October 20, 2017

Green market Tuscan vegetable soup

In soup pot, pour in oil to cover bottom of pan. Saute onions to soften. Add garlic and cook till fragrant. Crush tomatoes by hand and add to pot along with juices. Add all remaining ingredients. Stir and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and let cook uncovered one to two hours. The longer the better. This dish is even better the next day. Adjust for seasonings.

Ladle soup into big bowls. Each bowl gets a drizzle of oil and dollop of basil oil (below).

Serve with grilled or toasted good bread slices, olive oil, sea salt and black pepper.

Green market butternut squash soup

The fall harvest is crazy with colors and flavors from dark leafy greens to heavy yellow and orange squash. The green market had it all. I scooped up some butternut squash, carrots, apples and onions. Another farmer inspired me to purchase dark green Tuscan kale, zucchini, basil, celery and garlic. Some canned goods and other items from kitchen pantry rounded out the ideas brewing for the day’s soups.

I Spy Astoria Food News

There’s a lot going on in the ‘hood these days.

Walking up 30th avenue last week one couldn’t help but notice the smell of smoke in the air. Heavenly meat smoker smoke. Our noses led us to an open door at the still under construction Butcher bar. They were testing recipes and the owner invited us in. Mathew introduced us to the chef and a bunch of guys standing at the counter wolfing down, I mean delicately tasting, a variety of smoked bbq products. We sampled burnt ends that were very juicy and tender, brined turkey which had a gentle deliciousness and finally bbq brisket which made me smile even though the chef was unhappy with this particular test specimen. The house made bbq sauce was pretty darn good too. If you need to know more then I guess you might want to know that the place looks good too. Lots of wood and diamond plate, butcher stuff and a nice backyard. There are seats inside and out back. Honestly, if the meat proves to be as good as the test then who cares about the decor.

Birthday dinner for your teamster

What a woman, mother and wife really wants for her birthday, after a long day’s work, is to be treated like a teamster. It’s true. When my lovely wife arrives home she gets to put her feet up, hang out with our son and relax. When cooking for your teamster always remember the six main food groups. Meat, fat, starch, veg, sweet and booze. Don’t forget the birthday candles and don’t even think of asking her to clean up. It’s her big day after all. And yes, gifts are important too. I didn’t forget that either.

Most of the ingredients came from the cornucopia of food shopping that is 30th avenue in Astoria. The rest of the goodies came from the farmers market at Socrates sculpture park.

Chef demo at Socrates sculpture park farmers market


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Come on down to the Socrates Sculpture Park Greenmarket tomorrow, Saturday, from 11:30am to 1pm for a chef’s demo.  I will be preparing two delicious alternatives to your everyday salsa.  Each sauce will feature produce from the market.  Dan at Hudson Valley duck has promised some goodies for the tasting.  We love this guy. For […]

The purest strawberry ice cream


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What happens when fresh strawberries hit the farmer’s market and an evil friend offers this lactose-intolerant chef raw cream and her Cuisinart ice cream maker? Fresh strawberry ice cream that even lactose-intolerant foodies can eat, that’s what.

Meet the farmers and artisans at Socrates Sculpture Park farmer’s market


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          A proper farmers market has finally set up in Astoria.  Even better, it’s at Socrates Sculpture Park, a favorite waterfront destination.  This market is not just produce.  One can also find raw cow milk cheeses, fresh slaughtered duck, breads and more.  What a pleasure to take a walk to the […]

The Socrates Sculpture Park Greenmarket opens this Saturday, June 25th!


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The Socrates Sculpture Park Greenmarket opens this Saturday, June 25th! One more reason Astoria is the food center of the universe! Now all we need is a butcher and fish market set up next to the farmers market. See you all there. I see some recipe fun happening on WLA.

Chef on a diet: Caribbean stew with shrimp


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Caribbean stew with shrimp It’s a cold and rainy day here in New York City.  My diet is hobbling along with no end in sight.  What I really want right now is something special, something not New York, something that reminds me of warmer times. Just last month I was with my family in St. […]

Duck Fat is The New Butter (at least in Hollandaise)


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I used to be one of those losers who used butter in their Hollandaise sauce. Then I discovered duck fat. THE HELL YOU SAY!! While reading Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, a brilliant award-winning food site, I came across a Duck fat Hollandaise recipe.  I had to do a double take on that one.  Apparently this […]

I Spy Astoria


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Location: 30th avenue Astoria, New York Food update for March 26th 2011 Coming soon we can expect to see a restaurant featuring Southern food from the Louisiana region.  I hear that there will be some pretty amazing baked goods and desserts happening there so get your insulin lined up. The rumor mill is buzzin’ about […]

Glestain is Japanese for “Kick ass knife”


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    If you know me, you know that I was a die-hard German knife lover. I trained on those classic heavy blades and used them religiously. They were my one and only. But my eyes were opened with my brother Adam’s gift to me for being best man at his wedding.  He gave me […]