After my last post on Guacamole, I am AMAZED to know how many people do not like cilantro, and more importantly how it tastes like “soap” to many. Really? Surely it must be a "gene" thing because it doesn't taste like soap to me or anyone I personally know. Crazy!
And you all must have heard this week that we in the Northeast region have a massive snowstorm coming our way. We’re looking at up to 24 inches of snow in the Boston area, and up to 18 inches of snow in the New York City area. Ugghhhh! I suppose I’ll make some comfort food and bake some low-fat goodies. Stay safe, stay warm!
And now, Friday's Favorite Things... clearly I pigged out this past week. Balance is key my friends! :-)
1. All-Clad Stainless Steel Covered French Skillet, 13” @ Macys
Recently I purchased my very first All-Clad item that I finally used on Super Bowl weekend for making Penne alla Vodka. By doing so I am trying to get away from using nonsticks because I believe they are harmful once heated as they release toxic chemicals that put us at risk for cancer. In my humble opinion, you are better off adding a little extra oil in a stainless steel pan and skipping the nonstick stuff altogether. This All-Clad skillet heats up quickly and evenly, it is made in the USA, it is perfect for sautés and shallow frying, it is so shiny and pretty, hence good enough to put on the table. There is one negative though, the lid does get hot which took me by surprise. I am sure there are other All-Clad pans out there where the lid doesn't heat up. Overall, comes in at a relatively reasonable price for a top quality brand. ~ $120 @ Macys
2. Elvis Cupcake @ Butter Lane Cupcakes
My new friend, Lauren (she writes for Lauren Loves to Eat and reviews really cool restaurants in NYC mainly), and I were invited to a Press Review Dinner in New York City. After dinner we both headed to Butter Lane Cupcakes in the East Village. Their Elvis Cupcake never fails me, it is so good. Banana Cupcake loaded with Peanut Butter Frosting that isn’t painfully sweet… ‘tis exactly how a cupcake should be. ~ $3.25 @ Butter Lane Cupcakes, New York City (East Village)
3. Gnocchi Parisian au Gratin @ Table Verte
The Press Review Dinner I mentioned above was at Table Verte, a new French vegetarian restaurant, located in the East Village. They served us their version of mac & cheese, but instead of macaroni they used gnocchi. Great twist. This Gnocchi Parisian au Gratin with truffle oil was so rich, creamy, and delicious and involved a lot of complex flavors in the background. Loved it and the presentation in this cute Le Creuset Mini Oval Cocotte. ~ $20 @ Table Verte, New York City (East Village)
I still can’t get over Beyonce’s performance at the Super Bowl! This woman does it all… she's hot, she's gorgeous, she has a great voice, she can dance her ass off, and she has a great body. My favorite song was Halo! If you missed it, here you go…
Beyonce’s Half-Time at the Super Bowl 2013
TELL ME: Do you use nonsticks, stainless steel, or cast-iron pots/pans for cooking?
Have you ever cooked an omelet in a cast-iron or stainless steel pan?
Do you need to add a lot of extra oil?