Monthly Archives: September 2012

  1. Getting married, BBL.

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    September 26, 2012 by Emily Pergament

    I’m taking a break for a few days because I need to oh, go get married. I will see you on the other side with awesome wedding festivity food recaps.

    -Emily

  2. Hush puppies with crab and bacon

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    September 25, 2012 by Emily Pergament

    Hush puppies with crab and bacon. I can’t think of anything else to say. Here’s the recipe.

    Sadly, you can’t see the crab and bacon. Click photo for credit.

    -Emily

  3. Mac & cheese & silly Rob

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    September 24, 2012 by Emily Pergament

    This quinoa mac and cheese recipe, courtesy of Julie at Homeconomics, appeared on my newsfeed just in time this evening. I have so many ingredients leftover from the recipe contest, and I get to use so many of them!

    I modified this recipe a bit. For starters, I used the quinoa prep (including the cumin) from the quinoa salad recipe. The vegetables that I used were spinach, red pepper and jalapeno. And I used pepper jack cheese.

    I also didn’t bake this in the oven. I did the good ol’ mac and cheese stovetop prep – keep the heat on low and stir in the milk and cheese until it’s nice and melty. I also didn’t saute the veggies first, they cooked with the cheese. What can I say, I’m a lazy hungry girl.

    Voila!

    One side note: Rob fell victim to his hubris. He chopped up the rest of our leftover jalapenos and added them while I was stirring it together. I said, “Wow, that looks like too many jalapenos…” and he just looked at me defiantly and silently added them all. Now, he is sweating and red in the face, saying he will die if he continues to eat it (though he IS continuing to eat it), dramatically stating that he can’t breathe, googling “jalapeno allergic reaction” (which he doesn’t have, no worries) and making me feel his breath because “it feels really hot.” Oddly enough, I didn’t think it was too spicy.

    -Emily

  4. Artichoke Pizza

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    September 24, 2012 by Emily Pergament

    I have heard from multiple sources that Artichoke Pizza is the best in NYC, so I decided to check it out on Saturday. When I got to their Greenwich Village location, I was having trouble deciding which slice to try. The friendly worker suggested the spinach and artichoke pizza since it’s their most popular.

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  5. And the winner is…

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    September 23, 2012 by Emily Pergament

    Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who entered FIM’s first recipe contest!

    To recap, we had:

    Quinoa salad

    Pepperoni pizza dip

    Cranberry salsa

    Skyline chili dip

    Chicken sopa

    Other entries we very unfortunately didn’t get to

    We loved making and eating everything, and I hope that by sharing the recipes, our readers will too.

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  6. Beyond Thai

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    September 23, 2012 by Emily Pergament

    The Thai lunch special is a staple of the Manhattan workday dining scene. Nowhere else can you find a substantial entree paired with a taste of an appetizer for anywhere from $8 to $13, usually depending on where the restaurant is, not necessarily on the quality of the food.

    As common as these lunch specials may be on weekdays, though, rare is the restaurant that offers the same deal on the weekend. Beyond Thai in the West Village is one such place.

    Hidden behind the basketball courts on 6th Avenue and across the street from the Fat-In-Manhattan-famous Three Sheets Saloon, Beyond Thai had a magical chalkboard out front yesterday afternoon that read “Weekend Lunch Special: Appetizer and Entree $10.” Emily and I had been wandering around the neighborhood looking for something to pique our appetite. We went right in.

    They had all the standard Thai favorites. Emily got pad cee yew with chicken, but her appetizer was four spicy chicken wings, a big portion for a lunch special appetizer.

    I got the pad kee mao with vegetables, basically a spicy version of the cee yew noodles. I also had a nice tom yum soup for an appetizer.

    They also had inventive cocktails for $5 at lunch, most of them variations on the sake mojito. Emily got the cucumber one and I tried the lychee. Both were excellent.

     

    The straw wrapper was made into a flower.

    -Rob

  7. Recipe contest – two others

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    September 23, 2012 by Emily Pergament

    So, in the original post announcing the recipe contest, I said Rob and I would make up to five of the dishes. We did, but we had two more entries.

    The first, is from Rob’s mom Anne. It’s a lemon garlic chickpea dip from Rachael Ray. It looks super easy and healthy and delicious, but you have to make the entire thing in a food processor, which we don’t have! Once we have our food processor (which, oddly enough, is sitting in her basement), we will be making and enjoying this dish.

    The other submission was from Julie. Hers is a twist on the old spinach artichoke dip. She uses it, mixed with cherry tomatoes, as a topping for pasta. See her blog entry about this dish. Julie suggests using spinach artichoke dip from Tastefully Simple or Trader Joes. I fully intend on guiltlessly eating this as a full meal after the wedding and honeymoon.

    -Emily

  8. Recipe contest #5 – jalapeno delight

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    September 23, 2012 by Emily Pergament

    Mmmm this dish is really hearty. The jalapenos and green onions add an awesome kick. When we took it out of the oven, it smelled amazing. It’s delightfully creamy without using cream cheese, which Rob was happy about, as he’s suffering from cream cheese overload as of late. We agree that we could eat this as part of a meal with a fork too, thought it’s too rich to have as a main dish. I imagine we will be taking leftovers to work for lunch this week.

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  9. Recipe contest #4 – there is cinnamon in this chili

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    September 23, 2012 by Emily Pergament

    Need I say more? I could also say that I imagine I feel as a new parents does upon looking at their baby – I can’t believe I made this.

    It look a while to cook and to add all the ingredients, but once I added the ingredients, there’s nothing else to do but let it simmer. So it was pretty easy to make. And as it was cooking, our kitchen smelled like Christmas morning from the cinnamon! So good.

    This is guaranteed to impress on football Sundays or any other day.

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  10. Recipe contest #3 – cranberry salsa

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    September 22, 2012 by Emily Pergament

    We had to search high and low for cranberries at this time of year, and ended up getting frozen cranberries at Whole Foods. They were somewhat thawed by the time we got home, and then we put them in the fridge for a few hours to continue to thaw.

    Once we got home, this was really easy to make. Very colorful and pretty. It would make an impressive gift for the holidays, given in a cute jar (perhaps a hipster mason jar?).

    Finished product:


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