Saturday, May 5, 2012

Avocado Veggie Boat

What is Cinco de Mayo without an avocado starring meal? Below is a simple recipe for a heart-healthy, holiday friendly, avocado boat filled with a veggie salad. The colorful dish is finished with a punch of citrus from The Filling Station's lime infused olive oil.

Avocado Veggie Boat
1 avocado
1/4 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup sweet yellow corn kernals
1 tbsp queso fresco
1 tsp sliced scallions
1 tbsp lime infused olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Halve and pit avocado. Cut one half into small chunks, reserve meat and discard the shell. Hollow out second half leaving a layer of avocado meat around the edges of the shell.
2. Combine avocado chunks, cherry tomato slices, corn kernels, queso fresco and scallions. Toss with lime infused olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
3. Fill hollowed out avocado with veggie salad and scatter remaining salad around the "boat".

The finished boat- a fun Cinco de Mayo meal

Friday, May 4, 2012

Fat Fridays: Las Delicias Patisserie

Las Delicias Patisserie made its debut at the Union Square Greenmarket two weeks ago with an array of inviting baked goods including gluten free brownies, seasonal muffins, cookies in flavors like sweet rosemary & thyme, and kouign-amann (Brittany's buttery, sugar-laden cake). Each item is baked fresh daily with ingredients sourced from local farmers (after hearing this I understood how the seemingly out of place booth fell amidst the veggie heavy Greenmarket vendors) and looks picture perfect.

I didn't make it home with anything from Las Delicias that first week, but this week I was lucky enough to sample the bakery's chocolate rugelach. Like a mini chocolate croissant, the rugelach is sweet, flaky and exceptionally delicious. And that is why I ate nearly an entire, generously apportioned, $8 bag in one sitting. A dangerous, but welcome, addition to the Union Square Greenmarket.

Sugar dusted chocolate rugelach
Two rugelach, side-by-side, one missing a bite

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Reintro To Blogging

I have all the excuses in the world: a trip with way too much packing/unpacking/laundry, sleepless nights while sleep training a 3 month old, a death in the family, endless visitors (everybody loves babies- who can blame them?), birthday parties, and hosting an Easter brunch. It is because of all of these, and just plain old laziness, that I haven't thought much about posting to this blog. I've been so unmotivated that I haven't really cooked- anything. I actually bought a box of frozen "gourmet" cookie dough and have been eating the dough, ball by ball, because I've been too tired to put the oven on and pay attention to baking time. So, with this post and the beginning of May, I hope to start blogging anew. While I get my kitchen in order (and try to figure out this new ridiculous format Blogger has mandatorily upgraded me to while I wasn't paying attention), below are a few of the food happenings from the previous weeks.

The unbelievably delicious dessert from the Home Chefs Of Vail- Chocolate & Peanut Butter - Skippy Semi-Fredo, Dark Chocolate Ganache, Carmelized Graham Cracker "Pop" Crumble 

Empire Cake's (previously Lulu Cake Boutique, but renamed as it is no longer affiliated with the Scarsdale bakery) St. Patty's Day chocolate cupcake with Guinness pastry cream
The bass from an impromptu lunch with a buddy at Gramercy Tavern
In celebration of National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day- 'wichcraft's chunky pb&j- a triple decker sandwich made with greenmarket preserves, chunky peanut butter and pullman white bread
One of the Easter baskets I put together for our guests