Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Squash on Toast at ABC Kitchen

I recently went to lunch at one of my favourite eateries – ABC Kitchen, at one of New York City’s most beautiful stores ABC Carpet & Home.

The menu offered many seasonal dishes of which one I just could not get enough off. It was their roasted kabocha squash toast w/ fresh ricotta and apple cider vinegar”. The flavors and textures of this creation were simply divine. Thoughtfully layered with crunchy bread, salty cheese, sweet and earthy squash, topped with chili and mint – it was divinity in each bite.

I recreated this dish in my kitchen using Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s recipe and though I could not get it to taste exactly the same but it was still par excellence.

 

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You must use good quality bread and you can use any cheese from ricotta, goat cheese – I even tried it with a herbed cream cheese and it tasted so good. I would try it with butternut squash the next time around.

 

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This makes for a wonderful snack, appetizer or even a lunch dish!

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Atsuko’s Potato Salad

My mother-in-law makes the best potato salad ever!

It is chock-full of vegetables and really super tasty. Here is her simple recipe.

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Apple-Blueberry Oat Crumble

 

I love crumbles! They are easy – always a crowd pleaser and can be made with a myriad of combinations of fruit. Here is one with apples and blueberries that I particularity enjoy making. The recipe is inspired from the Food Network Magazine.

 

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Gobhi Samosas ( Cauliflower)

Samosas have got to be the perkiest snacks one can have in the Indian snacks echelon. Nothing brightens ones day as much as a hot, crispy, spicy samosa with a hot cup of tea (esp. on a rainy day).

 Traditionally samosas are made with potatoes but on can stuff them with just about any filling. Here is a cauliflower version we make in my mother’s kitchen.

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Mille Crepe Recipe

We visited Lady M’s cake boutique and tried the famous Mille Crêpes Cake and fell in love with it.

So of course my daughter decided that this was the very cake she wanted for her 12th birthday – and it had to be homemade!

 Luckily I found a recipe in the New York Times dining section and The Smitten Kitchen blog and got to work with a lot of help from my mother-in-law.

 I have to say the cake came out quite spectacularly!

 

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Buttercup Bake Shop Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

I love the combination of Strawberry and Rhubarb!

The Buttercup Bake Shop cookbook has a great recipe for one of the yummiest Strawberry Rhubarb Pies I have ever tried. What I love most about this recipe is the crunchy oat crumble that covers this pie – makes it all the more delicious.

 

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Palmiers/ Elephant Ears

My bff loves palmiers. I didn’t even know of their existence until she went into ecstasies about them – so of course I had to learn how to make them.

There couldn’t be an easier recipe. All you need is puff pastry and sugar!

 

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