Lacinato Kale Pesto

Kale Pesto with Fusilli

Summer is many months away, but I find myself dreaming of the bunches of fresh basil I picked from the garden (yes, we have gardens in Brooklyn!) last summer. In an effort to bring a bit of summer sunshine to the kitchen, I made kale pesto instead of classic basil pesto – lacinato kale is [...]

Crock Pot Pulled Pork (or…I’m back!)

Pulled Pork

Hi everyone. I’ve missed you. I’ve been gone for a long time. A digital detox is what I’ve been on. Sometimes you have to step back in order to move forward. Right? But I’m back! And with my return I thought I’d share with you a very easy recipe for pulled pork made in a [...]

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup 2009

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup 2009

Here are some seasonal ideas culled from Brooklyn Farmhouse for your Thanksgiving meal – from starters to sides to dessert. I don’t include a turkey recipe because I always make Tom Colicchio’s Herb Butter Turkey – it’s the best. Happy Thanksgiving! Starters and Nibbles Spicy Crock-Pot Apple Butter – Serve with cheddar or brie (or [...]

Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese Sauce with Rigatoni

“Bolognese” sauce is a funny thing. The sauce is not just found in Bologna – most towns in the Italian region (Emilia-Romagna) have their own version, some quite different from one another. Even in Bologna there is little agreement on ingredients or a standardization of the recipe – the old joke is that if you [...]

Summer Vegetable Frittata

Summer Vegetable Frittata

Wow, that was quite a long blogging break I took. I felt guilty every day for not blogging. (I was on vacation in North Carolina with my family. It was fun. I was too busy boogie-boarding to blog.)   I know a frittata isn’t the most super exciting foodstuff I could trot out after a bit [...]

Lamb Burgers with Cheddar and Spicy Onion Marmalade

Lamb Burgers with Cheddar and Spicy Onion Marmalade

Lamb and cheddar and kale and mint and onion and spiciness! I feel like I don’t even have to write an introduction to this recipe. Except to say that I may like lamb burgers better than beef burgers. And that the lamb burgers would be good with a dollop of Greek yogurt instead of the [...]

Winter Vegetable Crostata with Goat Cheese and Thyme

Winter Vegetable Crostata with Goat Cheese and Thyme

March is so hard. Here in Brooklyn, the weather is starting to warm up, making me think about strawberries, asparagus, ramps, garlic scapes, peas, favas – argh!  Did I mention I’m sick of winter? I’m making lemonade out of lemons here by continuing to celebrate winter’s bounty – yams and winter squash and beets and [...]

Oyster Mushroom Risotto

Oyster Mushroom Risotto

I have a confession to make. The very first time I made risotto (which was 10 years ago now) it took about 2 hours.  What’s funny is that a basic risotto should be a quick and easy 20 minutes from start to finish. What happened? Looking back now I see that my problem was fear [...]

Fairly Easy Chicken Soup with Homemade Pasta

Chicken Soup with Homemade Pasta

This is a dish borne out of necessity. I am feeling a little sickly with a sore throat, so I thought a bit of homemade chicken soup couldn’t hurt. But I wanted noodles in my soup, dammit! Because it’s approximately 2 degrees outside, I really, really didn’t want to go to the store to get [...]

Two Bean Chili with Grass-Fed Beef and Masa Harina

Easy Two Bean Chili with Masa Harina

This is my go-to chili recipe. It’s simple, easy to make, and lends itself to other vegetable additions (like zucchini), and to variations in the type of beans in it. I always use local grass-fed ground beef – its flavor is so much…beefier, and it’s a lot leaner, too. I ripped off the idea of [...]

Steak au Poivre

Strip steak au poivre

Steak au poivre is a classic French bistro dish that is perfect for a special occasion: the cream and brandy make the dish extremely rich, but also extremely delicious. Steak au poivre was part of my husband’s and my Valentine’s dinner, along with sauteed potatoes, an arugula salad, a great California wine (called “The Prisoner”) [...]

Homemade Pizza

Homemade Pizza with Fresh Basil

I know that there are some strong opinions out there about pizza – so pizza fanatics (you know who you are), don’t give me too much grief. I’m happy to hear what you have to say: just be gentle with me. I’m sensitive. As a preemptive defense I say, c’mon, give me a break – [...]

Spicy Braised Grass-Fed Brisket

Slices of Spicy Braised Brisket

I was lucky enough to stumble upon a beautiful piece of grass-fed brisket at the food co-op where I do a lot of my grocery shopping and I conveniently had a ton of the tomato-chipotle sauce from this post left over. I thought it would make a great braising liquid for my brisket, and boy, [...]

Seared Salmon with Balsamic Glaze and Watercress

Seared Salmon with Balsamic Glaze and Watercress

Sometimes cooking dinner is like going to the gym. I know I should just get off the couch and do it, and I’ll feel so much better afterward. This is the perfect dish for when you’re in a I-know-I-should-cook-dinner-but-I-kinda-don’t-feel-like-it mood. It takes slightly less than 10 minutes. I got my hot little hands on some [...]

Lentil Soup with Prosciutto

French Green Lentils

It’s cold out and it’s a new year – time for lentil soup! Lentils are traditionally served in Italy on New Year’s Day as good luck for the coming year. OK, it’s not quite New Year’s Day…but close enough. This lentil soup is one of my most favorite soups in the world. It’s a good [...]

Chicken, Kale, and Shallot Quesadillas with Tomato-Chipotle Salsa

Chicken, Kale, and Shallot Quesadillas

I make quesadillas a lot during the week because they’re quick and easy. Make it a little fancier by using your newly created homemade corn tortillas instead of store-bought. When you poach the chicken, stick a couple of sprigs of cilantro in with the poaching liquid. A quick and easy tomato-chipotle sauce adds smoke and [...]

Spicy Tomato Soup

Spicy Tomato Soup

I loved, loved cream of tomato soup as a kid (the kind you get in a can) – but now that I’m all grown up, this homemade version really blows the canned stuff out of the water. I take the easy way out and usually use jarred tomato sauce to make the soup – if [...]

Roast Chicken with Fresh Herbs and Lemon

Chicken with its feet

Sometimes I’m a little lazy in the kitchen. Roasting a chicken is a good lazy-day compromise – perfect for when you want to make a nice dinner, but you’re too tired or unmotivated to make anything remotely elaborate. The food co-op where I shop recently started carrying two types of chickens from a farm in [...]

Seared Tuna with Sesame Seeds

Sesame-Crusted Seared Tuna

I’ve been having an issue lately trying to figure out what seafood is good (i.e., sustainable) to eat, and what is not. There are the obvious baddies, like Chilean Sea Bass (a.k.a., the Patagonian Toothfish), which is: a) not even really bass, b) seriously over fished, and c) usually caught using bottom long lines, a [...]

Pasta e Fagioli (with Fregola)

Pasta e Fagioli

Don’t be worried about all of the Italian words being thrown around here -  the title of this recipe means “pasta and beans,” and nothing could be more simple than that. Pasta e fagioli (a.k.a. pasta fagioli) is easy to make, economical, and very filling. Oh, and did I mention delicious? It’s a little thicker [...]

Pork Tenderloin with Black Pepper

Sliced pork tenderloin

We don’t eat a lot of meat in our household – not because we don’t like it, but because good, sustainably raised meat is a touch expensive these days. We belong to a food co-op that gets most of its meat from local farms, and still we have trouble affording it with any regularity. But [...]

Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey Pot Pie

Aside from turkey sandwiches (with homemade mayo?) on white bread, this might be the most delicious way to use up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. If you have leftover greens, like kale (or even Brussels sprouts), you could also add them to the pie. You could even throw in roasted cauliflower or other leftover vegetables. Just [...]

Salade Nicoise

Salade Nicoise

This classic French salad is perfect for lunch or a light dinner. The real secret to this dish is dressing each component separately – this way, the potatoes, tomatoes, green beans, and eggs are all seasoned perfectly. Try to find Italian or Spanish jarred or canned tuna in olive oil – it’s a little expensive, [...]

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