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Taste of the Tropics: Mango-Black Bean Salad with Lime Vinaigrette January 15, 2013

Mango-Black Bean Salad

Let’s pretend it’s summer, shall we?

Yes, let’s pretend that everyone is wearing short shorts and flowy hi-low hemmed skirts and drinking milk shakes and having backyard BBQs. That it hasn’t rained every day for what seems like weeks and that the sun is really just hiding out behind those ugly gray clouds, waiting to make it’s move.

You see, sometimes, in the deep, dark of winter, I like to make tropical foods to remind me of the warm, sunny days yet to come. Luckily, there are a plethora of tropical fruits to choose from at the supermarket, especially in winter. And since berries and other summer fruits aren’t at their best, I really encourage you to pick up some of those funny-looking fruits—persimmons, kumquats, mangoes, starfruit, dragon fruit, etc.—and give them a try. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by some of the flavors you’ll find. (more…)

 

Tuesdays with Dorie: Green-as-Spring Veal Stew April 17, 2012

Wow, my friends. I’ve had quite possibly the craziest month of my life, which is in itself a incredible thing to say since I’ve had some very crazy times, but in terms of work I’ve never quite worked like this before. It looks like the six-day work week is here to stay (at least in my life), and I’m really trying to get accustomed to working longer days and longer weeks in order to get Delish Dish Gourmet Chef Services off the ground.

And this little business of mine is picking up way faster than I ever imagined: I’m booked for almost every weekend in May already! I’m doing a bridal shower, a Cinco de Mayo/Derby Day burrito party, a 50-person rehearsal dinner of sorts and, of course, Final Fridays at Japp’s Since 1879 (who’s website will be up and running shortly I’m told)!

I’m so grateful and amazed at how many people have asked me to cook for them since I launched the business. If things keep on the up and up, I’ll be a full-time chef in no time! (YES!!) And let me tell you, I’m really looking forward to quitting my day job—or at least one of them! Working four jobs has been a juggling act, but that’s what Libras do best I’m told 🙂

But really, we all know you’re here for the food, and this dish is a doozy! I’ve had Dorie’s recipe for Green-as-Spring Veal Stew bookmarked for quite some time now, and when I came across Mark Bitman’s even more simple version, I knew I had to combine the two recipes to make my own version. With all the changes I’ve made this recipe is most definitely mine, but I have to thanks Dorie and Mark Bitman for their guiding hand with this one.

This dish really does scream “SPRING!!!” The vibrant green sauce is incredibly fresh, and every bite packs a wallop of herby awesomeness  (yes, that is a technical term) with a touch of sweetness from the peas.

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Indian at Home: Chicken Saag June 1, 2011

About eight months ago, Doug got a new roommate, Raeshum, and I unexpected got a new friend out of the deal. Rae and I quickly became good friends, partly because we have a ton in common, and partly because she likes to join in my culinary escapades. While Rae doesn’t do a lot of cooking on her own, she’s always down to join me in my current epicurean adventure, be it pluot jam, egg yolk-stuffed ravioli, or infused ice creams—and she makes a great, albeit slightly ADD, sous chef.

I had finally paid a visit to Devon Avenue, Chicago’s own Little India, and stocked up my Indian spice cabinet—and my fridge—with all kinds of goodies, like ghee (Indian version of clarified butter), fenugreek seeds, green and black cardamom pods, and my personal favorite, paneer cheese. But all of this wonderful stuff fell by the wayside over the past couple of weeks as school, work and family took over my life, so when Doug and I decided to stay in Chicago for Memorial Day weekend, I knew I would finally have a chance to practice my Indian food technique with Rae, our resident Indian.

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Vegetarian Delight: Spring Spinach & Mushroom Lasagna May 12, 2011

It’s finally happened. Spring has come to Chicago. It seemed like in just one day my street went from brown and boring to green and glorious, and I couldn’t be happier. My lovely mother ventured to my favorite garden store with me and bought me not one but TWO new red pots and filled them to the brim with gorgeous spring flowers. Besides that, she also got me a flat of marigolds to plant around my vegetable garden, which is finally sprouting from the seedlings I planted so many weeks ago.

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Man Meals: Greek Pasta Bowl with Roasted Tomatoes May 2, 2011

Like I mentioned last week, I like to get together with my ladies whenever I can, despite my hectic schedule.  And with spring sort of but not really arriving here in Chicago, I can’t help but crave springtime foods even if the weather is not cooperating entirely with my brain. Like everywhere else the rain here just keeps coming and coming … and coming. And although it’s showing no signs of stopping, that doesn’t mean I can’t dream about fat, sweet summer tomatoes or the smell of shish kabobs on my charcoal grill.

As my own little ode to spring I wanted to make a Greek pasta bowl that sung with all the flavors of the spring and summer. By roasting cherry tomatoes with fresh basil until they shrivel down and begin to burst, you can concentrate their flavor so much so that it’s almost like eating a ripe summer tomato plucked straight from the vine.

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