When it's 90+ degrees outside, the last thing you want to do is turn on the stove or oven! Whether you've got friends stopping by or just want a great tasting snack, these are two of my favorite "no-cook" recipes.
Crispy Lettuce Wraps w/ Shrimp, Bean Sprouts, & Peanut Dipping Sauce
1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
1 garlic clove
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon oriental sesame oil
1 1/4 pounds cooked, deveined jumbo shrimp, rinsed and tailed removed
1 medium-size red bell pepper, cut into matchstick-size strips
1 medium carrot, cut into matchstick-size strips
1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
1 1/2 cups bean sprouts (about 3 ounces)
18 leaves from hearts of romaine lettuce
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
For dipping sauce: In a blender (or mix by hand with a whisk) combine all ingredients until the mixture is smooth and transfer the sauce to a bowl. The sauce may be made 2 days in advance and kept covered and chilled.
To assemble: Arrange romaine lettuce leaves on serving platter. Divide filling among leaves. Sprinkle with chopped green onions and serve, passing dipping sauce separately.
Flatbreads with Ricotta, Prosciutto, Fresh Fig and Honey
4 pre-made flatbread rounds or ovals, about 8 inches in diameter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup fresh ricotta, strained
½ lb thinly sliced prosciutto
1 pint fresh figs, quartered
2 tablespoons honey
kosher salt, to taste
freshly ground pepper, to taste
To assemble: Brush each flatbread with olive oil. Spread ¼ cup of the ricotta on each flatbread leaving 1 inch space to outer edge. Divide remaining toppings evenly and layer each flatbread with the prosciutto, and figs. Drizzle with honey and season with salt and pepper. Cut flatbreads into fourths and serve.
As with EVERY year, August is a light month in the catering and events world. New Yorkers mistake themselves for Europeans and all go on "holiday". I decided this would be a perfect time to work on a project I've been talking about forever. I'm currently shooting a fun web series that is full of cooking and entertaining tips, but you'll also get to see me doing regular $h!t in and around NYC. Watch me struggle to lose these last few lbs (my baby is 13 months!), explore new ways to stay fabulous on a budget, and meet some of my favorite people. It all builds up to what is bound to be a weekend of surprises when I head to Las Vegas for one of my bestie's wedding!
Sneak peak pic: This is my answer to the oh-so-popular "avocado toast". Unfortunately, I'm allergic to avocado. This is sweet pea puree with fresh herbs on baguette toast topped with smoked salmon, a fried egg and creme fraiche. Yep! That's the kinda stuff we're serving up!
Coming soon! Fall 2015