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Recent Meals

I haven’t been posting lately because there hasn’t been much to post about. Sorry. A piece of broiled fish, a bowl of steamed rice and a plate of salad is so not blogworthy. In fact, it’s quite boring. Anyone (except for the perennially kitchen-challenged) can prepare that in a heartbeat.

But to show you that I’m alive, here are a few recent meals:

Potato and leek gratinéEssentially a gratiné made in the style of Alsace-Lorraine: sliced leeks and potatoes, layered with butter and chopped garlic, topped off with cream and some cheese, then baked for 45 minutes at 350 F. Serve with a small salad and a glass of white wine. It’s a perfect dinner, especially for a cold winter’s night.

Pasta with oven-roasted leeks, Greenmarket carrots, herbs and lemonSo much of what’s featured on this blog are carb-based meals: pasta, rice, potatoes. That’s because I’ve never met a carbohydrate I didn’t like. In this case, I had a bunch of root vegetables in my crisper that needed to be used before they went bad. Roasting leeks turns them supple; roasted carrots highlights their natural sweetness and transforms them into candy. The addition of thyme lends a bit of earthiness while lemon brightens flavors and contributes balance.

Linguine with scallops, radicchio and olivesRadicchio is also known as Italian chicory. It has a spicy, bitter taste that eventually mellows out when cooked. Here, radicchio leaves are shredded, then briefly sautéed in butter and olive oil, then combined with seared scallops and chopped olives. A tangle of chopped parsley lends a burst of color to the sauce.

Ox tongue and tripeIf you live in New York, you’re probably familiar with certain Sichuan-style restaurants such as Spicy and Tasty, Wu Liang Ye and Grand Szechuan International. A new Sichuan restaurant recently opened in the Upper East Side section of Manhattan and garnered a review by the New York Times. Szechuan Chalet, located on Second Avenue (East 73rd Street) features stalwart renditions of various dishes from the now-closed UES branch of Wu Liang Ye. This cold appetizer, redolent of Sichuan peppercorn, featured a pleasantly soothing and herbal aftertaste, probably from the addition of chopped celery or cilantro leaves. At it’s best, Sichuan cuisine is a tightly wound symphony of salty, sharp, spicy and faintly sweet flavors. I look forward to eating my way through SC’s menu.

Recipes for the first three dishes appear on Queer New York.

Later this week: a twist on raclette.

5 replies »

  1. I want the potato and leek gratiné in my frakking mouth right now. What is even more awesome? I have all of those ingredients in my CSA box this week.


  2. I want the gratine *and* the linguini/scallops dish. Your food porn always makes me want to lick my monitor. 😀

    Hope the new job is going well.



  3. I AM going to look up some recipe right now that will seem to duplicate the Pasta w/leeks. We HAVE some Penne here, some cabbage……I might even use some bacon. Once again, you’ve succeeded in making me very hungry. . . . .


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