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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 …

Summer Risotto with Zucchini Ribbons, Corn and Fresh Basil

Oh who doesn’t love risotto? It’s creamy, delicious, filling and well it’s perfect. The main reason why I love risotto so much is because you really can do anything with it. There are so many different additions you can make- different vegetables, different wines- the options are really endless. Yesterday I wanted to make a seasonal risotto, one that is the true epitome of summer. So what comes to mind when it’s summer? Corn, Zucchini and lots of fresh basil. I’ve been noticing this summer that there’s this new fad of making “zucchini ribbons.” I’ve seen them in salads, pastas, with fish, etc. Not that I want to be a huge follower…but UM these zucchini ribbons are such a great idea! They’re delicate but still pack that tender bite that zucchinis are known for. To make them, simply use your vegetable peeler and run it along the zucchini to make fine little “ribbons.”   Ariel’s Summer Risotto 2 cups Arborio Rice 1 sweet onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tbs butter 2 tbs basil …

Nosh and Tell Journeys: Los Angeles Farmer’s Market

Spending the week on the west coast has brought up many questions for me. Why don’t I live here, for example, is one of the bigger ones. Aside from the glorious weather, the obvious relaxed nature of most of its locals, and the salty smell of the air near the coast, California is a gold mine of fabulous dining. I know there are tons of posh restaurants in LA where you can spend a boatload of money and that’s all well and good considering that I love gastronomic adventures as well as the next foodie, but sometimes you just want a great farmer’s market to knock your socks off. The other day, Danny and I ventured to the farmer’s market at the Grove. The farmers market is open every day and it has been that way for 75 years. The market is not only a green market like the one in Union Square but it also offers a range of cuisines from Louisiana Gumbo to Sushi and Funnel Cakes. I’m not exaggerating when I say …