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A Recent Recipe Concoction: Farfalle with Chicken, Capers, Asapargus, Roasted Red Peppers & Pecorino Cheese

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Sometimes, my ability to follow directions falls short. OK, I’ll admit it — most of the time my ability to follow recipe directions falls short. I will explain why though very easily… I don’t want to walk to yet ANOTHER store to pick up some dry white wine or schlep (yiddish word for haul) a big ass can of tomatoes sometimes when I’ll be walking home from the market on foot. With that in mind, many of the things I create are “my little concoctions“. My killer egg white omelets began in a similar fashion — I used to throw any veggies and cut up cheese I had in my fridge into the omelet, well more like my scramble. Regardless, they came out AMAZING. From that point on, I go first with convenience and work my way back from there.

I didn’t want to follow through the pasta/chicken recipe I brought with me to the market last week so I decided to grab things I enjoy eating and hope that it tasted good together, boy did I luck out this time. This dish is so easily converted from a dinner to a tupperware lunch pick. I promise it’s just as good cold and or hot the next day at work or in school.

Ingredients

  • Boneless Chicken Breasts (Poached, preferably or sauteed if you’d prefer)
  • Pecorino Romano Cheese (finely grated)
  • Whole Wheat Farfalle
  • Fresh Baby Asapargus (1 small bundle)
  • Tomato Sauce (a small can of Hunt’s will do)
  • Roasted Red Peppers (skip the ones covered in oil, opt for the ones in water or nothing at all instead)
  • Garlic (minced)
  • Capers (salted, of course, have you met me?)

Instructions

  1. Place raw washed chicken in cut up pieces into a small boiling pot, cover and keep on high heat until chicken is fully cooked through and moist – approximately 10 minutes maximum
  2. While the chicken is cooking, cook the whole wheat Farfalle until almost al dente then add in the fresh asapargus, cook for approx. 2-3 more minutes then put through pasta sifter
  3. In a large bowl, combine the small can of tomato sauce, minced garlic (2 tbl), roasted red peppers, percorino cheese and capers
  4. Once the chicken is cooked thoroughly, cut into bite size pieces and toss into the large bowl with the tomato mixture
  5. Pour the pasta/asapargus mixture into the tomato mixuture
  6. Garnish with some additional Pecorino and Capers

As mentioned before, look how easy it is to bring with you to work?! ENJOY

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My All Time Favorite NYC Hidden Gems (Well, Some Have Already Been Discovered)

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm

ABC Carpet & Home

What is there to say that already hasn’t been said about ABC Carpet & Home? This home and decorating MECCA is located near Union Square. Meaning, any time I am even remotely and by remotely I mean within a mile distance, from the store, I just have to pop my head in. The photo is a snapshot of my boyfriend’s second experience at ABC last weekend – he didn’t realize until the end of our recent trip that it extends six more floors up. My mom and I have always made it a point when visiting NYC to go into ABC to look at jewelry. She’s a designer and loves to see other innovative artists and of course also purchase some for her and I as well. This store is constantly evolving and becoming even more of a NYC spectacle – I can’t wait until I have the finances on my own to decorate my house in nothing by ABC.

Madison Square Park

I have, for certain very loving reasons, been frequenting the Flatiron District throughout the past year. This area continues to amaze me – I am obsessed with the actual Flatiron Building itself, Eataly and the great stores in that area. Madison Square Park just can’t be compared. Their seasonal installation pieces of art are absolutely amazing — I was forced many times this winter, to gaze at the art while unable to feel my fingers or toes, I didn’t mind it for some reason though. Also, the beautiful lights surrounding Shake Shack make waiting an hour or more in line for a small hamburger, somewhat tolerable and even enjoyable.

CHELSEA MARKET

If I could pick any commercial building to live on top of, near, next to you name it I would pick Chelsea Market in heartbeat. I think this is THE coolest open market in the city and is full of amazing foodie finds. Even the small Espresso stand delivers unbelievable coffee — sure, you’re paying more than at a local bottega, but it’s damn worth it if you’re a coffee fanatic. Some of my favorite places inside include: Amy’s Breads, Dickson’s Farm Stand, Fat Witch Bakery, The Filling Station and Sarabeth’s

WESTVILLE

As if I haven’t given Westville more action than any other restaurant on this blog, I have to go BACK to my love and adoration for Westville in this post. SIDE NOTE, rather large side note, while dining there with my best friend Julia last week, I didn’t realize for the duration of my dinner that I was dining next to THE Ryan Gosling – who would’ve thought someone so famous would be so in tune with his inner hippe East Village foodie side? Everything about this place I adore – the rotating seasonal menu, the print out copies of their menu which is written on a notepad, their chicken chili, massive portions for salads and amazing sides which are PERFECTLY amazing as an entree in of itself.

CITIPUPS

This is my biggest guilty NYC pleasure. Am I going to purchase yet another puppy mill dog after having 3 pugs from similar situations? No, no I will not. Is there anything wrong, however, with spending my Saturday afternoons pretending otherwise and sitting in a boxed in cage on the floor with various Boston Terriers and French Bulldogs? Nope, I didn’t think so either.

CHELSEA GRILL

Since the day I moved here, I have been a Chelsea Grill devotee. Maybe I am extremely attracted to it’s low key deal… they refuse to join Open Table, only accept walk ins, don’t even bother with an online website and yet? There’s never an empty seat in the house. The waitresses went from being “friendly” staff I knew somewhat to close acquaintances of mine at this point. The portions are huge, the wine is overpoured and I am content with it, 3 to 4 nights a week — don’t judge. I like stability and a “Cheers” like environment every once and a while. Do you really blame me?

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (MOMA)

Having minored in Art History and…. having three artists in my immediate family, I have grown to become quite an art nerd. I love museums, more specifically Contemporary and or Modern Art. This museum blows my mind — every remarkable piece of art can be found in this four floor museum. It’s a gorgeous space itself — very bare boned and minimalistic which is my style to a T. I can’t wait for another muggy summer rainy day to spend the day strolling through the floors of the MOMA again. 

ROSA MEXICANO

Oh Rosa… this is the last time I’ll mention this restaurant at least until September I promise. I will continue to love Rosa as long as I am in NYC. The homemade guacamole, Pomegranate Margs, tortilla soup, shrimp brochette skewers and their pico de gallo are all incredible. While I am in love with all 3 NYC locations, I didn’t like my two experiences at the Miami location. Luckily I only venture there for quick weekend getaways.