta (lately I’ve been doing a brown rice flax pasta – and it’s actually really good)
  • Fresh Parmegianno Reggiano -grated, to taste

Directions

  1. Boil pot of water;
  2. As you’re waiting for water to boil, press garlic and sautee in olive oil with salt and pepper; be sure not to burn the garlic – keep the heat low
  3. Once water boils – add the pasta; 7-8 minutes
  4. Add drained chickpeas to the pan with olive oil, garlic & pepper; mix & stir occasionally – keep on low heat
  5. Drain pasta; add the chickpea, garlic and olive oil mixture to the pasta – garnish liberally with Parmesean cheese.
  6. Pour yourself a glass of red and, enjoy.

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Arugula Salad with Walnuts, Pears & Goat Cheese

Great fast autumn salad. You could do apples instead of pears (but why? pears are SO good!), or pecans instead of walnuts (but walnuts are SO healthy for you) and feta instead of goat cheese (but – don’t  – goat cheese is just…yum). I’m not so into the whole cranberry thing – but I could see that working for some folks here. Enjoy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of baby arugula
  • A bunch of walnuts (1/3-1/2 cup maybe?); candied (need a bit of brown sugar)
  • 2 bosc pears
  • crumbled goat cheese (as much as you like)
  • 3 Persian cucumbers
  • 3 tomatoes (get rid of the seeds)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic – pressed
  • sprinkle of sugar – or some OJ; or 1 tbsp. rasberry jam

Directions

  1. The key here is “emulsifying” the dressing – blending really does make a huge difference. So – blend vinegar, garlic, sugar (or substitute) adding olive oil.
  2. The rest is self explanatory. Enjoy.

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Jacques Pepin’s Brown Rice

Love him. Just love Jacques Pepin. Delicious and unpretentious. Here’s his recipe for a great Brown Rice.  A whole grain, brown rice has greater nutritional value over the dreaded “white rice.” It’s a good source of fiber and some B vitamins – and “allows better digestion” (which is code for saying – it won’t constipate you all IBS sufferers!) We’ll need to introduce this to our Shabbat dining Shem-Tovs. Anyhow lots of good ways to enjoy it. Check out: Jacque’s Brown Rice

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