May 21, 2015

Dominque Ansel's Banana Bread

This banana bread may well be the best banana bread I've tried. I love my crumbly versions but this bread truly tastes gourmet. It's dense, perfectly sweet, very full of banana flavor, and has a delicate spicyness from the nutmeg.

It makes sense that the creator of the world-famous cronut makes a killer banana bread too. Make this recipe soon - it's amazing. 

A dense slice of soft bread.

A perfectly crispy exterior. 

A look at some other great banana breads I've tried:

Cinnamon Crumb Banana Bread

Smitten Kitchen Bourbon Banana Bread

David Leibovitz Banana Bread

May 20, 2015

Thai Chicken Street Noodles

I've tried numerous noodle stir fries but haven't found one much better than Mark Bittman's pad Thai, or one that is much different for that matter. This one is enough of a variation in flavor to be called something else ("street noodles" in this case) and are tasty enough to enter the regular rotation of easy, healthy weeknight dinners. My go-to's are usually rice bowls+meat+veggies or rice noodle stir fries or pasta and pizza dishes. I'm always happy to add more to that repertoire!

Fyi, I found the sweet chili sauce at Trader Joe's! I would also consider halving or reducing by 1/3 the amount of noodles. It wasn't saucy enough, and didn't have enough veggies to noodle ratio. 

Also, I often get questions on which Asian dishes to try when first starting out with Asian cooking. Although this isn't authentic, it's a good place to start because the ingredients are easy to attain! Enjoy!

Recipe and photo from: 

Spanish Chicken with Chorizo and Potatoes

I think this is my first time making a Spanish dish and I was skeptical. Nick had a homestay in Madrid for four months and despised the food he was fed. He said it was bland and repetitive, consisting mainly of potatoes. This dish has potatoes so I wondered if it would taste bland and too simple.

It was actually delicious! I doctored it up with about 6 cloves of garlic, sliced, shook about 1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes over the whole dish, and made sure to periodically ladle the sauce onto the chicken as it was cooking. I loved it, and so did my family! I can't wait to make this again :)

PS We halved this recipe and it was enough for 6 people (a thigh per person). I don't think anyone would have eaten two! 

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