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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 …

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Clean Cleanse: Week 2 Recap + Vegetable Lasagna

Yes. You read that correctly. I made a CLEAN lasagna with the help of the clean cleanse blog. Of course I found a way to work pasta into the cleanse, you didn’t think I’d converted completely, did you? But fear not, I didn’t break the cleanse with this lasagna as you will see in the recipe below. Recapping week 2 – this will be much shorter than last week’s as the week continued on much like week 1. This week the temptation for me was more alcohol than food. I had a pretty hard week and I really wanted a glass of wine at the end of the [every] day. However, I resisted. Mostly for fear of shaming myself to everyone at work and all my friends if I broke the cleanse, but still. I also had the strong urge to just pig out on something. You know when you eat way too much pizza, chinese food, ice cream, anything and you feel horrendous afterward but you just couldn’t stop yourself from pigging out? I missed …

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Spaghetti Squash: It’s Not Spaghetti, but It’s Good

The truth: Spaghetti squash is not spaghetti. It doesn’t taste like spaghetti (because it’s a vegetable); the texture isn’t like spaghetti (it’s crunchy). So if you’re looking for the ultimate healthy, gluten-free, low-calorie, eat-a-lot-and-still-be-skinny pasta substitute, this is not it. PS. It doesn’t exist, and if it did, we’d all look like Giselle. But here’s the good news: spaghetti squash is great. It’s easy to cook, mild in flavor and versatile. And last week, I cooked it in three divine ways. Let’s start with how to cook it. Cut it longways, take out the seeds, drizzle it with some olive oil and salt, and throw it in a 400 degree oven for about 40 minutes. That’s it! Then use a fork like this to create spaghetti squash’s characteristic ribbons. Once you have a bowl of these beautiful yellow shreds, you can do just about anything. Now I said spaghetti squash isn’t spaghetti, but you can certainly pair it with Italian flavors. Saute it with some olive oil, crushed tomatoes and basil and top it with a …

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Clean Cleanse: Week 1 Recap + Salty/Spicy/Sweet Noodles

Don’t worry we aren’t turning into a health blog! Just giving some healthier options in time for Spring cleaning. First up, my recap of week 1 on the cleanse followed by a recipe for Salty/Spicy/Sweet Noodles! Hint: they’re not actually noodles…Skip to the bottom if you just want the recipe! Let me preface this recap by saying that for those of you who I don’t know personally, I work in events for a restaurant group and catering company. As you can imagine, this isn’t the most conducive environment for any type of restrictive diet. This week was especially trying as I had events almost every night of the week and each one with a food item I had not yet tried. GREAT TIMING. A sampling of the things I didn’t eat: croissant apple cinnamon bread pudding with caramel sauce, my FAVORITE mac n’ cheese in hors d’oeuvres form, a porchetta slider on focaccia, a 6′ muffaletta hero, and a remoulade macaroni salad. Did. Not. Eat. Not. A. Single. Bite. Or. Taste. I think if I …

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 …

Crock-it! Moroccan Chickpea Stew

That’s right, it’s crock-pot time. The weather in NYC is getting colder, errr was until today, so that means it’s time for hearty stews. For me that means it’s time to dust off the crock-pot. YESSSS! It’s almost as good as November 1st: my self-imposed day of when I have to wait to start listening to Christmas music. To kick off crock-pot season I made this Moroccan Chickpea Stew. I set my crock-pot to cook before I went off to class last night and couldn’t wait to get home to try my soup. Well I came home and I was walking through the halls and I smelled an aroma of something delicious, immediately I thought to myself “oh I wonder what Ariel is cooking, it smells so good”! Dumb dumb me I truly “set it and forget it”! It was MY soup that smelled so good! I wanted to do something different than my go-to crock-pot recipe of a bunch of veggies combined with either noodles or barley, this definitely shook it up. I am …

Whit’s Tidbits: Herbed Lima Bean Hummus

As I said in my last post it’s back to school time! For me that also means it’s time for rush for my sorority and all the other Greeks at NYU. Confused? Yes, we actually do have Greek life at NYU, it’s a little known fact but we do exist. Along with spending hours “flirting” with girls trying to get them to join my sorority, I also decided to contribute by enticing the PNMS (potential new members) with my cooking and baking skills. So far, so good. For those of you who aren’t familiar with recruitment and how rushing goes, lemme give you the sparknotes version. In formal recruitment every girl must see every organization at the beginning and then can narrow down her choices from there. There are hundreds of great girls out there that we have to get to know in just a few nights. It’s our job to impress them, chat them up, and welcome them into Greek life. Smiles and good munchies are highly encouraged to lighten the mood and keep …

Whit’s Tidbits: Roasted Carrot Soup and my Dad’s garden

All summer I’ve been hearing about the wonderful produce coming from my Dad’s garden. Pretty much every time I talk to my parents I hear about the huge white summer squash or the fresh eggplant coming from the garden. I’ve been a little jealous to say the least. Well I am home in Nashville for a few days so I have been taking FULL advantage of the fresh produce Dad is growing. On Sunday he walked in with a massive basket of like fifty carrots and announced “Whitney, find something to do with all of these”. So I did. A few ideas right off the top of my head were carrot cake, carrot cupcakes, or carrot muffins, but my Dad prefers the savory versus sweet, so I had to do a little recipe searching. I found this recipe for Roasted Carrot Soup on Sea Salt with Food, showed it to Dad, asked Mom if she approved, and got to work. Dad helped peel and clean carrots and soon we were all cooking. My mom was …

Whit’s Tidbits: Gazpacho

First off let me apologize for not blogging in over a week! My trusty Mac hard drive broke (for the second time) leaving me without a computer for a week or so. Then once I got my computer back, everything was gone so it took like a day to upload all my pictures because I have over 2,000 on my camera. Whew. But all is well now! Got the computer back and don’t think I needed anything too much that was on my old hard drive, or at least I hope not. My friends and I ventured to the Jersey Shore for the fourth of July to spend the weekend at our friend Elise’s house. All in all a very successful weekend. Good food, friends, and drinks. Scratch that GREAT food. I was so happy to be pampered by Elise’s parents’ cooking. Throughout the weekend we had broccoli slaw, potato salad, brisket, a brie round, burgers and hot dogs of course, and this Gazpacho. This is my friend’s Elise’s recipe and it is fabulous! I …

Whit’s Tidbits: Tofu Shirataki Noodles

Tofu shirawhatwhatwhaaa? That’s what I said when I first heard about these wonder noodles on Hungry Girl. I use the term “wonder noodles” because Tofu Shirataki Noodles are WONDROUS! An entire package of them (8 oz) is only 40 calories. 40 CALORIES! Even if you aren’t watching your figure, or “relaxing off the pounds” as I like to call it, you have to be in awe of the fact that a package of pasta only has 40 freakin’ calories, and get this: 6 g of carbs. WHAT? Yes. It’s time for a PASTA PARTY Y’ALL! Might be too good to be true depending on how you think these noodles taste.  There’s a few things that are different besides these noodles besides there amazing nutritional stats, you gotta handle them a little different than you average penne. The noodles are, as you can guess, made out of tofu. They come in a little package soaked in water and need to be refrigerated (you’ll find them in the refrigerator section of the grocery too). So as a result, you have to rinse …