Posts Tagged ‘Shallots’

Summer Vegetable Soup

August 20, 2009


As much as it jars me to say it, summer is rapidly winding to a close (where did it even go?). Still, the farmer’s market in my neighborhood is only in its first couple of weeks of operation for the season. While I do not consider myself a vegetarian by any stretch of imagination, I’ve found myself gravitating more and more towards meatless recipes in general lately, and especially because there’s so much great produce this time of year.

This week is hot and steamy and gross, the kind of late-August weather that makes ice cream the only really acceptable thing to eat for dinner. Luckily I’ve been lazy enough about keeping up this blog to have things to write about that I prepared before this heat wave went full steam ahead (cue groan).



Getting Started: Mac and Two Cheeses with Caramelized Shallots

June 18, 2009


I have to confess: I don’t know where this project is going, and in fact I think that’s why I haven’t started it before now. What I do know is, every time I try a new recipe and add it to my collection, I think to myself, I really should start writing this stuff down—not because I consider myself to have any culinary expertise whatsoever, or any exceptional pizazz, but just because it’s fun to learn how to cook, and it’s fairly eye-opening to keep track of how far one has come (when I moved to New York two years ago, I specialized in grilled cheese sandwiches and bowls of cereal. I like to think I’ve moved onward and upward since then). So for now, this blog doesn’t have any particular theme, and it’s not aimed toward anyone in particular aside from those I hold near and dear. It’s just me, my four-burner electric range, my lifelong zest for trying out new foods, and you.  On with the show.

Supposedly it’s June in New York, but we haven’t had a whole lot in the way of summery or even springy weather lately—it’s been cloudy and chilly and wet and..ugh. The other night, my good friend Jamie came over for dinner, and I wasn’t sure what to prepare for him. It was the kind of night where you don’t really want to do anything except eat something hearty and warm and watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey (which we did). I decided a baked pasta was the way to go, and I stumbled upon this recipe, which is a real gem and definitely bears repeating. It uses an entire brick of cheddar cheese, as well as half and half, so make it if you’re feeling especially indulgent or if you have been particularly good lately. The result is well worth the splurge.