Archive for January, 2009

Zenon Taverna

Friday, January 9, 2009

We were excited for our big Greek feast at Zenon Taverna Zenon Taverna, after hearing about the Mezedes (meals) they offer. The Cyprus (or meat) Meze is $18.95 per person and the Fish Meze is $21.95 per person. We went with Sarah and Tim, so we got both (two of us Cyprus, two of us […]

Homemade Lox

Friday, January 9, 2009

Making lox at home is not really all that hard, all you need is salt, sugar, and pepper. Oh yes, and salmon, preferably super fresh salmon. Why would we think to make lox at home? Because we try to make everything at home, but also my mom does it…

Nasty Fruits – Maybe

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Remember last month when Olivia brought us a coconut? She also brought us two other fruits that she had bought in Florida. She told us to let them sit on the counter until they softened completely, then eat them. The darker one was supposed to be a potential replacement for chocolate, although […]

Braised Lamb Shanks with Chickpeas and Dried Fruit

Thursday, January 8, 2009

This dish is inspired by Moroccan flavors, which I love. The use of fruit brightens up the rich and heavy flavors of lamb. Although this dish does require some work, with so many ingredients, it is all very simple considering the restaurant quality meal you’ll be able to present.

Obika Mozzarella Bar

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Lon and I met up with Kasi for lunch at Obika Mozzarella Bar Obika Mozzarella Bar. It’s in the atrium of the IBM building, which has a nice feel of almost al fresco dining, while being protected from the rain and cold. We made plans to meet for an early lunch at 11am just in […]

Roasted Garlic and Sun Dried Tomato Dressing

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

I made this salad dressing the other night to dress a salad of mixed baby greens, carrot ribbons, and pieces of peppered salami. It was good. I used the left-over dressing to top a salad of mixed baby greens, chopped D’anjou pear, cucumber, and crumbled feta. It was fantastic, way up there in the top […]

Two More Barbecue Sauces

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

What’s better than barbecue sauce? Two barbecue sauces! In continuing our Pulled Pork fest, I made two more barbecue sauces. The first is a nice and spicy sauce that features molasses and heat. The second is a super basic sauce, similar to one my mom used to make for chicken.

Oh No!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tong Thai Brasserie, which we reviewed twice (here’s one, here’s two) has turned into Spice (a chain). Just when I thought we had a good Thai place…and it was close to me too. Grrr! Don’t say I didn’t warn you to go quickly though….

Marinating Can Reduce Cancer Risk

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

We love to grill. We are also keenly aware of research tying grilling to increasing cancer risk. In my Treatise on Grilling, I mentioned how grilling can cause sugars and amino acids to convert into heterocyclic amines, which cause cancer. I also discussed how marinating can reduce these.
New research from the University […]

Blue-Pear-Y Crumb Pie

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I’ve been working on this recipe for a while, trying several variations. The hard part (at least for me) was that pears give off a lot more water than apples. This is finally a version worthy of your eyes and taste buds. It’s a simple fruit pie that can be made in winter months since […]