April 10, 2014

Hotel Chopped Salad

I stopped liking blue cheese about ten years ago.  I've always been slightly grossed out by eggs in salads and I typically don't go for salads with corn in them even though I like corn.  And I can take or leave walnuts.  When Alan and I went on vacation to St. Martin last week, our first meal was at the beachfront C Le Restaurant at the Radisson Blu where we stayed for four sun-filled days.

March 5, 2014

Flaky Bread or “Pancake Nachos”

When I saw a recipe for Flaky Bread in this month’s Bon Appetit, I added “must make flaky bread” to my calendar last weekend.  I brought said flaky breads to a friend’s birthday party where they were enjoyed by many and dubbed “pancake nachos” by one party goer.  They did go quite well with the salsa verde.

February 17, 2014

Pappardelle with Bolognese Sauce

On Valentine’s Day, Alan and I decided to stay cozy at home and make some homemade pasta and bolognese sauce.  How romantic-o. Plus, I’d been craving a hearty meat sauce all week.  As the sauce simmered away, we cranked homemade pasta dough through the pasta maker he gave me for Christmas.  The dish turned out really good and we were so stuffed, we could barely move.  

February 9, 2014

Date and Almond Oatmeal

It feels like winter has been here forever.  I'm so ready to stop wearing snow boots and hats and gloves and coats.  At this point I have white sandy beach wallpaper on all my devices and I'm browsing resort wear online.  It's no use, because Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow before shooting out of De Blasio's hands.  There are six more weeks of this meat locker.  Here's a good hot breakfast idea for your cold mornings...

January 27, 2014

Cold Weather Favorites

Damn it's cold lately.  I've been pretty busy for the past few weeks so I haven't had time to post any new recipes.  To make up for my slacking, I've compiled some of my favorite Brooklyn Salt winter recipes. Here they are:

January 13, 2014

Two Ingredient Banana Pancakes

Did you know that you can make pancakes out of just a banana and a few eggs?  I was shocked too.  I’ve been sticking to my fitness routine thanks to all the free exercise videos on Blogilates.com.  Pilates instructor, Cassie Ho has been keeping me motivated and also turning me on to really cool, diet-friendly recipes like this one.  I’ve been making these pancakes before work, because that’s how quick they are to make from start to finish (about 20 minutes from start to clean plate).  They have a slightly sweet banana flavor and they’re super moist on the inside.  With no white flour, you’re getting great protein and potassium that’ll fuel you all morning long.  I was bad today because I had some wine and didn’t do my pilates, but I was busy pulling this post together because I want you to make these two-ingredient pancakes right away.

December 30, 2013

Faux Pho

I crave pho all winter long.  I've probably never had truly authentic pho, but I just love a nice big bowl of broth with rice noodles and the exploding flavors of cilantro, jalapeno, lime and ginger...whatever you wanna call that.  I call it "faux pho".  Top that off with the crunch of bean sprouts and the heat from a squirt of sriracha and I’m in love.  I tried this soup using some boxed chicken stock but many of them are bitter tasting.  My parents turned me on to Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base many years ago and it never fails me, so I decided to use it for this soup and I got a nice clean, sea-salty broth.  I highly suggest you go grab some at your local grocery store, or order some online.  I stock up on it in the colder months.  However, don’t go for the organic or the kosher variety because they’re just not as tasty in my opinion.

December 15, 2013

Pumpkin Muffins and Pear Muffins

I’m picky about muffins.  Many times they’re too big, or too crumbly or too fruit filled or too sweet.  And I’ve yet to find a bran muffin that doesn’t have raisins in it; I’m not a fan of cooked raisins.  I like making muffins at home where I can control the size and what goes in ‘em.  Recently I made pumpkin muffins out of a sugar pumpkin that I baked and pureed.  The muffins came out of the oven all moist and soft with a bit of crunch from the pepitas that I sprinkled on top.  Recently, Alan’s dad sent us the gift of pears, so I used a couple of those to make pear muffins using the same recipe, and I topped them with some candied ginger that I made.