I’ve never tasted anything like Georgian yogurt. No, not that Georgia. I’m talking about THE Eastern European wine and food haven, a tiny country bound by the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea, smack in the middle of Turkey, Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. As I was eating and drinking my way through the up-and-coming culinary hotspot, I picked up a few fantastic local recipes.
Yogurt and coriander soup is a warm weather favorite in Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital city. Served both hot and cold, the tangy herb-spiked broth goes down nicely with a loaf of homemade bread and a cool glass of semi-sweet, Georgian white wine. Even without Georgia’s sensational farm-fresh yogurt, this is an easy recipe to follow and any high quality plain, Greek-style yogurt (Fage, Chobani, etc.) will work. Read more
This is a quick and easy Foodie Friday recipe post: a simple, refreshing and delicious summer salad made from ripe tomatoes, tuna fish, capers and red onions.
I was first introduced to the dish in Tuscany, at the farmer’s house next door. I’d never been a huge fan of canned tuna. In fact, it remained one of the only foods I had a real aversion to. This is the dish that completely changed my mind. The mixture of sweet red onions, salty capers and fresh, pink Italian tuna fish is a winning combination. I loved the salad so much, I went home and made it the very next day for lunch. Since then, this dish has become a staple of my summer diet. Read more
I recently moved back to the Italian countryside for the summer. One of the best parts about spending the summer on a farm in Tuscany is the access to fresh fruit and vegetables. My neighbors are primarily olive farmers, but they have an extensive vegetable garden and raise their own chickens, geese and pigs for food. They grow tomatoes that slice to the size of steaks. Apricot and pomegranate trees line their dirt driveway. Read more
New York Pizza
I’ve made pizza before in Italy, so how hard could it be to make it in my New York City apartment? I had a hankering for pizza last night and was feeling ambitious – a perfect time to experiment in the kitchen and whip up something fabulous for my Foodie Friday recipe series. Uh huh, right. This might be a good time to call for pizza delivery. If you’re feeling as ambitious as I did, here’s a slightly improved version of my pizza recipe. Let me know if it gets you kissing your fingertips to the sky and singing “That’s Amore” into the night. Read more
I’m currently back in New York City between international foodie adventures, cooking up a storm in “The Little Kitchen that Could.” Yes, this is my entire kitchen and dining room. Though it’s small, the kitchen’s top-of-the-line appliances pack a mean culinary punch. I’ve turned out some delicious food in this tiny space, including one of my favorite at-home meals: chicken fajitas.
First off, I’d like to clarify that this is not some crazy complex recipe designed for Top Chef contestants or molecular superstar wannabes. It’s not really even a recipe, more like a hungry cheater’s guide to a quick foodie fix. These fajitas are one of my favorite dinners to make when I’m between trips and haven’t seen my friends in a while. I advertise “fajita night” on my Facebook page and suddenly the phone is ringing off the hook and SHAZAM! I’ve got instantaneous dinner guests with bonus booze in tow. Read more