These crispy smashed potatoes are easy to make and a fun game day dish for your Super Bowl gathering. I like roasting small yellow potatoes as they crisp up nicely after baking and remain creamy on the inside. You’ll boil the potatoes until tender and once cooled you’ll gently smash them down using the flat bottom of a glass. Then you’ll roast the potatoes topped with olive oil and garlic powder. Serve warm with freshly grated parmesan cheese and chopped fresh herbs.
Quick pickles or refrigerator pickles are simply vegetables that are pickled in a brine made from vinegar, water, salt, and sometimes sugar. The cucumbers and carrots sit in the pickling brine in the refrigerator for 24 hours and then are ready to enjoy. The pickled vegetables are good for about a week in the refrigerator. The beauty of this quick pickle recipe is that it uses less salt, and has no sugar added. Kirby cucumbers are crunchy, have a firm […]
Summer outings, BBQ’s, and elegant picnics aren’t complete without potato salad. This recipe is an easy and lighter alternative to the goopy, mayo-laden version. This dish is so delicious with creamy steamed Yukon gold potatoes and soft boiled eggs mixed with a tangy mustard vinaigrette. Yum! Topped with some fresh chopped chives and a smattering of chopped dill pickles, this is a great summer dish.
This beautiful salad originated in the French city of Nice and is traditionally made with hard-boiled eggs, tomatoes, Niçoise olives, and tuna or anchovies. You can be as creative with the ingredients as you like! I added sliced cucumbers and grilled artichokes. It takes a little time in the preparation of each item, but you can cook the green beans, potatoes and eggs ahead of time. It’s a great dish for a potluck dinner or feeding a crowd. I recommend […]
Some of the best salads I’ve had this summer have been a combination of vegetables, greens and grains with a protein. This is a very easy meal to prepare, especially if you recycle your leftovers. I composed my own bowl with leftover tri-colored quinoa and sautéed broccolini, fresh basil from my garden, sweet tomatoes, avocado and a hard boiled egg. Grains like brown rice, farro or freekeh work well. Add nuts or seeds for crunch or any type of greens […]
Summer has arrived and with the celebration of July 4th around the corner, here is a delicious, savory “patriotic” parfait. With a quick and easy stove-top balsamic glaze for the sweet berries and freshly whipped homemade cream, this is a delectable dessert for entertaining and celebrating. This delightful treat is best served in a clear glass alternating layers of the cream and balsamic berries. Top the parfait with chopped fresh mint.
Unable to get a taxi on a cold and rainy spring day many years ago, we decided to brave the weather and walk to a highly recommended Israeli restaurant. Although it’s located in New York’s trendy NoLita neighborhood, Balaboosta was so unassuming we walked by it twice before stepping inside. Small and homey with marvelous aromas coming from the kitchen, we immediately felt welcome. Our meal was so delicious that I bought chef Einat Admony’s cookbook and returned for dinner […]
This is a creamy, luscious custard-style ice cream sweetened with maple syrup in place of white sugar. An easy stove-top custard is made first with heavy cream, milk, maple syrup and egg yolks, and then chilled before churning in your ice cream maker. The toasted maple pecans add an abundance of flavor so that you don’t even miss the sugar. With no stabilizers or preservatives to mask the flavors, there is really no substitute for homemade ice cream. Plan ahead […]
In anticipation of summer’s arrival, lobster was on my mind. Nothing beats a hunk of fresh lobster meat mixed with mayonnaise, a squeeze of lemon juice and diced celery on a buttery grilled bun. Lobster rolls are a true New England favorite. I learned from the lobster master, chef Jasper White, while in culinary school. He’s famous for his pan-roasted lobster in the shell. There are numerous ways to make lobster salad, with the addition of herbs, dried spices or various […]
I used to own a finicky rice cooker made by a company called Fuzzy Logic. I came to rely heavily on this favorite kitchen appliance for all dishes involving rice. After years of dependable, consistent batches of perfectly steamed fluffy rice it just stopped working, bringing tears to my eyes. I realized that I couldn’t remember when I had last cooked rice on the stove-top. I never replaced my rice cooker and embraced cooking rice on the stove, which takes precision. Remember to […]
Making candy at home can be a challenge, but a rewarding and satisfying one. All you need is a candy thermometer, a sturdy aluminum or copper saucepan and some concentration. It is important to have your tools and ingredients- your mise en place- ready to go, because the candy comes together fast. The addition of light corn syrup prevents the sugar from crystalizing. The candy lasts for a couple of weeks, makes a great gift, and is truly delicious. These flaky, mildly sweet and […]
Zesty and fresh, this minty limeade is the perfect refreshing drink for a hot summer afternoon. A simple syrup is made using equal parts water and sugar. You’ll heat the ingredients on the stove-top just until the sugar dissolves. A simple syrup can be made up to a couple of weeks ahead and stored in the refrigerator. With an herb-based simple syrup, store it for up to one week. Consider using your syrup as a sweeter for ice tea, lemonade, fruit drinks or cocktails. […]
There’s a limit to how many lettuce-based salads one can eat in the course of a week. It was time to add a new healthy, flavorful salad to the rotation. My industrious intern wanted to try this recipe and it turned out to be a winner. You can modify both the salad and the dressing to suit your mood. Roast chicken left over from a previous meal, combined with the soba noodles and some seasonal vegetables made the perfect cold salad. This dish is terrific for […]
The start of the Jewish holiday, Passover, begins on Friday at sundown. Although Chocolate Toffee Matzo isn’t a traditional Passover dish, it is a delectable and addictive treat. You don’t have to celebrate Passover to enjoy this sweet and salty dessert. Matzo, an unleavened flatbread, is a key part of the Passover seder and the week long holiday. This flat cracker originated when the Israelites were exiled from Egypt and didn’t have the time to let their bread rise. You can substitute gluten-free crackers […]
Salmon is a regular item on my weekly dinner rotation. However, it was time to break out of my Asian marinade routine, and this harissa glaze was the perfect change. Although fish night is not a favorite meal in my house, salmon is an important part of a nutritious diet and has many health benefits. Salmon is a heart healthy protein and provides a significant source of omega-3 fatty acids. The key to moist and juicy salmon, is to cook it until it’s […]
When I was a child, I fondly remember digging for clams at low tide around the Cape Cod jetties. It was a highlight of our vacation and a vivid memory of mine. We’d steam the clams and eat them dipped in melted butter, as soon as they opened. Linguini and clam sauce is one of my favorite shellfish dishes. I add chopped tomatoes and spinach, along with the traditional minced garlic, red pepper flakes, white wine and parsley. Just a reminder […]
Crunchy on the outside but soft in the middle, sweet and nutty, and honestly a terrific snack or breakfast! I’ve been working on finding a healthy and satisfying snack bar. Some bars are either too sweet or not sweet enough, crumble when cut or too mushy. Nutritious and flavorful, this is the perfect bar. High in protein and calcium, amaranth is a gluten-free grain and an important food source in South America and Mexico. If amaranth is hard to find, sesame seeds or […]
Wow, this is my 100th post to Zest for Cooking! It’s been a great run to one hundred. My followers inspire me and I really look forward to more feedback going forward. Let me know what inspires you to cook and what food topics interest you? San Francisco is one of my favorite foodie cities. I spent a few days there visiting family and friends, and of course eating! This salad was inspired by a lunch dish I had […]
This is a terrific light dish that’s quick to prepare. The success of this dish is in giving the snap peas a quick sear, so they keep their crunch and color. I also like the combination of veggies and fruit in a salad. Sugar snap peas can compliment many spring dishes. After I cooked and photographed the dish, I ate it for lunch, adding grilled chicken and avocado…yum!! 1 […]
Pickles are a sweet yet salty, crunchy, healthy snack! How are pickles healthy you ask? Your gut is home to many different strains of bacteria, both good and bad. There’s plenty of data that shows that eating fermented foods regularly, helps balance these bacteria, and in turn support the health of your immune system. If it’s as simple as eating sauerkraut, pickles or kimchi, I say why not? I liked this pickle recipe because it has a super healthy spice- turmeric. […]
The combination of bubbling butter and sugar smells so sweet, it’s reminiscent of being a kid in a candy store. If this butter and sugar combo is covered in chocolate and nuts (or candy), it’s called buttercrunch. If it’s unadorned, it’s toffee. I’m not sure the name matters, because it’s deliciously addicting! My son and I made a batch of peppermint buttercrunch….what a fun snowy day activity. Making candy takes time and patience, but it’s worth the effort. The differences […]