Side Dishes

Food52 Feature: Jennifer Katz Gallery’s Lamb Meatballs
February 20th, 2012|Submit Comment »

 Food52 Feature: Jennifer Katz Gallerys Lamb Meatballs

Food52 Feature: Jennifer Katz Gallery’s Lamb Meatballs

Shishito Peppers
November 27th, 2011|1 Comment

shishito pepper 600x400 Shishito PeppersShishito Peppers

Rumor has it 1 in 100 of these will burn you so bad that you’ll die. Not sure how true that is, but it’s worth the risk.

Mashed Cauliflower
October 10th, 2011|1 Comment

Mashed Cauliflower 600x428 Mashed Cauliflower

I go through a cycle of diets — no-carb, low-carb, vegetarian, vegan, liquid, no-sugar and the no-salt diet. I like switching between them. The problem is they last a month before I go back to eating regular food for a while, then pick the next diet. I know, unhealthy.

I do find it odd when someone goes on one of these extreme diets and they use so many substitutions. You’re giving something up for a reason; why eat a substitute full of chemicals and other crap just to get something that kinda/almost tastes like the original?

My mother is constantly going on (and off, an then back on) her BFFs diet, the Atkins Diet. I remember her lighting a candle the day he died. She was so distraught over his passing. She called the clinic asking where the funeral was and they kindly told her it’s only for friends and family, not idolaters.

When she’s on Atkins, she eats vegetables, meats and cheeses. That’s it. So many times she’s asked me to make the “Fake Mashed Potatoes.” I always have to remind her that it’s Mashed Cauliflower and not fake mashed potatoes.


: Mashed Cauliflower

  1. 3 Heads of Cauliflower – Chopped
  2. ½ Cup Half and Half
  3. ¾ Cup Milk
  4. 5 Tablespoons Butter, divided
  5. 1 Teaspoon Salt
  6. 3 Tablespoons Sour Cream
  7. 8 Sage Leaves – Chopped

  1. In a large pot, add all of the ingredients except 1 tablespoon of butter, the sour cream and the sage leaves. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 20 minutes, or until the cauliflower is tender.
  2. Once cooked, add to a processor and process until smooth. Then add the sour cream and process for a few more seconds.
  3. In a small pan, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and the sage leaves. Cook for 3 minutes on low heat until the sage is crispy. Plate the cauliflower and pour the butter and sage mixture on top.

Number of servings (yield): 8

Brooklyn Shrimp Salad
August 3rd, 2011|3 Comments

Brooklyn Shrimp Salad 600x400 Brooklyn Shrimp SaladThis recipe is named after my least favourite borough of New York City: Brooklyn! It may be the home of Lil’ Kim, but I just can’t bring myself to move there. I avoid it as much as I can. But for some reason, all the cool, good-looking smokers have inhabited it.


Hummus with Feta Cheese
March 22nd, 2011|4 Comments

Homemade Hummus Social Chef 600x429 Hummus with Feta Cheese

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been conscious of the struggle for peace in the Middle East. As a kid seeing it, I never really understood what was going on. As I got older, I heard about peace talks, but they only seemed to result in more violence followed by another round of peace talks. Now it’s become such a constant thing that it seems as if war is a foregone conclusion. Have people just accepted war as the status quo?


Roasted Fennel with Pine Nuts
February 21st, 2011|11 Comments

Roasted Fennel Pine Nuts Social Chef 600x428 Roasted Fennel with Pine Nuts

February is so hard for me. It’s far enough from January that I’ve already failed at all of my New Year’s resolutions and close enough to summer that I begin to realize I need to lose weight. I feel stuck in limbo. Besides being Black History Month, I also like to call February Vegetable Month — a month where I try to incorporate as many vegetables into my diet as possible and honor all the black people that make music videos, clubs and Chelsea Lately so much fun.


Stracciatella Soup with Veal Meatballs
February 7th, 2011|3 Comments

Stracciatella Soup Veal 600x400 Stracciatella Soup with Veal Meatballs

Stracciatella Soup with Veal Meatballs: Imagine going home to your Italian mother and telling her you’re going to marry the girl from the True Blue video, Debi Mazar. That’s what Italian farmer Gabriele Corcos had to do when he decided to marry the bitchy publicist from HBO’s Entourage. Like any Italian mother, Corcos’ mama’s main concern was how Mazar would wash, clothe and feed him. Just like she’s been doing for 30 years.


Fig, Eggplant and Feta Cheese Salad
October 17th, 2010|5 Comments

Fig Eggplant Feta Salad social chef1 600x399 Fig, Eggplant and Feta Cheese SaladFig Eggplant and Feta Cheese Salad: What is it about airports that turn people into complete lunatics? Whatever happens to someone the moment they enter the revolving door at JFK is completely beyond me. I’ve seen people go from fun-loving families to completely dysfunctional flight risks in a matter of minutes. People, life is only as crazy as you want it to be. If you decide ahead of time to make flying a huge issue, then that’s what you’ll get. Chill out, show up on time, bring your passport — and if all else fails, take a Xanax.


Foie Gras French Toast
October 4th, 2010|10 Comments

Foie Gras jennifer Katz Gallery maple1 600x400 Foie Gras French ToastHave you ever thought about what makes you a good person? You do the occasional charity walk to support your good friend’s cousin/uncle/grandmother to find a cure for whatever ails them. You’ve seen The Blind Side. You think about a career change into the nonprofit sector to “make a difference” — maybe you even dream of adopting a child from a third world country. These are all good things, and I also think about them. But I haven’t quit my job to work for justice or taken in a needy child… at least, not yet. It makes me wonder: What is stopping me from becoming this “good person?” Could it be an addiction to illegally downloading music? Lately, I’ve feared it may have to do with my foie gras obsession.


Zucchini Blossoms
September 27th, 2010|8 Comments

zucchini blossoms my socal chef 600x450 Zucchini BlossomsAmerican Idol announced its new judges last week, and all I could think was, “American Idol is still on?” Then, upon seeing the pictures of the press conference, I wondered, “What are Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler doing at a Marc Anthony concert?”