Ajiaco Bogotano, Colombian Chicken and Potato Soup

06. November 2012 Soups, Stocks + Sauces 2
When I traveled to Colombia a few years ago, I learned that it was soup country. Everywhere we ate, there was always ajiaco or sancocho on the menu, the two soups that easily became my favorites. When I first made my own version of ajiaco, I mistakenly added plantains because I remembered liking them from ...

Four-Chile Chili

15. October 2012 Vegetables + Salads 1
I tried this four-chile chili over the weekend when almost everyone I know was either watching sports on TV or playing poker online because of the blustery weather outside. This dish was the right one to coddle and sit on the couch with under a soft throw with the TV on. My sports fan guest ...

Rosemary and Mint-Roasted Lamb Breast with Yogurt Sauce

21. September 2012 Lamb + Veal 0
This recipe came from Sam Sifton in the New York Times. It’s almost the perfect recipe for such an affordable piece of lamb. Even at Whole Foods, 2 racks at about 3 pounds cost $12, probably the least expensive big-ticket item I’ve ever bought there. As usual, I adjusted the recipe to work for me. ...

Monte’s

19. September 2012 Brooklyn, Italian 0
451 Carroll Street, Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn $45 each for 3 people, with 2 beers, with tip 718/852.7800 ♥ ♥ We needed to eat before the We Were Promised Jetpacks concert at the Bell House but Littleneck was closed and the first thing that came up on my phone that did not sound like a sticky-floor ...

Jin Ramen

12. September 2012 Japanese, West + East Harlem 0
3183 Broadway between Tiemann Place and 125th Street $20 each for 4 people, with drinks, with tip 646/559.2862 ♥ ♥ Ramen in Harlem? This is seriously the best thing that has happened in my neighborhood in the 7+ years I’ve lived there. Notable: 1. Happy hour $10 Sapporo pitchers after 10pm when I visited on ...