Chicken Fesenjan

Chicken fesenjan

My son has an insatiable desire to learn everything he can about the world; mainly about other countries. Although he hasn’t formally taken a US History course, he’s already decided that US History is boring because “it’s too new.”

He’s 9.

At this point, he knows more than I do about world geography and facts (but he himself doesn’t know this thanks to the speed and accuracy of my secret Google searches when his back is turned). He reads the old-school atlas my father gave to him and he insisted he go off to sleep away camp with one of those unwieldy globes that our elementary school teachers had perched on their desks. Thankfully we settled on a flat, laminated world map. And luckily, my brilliant friend decided to smuggle him a world map beach ball to camp (it would pass the camps’ “no package” policy since before inflation it’s flat like any old letter!)

I knew his international curiosity would at some point intersect with my culinary adventures in the kitchen. Frankly, I was sort of fearing the day he would walk into the kitchen and proclaim he wanted me to make Peking Duck, Coq au Vin or Baked Alaska. He has very high standards towards my cooking—which is so sweet and daunting at the same time. I find when I cook, he’s the one family member I really don’t want to disappoint.

The other day, my culinary fear came to fruition when he marched into the kitchen and said [Read more...]

Green Pea Guacamole

greenpeaguacamole

Is there anything better than freshly-made guacamole in the summertime?

I’m talking ripe avocados with some onions, cilantro, tomatoes and hot sauce.

I now make fresh guacamole every single weekend and still can’t believe how much money I’m saving by not purchasing those over-priced tubs from the grocery.

I’m hoping you’ve seen my video on how to make quacamole?

If not, watch here, it’s way too easy:

 

Last week I was making dinner with a friend and we decided to shake up our traditional guacamole routine and add sweet peas to the base.  I’ve gained much more confidence in the kitchen and have allowed myself to experiment with some of my staple recipes to anticipate new (and improved) outcomes.

Now, you may be thinking that adding peas to guacamole isn’t that big of a deal but, for someone who had never even cut open an avocado two years ago, it’s a huge leap.

For the Green Pea Guacamole, the new outcome was a beautifully vibrant green dish. Thankfully, the addition of the green peas rendered a nice sweet compliment to the warm flavor to the avocado.   That lace of sweetness will make you raise your eyebrow and say, “Aha, this is good.”

Add in some coarse sea salt and serve it with blue corn chips and you’re all set for a wonderful snack or appetizer to any dish.

Walk into a party with Green Pea Guacamole and you’ll definitely get the attention you deserve!

Enjoy!

Chilled Corn and Crab Meat Salad

Corn and Crab Salad

If you can’t get your hands on some steamed crabs this summer, try to find some crab meat instead. Many of my friends don’t understand why I squeal with glee at the thought of cracking open steamed crabs. Generally the complaints are consistent: that it’s way too much way for too little meat; they don’t like the smell of Old Bay seasoning, it’s way too messy (on the hands and the table) and it’s way too expensive.

I’ll agree with the last complaint. Finding a cheap bushel of steamed crabs is impossible, especially if you’re looking for large or jumbo-sized crustaceans. But, if you grew up on the eastern shore of the Maryland, Virginia, and DC area as I did, then the smell, newspapers on the picnic tables, mallets, and messy hands are all the “welcomed” signs of a festive crab feast.

Last night we had a friend over and my son and I decided we wanted to try to make a new appetizer, main course and salad. As we were doing our “research” (which really meant searching our favorite foodie websites as opposed to thumbing through old cookbooks), we found a salad recipe that totally peaked our interest because it contains two of our summer faves: crab meat and corn. It’s from my good friend Martha Stewart so I knew it wouldn’t disappoint. [Read more...]

#Giveaway Cuisinart® Mini-Prep® Plus 3-Cup Processor

Now that one kid is back from sleep-away camp, the demands of home-cooked meals have been revived!  How can a mom say no to a kid that actually enjoys  home cooking?

I will admit, during the 3 1/2 weeks he was gone, it certainly was not as much fun cooking for one.  I had a nice reprieve from the responsibility of planing and preparing meals.

Last night my son and I lined up some recipes we decided we’d like to try to cook together and, I can’t wait.  I miss having my little helper(s) in the kitchen.

One of my most-used appliances in my kitchen is the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Processor.  I personally love it because of its small size.  For someone who mainly cooks in a NYC apartment, any appliance that doesn’t take up the entire counter space is ideal!  In addition, the special Auto Reversing Smart Blade™ and one-touch operation makes it so easy to process both soft and hard foods. I always use my Mini-Prep for small food preparation, from chopping herbs or bread crumbs, to chopping vegetables, to finely grinding hard cheese.

I’m excited to offer YOU the chance to win your very own Mini-Prep.  I promise, with one of these in your possession, you’ll look forward to any recipes that includes the words “chopping” and “grinding.”

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