Recipes Strawberry-Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake

Of all the fruits, rhubarb retains the most magical nostalgic quality for me. Back when I was very small, it grew gargantuan each spring around the farmhouse. My mom always made terrific rhubarb desserts. Sweet-tart. Spicy. Distinctly rhubarb-y. What’s funny is that rhubarb isn’t actually a fruit. It’s a stem, making it technically a vegetable… but who eats rhubarb as a vegetable? No, rhubarb is the vegetable that found its true calling in the fruit world.

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Recipes Thai-Style Cucumber-Radish Salad

How long has it been since I posted a recipe? Too long, clearly. Travel, work and a busy schedule of triathlon training have kept me from blogging, but today I come to you with a salad that celebrates one of the underrated wonders of the spring season: the radish. I found some lovely red radishes at the farmer’s market last weekend — tender and almost sweet with a gentle peppery bite.

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Recipes Brooklyn Food Conference and a Beautiful Sesame Bean Salad

The call went out. And the foodies poured in. The people who pickle and the people who vend kitchenware. The people who grow community gardens and the people who grow kombucha. The Slow Food people and the Just Food people. The vegans and the grass-fed meat vendors. They came, they spoke and they distributed their recycled paper brochures. Disappointingly, the workshop I really wanted to attend (Permaculture : an introduction to ecological design systems fro sustainability) was stuffed to the walls with folks pouring out into the hallways of John Jay High School.

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Recipes A Dozen Ideas for Boiled Eggs

Ahh, Easter. Egg dying. Egg hiding. Egg finding. And then… a lot of hard-boiled eggs to use up in a hurry. I’m sure you know how to make a simple egg salad (dice boiled eggs, add chopped celery if you like and slather with enough mayo to moisten), but just in case you’re long on eggs and short on ideas, here’s a dozen other things to do with a hard-boiled egg.

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Regarding the Abuse of Peeps

I don’t know what my coworker Suzy Hotrod has against marshmallow Peeps. For the past couple of years, we’ve done an Eastover potluck (Easter + Passover dishes), and this year, we made it a St. Eastover potluck, incorporating St. Pat’s day in the mix. Last year, Suzy made a Peeps Fondue, dunking the poor things in a bath of thick, rich chocolate lava. This year, it was Peeps S’mores, their little pink and yellow bodies crushed between slabs of graham cracker.

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Food Horoscope: Aries

Happy birth-month, Aries folks! Aries, the Ram (March 20 - April 19) Now, I’m merely a cook, and not an astrologer, but here’s my advice for your foodcast: You’ve heard the old cliches and expressions regarding patience? Of course you have. I’d bet that just every culture on the planet has one (or more). I think it might be a good year to meditate on whichever patience mantra speaks to you.

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What’s In The Box? Part II

It’s week two of my half-share CSA distribution. The local weather’s been alternating between gorgeous sunny days and violent thunderstorms recently. That has to be affecting the local veggies. The first shipment was heavy on lettuces. So what’s in the box this week? Arugula Zucchini… big ones! Chinese cabbage (flowering, but still tasty) Mesclun lettuce mix Red leaf lettuce Pea shoots

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Recipes Ten Thousand Picnics, One Custard Baklava

Our extended cold, damp spring was all forgiven this past weekend. For those of us who stuck around for the holiday, three glorious days of sunshine, blue skies and idyllic chirping birds reminded us that New York can actually be a pleasant place to live. From my informal survey of city parklands, I estimate there were roughly oh, somewhere in the neighborhood of ten thousand picnics happening around the city this weekend.

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Recipes Sopa de Gallo: A (Much Tastier) Chicken in Every Pot

Though Herbert Hoover is often (and falsely) credited with a campaign promise to give the nation “a chicken in every pot,” the phrase never sounded terribly enticing to me. Chicken was usually pretty disappointing in the flavor department. Truthfully, when I was growing up, there wasn’t much chicken around the house. After we moved off the farm, Dad thought the grocery store chickens lacked the appropriate oomph, so we ate lots more turkey than chicken.

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A Divine Brine for Ramps, Scallions or Shallots
Recipes A Divine Brine for Ramps, Scallions or Shallots

‘Round these parts, you’ve got to get up pretty early to get your hands on ramps. Even then, you’ll be going elbow-to-elbow with the chefs, sous-chefs and epicureans who understand just how short is the season, how tasty is the plant and how brief is our dance with this coy forest onion. The number-one question among the vegetable groupies hanging around the ramp bins is, of course, “What do I do with them?

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About Me

Miss Ginsu is a nom-nom-nom de plume of Leitha Matz, who worked at Tabla and FreshDirect in NYC, wrote about the food scene from 2004 to 2009 in Brooklyn and presently lives in Berlin. Occasionally seen on TV cooking segments, Leitha has also written for FreshDirect, contributed to Cee Cee Berlin, The Food52 Cookbook and has been interviewed/quoted in The Food Keeper as well as The Washington Times and Salon.

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