Russian Carrots in Milk Sauce

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I bought this Russian cookbook at a Russian event and since springtime is synonymous with carrots, I decided to make carrots in milk sauce.  It’s a simple recipe.  I liked it, but no one else did.  If you like cream, you will like it.  It is bland, but I found it to be pleasant.  I got a bag of sliced carrots and cooked them with a teaspoon of sugar and pinch of salt.  The milk sauce is a roux made with milk, flour, butter and salt.

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Pizza Chiena

I made pizza chiena, or pizza rustica, for Easter this morning.  These are savory Italian Easter pies that I’ve written about before.  This pie is one of those recipes that everyone has a variation of.  Some people put provolone or other types of Italian meats in it too.  It varies a lot.  I put what I like in it.

I made a meatless version for the vegetarians. I used frozen pie crusts for this one. No reason, other than that’s what I had on hand. I had originally planned to make my own pie crust, but in the interests of time because I’ve had a lot going on, I used premade crust.

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For the meat version, I used a refrigerated pie crust.

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Pizza Chiena

5 eggs, beaten

1 lb. ricotta (I use Calabro brand.)

4 oz. shredded mozzarella

1/3 cup grated pecorino romano

1 cup diced salami

2 oz. diced prosciutto

salt and pepper

Mix everything together and put in prepared pie dish.  Add top crust.  Bake 350 for 1 hour.  Serve room temperature or cold.  (This pie should be kept refrigerated when not serving.)

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Weekend Whets 4/18

Taste of the Lower East Side, April 24, 2014, Lower East Side, Manhattan: A tasting of restaurants in the area.

Food Book Fair, April 25 through 27, 2014, Brooklyn: Event showcasing books by those in the food world.

Taste of the Nation, April 28, 2014, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., 82 Mercer, Soho, Manhattan: Tastings from notable NYC chefs and Alex Guarnaschelli booksigning. $225+.

Queens Taste 2014, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, 135-20 39th Avenue, Flushing, Queens: Tasting and networking event celebrating the borough. $100.

Tasting Brooklyn, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Green Building, 452 Union Street at Bond Street, Brooklyn: Tastings from Brooklyn’s best restaurants. $55+.

May

Grand Gourmet – The Flavor of Midtown®, Thursday, May 1, 2014 Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal, Midtown East, Manhattan: Tastings from area restaurants.

NY Burger Week, May 1 through 7, 2014: Seven days of burger-related events.

James Beard Awards, May 5, 2014, Lincoln Center, Manhattan

Sustainable Seafood Shindig, May 6, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Riverpark, a Tom Colicchio Restaurant, Kips Bay, Manhattan: A tasting including chefs David Chang, April Bloomfield, Anita Lo and more showcasing sustainable seafood preparations. $225.

Taste of Tribeca, May 17, 2014, Tribeca, Manhattan: Enjoy bites from neighborhood restaurants to benefit PS 150 and PS 234.

Ice Cream Social with Coolhaus and Ample Hills Creamery, Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Noon, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St, Upper East Side, Manhattan: Join the owners of Coolhaus and Ample Hills Creamery. $21.

Food Photography and Blogging Workshop, May & June, 2014, Private Dining Room (PDR) @ Naturally Delicious, Brooklyn: Four classes with Karen Wise on camera fundamentals, shooting in restaurants and editing images. $175 per class or $675 for all four.

June

Big Apple Barbecue, Saturday and Sunday, June 7 & 8, 2014, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Madison Square Park, Manhattan: Sample barbecue from around the country.

Italian Easter Rice Pie

This year for Easter, I made an Italian Easter rice pie.  I’ve written before about the Italian Easter pies, the pizza chiena, or pizza rustica, and the pastiera, or pizza grano.  This is a variation of the pizza grano.  The pizza grano is a Neapolitan wheat pie served at Easter.  My family traditionally made this pie at Easter time.  Part of my dad’s family is from the area near Benevento, Italy, and there they make a variation with rice instead of wheat.  So he grew up with both the wheat and rice pies at Easter.

I wanted to be ambitious this Easter/Lent and make a lot more, but I haven’t had the time.  I had wanted to make hot cross buns, but instead just got some yummy ones from a bakery.  I’m also going to make a pizza chiena.  My grandma has a variation of the pizza chiena that is vegetarian, using mashed potatoes.  I don’t think I will be making that one this year though, as I don’t have time.  Now, I do have a homemade crust recipe, but I can’t publish it or else I may get the malocchio from my aunt.

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Italian Easter Rice Pie

1 1/2 cups whole milk or 1 cup skim/1/2% milk and 1/2 cup light cream/half and half

1/2 cup rice

5 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 pound ricotta (I use Calabro brand.)

1 tablespoon orange blossom water  (You can find this at any Italian specialty shop like Di Palo’s or order it online.)

1 teaspoon vanilla

8 oz. candied citron  (You can find this at any Italian specialty shop like Di Palo’s or order it online.)

1 deep dish frozen pie crust

1 regular frozen pie crust

Cook rice according to package directions (with water).  Add milk and cook on low until milk is absorbed.  Cool.  Beat eggs and beat in sugar.  Add ricotta, orange blossom water, vanilla and citron and stir.  Stir in rice.  Put into deep dish pie crust and top with top crust.  (I used a regular pie crust for the top and cut strips with a pastry cutter.)  Bake at 350 for 1 hour.  Cool and serve.

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April Love With Food Box

April Love With Food box

I’m always excited to get my Love With Food box.  The April Love With Food box has some delicious goodies.  I already love Sahale snacks and the almonds with cranberries, honey and sea salt are my favorite.  The organic energy bar by BumbleBar is almond flavored but high on the sesame, so if you like sesame you will like it, as it’s healthy and yummy.  I didn’t like the green chile flavor of the popcorn by Crave Canyon.  I would prefer if it were just white cheddar, as that’s one of my favorite flavors.  However, the popcorn is high quality with nice fat kernels.  I’ve already had the dried fruits from Sensible Foods, and these are one of my favorite snacks.  I look forward to trying everything else.

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Weekend Whets 4/11

A Persian Feast, April 12, 2014, 6:30 p.m., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan: Group discussion of Middle Eastern art and culinary history followed by a hands-on cooking class. $150.

Cambalache: One Night in Argentina, Wednesday April 16 & Thursday, April 17, 2014, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., BKB Night Bazaar, 165 Banker Street, Brooklyn: Celebrate Argentina with its wine, food and arts. $80.

 

Taste of the Lower East Side, April 24, 2014, Lower East Side, Manhattan: A tasting of restaurants in the area.

Food Book Fair, April 25 through 27, 2014, Brooklyn: Event showcasing books by those in the food world.

Taste of the Nation, April 28, 2014, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., 82 Mercer, Soho, Manhattan: Tastings from notable NYC chefs and Alex Guarnaschelli booksigning. $225+.

Queens Taste 2014, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, 135-20 39th Avenue, Flushing, Queens: Tasting and networking event celebrating the borough. $100.

Tasting Brooklyn, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Green Building, 452 Union Street at Bond Street, Brooklyn: Tastings from Brooklyn’s best restaurants. $55+.

May

Grand Gourmet – The Flavor of Midtown®, Thursday, May 1, 2014 Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal, Midtown East, Manhattan: Tastings from area restaurants.

NY Burger Week, May 1 through 7, 2014: Seven days of burger-related events.

James Beard Awards, May 5, 2014, Lincoln Center, Manhattan

Sustainable Seafood Shindig, May 6, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Riverpark, a Tom Colicchio Restaurant, Kips Bay, Manhattan: A tasting including chefs David Chang, April Bloomfield, Anita Lo and more showcasing sustainable seafood preparations. $225.

Taste of Tribeca, May 17, 2014, Tribeca, Manhattan: Enjoy bites from neighborhood restaurants to benefit PS 150 and PS 234.

Ice Cream Social with Coolhaus and Ample Hills Creamery, Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Noon, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St, Upper East Side, Manhattan: Join the owners of Coolhaus and Ample Hills Creamery. $21.

Food Photography and Blogging Workshop, May & June, 2014, Private Dining Room (PDR) @ Naturally Delicious, Brooklyn: Four classes with Karen Wise on camera fundamentals, shooting in restaurants and editing images. $175 per class or $675 for all four.

June

Big Apple Barbecue, Saturday and Sunday, June 7 & 8, 2014, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Madison Square Park, Manhattan: Sample barbecue from around the country.

Weekend Whets 4/4

Just Food Conference, April 5 through 6, 2014, Teachers College, Columbia University, Manhattan:  Conference on making locally grown food available to New Yorkers.

Homemade Pizza with Roberta’s, Saturday, April 5, 2014, 2 p.m., Brooklyn: Learn how to make your own pizza.

Malaysian Cooking Class, April 5, 2014, 2 p.m., Auria’s Malaysian Kitchen Brooklyn: A hands-on cooking class celebrating Malaysian cuisine. $65.

Westeros Feast – Dinner with Release of Fire & Blood, April 6, 2014, 7 p.m., Jimmy’s No. 43, East Village, Manhattan:  A Westeros-inspired feast. $55.

Butts, Legs & Sides, April 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m., City Grit, Nolita, Manhattan:  Bo Ssäm Feast & Fried Chicken Fest. $55 for one; $195 for four.

Taste Talks, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., General Assembly, 902 Broadway 4th Floor, Manhattan:  Speakers and panels with Food Network, Thrillist, Goldbely, Tasting Table, Runa Tea, Plated, Grub Street and Num Pang, networking, snacks and drinks.

A Taste of Fifth Avenue, April 9, 2014, 6:30 p.m., The Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn: Sample tastings from local restaurants.

A Persian Feast, April 12, 2014, 6:30 p.m., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan: Group discussion of Middle Eastern art and culinary history followed by a hands-on cooking class. $150.

Cambalache: One Night in Argentina, Wednesday April 16 & Thursday, April 17, 2014, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., BKB Night Bazaar, 165 Banker Street, Brooklyn: Celebrate Argentina with its wine, food and arts. $80.

Taste of the Lower East Side, April 24, 2014, Lower East Side, Manhattan: A tasting of restaurants in the area.

Food Book Fair, April 25 through 27, 2014, Brooklyn: Event showcasing books by those in the food world.

Taste of the Nation, April 28, 2014, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., 82 Mercer, Soho, Manhattan: Tastings from notable NYC chefs and Alex Guarnaschelli booksigning. $225+.

Queens Taste 2014, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, 135-20 39th Avenue, Flushing, Queens: Tasting and networking event celebrating the borough. $100.

Tasting Brooklyn, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Green Building, 452 Union Street at Bond Street, Brooklyn: Tastings from Brooklyn’s best restaurants. $55+.

May

Grand Gourmet – The Flavor of Midtown®, Thursday, May 1, 2014 Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal, Midtown East, Manhattan: Tastings from area restaurants.

NY Burger Week, May 1 through 7, 2014: Seven days of burger-related events.

James Beard Awards, May 5, 2014, Lincoln Center, Manhattan

Sustainable Seafood Shindig, May 6, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Riverpark, a Tom Colicchio Restaurant, Kips Bay, Manhattan: A tasting including chefs David Chang, April Bloomfield, Anita Lo and more showcasing sustainable seafood preparations. $225.

Taste of Tribeca, May 17, 2014, Tribeca, Manhattan: Enjoy bites from neighborhood restaurants to benefit PS 150 and PS 234.

Ice Cream Social with Coolhaus and Ample Hills Creamery, Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Noon, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St, Upper East Side, Manhattan: Join the owners of Coolhaus and Ample Hills Creamery. $21.

Food Photography and Blogging Workshop, May & June, 2014, Private Dining Room (PDR) @ Naturally Delicious, Brooklyn: Four classes with Karen Wise on camera fundamentals, shooting in restaurants and editing images. $175 per class or $675 for all four.

June

Big Apple Barbecue, Saturday and Sunday, June 7 & 8, 2014, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Madison Square Park, Manhattan: Sample barbecue from around the country.