Tuesday, June 25, 2013

NYC Eats

I haven't been cooking much lately. But I have been traveling. We just got back from a long weekend in New York last week. I'm the kind of traveler to likes to eat my way through cities and NYC is a foodie paradise. I always discover a new place to eat or dish to try every we time we visit the Big Apple. Here are a few places we enjoyed this time.

(Clockwise from top left)

1. The Hungarian Pastry Shop 2. Food-themed displays from Anthropologie at Rockefeller Center  3. Katz's Deli 4. Amy's Bread 5. Heartland Brewery and the Gray Lady 6. The Bryant Park Grill 7. Koffeecake Corner (We also loved Naples 45

Monday, June 10, 2013

Margarita Shrimp

We're lucky to live close enough to the coast that local seafood is available most of the year. The South Carolina Aquarium keeps a list of local sustainable seafood that helps us choose which we eat. Good for the ocean, good for the economy and good for your belly. Awesome right? Shrimp is a particular favorite of ours. So are margaritas. Guess how I came up with this recipe?

What You'll Need:
1lb large shrimp, peeled
1 medium sweet onion
1 large yellow/red/orange bell pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons tequila
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon red pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
Fresh cilantro
Sour cream

What to Do:
Cut the onion and pepper into strips or chunks and season with salt and pepper. Place them on a pre-lit grill (a grill basket works well for this if you have one). Char veggies on the grill until they wrinkle and set aside. Meanwhile, combine garlic, tequila, lime, lemon, pepper, cumin and salt with the shrimp. Grill marinated shrimp just until they turn pink.

Assemble peppers, onions and shrimp on warm (or grilled!) tortillas and top with cilantro and sour cream. Finish with a squeeze of lime juice. Fix a plate, make yourself a margarita and enjoy the sunshine! 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Fried Green Tomato Breakfast Stacks

So yesterday was National Donut Day. Did you eat one? I definitely had a warm Krispy Kreme to celebrate. But let's be honest. Donuts are not real breakfast. I'm not saying that breakfast has to be healthy, but something that doesn't induce a mid-morning sugar crash would be ideal. You know. Like bacon and eggs. Add a delicious fried tomato and you have yourself a real meal to start your day.

What You'll Need:
(per stack, multiply accordingly)
2 slices thick cut bacon
2 large eggs
3 slices green tomato
Oil for frying (peanut is my fave)
Salt + Red pepper

What to Do:
This one's pretty easy folks. Crisp the bacon. Personally, I like to use a foil-lined pan in the oven for about 15 minutes. Fry the eggs how you like. Over medium or hard is best. These get messy if your eggs are runny. 

Now, for the tomatos, coat with buttermilk and dredge in corn meal. Add salt and pepper either at the end or to your cornmeal for an extra bite. Fry until golden brown, a few minutes on each side. 

To assemble, start with a tomato, add an egg then bacon. Repeat if desired. You could sandwich these between some crusty bread slices too. I also think these would be nice with a little avocado on top. You have no excuse to skip breakfast now :)

Monday, June 3, 2013

In Season: Green Beans

Have I mentioned I love this time of year? Mostly because all of my favorite foods are in season. Which means they are not only tastier but usually cheaper too. Winning. Green beans are hands down one of my favorite green vegetables. I could probably eat them raw for breakfast. But that wouldn't make for a very interesting blog post. Instead, I've added garlic, soy and bread crumbs. Now we're talkin.

What You'll Need:
Generous 1/2lb green beans
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
3 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons butter

What to Do:
Simmer green beans in a shallow pan filled 1/2 way with water. Don't completely cover the beans. Add the soy sauce and cook just until tender (I like them crunchy, personally). Meanwhile, saute breadcrumbs in butter until brown. Add garlic for a minute and remove from heat. Be careful not to burn the garlic! 

Drain the beans and spoon the breadcrumb mixture over the top. You could add onions (fried or sauted) to these too. I recently served these with meatloaf but this would be a great side dish for salmon or chicken too. So how to you like your beans?