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Recipes that include capers

Easy Chicken with Sun-dried Tomato and Capers

Thursday, February 28, 2013

This may be the easiest recipe I’ve ever written.

It came about as a very last-minute decision just minutes before serving dinner to my little family. Dinner had already been prepped and planned during Caya’s nap as usual. Lon had just arrived at home, which is usually 15 minutes later than ideal. We rush through a hand-off of Caya to Lon and I need dinner on the table in under 10 minutes.

In my mind, I was pretty much set: a carb, a veg, a protein; the three minimum requirements I have for a meal. As I looked at my dinner, it dawned on me that it’s incredibly plain. I love plain bread (with good olive oil or butter) and I often keep veggies simple, sauteed with garlic and oil. Good meat is also just fine seasoned with salt and pepper. Nothing is wrong with any part of my dinner when paired with other dishes but when all three are so plain, that is a boring meal. In a moment of panic, I dug through the fridge to see if I had any left-over sauces to dress-up dinner a little. I saw a jar of sun-dried tomatoes next to a jar of capers and I thought, hey I could make a sauce with that but making a sauce might take too long so I just chopped it up, added garlic, warmed it up and put it on top. I threw it on the table and thought, that looks pretty nice. Hope it tastes good…

Chicken with Vase

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Breadbox Cafe and Two Minute Salmon Salad

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Finally! We moved, but it’s not all smooth sailing yet. We’re living out of boxes and we don’t have a kitchen yet. While our perfect kitchen is being built (which we will be talking about soon), I’m going to have to get crafty. I do have many plug-in appliances (rice cooker, toaster oven, panini press, waffle maker, microwave, etc.) so we’re still going to have a ball here. I think we’re going to be pleasantly surprised with how much I (or you) can do without a kitchen. (Gulp) Determined to eat well every single day without exceptions, here goes…

***Update 11/07/11***Breadbox is now terrible, cutting corners and giving stale and old food. Don’t go!

I’m so happy we’ve hit perfect walk-around weather, ideal for my first few days of neighborhood exploring. I’m disappointed by the dark and dreary C-town by me, but on another ugly block, I found Breadbox Cafe 47-11 11th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101. It was right next to a Getty gas station, an unexpected cafe, clean and new with the Grand Opening sign up. I felt a connection like I wanted to go in and high-five them, and say, “Hey, I’m new here too.” ( I didn’t of course.)

Two Minute Salmon Salad on a Bagel 2

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Cauliflower with Almonds, Cranberries, and Capers

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I bookmarked this Michael Anthony (of Gramercy Tavern) cauliflower recipe on Smitten Kitchen, attracted by how interesting it is. Of course, everything on Smitten Kitchen looks delicious, but this was a recipe Michael Anthony created to convince his wife (when they first met) to like cauliflower. See, Lon does not like cauliflower, though I’ve tried a few times, and this just seemed different enough, perhaps…I finally did bring him over to the fungus side (he did not eat mushrooms for most of his life) so I was feeling pretty confident.

Cauliflower with Almonds, Cranberries, and Capers 3

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Gourmet Magazine R.I.P. & Olive Caper Relish

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Olive Caper Relish on baguette 5

Conde Naste is closing Gourmet Magazine!

I just felt compelled to make a recipe, with the magazine flipped open on the counter, letting anything splash on it that may, the way I started cooking. I ended up at the last few pages of the March 2003 edition, looking at this simple Olive Caper Relish. It’s so simple, easy, and quick to make, yet I don’t think I would have thought of it on my own. I will miss these inspirations but I’m glad I have the whole stack of old magazines to cherish.

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New England Clam Chowder

Thursday, April 16, 2009

At the same supermarket where we picked up that delicious lobster, we also grabbed a variety of clams. I’ve been wanting to make some New England Clam Chowder, especially since I saw Bobby Flay’s Throwdown with the Brooklyn Chowder Surfer.

I’m a huge fan of clam anything, but especially clam chowder, and even more so, New England Clam Chowder (that’s the creamy style). Why, just yesterday I was talking about how I love dairy. Well Ben Sargent, the Chowda Suhfah (he’s Bostonian), seems to make a mean clam chowder, but doesn’t seem to have posted his recipe anywhere. So, I examined several of his video clips (on Throwdown, on Martha Stewart, and others) and came up with my own recipe. Hopefully, this does his grandfather proud.

Perfect Bowl of Clam Chowder

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Roasted Red Pepper and Onion Salad, Relish, or Bruschetta

Thursday, April 16, 2009

I’m a little obsessed with roasted peppers and knowing that, I’ve tried not to post too much about them, but then I realized that I might be over-compensating and not posting enough about roasted peppers. After all, they are amazingly delicious and versatile.

Roaste Red Pepper and Onion Salad

This is a great make-ahead recipe for when you’re making lots of dishes. Make it the day before and just leave it in Tupperware, in the fridge, until ready to serve. It can be served as a salad, relish, or a bruschetta. For relishes and bruschetta, I tend to cut the strips thinner.

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Artichokes with Creamy Caper Dip

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Artichoke with Creamy Caper Dip

When I’m sick, I start using the microwave to cook. It’s just a lot less effort and quick. I can return to sitting on the couch in no time. Luckily, I had artichokes in the fridge. You just cut off the stem and about 1″ off the top. Place it in a microwave safe bowl with about 1/4″ of water, cover and microwave for about 3 minutes. Rest for 2 minutes, turn it over, cover, and microwave for another 2 minutes. This was for 1 medium sized artichoke. Add some time for larger artichokes or if you want to heat two or three at a time.

While you are microwaving, you can make this easy dip.

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Turkey Meatball Puttanesca

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Some people love olives, popping them whole, one after the other. They’re too strong for me to eat alone, but I do like the way they flavor sauces. Puttanesca is the perfect example. I had my heart set on making it when I realized I didn’t have any anchovies, so it turned into a Turkey Meatball Puttanesca. The result is a perfect winter comfort food, without being heavy and fattening. It’s actually incredibly healthy and you’ll be surprised how tender lean turkey can be.

This is one of those dishes you make in large batches because it reheats so well, and if you’re serving to company, it’s actually best the next day.

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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.

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Bison Tartare

Saturday, March 1, 2008

As I mentioned, we bought bison meat. After the Bison Burgers for lunch, we had 8.7 ounces left so we decided to have Bison Tartare as an appetizer for dinner. It came out very good so here’s the recipe.

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