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Breakfast/Brunch - FOOD - "The Delicious" - Homemade - Recipes

Recipe: Eggs in a Basket Meets Grilled Cheese Sandwich

March 9, 2017

So I may or may not have a mini crush on this chef, Erwan Heussaff. He’s a fitness buff, speaks French, has dreamy eyes, etc. etc. But I probably fell in love after I tried his Eggs in a Basket Grilled Cheese recipe. Seriously, it’s so good and so easy. I made it for quite a few breakfasts when I was living in Dubai and it was an easy crowd pleaser.

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INGREDIENTS
2 slices of a large bread Loaf
3 tbsp Cream Cheese
1 Egg
1/3 cup Frozen Spinach
4 tbsp Butter
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1/3 cup shredded Cheddar
Salt and Pepper
Red pepper flakes (optional)

DIRECTIONS
1. In a pan fry the spinach with the cream cheese on low heat.
2. Spread the mix on a loaf of bread, and top with cheddar. Top with another loaf and press down.
3. Add 1 tbsp of butter to the pan and olive oil. Keep the heat on low. Cook on one side. Until brown. Flip . Add more butter.
4. Cut a hole in the middle. I usually do this by placing a glass over the bread and pressing down so it guides me in creating a perfect circle to cut.
5. Once you make the hole, place an egg, season. Press down until level. Add more butter.
6. Keep the middle part in the pan as well. You can serve this on eat side.
7. Cover until the egg is cooked.

If two breads is a lot of carbs for you, I make a variant of this with just one bread: Use the spinach and cream cheese mix to spread over a toasted bread, and top with a fried egg. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. It’s seriously so good — try it and let men now what you think!

And while we’re here, let’s just go ahead and immortalize the moment Heussaff acknowledged me on July 29 when I tried this for the first time.
erwan heussaff

I mean, I think that’s practically a proposal but that’s just me. #notcreepyatall

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American - FOOD - "The Delicious" - Healthy - Homemade

Recipe: Healthy Spicy Honey Mustard Chicken

February 26, 2017

I’m not sure how many people are into Snapchat’s Discover channels, but I’m pretty obsessed with Tastemade. They always make videos of really enticing dishes in a fun way, like this Spicy Honey Mustard Chicken I caught one time. It’s healthy and the spicy honey mustard has a nice kick to it. It quickly ended up being my go-to while I was living in Dubai. Whomever I made this for always asks for the recipe, so thought I’d share it here:

spicy honey mustard

INGREDIENTS:
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup spicy brown mustard
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. cayenne
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast
optional garnish: chopped Italian parsley

Combine all ingredients to make a marinade, then cover chicken with marinade. I either then put it in a Ziplock or mix it all in a bowl and cover it with saran wrap and then leave in fridge for 1-2 hours or overnight. When you’re ready to cook, heat up 2 tbs olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. I would also cut the chicken breasts in half for thinner pieces so it cooks more evenly. About two minutes on each side should do it. Try it and let me know what you think!

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FOOD - "The Delicious" - Halaal - Homemade

Recipe: Rosemary Lamb Chops

February 22, 2017

Lamb chops are something I love to eat, but never took a hand at cooking myself. I’ve really wanted to for a while now, but could never justify just making chops for myself.

Rosemary lamb chops

Rosemary lamb chops

So when my friend ordered a rack of lamb from Honest Chops (my favorite halaal/organic butchery in NYC), I decided to take it upon myself to try. And honestly, it’s not that hard at all, but I’ve read different recipes that have different methods of doing it. You can bake it in the oven first, wrap it in foil — I didn’t do any of that fancy stuff. I first consulted with my friend Erica, who’s a chef and always posts the most delicious looking chops (check out her IG: @insta.eggy), and she sent me over some recipes she liked from Ina Garten and Giada. I took a look as a starting point, but ended up with this marination. I pretty much eye’d everything but this it was 1 tsp or so of everything:

Marinade:
Chopped rosemary
Chopped thyme
Sea salt
Black pepper
White pepper
Powdered garlic
Coriander
Olive oil

Season before cooking

Season before cooking

First I sliced the 1 lb. rack of lamb to one bone each, and covered it in this mixture and let it sit in the fridge for an hour. Then I melted butter to baste and seared in a hot pan for 2-3 minutes on each side (any longer made some of them well done). I think it turned out pretty good!

Searing

Searing


Finale

Finale


I read in some of the recipes that they marinate the whole rack before cutting — I’m not sure what is better, but this one worked for me. If you’ve cooked chops before, what method do you use? I’d love to try cooking it another way, too!


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FOOD - "The Delicious" - French

Dominique Bistro in the West Village

March 8, 2016

I’ve been cooking so much, it’s been a while since I’ve even been out to a restaurant (never thought I’d see the day…). But I was invited to check out a new French spot in the West Village, Dominique Bistro.

Dominique Bistro

Dominique Bistro

I haven’t tried too many French restaurants in the city but this one proved to be one definitely worth checking out. The restaurant is on a cozy Christopher street corner, and focuses on quintessential classics like souffles, bouillabaisse, and beef bourguignon to name a few. I even got to meet the head chef and owner, Dominick Pepe, briefly who emphasized the use of fresh, seasonal vegetables in every dish. The place itself is dimly-lit, small and intimate but every corner is put to use with plenty of table space so you don’t feel on top of each other. We tried a good selection from the menu:

Beet salad

Beet salad

The beet salad with heirloom beets, candied walnuts, and goat cheese is a good balance of all the ingredients with the candied walnuts being a nice treat.

Ahi tuna tartare

Ahi tuna tartare


Their ahi tuna tartare with avocado and lemon oil brings out the flavors of the fish with uncomplicated ingredients that lets the fresh tuna speak for itself.
Fettuccine

Fettuccine

The fettuccine has a swish of perfect flavors (mushroom lovers, pay attention) with its portelini mushrooms, black truffles, brown butter, and parmesan. A super tasty pasta that was one of my favorites.

Scallops

Scallops


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We also ordered scallops that normally comes with smoked lardons. I had it without, but the mix of truffle potato puree, potatoes, and black truffle was satisfying in itself (Pepe said they salted it a bit more to compensate for its missing ingredient). They also base it in butter seasoning that gives way to a soft, succulent goodness and a delicately mild, sweet flavor. The truffle only enhances it without overpowering the flavor. A definite must-try.
Fries

Fries


I know this sounds strange considering it follows the mention of elegant dishes like the scallops, but don’t miss ordering the french fries (trust me!). Their fries are thick but still have crisp and cooked with a perfect blend of herbs like lavender, rosemary, salt, and sage. Consider it the grown up version of your usual fries that you can still enjoy like a kid.


Restaurant Info:
Dominique Bistro

14 Christopher St.
New York, NY 10014
(646) 756-4145
West Village
REPORT CARD
Meal: Dinner
Occasion: Checking out a new restaurant
Price: $$$
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: ***
Food: ***
Service: ***
Would I go back?: Yes



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Coffeehouse/Cafe - FOOD - "The Delicious"

Holiday gift ideas for coffee lovers from KitchenAid

December 16, 2015

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If you follow me on any of my social channels, you probably know by now I’m an unapologetic a caffeine addict. My favorite part of the morning is starting with my cup of joe. One of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten was my pour over for my birthday because I use that every single day and it changed the way I look at and drink my coffee (straight up black, no sugar for the record).

With the holidays coming up, I figured you guys would know fellow coffee-lovers that you’re looking for a gift for. KitchenAid actually has a sleek line of products that fit the bill and your coffee fiend will get a lot of use from. Case in point:

KitchenAid Brewer

KitchenAid Brewer


KitchenAid’s Pour Over Coffee Brewer heats and pulses the water, so the grounds bloom and you get the most flavor for your coffee and the push of a button. If you ever tried brewing coffee manually (like I do at home!), you know that you have to pour water over the grind steadily and slowly to get the best flavor. This does the work for you.
KitchenAid Siphon Brewer

KitchenAid Siphon Brewer


KitchenAid Siphon Brewer, ($199)

This is a different type of brewing method that comes from the vapor pressure pushing the water down the tube. Then a vacuum suction draws the coffee through the grounds. The difference is it extracts a little more distinct flavors from the beans you use. Next level stuff things. Plus, it looks like a conversation piece it itself, no? It brews 2-8 cups of coffee, so perfect if you entertain guests often. Makes a medium-bodied and complex flavor.

KitchenAid grinder

KitchenAid grinder


KitchenAid Grinder, ($250)

For the real coffee connoisseur, getting the best grind is an essential part of the process. I always have to go to a shop to get mine done, but this would make it so much easier if I could just do it at home!

KitchenAid Precision Press

KitchenAid Precision Press

KitchenAid Precision Press, ($149)

Using a French press like this one is a convenient way to get a delicious cup of coffee (it has an integrated scale and timer to ensure you get the best brew). Plus it has a sleek stainless steel design that retains heat, and its small size calls for less countertop clutter (another thing my small NYC apartment can use). Makes a bold, full-bodied cup of coffee.

To check out their full line of brewers, visit kitchenaid.com. They have a full line to take your coffee game up a notch or two J.

Anyone have a coffee grinder/machine at home? What do you normally use?


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American - FOOD - "The Delicious"

Beyond pizza at California Pizza Kitchen in NYC

November 2, 2015

I know what you’re thinking. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure if I could tell you something new about a chain restaurant like California Pizza Kitchen either. I don’t write about a lot of chains mostly because NYC has so much variety. That’s not a knock on chains, but I personally feel like you come to NYC to try all those quaint, unique places that make the city so exciting to experience. But when I was invited to check out CPK’s new menu, and it really did exceed my expectations, mostly because this time I tried dishes beyond just their pizza.

California Pizza Kitchen in Gramercy, NYC

California Pizza Kitchen in Gramercy, NYC

Strawberry cooler

Strawberry cooler

A good way to start: Guac, and lobster flatbread

Starter bread and guac

Starter bread and guac


Guacamole

Guacamole


Lobster flatbread

Lobster flatbread

With our main plates, we tried a variety of dishes. We had to get one order of their classic Thai Chicken pizzas, but we also dipped into their kung pao shrimp pasta, refreshing watermelon salad, and must-try new items: Roasted halibut, garlic chicken, and fire-grilled ribeye. Everything had so much flavor and cooked perfectly.

Kung Pao shrimp

Kung Pao shrimp


Fish tacos

Fish tacos


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Watermelon feta salad -- so refreshing

Watermelon feta salad — so refreshing


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I normally don’t go straight for fish, but this wild-caught Alaskan halibut roasted on a cedar plank with butternut squash farro, baby kale, and grilled asparagus was too good to pass up:

Hearth-Roasted Halibut on asparagus, butternut squash farro, and baby kale

Hearth-Roasted Halibut on asparagus, butternut squash farro, and baby kale

My friends who tried the chicken and steak couldn’t get over how much flavor they both had. The chicken was cooked perfectly with a lemon-garlic sauce, and served with fingerling potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. The chicken was juicy and tender and served with seasonal vegetables.

Roasted garlic chicken

Roasted garlic chicken


I was a little nervous for the fire-grilled ribeye – I wasn’t sure how much even the reimagined menu at CPK would deliver. Surprisingly, my friends loved it. They topped the steak with bleu cheese butter that complemented the steak well without taking over. It’s served with roasted fingerling potatoes in a rich pesto sauce, and a lemon-garlic arugala salad.
Fire-grilled ribeye

Fire-grilled ribeye

Finally, when it came to dessert, we immediately ordered the chocolate shuffle cake but our waiter insisted we also tried the butter cake. Twist our arm. I had no idea their classic butter cake was THIS good, especially looking so unassuming. Soft, creamy, and sweet, it might be all you need. But a spoon of the chocolate souffle didn’t hurt either.

Butter cake -- must try

Butter cake — must try

Belgian chocolate souffle cake

Belgian chocolate souffle cake

Overall CPK’s reimagined menu shows promise — enough that I’ve been craving to go back since this visit. The one we visited on Park Avenue South is also perfect for big groups with so many seating areas. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Pizza tossing

Pizza tossing


CPK on Park Ave South in NYC

CPK on Park Ave South in NYC


Restaurant Info:
California Pizza Kitchen

440, 386 Park Avenue South,
New York, NY 10016
(212) 685-6700
Murray Hill
REPORT CARD
Meal: Dinner
Occasion: Catching up with friends
Price: $$
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: ***
Food: ***
Service: ***
Would I go back?: Yes!



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