Mar 31, 2007

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

This delicious side dish is a unique large grain couscous seasoned with a light lemony-mint yogurt dressing.

1 cup plain yogurt
2 bunches of fresh mint, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 lemons, juiced
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
1 cup large grain couscous, found at specialty or organic stores
2 cups roasted leg of chicken, cut into 1-1/2 inches cubes
1 tomato, coarsely chopped.
Garnish with fresh ground black pepper, lemon slices and mint sprig

Whisk together the yogurt, chopped mint, chopped parsley lemon juice and olive oil. Season dressing with salt and pepper to taste.

Place 1 cup of couscous in a medium pot and pour 1-1/4 cups of boiling water. Simmer over a medium-low heat for about 5 to 6 minutes or until al-dente.

Transfer to a serving platter and mix in cubed chicken chopped tomato and yogurt dressing. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Serves 4

Mar 27, 2007

Food Tip

Reheating Refrigerated Bread

To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water.

The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

Mar 22, 2007

Chinatown Fish Market
© Lionel Martinez

Mar 17, 2007

More Than Just Espresso

When is espresso not just espresso?
When it is transformed into espresso art.

See for yourself:

Mar 10, 2007

Fast Chicken Dinner

Serves 4

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 green onion, chopped
3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into strips
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine
a pinch of tarragon
two medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

In a medium skillet, heat the oil and garlic over medium heat. Sprinkle the chicken with the salt and pepper, then add to the skillet and cook for 7-10 minutes. Add the white wine and tarragon. Cook for an additional 2 minutes.

Remove the chicken to a platter. Sauté the tomatoes in the skillet until tender. Place the tomatoes over the chicken and cover with the pan drippings and sprinkle with parsley.

Mar 8, 2007

A Box Of Baking Soda In The Fridge Or Freezer Does Not Absorb Odors

This is a very clever and successful marketing ploy by the baking soda people, but the fact is that baking soda is very poor at absorbing odors.

It seems to make sense, however, so lots of people have spent untold billions of dollars to put boxes of baking soda in their fridge or freezer to no effect.

Activated charcoal would work much better but is expensive. Better to wrap your food and clean the fridge once in a while.


Mar 5, 2007

Equal Measures

1 pound of ground beef equals 2 cups

1/4 pound of butter equals 1/2 cup melted butter

1 pound of cheese equals 4-5 cups grated cheese

1 pound of spinach equals 1-1/2 cups cooked spinach

Dried herbs are approximately twice as strong as fresh!