Sunday, September 25, 2011

Brooklyn Grange CSAs #13, 14, and 15

Whoops, haven't been posting these pix the past three weeks!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Little Pepper in College Point

an ass-kicking Labor Day weekend for food...we went to Little Pepper for dinner last night with my in-laws, their treat (thanks!).

We've been a handful of times already, but never to the new (College Point) location. It's funny; they seem to have broadened the menu with Hunan and Americanized stuff as more white people come to the restaurant (General Tso's chicken, hot and sour soup, etc.) They still don't speak English worth a damn, though, which is nice.

Dan dan noodles with ground pork:

Cucumbers with crushed garlic and sesame oil:

Enhanced pork (well, that's what I ordered, but the guy said, "Double-cooked pork" as he put it down. I've ordered both enhanced and double-cooked pork like twice each and cannot for the life of me tell the difference. What IS the difference? It seems like even the restaurant workers think they're interchangeable):

Shrimp with chili sauce:

Plain ol' broccoli, I dunno why I photographed this:

Lamb with cumin:

Eggplant with garlic...oh God, this is so good:

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Locanda Verde

We've been angling to eat at Locanda Verde for some months now, but have had difficulty getting reservations for dinner at the times (and for the party sizes) we want. Having heard that they have one of the best brunches in the city, we got up early and went into Manhattan this morning for brunch there with Adam & Adam, visiting from Canada. We arrived before 10 and the place was pretty empty--probably partially a function of the Labor Day weekend as much as the early hour.

Focaccia--pretty light, not dense and oily--with sweet caramelized onion:

Pastry mista del giorno: blackberry scone, brown butter cinnamon roll, zuccharino muffin (kind of like a sugar doughnut--the best thing there, I think, while Priya preferred the scone):

The pastry chef, Karen DeMasco, put out a book that we've read (The Craft of Baking), and there were tons of other delicious pastries we didn't get a chance to try (the blueberry doughnuts looked particular awesome to me).

Uovo Modense with cotechino hash, spinach, and tomato hollandaise:

Wood-fired uova al forno with corona beans, mozzarella, and black Tuscan kale:

Lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberry and Meyer lemon curd:

Zucchini Frittata
with roasted tomato, goat cheese, and basil:

Outstanding brunch; everything was great. We also got a side of bacon that everybody liked, though it was too smoky for me (probably just a passing thing, as I usually like smoky way more than Priya). Expensive, though, coming out to $35/person with tax, tip, coffee, etc. I am excited to return and try the dinner at some point in the future.

Brooklyn Grange CSA #12

A slimmer bounty this week. Green tomatoes instead of red (but big and beautiful ones), tomatillos, arugula, carrots, a bunch of tiny hot peppers, Thai basil, cukes, and purple beans.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Kale & egg, prune-plums & yogurt

Getting rid of leftovers & ended up with a great meal.

Fried eggs over kale/garlic over quinoa with pignoli/raisins with tomatoes on the side:

Prune plums with Greek yogurt sweetened with honey, and ricotta on toast: