Posts Tagged ‘Olive Oil’

Worth Repeating: Fig and Prosciutto Pizza

October 13, 2009

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Oh yum, look at that.

So what’s new in the many days and weeks since my last post? Well, autumn is here, and New York is wearing it beautifully. This is by far my favorite time of year and I’m really excited for the next couple of months.  What else have I been up to? Well, I’ve had time not only to discover new favorite recipes but also to actually repeat the especially good ones.

Exhibit A: fig and prosciutto pizza, which I found, as I find many things I write about, in Bon Appetit magazine (though, for anyone reading, let’s have a little moment of silence for the institution that was Gourmet, which didn’t survive the nasty cuts at Conde Nast last week. This is going to come back to bite them in the butt, I hope).

The first time I made this recipe, I was making dinner for my friend Michael after a spree at Whole Foods. They had some really gorgeous figs there, and luckily when I was making my way into line I passed by a selection of pizza doughs and remembered having seen this recipe. Now, I come from a family where homemade pizza is taken very seriously. My mom’s dough recipe (by way of Wolfgang Puck’s cookbook) is to die for–the kind of dough that is the main event in itself, and where toppings play second banana. Well, I did feel some guilt going for the premade stuff, but  I used the excuse that I lacked both time and a food processor and went for it. I do have to say that Whole Foods’ pizza dough is a steal (less than $2 for a one-pound package) and it was also very good–so not too much guilt here. But still not as good as mom’s (like most things).

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Olive Oil Cake

August 26, 2009

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To my great delight, the heat in New York has given it a rest (knock on wood) for the time being. Of course, the first thing I did was to heat up my kitchen–first by making a lasagna, and then by whipping up this little delight. I’ve been hankering after an olive oil cake since I watched Top Chef: Masters (don’t judge) last week, when Michael Chiarello made one as a dessert for his three-course meal. Or was it his buffet? I don’t remember.  His didn’t come out that well–it was judged too soggy. I was kind of glad because in the long run it helped to lead my man Rick Bayless to victory, but nevertheless I thought the recipe itself was a good idea that I hadn’t tried before.

Anyway, this past weekend I was headed downtown on the second avenue bus to meet Jason for dinner, forgetting, of course, that the second avenue bus takes forever to go eighty blocks. Luckily, I was in possession of the September Issue…of Bon Appetit, that is. One of the first recipes to catch my eye was this little number, straight from the pages of the RSVP section (basically the mad libs section of BA: “I ate ___(food)____ at __(restaurant)____ in ___(city)___and it was __(adjective)_______.  How do you make it?”)  And what did I find there, but a reader’s request for the recipe for olive oil cake from Abraco coffee shop here in Manhattan!

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Things You can Make with Very Few Ingredients: Zucchini with Parmesan

August 11, 2009

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Sometimes you just want to be able to look inside your fridge, pull out just a couple of ingredients, and whip up something that is fast and delicious that doesn’t also come in a box containing the words “mac” and “Yellow Number 5.”  And sometimes you are lucky enough to have made a trip to the local greenmarket just before such a feeling strikes.

Year-round, but especially during the summer when it is at its most abundant, zucchini makes its way into my kitchen.  The possibilities for it are endless–you can grill it and put it on a sandwich; you can make really delicious bread or muffins out of it; put it in soups or chili (yes, chili!), make ratatouille, etc etc etc. But if you’re feeling less than ambitious (ie, hungry and lazy), you can also prepare it really simply with just some lemon, parmesan, and salt and pepper. It’s great as a side dish for a grilled piece of meat or fish, but I’m not sorry to admit that sometimes I’ll make a heaping plate of it and enjoy it on its own. It’s so easy I feel bad calling it a recipe!

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