Thursday, May 20, 2010


Last night on Top Chef Masters, one of the contestants made a chermoula sauce. I happened to run across a recipe for
haddock in chermoula sauce... I didn't have enough parsley but I made up for it with extra cilantro. It's worth revisiting for a future CSF delivery.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


No pictures tonight, but today's CSF haddock fillets were used in this recipe for balsamic-glazed fish fillets and they were SO GOOD.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Originally uploaded by stephykay
Sauteed ramps, caramelized onions, and fresh ricotta over spinach gnocchi. Perfect springtime dinner!

lamb meatballs

Originally uploaded by stephykay
Lamb meatballs seasoned with oregano and thyme, over whole wheat penne pasta with cherry tomatoes and (a very generous helping of) feta cheese. The meatballs were a bit too lamb-y; next time I would use 1/2 ground lamb and 1/2 ground beef.


The last two months have been pretty hectic. I did take a few food pictures here and there, and I'll post a few of the more memorable experiments. I've been doing a bit more traveling, and since I often plan trips around eating and drinking, it just makes sense for me to include snippets of those excursions here.

I visited my family down in the Washington, DC area in April. I had my first Five Guys burger when we saw the LA Dodgers play the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. I'm not convinced that they are better than In N Out, but I look forward to having a side-by-side comparison. Note: I had the single patty at Five Guys and I only eat the single patty at In N Out, so yes, I am trying to minimize the variables in this experiment.

While I was in DC I also had sushi at one of my family's favorite restaurants, beer at Dogfish Alehouse (no, it's not the brewery, but the beer is less than two hours away from the beach), a cocktail tasting/pairing at the Columbia Room, and yet more sushi.

Finally, the fish tacos at Gordon Biersch are surprisingly good. Obviously not the same as a taco truck taco, and not a Baja Fresh fish taco, and an entirely different creature from a La Verdad fish taco, but a good chain restaurant choice (and of course there's the good chain brewpub beer). And Gordon Biersch is everywhere... except in New England, of course.

fresh chickpeas

Originally uploaded by stephykay
I love chickpeas, so when I saw them at the store I had to give them a try. I steamed them and ate them as I would edamame.

open faced egg, ricotta, and arugula sandwich

Originally uploaded by stephykay
The recipe was in the May 2010 issue of Cooking Light magazine. I always love a good egg sandwich and this was a nice variation of my usual egg, gruyere, and baby spinach. I used fresh ricotta from Formaggio Kitchen, which has become a staple in my home... it's much creamier than any of the other fresh ricottas I have found, and it's very versatile.

upside down pear cake

Originally uploaded by stephykay
An old favorite. Click on through to flickr for the recipe and NYTimes story.