Archive for November, 2010

Italian: Porchetta

November 29, 2010 By: Serena Category: 3_Apples, Italian, Sandwiches

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I love sandwiches and I love pork.  So it was only natural for me to check out Porchetta‘s namesake sandwich, which is the top 10 of New York Magazine‘s list of 101 Best Sandwiches in New York, and devoured with abandon over at Serious Eats: NY.   Pork and carbs are a natural WIN, but would this sandwich live up to its hype? I was about to find out….

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Recipe: Honey Cornbread

November 24, 2010 By: Serena Category: Bread, Holidays, Recipes

A friend recently extolled the virtues of honey on everyday foods.  While some combinations, such as honey and peanut butter toast, were understandable, I was a bit skeptical of the more novel mash-ups –  honey/pizza and honey/hamburger to name a few (though I admit I’ll will try it out).  Anyway, when thinking of recipes to put together for Thanksgiving week, I thought the addition of honey to my super easy cornbread recipe would be a nice change.  Intrigued? Keep reading…

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Recipe: Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake

November 23, 2010 By: Serena Category: Dessert, Holidays, Recipes

Note:  If you follow me on twitter, you’ll know that this cheesecake met its untimely demise when it hit the pavement on my way to work yesterday morning.  It was so sad, and (I admit) tragically funny.  What makes it worse is that I had made a mini one for myself so I know how good it tastes.  There’s more to the story – perhaps one day when I’m over the sting of wasted dessert, I’ll share. But there sure were some disappointed people at work yesterday.

I’m just going to come out and admit it – I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin pie.   I know, crazy right?  I think it’s psychological – the whole it’s a vegetable (I know, it’s technically a fruit, but come on) but it’s sweet, etc. etc.  But if you throw cheesecake into the mix, well now – that’s a different story.  And if you put praline topping on top of the whole shebang – ok, NOW we’re talking.  My second Thanksgiving recipe post for pumpkin praline cheesecake is a little more time intensive, but its actual steps are quite simple. Let’s get started, shall we?

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Recipe: Garlic Mashed Potatoes

November 22, 2010 By: Serena Category: Holidays, Recipes, Sides

Happy Thanksgiving week!  Yes, I like to extend this holiday of thanks to a 7 glorious days of gluttony.  In honor of the holiday, I will be posting three of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes for your mouthwatering pleasure.  These recipes are simple, yummilicious, and are bound to impress your family members, who will think you spent hours toiling away in your tiny apartment kitchen (oh wait, that’s just me).  I hope some of these dishes will end up on your table this Thursday!

I start this recipe week with the basic mashed potato.  Simple,  un-pretentious and incorporating a whole head of garlic.  Whaaa? Yeah, you heard me right. Think you can handle it? Then keep reading…

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Japanese: Zen

November 18, 2010 By: Serena Category: 2_Apples, Japanese

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Whaaaa? Half-priced sushi? NoshGirl, you so crazy.  I know, jumping at a discount for raw fish sounds like a bad idea.  Sometimes it is.  (Note to self, never have all-you-can-eat sushi on a cruise, ever again!  Let that be a lesson to you)  However, I’ve been going to Zen for sushi for a few years now, and I turned out just fine and dandy.  Soooo, if you’re willing to subject your stomach to some frugally-priced sushi in the name of a bargain, Zen is the place to go.

Following in the vein of cheap-but-good food, I first discovered Zen as a poor student.  Back then, my stomach was a bit stronger, and more importantly, my sense of food smarts was a little less inhibited.  Combine the two, and I was a regular at Zen.   Here’s the dealio:

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