The thing with chicken is that it can often become a neglected ingredient in the kitchen. We often grill it and roast it, but it's not often that chicken becomes the highlight of our meal. In this recipe, Ottolenghi uses a combination of spices inspired by a Palestinian dish called m'sakhan to deliver a tasty and beautiful dish that makes chicken the star of the show.
Chocolate babka, the crown jewel of jewish baked goods. Is it cake? Is it bread? I honestly don't care so long as its edible and in front of me. My love affair with it began about four years ago when I took a stab at Smitten Kitchen's riff on chocolate babka. It's a decadent sugary and chocolatey butter bomb.
Now that fall has arrived you may be wondering why I'm posting about cherry tomatoes. While the post is overdue by about two months, our cherry tomato plants are STILL producing. Thanks El Niño? We've had so many cherry tomatoes this year that I began to run out of ways to use them - we ate them roasted, in bruschetta, frittatas, you name it. Enter Pioneer Woman to save me from my creative rut.
Besides Ina, there is no one I turn to more than Deb Perlman over at Smitten Kitchen for excellent recipes. I followed her Peach and Pecan sandy crumble to a t, except for the fact that I added in some oatmeal to the crumble mixture. You can follow Deb's recipe for any stone fruit - nectarine, apricot, plum, you name it. Once it's cooled, serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
What is not to love about the Fourth of July? There is warm weather (except if you're in San Francisco - get out of dodge!), pools, bbqs, ice cold drinks and quality America-loving time with your friends and family. It just wouldn't be the same however without some tasty food. I've pulled together a short list of Fancy Casual favorites that you can whip up to bring to your Saturday festivities.
Happy birthday America!
If you want to feel confident about your gardening abilities, plant arugula. When we picked up a six pack of cute little arugula plants back in early April we had no clue that they'd grow like weeds. No joke, we harvested some leaves on a Saturday morning, and went back to continue our gardening on Sunday afternoon only to see that new leaves had cropped up overnight.
I didn't grow up eating Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. Like most foods that I now love, my Mom likely tried to introduce me to it back in the day. No frosting? That wasn't cake! My husband on the other hand, did grow up eating it thanks to my Grandmother-in-law. He recently started reminiscing about how delicious it is so I decided to buck up and make it.
The whole plant, from the root which is commonly roasted or shaved raw, to the willowy green fennel fronds that look like dill, to these pretty little blooms, is edible. During our last visit my Mom snipped off a few of these fennel flowers and I placed them into one of my favorite vases - a lilac Heath Ceramics bud vase.
Similar to the Smashed Fingerling Jalapeño Potato Salad I made by Bon Appétit, this French Potato Salad uses a vinaigrette as opposed to a mayo-based dressing. It's fresh herbs and scallions give it a fresh and bright flavor that tastes even better the day after.