Rosti Potatoes with Melted Leeks and Goat Cheese

Potato-Rosti-with-Melted-Leeks-and-Goat-Cheese-10I think potatoes single-handedly got me through “Cuisine Intermediaire” at Le Cordon Bleu, and for that, they will always have a special place in my heart.The way LCB works is pretty simple. Each lesson involves a 3-hour demonstration in a “classroom,” followed by a 3-hour practical in the kitchen. In the demonstration, a chef prepares multiple recipes, while the students observe and frantically take notes in preparation for cooking the same recipes themselves in the practical. The demo concludes with a tasting, and everyone must try each recipe so that they know exactly what it’s supposed to taste like. (Note: You are not allowed to have food allergies or dietary restrictions at LCB.) All of these activities are done while wearing a very sexy uniform and an even sexier hairnet.For whatever reason, the intermediate term at LCB focused primarily on fish...
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Casual Friday: Strawberry Mexican Mule

Strawberry-Mexican-Mule-Cocktails-2Hey, hey, heyyyy, TGICasual Friday, friends. You know the drill.First things first, I’m very excited about the extremely festive, and Cinco de Mayo appropriate, Strawberry Mexican Mule on your screen. This sexy fuchsia cocktail is a tequila-based twist on the classic Moscow Mule, dressed up with fresh strawberry puree. Tart-sweet with a subtle, ginger-y kick, it’s the type of refreshing, easy-drinking cocktail that’s perfect for any and all warm weather celebrations. In fact, I’m thinking of making it Château Logena’s house cocktail for the next few months. (Note to self: Procure more copper mugs, stat.)The recipe below yields a single mule, but you’ll have enough strawberry puree for about 8-10 cocktails, so keep it in mind for late spring/summer entertaining. Just prep a pitcher or five of the tequila-lime-strawberry base in advance (the proportions are pretty easy to multiply), and stir in the ginger beer...
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Seared Scallop Tacos with Spring Mango Salsa and Avocado Cream

seared-scallop-tacos-with-spring-mango-salsa-and-avocado-coconut-creamCinco de Mayo is coming, and all I have to say is ¡gracias a Dios!It seems like everyone has had something to be Logan-style psyched about over the past couple weeks, and I’ve been feeling just the teensiest bit left out. The Goopies got It’s All Easy. Game of Thrones fans got their premiere. The Beyonce worshippers (aka most humans) got #Lemonade. And what did I get?I’m tempted to scream “NOTHING!!!” à la Mugatu right now, but that would be slightly melodramatic. Especially since I did get plenty of Gwyneth fodder and the Rachael Ray/Rachel Roy mix-up out of the aforementioned events. Plus, while everyone else was making Gwyneth’s Vegenaise creations and direwolf (sp?) bread, or writing think pieces on the state of Beyoncé’s marriage, I had plenty of time to test tacos.And now it’s...
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5-Day Detox Plan 2.0

Domesticate-Me-5-Day-Detox-PlanI’m not sure what the weather is like where you are, but it’s officially spring in NYC, and everyone is taking their clothes off. Seriously. On my walk to the grocery store yesterday, I felt like I was on freshman spring break (woohoo!). Bare legs, and backs, and midriffs, oh my! The amount of exposed skin may or may not have to do with the fact that I live a block from The New School and very close to NYU, and most of the people wandering the streets in my ‘hood are coeds, but that’s neither here nor there. The truth is, semi-naked spring is merely a sneak peak/reminder of what’s to come. Fully nude season (aka summer) will be here before we know it, and that means...It’s 5-Day Detox time!Last year’s 5-Day Detox Plan went over...
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Zucchini Noodle Salad with Spicy Almond Dressing

raw-zucchini-noodle-salad-with-spicy-almond-dressingWedding season is officially upon us, friends.Logan and I kicked things off with his bestie’s nuptials on Harbour Island last weekend, and it was one of the most glorious weekends, wedding or otherwise, in recent memory.If you’ve been to Harbour Island, you already know that it’s basically heaven on earth. (And if you haven’t, you should put it on your bucket list, stat.) The water is the brightest of turquoise blues, the sand is pale pink and freakishly soft, and the Goombay Smashes at The Sip Sip will knock you on your ass faster than you can say, “Pass the conch fritters.”Clearly, it’s an idyllic place to get married, and this particular wedding was absolute perfection. From the wedding party’s sing-a-long to this version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” at the rehearsal dinner to the shoe-less reception...
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The Travel Recipe Round-Up

12-travel-friendly-recipes-to-take-on-the-planeWhen I was little, my babysitter always packed me a big bag of travel snacks for a flight. The contents of the Ziploc freezer bag varied, but there was usually a sandwich or yogurt (ahhh the days before TSA confiscated yogurt) and some combo of fresh fruit, granola bars, Goldfish, and fruit leathers. Maybe a personal bag of gummy bears or Oreo Minis if she was feeling festive.It didn’t matter where I was headed or how long the flight would be, I NEVER left home without a fully stocked snack pack. (Thanks, Arleen!)Looking back, this practice was clearly born out of necessity. My family only ever made flights by the skin of our teeth—if we made them at all—and there was a snowball’s chance in hell that we’d have enough time to grab food at the airport. On top of that,...
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Loaded Vegetarian Sweet Potatoes

vegetarian-loaded-sweet-potatoes-with-cherry-tomato-pico-de-galloLogan LOVES to scare me.And I’m not talking about his eating habits and music taste here (although those are undeniably terrifying)—I mean it much more literally. The dude takes great pleasure in hiding behind things/sneaking up on me just to witness my reaction. Said reaction typically involves me screaming at the top of my lungs and spilling drinks, dropping things, and/or falling down. Not gonna lie, there are sometimes tears.Just to give you an idea of what I’m dealing with, the first time Logan really got me was in the shower. Not long after we became roommates, he snuck into the bathroom one Saturday morning and suuuuper quietly pulled back just enough of the shower curtain to fit his head. I was rinsing my hair with my back to him, and when I turned around to grab the conditioner, he screamed, “BOO!”...
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Lemon-Coconut Energy Bites

Vegan-Lemon-Coconut-Energy-BitesIt’s Friday, I had a few too many “tastes” of wine last night, and I feel like today’s post is a challenge in not making ball jokes. (I actually changed “balls” to “bites” in the recipe title to avoid have to say “balls” infinity times, yet all I can think about right now is the SNL Shweddy Balls skit. C’est la vie.) Please bear with me.If you follow me on the Snapchats (serenagwolf), you already know these citrusy, coconut-y balls bites have been flying at my face all week, and I imagine that will continue until I get sick of them. Which will probably happen soon since I’ve eaten a lot of them (they’re addictive), but I have to say, my daily ball snack has been the highlight of my week. Talk about afternoon delight…I imagine some peeps...
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Chicken and Wheat Berry Salad with Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Arugula

Chicken-and-Wheat-Berry-Salad-with-Shaved-Brussels-Sprouts-and-ArugulaSo, about a month ago, my friend Phoebe sent a very entertaining email asking me to join her in a “spring pantry purge.” Like yours truly, Ms. Lapine is a culinary hoarder (occupational hazard), but a recent move to Brooklyn (Godspeed!) prompted her to go all Marie Kondo on her superfluous foodstuffs. And while she significantly lightened both her kitchen and spiritual load, the best part about the de-cluttering process was the fact that it unearthed some long forgotten gems lurking in her cabinets—from festive African spices to slightly obscure grains—which, in turn, inspired several surprisingly creative and delicious meals.Thrilled with the results of her own pantry cleanse, Phoebe thought it would be fun to gather the interwebs for a communal #SpringPantryPurge, inviting fellow bloggers to share a recipe featuring a pantry ingredient (new, old,...
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Strawberry Kombucha Smoothie Bowl

Strawberry-Mango-Kombucha-Smoothie-BowlI do most of my day-to-day, non-farmer’s market shopping in two places: Westside Market and a semi-creepy health food store on my block called Elm Health. A while back, I mentioned that I’m the resident weirdo at Westside Market, but I feel as if I’ve managed to maintain relatively normal person status at Elm Health over the years.Sadly, that is no longer the case.Until recently, I only went to Elm Health like twice or thrice (“thrice” is an amazing word) a month when I needed a trendy superfood or mildly obscure natural product that they don’t carry at Westside. Like bee pollen. Or an industrial-sized plastic bucket of Dead Sea bath salts. And to be perfectly honest, I’ve always kind of dreaded my trips there. The store smells like vitamins and patchouli, and I swear they change the layout...
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