As it turns out, it IS easy being green. And nothing proves that more than this funky take on a summer classic. Plus, this is one time in life where impatience serves you well because you don’t even have to wait until the tomatoes are ripe. So get in there early. And often.
6 green tomatoes, diced medium
1 red bell pepper, diced small
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1/2 red onion, diced small
2 garlic cloves, minced
juice of 3-4 limes
salt to taste
3 green onions, thinly sliced
handful of cilantro, chopped
- Mix all ingredients.
- Let sit for at least 2 hours.
- Serve with chips. Preferably from Las Delicias.
Time to get fancy at NummyNumNum! I love chicken livers in all forms. Having moved to New Orleans, I am extremely lucky to have access to fried chicken liver poboys pretty much at every restaurant. I probably need to chill out on the NOLA eating as it is bikini season. Anyways, I love chicken livers, and a mousse version is always welcome in my recipe box. This recipe is so amazing and surprisingly easy. My good friend Chef Kim made this and gave away in cute mason jars for Christmas gifts. Chef John and I ate the whole thing in one sitting. Beware if you are cooking this in an apartment, your place is going to smell. Keep windows open! Serve with slices of bread or crackers and cornichons.-ts
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup Cognac or other brandy
6 oz chicken livers, trimmed (3/4 cup)
5 large egg yolks
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter
Several bay leaves (only fresh; see note, below)
- Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.
- Cook shallot in oil in a 10-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Remove from heat and carefully add Cognac (use caution; if Cognac ignites, shake skillet), then boil until reduced to about 2 tablespoons, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Transfer to a blender and add livers and yolks, then purée until smooth. Add milk, flour, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and allspice and blend until combined. Pour into crock, skimming off any foam.
- Put crock in a larger baking pan and bake in a water bath until mousse is just set and a small sharp knife inserted in center comes out clean, about 55 minutes.
- Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat, then remove from heat and let stand 3 minutes.
- Arrange bay leaves decoratively on top of mousse. Skim froth from butter, then spoon enough clarified butter over mousse to cover its surface, leaving milky solids in bottom of saucepan.
- Chill mousse completely, uncovered, about 4 hours. Bring to room temperature about 1 hour before serving.
The bay leaves are decorative, if fresh ones are unavailable no need for using dried.
The Chef is all but addicted to the Bourbon Mayo from Bardog, despite his very un-Chef-like (and in my opinion, very illogical) aversion to mayonnaise. That’s probably because the stuff is downright good.
Take a page from the Game Day playbook, though, and go easy on the bourbon at first. The longer it sits, the more potent it gets, so consider that when pouring.
Oh, and try this on fries. It will allow you to fuse America’s obesity epidemic and classy European tradition, and that’s just super cultural and stuff.
2 cups of mayo
1/4 cup of good bourbon, such as Buffalo Trace
3 cloves roasted garlic, minced
1 tsp lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Cover and chill. Serve on burgers or slop up with fries. It’s your world.
Hola mi amigos! (Is that right? I took French for 4 years and can’t even speak that, so please pardon my French and my Spanish.)
It is that ever-blessed time of the year in which the sun shines, the tequila flows and corporate Americans everywhere use Mexican culture as an excuse to drink margaritas on a patio at noon on a work day. That’s right chicas – Manana esta Cinco De Mayo!
In keeping with that grand tradition of poaching holidays simply for celebration’s sake, we present to you an Americanized version of Mexico’s signature dip: la salsa! I made this last night because I was craving corn and needed a veggie fix after the weekend (but obviously didn’t want anything so healthy it couldn’t be served atop Fritos).
This was bright, and summery and addictive, and it would make a great base if you’re planning on getting your Margarita on tomorrow. Just sayin… safety first, y’all. ¡Buen apetito! (Oooh, I have always wanted to use that upside down exclamation point thingy, so thanks Google!)
2 ears corn
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can Mexican Rotel + juice
juice from 1 lime
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 avocado, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
1 heaping tbsp taco sauce
salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 415.
- Open up the corn and add a little olive oil and close up. Roast in their husks for 20 minutes or until tender. Remove and allow to cool.
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and place in the fridge to chill while the corn cools.
- Cut the kernels off of each ear of corn (I like to do this while the “butt” end of the corn is in the bottom of a deep mixing bowl so the kernels don’t ‘splode everywhere in the kitchen – they can be some slippery little suckers), and then add corn to the veggie mixture.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper and chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Serve with Fritos. Ole!
This would also be a good topping for grilled anything, so feel free to make some game-time grilling adjustments as needed.
Hippity hoppity folks – it’s Easter and stuff! While I am busily preparing my Buffy the Vampire Slayer costume for my nephew’s superhero birthday party tomorrow, I know most of you are hard at work preparing your Easter Sunday feast. So, The Chef would like to offer up a very seasonal, festive salsa that will spruce up any spread.
And frankly I just think it might be good to put something in your body that’s not made of marshmallows or sugar. While I was definitely offered several questionable food items during my younger years (sardines, Vienna sausages, canned spaghetti – Whassup!), I have always been well aware of the fact that Peeps are the ultimate YUCK. And jellybeans too. You can keep them, creepy old person dressed up as the Easter Bunny. I’ll be here with my chips and salsa.
4 mangoes, medium dice
2 avocados, medium dice
1 red onion, small dice
1 red bell pepper, small dice
3 limes, juice only
1 orange, juice only
handful of chopped cilantro
salt to taste
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Serve with chips or over fish.
- Collect the most eggs. Who cares if you’re 40 and you’re playing against 3-year-olds? Whoever dies with the most toys wins. Fact.
The Chef likes to make this when he has leftover herbs. I can’t ever use all of the fresh herbs I buy before they go bad, so having something constructive to do with them really quiets my inner OCD, and that I appreciate.
This oil is great for bread-dipping, for drizzling over steak or fish, or for basting chicken or veggies with while grilling. In short, it’s your all-purpose driz.
handful of thyme
handful of oregano
handful of rosemary
1/2 cup of live oil
- Add all ingredients to saucepan.
- Simmer for 20 minutes.
- Store in bottle and driz when necessary.
Rolfes used to make this all the time in college, and it’s a hot, easy, always-devoured dip that doesn’t miss. I like to throw in a little cayenne pepper to keep things spicy, but it’s just as good old school.
2 cans of artichoke hearts
1 cup mayo
1 cup parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Drain artichoke hearts. Coarsely chop.
- Mix all ingredients. Put in a baking dish and top with a little extra parm.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve with frito scoops or assorted crackers, and get your hands out of the way. I’ve seen people become violent over this at many a Nashville Supper Club. And to that I say “Well done, ladies!” Miss Hutchison would be so proud, may she rest.