Reading: April 2014

by rivka on April 4, 2014 · 1 comment

in various and sundry


It’s been quiet around here this week, since I’ve been tied up with other things and haven’t had much chance to cook. Still, the weekend is here. That should give you some time to make this lovely semolina bread, or perhaps these gingerbread oat waffles. Maybe it’ll also give you some time to catch up on your food reading. Here are some things I’ve been eyeing, for your reading pleasure. Happy weekend, friends.


An unassuming little cocktail that isolates the DNA of strawberries so that it’s visible. Awesome.

A deep and devastating look at animal cruelty on factory farms – the latest in a string of pieces that reinforced my conviction to avoid the stuff entirely.

I’ve wanted to take a food tour of Queens (or some part of Queens) for eons, and now Mary Jane Weedman has put together a thorough list of 48 eateries on one little stretch of Queens Boulevard…which Grub Street kindly made into a map. Let’s do it, k?

We made this (from the Kitchn) with lamb shanks, apricots, and brandy. It was incredible. Already scheming to make it again with prunes.

A make-your-own-sparkling-wine-cocktail bar – brilliant! Part of our next party, for sure.

My next brunch project. It really does look like the kind you’d buy in a bakery.

This honey-lemon tea-infused butter has me excited.

On a tip from Luisa, I made this “faux-tisserie” chicken last week. Guys, it’s a keeper’s keeper.

Last but not least, that picture at the top is from this time – eons ago – when I made a version of Deb’s spring vegetable potstickers but used kimchi, broccoli, and tofu. All in a pan, saute till soft, then process a bit before filling the dumpling wrappers. Not terribly difficult, really delicious. Highly recommended.

Happy weekending!

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I made this recipe on an absolute whim, because my in-laws were coming over for dinner and we had no dessert in the house. My father-in-law, whom I am on record as saying I adore, has very simple tastes in food. He wouldn’t have enjoyed the labneh tart I had my eye on. So instead, I figured I’d make straightforward, no-frills brownies. I got home, dropped my shopping bags, pulled up the blog on my iphone, and started at my standard recipe, taking as many shortcuts as possible. One bowl, a fork to mix the batter, a sprayed pan. To make sure the brownies weren’t completely flavorless, I added a teaspoon of ground coffee. Not espresso powder; just regular ground coffee.


I anticipated a passable version of a loved dessert. Instead — and maybe none of you will find this surprising — I made a batch of hassle-free brownies that were actually delicious. As in, my stepmother-in-law asked me for the recipe. I hadn’t even written it down, because it seemed like nothing. But I sent her the basic instructions for what I’d done, and then, a couple weeks later, I followed the instructions myself.




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Eggplant Pea Curry

March 24, 2014
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Last week at work, I spent at least half of a 30-minute meeting peppering an Indian colleague about why my curries don’t taste “authentic.” I told her I was starting to think that my chosen guides to Indian cooking, Julie Sahni and Madhur Jaffrey, were just like the Jewish grandmothers of my youth, who mysteriously […]

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Yellow Lentils with Tamarind (Khatti Dal)

March 17, 2014
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Long overdue, this is the latest in my Indian for Dinner series, where I attempt to spend less money on takeout from Masala Art. I think I speak for all of us when I say that this weather tries all patients. Some days taunt with 70 degrees and sun, but looking outside, it seems to […]

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Semolina Bread with Sesame, Fennel, and Raisins

March 14, 2014
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It takes a bit of chutzpah to love the hell out of a bakery, gush and gush about its perfect croissants and chocolate rye cookies and baguettes and the rest, pick a hotel based purely on its proximity to said bakery, buy the baker’s cookbooks, and then go doubt one of its recipes. But I […]

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Cherry Chocolate Almond Hamentaschen

March 11, 2014

A bit later than I’d hoped to share this recipe, but I’m thinking you may have many, if not most, of the ingredients in this recipe on hand. Cream cheese. Chocolate chips. Almonds. Maybe some dried cherries, from that last batch of granola. Yeah? If so, a batch of my new favorite hamentaschen is within […]

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Yotam Ottolenghi’s Watercress Soup

March 6, 2014
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Sometime last year, D and I were invited to take part in a fun tradition that friends of ours had started, wherein they host dinner parties composed entirely of dishes from Yotam Ottolenghi, he of Plenty and Jerusalem and an earlier eponymous book that gets much less attention. (Also of a fantastic column in The […]

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No-Frills Toasted Walnut Cake

March 3, 2014
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According to my big stack o’ food magazines, Thankgiving is the day for pie, and the December holidays are prime-time for cookies. Since there’s no formal season for cakes, we’ll eat them all year and call it even. Fair? Early spring brunches bring rhubarb coffee cake; summer calls for double-decker strawberry cake; and I’ve got a slew of French-style […]

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