Posts Tagged ‘Pepper’

Split Pea Soup with Garlic Croutons

January 8, 2010

So, this January in New York has been perhaps the most bitterly and unforgivingly cold one I’ve had since I moved to the city–and we’re only eight days in. Maybe it’s lucky, then, that I am starting the new year off working full-time from home. That’s right; no more office for the time being. Just me and my computer. The bad thing for me about this new situation is that it’s making it ridiculously hard to be disciplined about staying on task. Today I managed to be really good. I got up, had a bagel and coffee, showered, and went straight to Starbucks, where I pounded away at my keyboard until a woman sat next to me at the counter who smelled unmistakeably of cat food and I had to leave.

The past few days before this, however, were not quite as productive–mainly because I’ve been sick and have been living in a nyquil-induced haze. In fact, in the last forty-eight hours, my major achievements have included doing my laundry, listening to every Wilco album in succession (including the two Billy Bragg collaborations) and making three trips to Whole Foods.  Luckily, when you combine feeling sick + cold weather + overabundant groceries, you can sometimes emerge with something really tasty to make the pain go away, like this split pea soup.

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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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