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.
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.
This makes for a wonderful snack, appetizer or even a lunch dish!
Plantains are a really wonderful source of fiber and vitamins C and A. They taste especially good when spiced up and pan-fried to make a yummy meal that can be served with pretty much anything.
I recently found this wonderful recipe for a roasted broccoli tart on Celeste’s Cooking Creation blog which I just had to try.
The tart turned out to be really easy to make and a wonderful appetizer or meal idea.
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.
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.
I absolutely love the Italian rainbow cookies! Anything with an almond paste/ marzipan flavor automatically makes it to my it list. That is why I resisted all this time to even try to make these cookies. Finally this past Christmas I broke down and made a batch. Needless to say they were quite fantastic!
Here is the basic recipe I used courtesy Lidia Bastianich for Food Network Magazine. The only thing I added to the recipe was about a teaspoon of almond essence coz I really do love that almond flavor. I also didn’t bother coloring the layers though they do look pretty it is only food coloring after all.
Here are some of the cookies that I made for my holiday cookie plate this past year. The recipe is a twist on the classic Mrs. Fields chocolate chip cookies and are super easy to make.