July 17, 2015 · 2:05 am
I’m from the south where, yes! Mint! and Peaches! Check out this yummy recipe that combines them both for a refreshing salsa. Also, there’s rum – but Roberta had me at mint and peaches. If you enjoy this dish, make sure you check out Roberta Roberti’s cookbook, Vegetarian Italian
If you’ve ever planted a little mint in your garden, you probably started out with one lovely little plant and ended up with a mint farm. You know what I’m talking about. Mint is one of those herbs that proliferate wildly, all their own with very little work on your part.
My mint comes up year after year, and so lushly that I don’t know what to do with it all. There are only so many mojitos one can make (although, I’m sure some would argue that point with me), and you can’t put too much mint in any one dish because it easily can become overpowering.
So, one summer, it was nearing the end of the season, by which time my mint was completely out of control, and I was looking for a way to use it up, as well as make the most of the remaining summer fruits. I came up with this salsa. Continue reading →
February 19, 2015 · 11:16 pm
Hello! Look, no guest this week, it is me! With A Taste Of You releasing in a few weeks, I thought I might share with you a recipe that was the inspiration for one of Garrett’s dishes.
Garrett took a fussy bite of the meat. “The meatball is actually pretty good. Maybe a tad salty.”
“Fine. I give up. I don’t know what you have against regular food.”
“I could make a better one.”
“No. Don’t. Please, just don’t even.” Because he was sure Garrett could make a better one. Except the meatball would probably be the size of a pea. He would serve it in a spoon or some shit and call it an amuse bouche. It would be delicious. Real meatball subs everywhere would curl up and die of shame. He loved Garrett, god help him, and Garrett was a freaking genius in the kitchen, but he drove Carlo up a wall sometime with his quirks. Turning every damn thing he ate into a work of art was the best and worst of them.
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Well, of course Garrett doesn’t give up on his meatball and it re-appears later…in drastically altered form.
A variation of Garrett’s meatball is what I have for you today.
To be honest, meatballs are one of those things that elude me as a cook. I don’t know why, but I’m seriously horrible at them. Bones gets takeout for his meatball subs. However, I can make these. And they are yummy. And Bones loves them. (Or he loves me and lies well, you’ll have to be the judge.)
LEMONGRASS-CHICKEN MEATBALLS ON RICE VERMICELLI
If I can make these, anyone can, but there are a few special ingredients involved, like lemongrass and fish-sauce – so make sure you have those on hand. I grow my own lemongrass, but forgot last night that I would need it for this and had to go root around in the dark with a flashlight to get some. Don’t be like me. Plan ahead. Proper prep makes an easy meal. Mise en place, y’all. Continue reading →