How to Roast Hen of the Woods Mushrooms
April 2, 2017 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

I’ll be the first to confess that elaborate mushrooms scare me a bit. The otherworldliness of enokis, the meatiness of King Trumpet stalks, the sponge-like texture of Lion’s Manes.
But I’ve been served Hen of the …

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When Life Hands you Tomato Blight, Make Salsa Verde
August 22, 2009 – 1:33 pm | 3 Comments
When Life Hands you Tomato Blight, Make Salsa Verde

This Northeast tomato blight situation seems to have gotten the foodie world into a serious panic.  The prospect of an August that’s not awash in copious amounts of cheap, gorgeous tomatoes of every shape, size …

Jicama sticks
May 30, 2009 – 3:19 pm | 11 Comments
Jicama sticks

No offense to baby carrots and hummus, but sometimes I get tired of serving them as my default appetizers when guests are around.  Don’t get me wrong: it’s a healthy combo, and a super-convenient one …

Alegria: Mexico’s answer to the Rice-Krispie treat
April 12, 2009 – 7:00 pm | 11 Comments
Alegria: Mexico’s answer to the Rice-Krispie treat

I first encountered Alegria–which means ‘happiness’– when I was visiting Puebla, Mexico. It sort of looks like a thick rice cake, only it’s much denser and sweeter.  The fact that it’s mostly sold in confectionary …

Pozole: My pork-free vision of peace & hominy
January 16, 2009 – 8:21 pm | Comments Off on Pozole: My pork-free vision of peace & hominy
Pozole: My pork-free vision of peace & hominy

I first encountered pozole at a small Mexican restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. It was a freezing cold day, much like today, in fact, and one of my friends ordered a preternaturally red, …

Refried Beans: Don’t let the ‘fried’ fool you
January 6, 2009 – 5:51 pm | 2 Comments
Refried Beans: Don’t let the ‘fried’ fool you

OK, so these *particular* refried beans (or “refritos,” as they’re known in Mexico) may not have been the healthiest version of this much-misunderstood food, but I ordered them at a truck stop/gasolinera on the highway …