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Recipes that include bell pepper

Crawfish Gumbo

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Crawfish Gumbo was, by a good margin, the winner of the FoodMayhem Reader’s Choice: Crawfish Season, receiving 35.7% of the votes. There are many recipes already available online for Crawfish Gumbo, so my goal was to write a definitive guide. I’ve made gumbo quite a few times in the past, so I have a few tips to share. This post is more about the tips than anything else.

Crawfish Gumbo over Rice

The number one tip I have for you is (Tip #1): Don’t attempt to make gumbo unless you’re planning to spend the whole day making it!

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Conch Fritters

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Back in college, I went to the Bahamas with my girlfriends for spring break. Everywhere you go, they serve conch fritters. As much as I loved them in the beginning, I couldn’t look at another conch fritter by the 3rd day. You don’t see conch fritters much in NY (I probably never have), so I was ready for conch fritters again. I looked up several recipes but I didn’t have the standard ingredients so we improved a bit and ended up with non-traditional but very good conch fritters. How bad can any deep fried batter be, right?

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Dinner: Mustard Thick-Cut Chops, Sauteed Mushrooms and Green Beans, Colorful Bruschetta, and Roasted Fingerlings with Manchego Walnut Pesto

Saturday, August 23, 2008

This dinner was all about simplicity. Every preparation was easy and the highlight is the ingredients. When you’re using really good meat, ultra fresh vegetables, and super vinegars, oils, etc. you don’t need to get fancy. Let the ingredients do all the work.

Ready for the easiest recipe ever?

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Home Fried Potatoes and a Cousins’ Brunch

Sunday, August 3, 2008

My cousins came for brunch today and I asked Lon to make (and write the recipe) for Home Fried Potatoes. My only requirement was that I wanted him to use tomato paste. We agreed that it was a nice touch, adding both flavor and color to the dish. It turned out pretty spicy too but everyone loved it.

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Roasted Eggplant and Red Pepper Salad

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

I’m trying really hard to eat lighter and this very low fat salad was great. It doesn’t taste like it’s missing the fat at all. Enjoy!

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Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Saturday, April 5, 2008

This recipe is the result of things in my fridge that I wanted to use up, which happens pretty often. I made a whole roasted chicken (about 3 pounds) a few nights ago but I’m not a big fan of white meat chicken so we just ate the legs and wings. This recipe uses the left over meat and the bones. I also had a large container of salsa from the bachelorette party weekend and I wanted to use that too. It was a spicy salsa so keep in mind that your soup will be more or less spicy depending on the salsa you use.

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Goan Chilly Fries

Saturday, March 8, 2008


I love French fries and our friend at Finely Chopped, was kind enough to write me a recipe for Goan Chilly Fries. He gave me some choices so here’s exactly how I made it.

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Paella

Saturday, March 17, 2007

In Chinatown on Wednesday, Jessica and I picked up a huge pile of mussels and mahogany clams, we’re talking about four pounds here– they were just so cheap, $6 total. Jess had just under a pound for dinner that night, while I went to Devi.

So Thursday night we made paella! While there are many wonderful, foreign dishes that can be found in Manhattan, paella is really not one of them. In my experience, most paella in NYC is terrible, and trust me, I’ve searched. If I do discover any decent, digestible dishes, I’ll let you know.

In the meantime, I suggest you do as I do, and make your own paella. It’s substantially cheaper than can be bought, although it’s still quite an expensive dinner. I’ve made it at least half a dozen times, and am quite good at it by now. It’s delicious to practice! I’ve included my recipe and below that some notes on ensuring success.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large spanish onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 ounces chorizo sausage, diced
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs – cut into small chunks/strips
  • 12oz uncooked short grain, white rice
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup white wine (red is acceptable to)
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • salt to taste & ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 squid, cleaned and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • 12 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 pound mussels, cleaned and debearded
  • 1 pound clams, cleaned
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian flat leaf parsley
  • lemon, for garnish
  • Spanish paprika, for garnish

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in a paella pan over medium heat. Add in onion, garlic and pepper; cook and stir for a few minutes. Add chorizo sausage, chicken, and rice; cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in 3 1/2 cups stock, wine & vinegar, thyme leaves, and saffron. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 15 minutes; stir occasionally.
  2. Taste the rice, and check to see if it is cooked. If the rice is uncooked (it likely will be), stir in 1/2 cup more stock. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally. Stir in additional stock if necessary, up to 2 cups additional stock, 5 cups total. Cook until rice is done.
  3. Stir in tomatoes and peas, arrange clams on top. Cook covered for 5 minutes. Stir in squid and arrange remaining seafood on top. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Uncover and scatter parsley over the food. Serve with lemon garnish (perhaps covered in cheesecloth, stretch wraps), dust with paprika.

Tips for Success

  • Paella should have a complex flavor, developed from the smokiness of chorizo and dusting of paprika constrasted with the brightness of saffron, wine, and lemon. Know your flavors and how to develop them.
  • Paella is traditionally made using arborio rice. However, since it is expensive, rarely used, and difficult to work with, I prefer short grain rice (I also have a bucket around). Arborio is starchier, so to get the same texture, just work the short grain rice frequently and use more liquid than you normally would.
  • As you can tell from the directions, paella is cooked in successive layers of flavors. Use these as guides for how frequently to stir. In the beginning you can not over stir and at the end you can not under stir. In other words, stir frequently at the beginning and slow down with each step. By the end, when you’re adding seafood, do not stir AT ALL.
  • Plate with plenty of rice, seafood, lemon and paprika.

Mangia!

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