Category Archives: Mains

Braised Beef Short Ribs with Sun Dried Tomato Gravy and Swiss Chard

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I’d heard that once you start cooking as a career, you completely lose any desire you once had to cook meals at home. I was hopeful that I might avoid this fate since I work in pastry, but so far, it has been a struggle. I’ve discovered that the reluctance has nothing to do with what you are cooking, and much more to do with the act itself, particularly the part about having to stand up while doing it.

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One rainy afternoon this week, however, I found my muse. Having faced day after day of gloomy,wet commutes on steamy subway trains reeking of wet dog, I decided that, tired feet be damned, I needed something braised. I wouldn’t rest until I had a pot filled with rich, savory goodness, slow cooking in my oven and filling the apartment with warm, drool-inducing smells.

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Pizza With Green Garlic, Potatoes and Herbs Recipe

 

It’s been four days since my last post. I hope you don’t think that I ran off and eloped, although, I’d be lying if I said that the thought already hasn’t crossed my mind… just kidding relatives and relatives-to-be!

 

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Herb-Roasted Pork Loin Recipe

As you can probably tell, I love food magazines and eagerly anticipate when they show their faces each month in my piles of mail. When they come, I immediately remove the plastic wrapping, then carefully tear off the outer cover that’s devoted to advertising, to reveal the glossy, perfect food porn shots and exciting headlines that lay beneath. 

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Vietnamese chicken salad recipe

 

I’ve been addicted to the grill since the onset of warmer weather, but the hardwood grilling setup can be a bit of a production on work nights, especially with the super-appealing thought of schlepping a bag of all-natural charcoal home on my back in addition to carrying groceries on a sultry, eighty seven degree evening.  

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Grilled Pork Chops with Anise-Seed Rub and Mango Mojo Recipe

 

The colder weather has mercifully cried uncle, and yesterday I walked home from work without a coat to bask in the collective sigh of relief and squeal of joy. There is nothing like the first warm Friday night in New York City. 

 

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Green Curry Recipe (a tale of two curries)

 

When I first started the blog, I’d get a bit huffy when people would make requests for specific dishes. I think it has something to do with the fact that I spend my days working on projects that are prioritized by my boss, and I how when I come home, pull on pajama pants, and get to work in the kitchen, the blog is all me – my tastes, my whims, my rants. 

 

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Braised Chile-Spiced Short Ribs with Black Beans Recipe

 

I made these a few months ago and came very close to never ever posting them, for fear that you would take one look at the photos of the finished product and wretch in complete revulsion. 

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Tomatoey Spiced Chickpeas Recipe

 

For a quick, nutritious, low-fat, yet filling and satisfying meal for two (with plenty of leftovers for bringing to work) look no further.

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Perfect Roast Chicken Recipe

 

On my walk home from the subway at the end of yesterday’s big snowstorm, I planted my foot in a giant, slushy mud puddle, which seeped into my boots (which apparently have lost their protective, waterproof seal), soaking my socks. Now, this tragedy by itself is not enough to ruffle the feathers of a New Yorker such as myself, but the incident was followed, not five seconds later, by me getting splashed by a passing bus, which covered me from head to toe in disgusting, frozen slush. Children pointed and laughed. So did their parents.

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Tex-Mex Falafel Sloppy Joe Recipe

 

I was sitting at my desk one evening last week, pondering what quick meal I might be able to throw together from simple ingredients from the bodega that I could grab on my way to the subway,  when I suddenly became nostalgic for black bean veggie burgers. Which *spoiler alert* is not what this post is about.

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