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Buy Puff Pastry and Avoid a Meltdown

  If there’s one thing that is totally acceptable to buy from the supermarket, it’s puff pastry. The reasons are two-fold. First, it takes a lot of time, patience and skill to laminate dough (folding it with butter to make hundreds of pillowy layers, a process that is just asking for a kitchen meltdown). And the kind from the supermarket always comes out perfectly. It’s the most predictable dough out there. Once it’s thawed (but still very cold), you can do a number of things with puff pastry. Fill it with chocolate and make croissants, roll it with spinach and feta for spanikopita, encase hot dogs for pigs in a blanket. Yesterday, I made a tomato tart.   Here it is: Add the accoutrements (basil + parm).   Print Tomato Tart Author: Ariel Kanter Recipe type: Pretty easy Cuisine: Buttery Prep time:  15 mins Cook time:  25 mins Total time:  40 mins Serves: Depends on how much you can eat. I’d say four people.   This recipe was adapted from Saveur’s Herbed Tomato Tart recipe. Instead of cooking the …

To learn how to make quinoa and other cool, hard to pronounce grains, check out Niki's post on Serious Eats

Links We Love: Leave the Tissues, Take the Cake

For Links We Love, we’ll be highlighting some of our favorite food news, food trends, cool pictures, GIFs and people. Check them out. You’ll love them as much as we do.   1) Ariel has found the cooking brothers of her dreams (and they’re Jewish!). 2) Cry over stupid men and bad weather, not onions. 3) Grains, an epic poem by our friend Niki at Serious Eats. 4) Wishing we were in Austin. Not for the music, but for the food. 5) Ombre isn’t just for your hair. This St. Patty’s day recipe takes the cake.      

Pesto Baked Chicken

Clean Cleanse: Pre-cleanse Recap and Pesto Baked Chicken

For reasons I can’t recall at this moment, I decided I would start this year off with the Clean Cleanse. Yes, I am doing a cleanse that doesn’t involve ONLY eating pasta, pizza and mac n’ cheese. A short summary of the cleanse for those of you who haven’t heard of it: It’s the cleanse Gwyneth Paltrow endorses/mentions on goop all the time It’s essentially an elimination diet: no gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanut, corn, nightshade veggies, coffee, booze, and some other common allergens No this is not a juice cleanse You get a shake for breakfast (clean shake packets + other things), a “clean” lunch, and a shake for dinner There are a bunch of other principles all based on easing digestion and helping your body to cleanse itself of toxins that I won’t go into, but if you are interested, read the website (above) Then my start date got pushed to the end of February and here I am: day 3 of the pre-cleanse, on the cusp of beginning the 21 day cleanse …

Marinating Ribeye

Asian Beef Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

Sometimes having a good friend over for dinner can be stressful. You want to impress them (obviously), but you don’t want to be slaving away while they’re sitting on your couch awaiting your latest dating gossip. The trick to really winning the at-home dinner date is having everything pre-prepared so all you need to do is heat and serve. Last week, my friend Maggie was planning on coming to dinner. Maggie is an editor at people.com and is always up on the latest news, gossip, trends—so I knew the meal had to impress. She also isn’t the hugest carb fan, so pasta (my usual go-to) was out of the question. I decided to go with Asian beef tacos with a cabbage slaw. And I made it ALL the day ahead, so when Maggie came over, I just needed to cook the beef, assemble tacos and pour the wine. (Took about 5 minutes tops). This is a quick, do-ahead meal that you can easily prepare without being a slave to your stove. Here’s the meat in marination …

Beef and Butternut Squash Stew

Beef Stew with Butternut Squash

We all know this has been a particularly rough winter. The only thing it’s been good for is helping to fill otherwise awkward moments of silence in conversation. I, like so many others, have turned to heartier foods to ease the pain of looking like a marshmallow in my puffy coat every time I leave the house due to the harsh temperatures. Ariel and I receive a weekly box from Quinciple filled with local and seasonal produce, meats, cheeses, and other delicacies carefully curated by their team. They also send recipes with each week’s delivery which you can whip up or just use the ingredients to do your own thing. I decided to use their recipe for a Beef Stew with Butternut Squash but give it my own spin – aka change it to use what I already had in the house so I didn’t have to brace myself for the cold. Print Beef Stew with Butternut Squash Author: Whitney Prep time:  30 mins Cook time:  1 hour Total time:  1 hour 30 mins Serves: 4-6 people   …

Olympic Eats: Hummus

It has come to my attention this week that I will never be in the Olympics. I hold my knee cartilage too dear for moguls, I slip and fall just looking at ice, and I refuse to sweep my apartment, so curling is just out of the question. But it’s okay. At least I can make a good hummus. Whitney and I were sent some dried organic chickpeas, so these were the little babies I used to the hummus. But they took a little finagling (re: soaking and cooking). To get these little dried chickpeas into the soft beans you’ll find in the can (albeit way less salty), Soak chickpeas in boiling water for 90 minutes. Rinse out the water and then add more, covering them and bring to a simmer for another 90 minutes. When I simmered the beans, I also added bay and some garlic, just for some extra flavor.   In this hummus, I decided to get a little crazy. Here’s what I did: Print Olympic Eats: Hummus Recipe type: hummus   Ingredients …

Cheesy Taco Dip

What We’re Eating: Super Bowl Cheesy Taco Dip

Well it’s just about the end of the first quarter in this year’s Super Bowl. So far, I’m feeling pretty good about things. Don Cheadle is in a commercial, Peyton Manning is looking fine…and I’m eating the most delicious taco dip ever. Isn’t that what the Super Bowl is all about? Finding places to dip your chips? Print What We’re Eating: Super Bowl Cheesy Taco Dip Author: Ariel Kanter Recipe type: Game Day Eats Cuisine: Tex-Mex-Ish   This dip might even taste better tomorrow. Ingredients One half pound of ground meat (I used 80% lean) One packet of taco seasoning 1 jar of mild or medium salsa 2+ cups of cheese (one cup mozz / one cup Monterey Jack) 1 cup sour cream ½ cup frozen corn, thawed 4 scallions, thinly sliced 2 tsp salt Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees In a large bowl, combine salsa, sour cream, thawed corn, half of the cheese, scallions and salt. In a large skillet, brown meat until completely cooked. Then pour off some drippings, add the taco seasoning and splash …

Ps this is our cat Jasper

It’s 2014 (and We’re Still Here)

Hello Nosh and Tell loyalists, Since it’s a New Year and we finally have just a little more time on our hands, we’re coming back to you with new recipes, new pics and new exciting tales of woe and food. Stay tuned. Print GREEN JUICE Author: Jasper Recipe type: Something Healthy Cuisine: For Skinny Moms   Jasper is a big fan of green juice. Well, mostly he loves to chomp on broc and spinach. For the new year, moms are trying to be a little healthier by utilizing Whitney’s juicer for good (green juice) and not evil (pasta, yes it makes pasta). Ingredients 2 bunches of kale 1 apple 2 lemons (peel removed) 1 bunch of spinach 2 large broccoli florets Instructions Be sure to wash the kale. You don’t want any grit to get into your juice Juice all ingredients, strain and pour into your favorite mason jar If you need to add a little sweetness, try adding some honey or maple syrup Enjoy! 3.2.1275   xoxo Ariel and Whit