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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Zucchini Cilantro Soup”

Though it may seem like a wintery dish, soup is actually one of my go-to meals in the summertime. It can easily utilize any variety of fresh seasonal produce, can often be served chilled for those really hot days, and doesn’t take a ton of effort to throw together. This bright green version featuring zucchini and cilantro can be served either hot or cold and can even be made a couple of days in advance to c ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Green Goddess Dressing”

When grilling up meats for your tailgating parties, you may as well through some healthy veggies on as well. Give them a nice char, then serve them topped with this bright green, packed with flavor dressing. The blend of fresh herbs, salty anchovies, creamy avocado compliments almost any vegetable you can imagine. Recently I tossed it with fresh cucumbers and blanched green beans, but imagine it would be pe ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Sesame Edamame”

A spread of treats that are easy to nibble on elevates any gathering to winning status. Regardless of whether the party has Asian culinary influence or not, edamame is an excellent addition. It's simple to throw together and fun to eat. Flavored simply by soy sauce and sesame oil, these would be taken up another notch with a dusting of toasted sesame seeds. Sesame Edamame 12 oz. frozen edamame in pods 1/4 c ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Blueberry Pie”

Each winter I greedily imagine the numerous summer pies I will conjure once the temperatures warm up and seasonal fruits are in abundance. Then the sweltering temperatures hit and I remember that turning on the oven for an hour and a half is akin to spending the rest of the day in a fiery hell (the downfalls of a NYC apartment with no central air…) and all those dreams are pushed to the wayside. Yet when I ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Portabella Sandwiches”

Every once in a while I need a break from burgers, hot dogs, and steaks at a sports game. When I still want something hearty but feel like stepping away from the meat, I seek out a portabella sandwich. The mushroom’s rich notes are complimented here with bright lemon-rosemary aioli and a simple arugula salad. Portabella Sandwiches Serves 4 4 portabella mushrooms Salt and pepper 1/4 c. mayonnaise Zest from 1 ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Caipirinhas”

Though the World Cup and its surrounding mania is over, I’m continuing to celebrate summer sports and warm-weather parties with a Brazilian drink in hand: the caipirinha. It is simple and bright with fresh citrus, and refreshes on even the muggiest hot days. Though I’ve seen folks substitute white rum for the cachaca, I’d recommend hunting down this special spirit made from sugar cane juices for its unique ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Watermelon Salad”

Hot, humid days call for cool, crisp salads. This version utilizes tender summer bib lettuce topped off with bright melon and a tangy dressing. It’s a beautiful pairing with grilled meats and veggies but also makes a light lunch when anything else feels too heavy. Watermelon Salad Serves 4 Juice of 1 lemon 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar 1/2 t. salt 1/4 t. pepper 1/4 t. mustard powder 1/2 c. olive oil 5 c. bib lett ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Bison Burgers”

With the Fourth of July stepping up to the plate tomorrow it’s time to fire up that grill. And if you are wanting a bit of a change-up without straying too far from the classics I’ve got just the thing for you. A bison burger is leaner than beef with only a bit of gamey notes compared to other unique meats. By adding a pat of compound butter to the interior of the patty you get added flavor throughout plus ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Epoisses Sauce”

I’ve always loved a good crumble of bleu cheese on a well-cooked steak so I was intrigued when I was presented with the option of an epoisses sauce for my meat when traveling through Burgundy, France. Epoisses is a washed-rind cheese that is known for being especially stinky. I’m a huge fan of the runny, fragrant cheese and was thrilled with the way it complimented the juicy, rich steak. The sauce is be ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Strawberry Ice Cream”

Summer hits and my oven stays off. The heat is too oppressive to amplify it with a contained flame burning in my apartment. Yet there is one kitchen appliance that comes out and gets a workout in these hot and sweaty months: the ice cream maker. I whip up batches and batches of the creamy stuff in an attempt to cool down. I make it all: traditional styles, boozy varieties, and sometimes experiments with ite ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Smoky Asparagus Salad”

As a New Yorker with a small apartment and no yard, I am constantly trying ways to feel like I’m cooking out without the grill. This chilled asparagus dish has smoky notes that hint at the outdoors with no fire required. Even for those with a grill, this side is great for the less-than-ideal-bbq-weather days.   Smoky Asparagus Salad 2 bundles of asparagus, trimmed and washed 1/2 c. olive oil 3-4 drop ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Refried Beans”

Anytime you speak to someone about the food of LA tacos will inevitably pop up. Being so close to the southern border means the immigrants’ influence is strong in the cuisine, lending authenticity yet inspiring change and creativity to dishes. When I make tacos at home, whether going traditional or with a twist, I like to add a schmear of refried beans. It gives bulk and depth to almost any taco. This rec ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Smoked Paprika Popcorn”

Popcorn has always been one of my favorite go-to snacks. It is fast and easy, cheap, and can be dolled up to fit any sort of snack food craving: tossed with shredded Parmesan for a savory treat or with cinnamon and sugar for sweet. This version feels very grown up: it is smoky and deep and I just can’t seem to get enough. I always keep bulk popcorn on hand instead of bags of the microwave stuff. It is jus ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Monkey Bread”

Growing up, monkey bread always seemed like such a treat. Warm and gooey, each piece peeled off releasing its cinnamon aromas, and was easily popped into the mouth in a single bite. It was such a rare treat in our house that I never imagined the recipe would be so simple. Sure, you can make your own bread dough for this if you really feel the urge, but why waste precious time that could otherwise be spent s ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Garlic Bread”

There are many meals that have a special place in my heart and in the memory of my taste buds. Yet there is one dish that seems to transcend the meal itself—it is able to accompany many different cuisines, adds bulk to light meals, and is always one of the first things to go from my dinner tables. The perfect thing to serve up almost any night of the week: garlic bread. This version elevates the simple bu ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Berger Cookies”

This week celebrate the Royals taking on the Orioles with an over-the-top sweet treat from this rival’s town. Berger cookies have a shortbread-like base and are literally PILED with fudgy frosting—the signature version is usually about half and half. The cakey cookies were originally brought via a German family to Baltimore and the DeBaufre Bakeries there still churn out these treats today. Make a batch ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Green Beans with Horseradish”

With the holidays taking place this week I’ve been pouring over (i.e. drooling over) menus and recipe ideas for Passover and Easter meals. Thanks to its placement on a traditional Passover Seder plate, horseradish has come up in my search again and again and has tunneled itself into my list of cravings this week. To satiate this desire I whipped up a batch of green beans thoroughly coated with the sharp b ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Honeycrisp Apple Tartlets”

As the Royals head into their series against the Twins I bring you a dish created from a Minnesota native, the Honeycrisp apple. The Honeycrisp is a hybrid that was created at the University of Minnesota and introduced in 1991. Though young, it has grasped the hearts of many an apple lover with its crisp, sweet-tart bite. To let its natural flavors shine I’ve created a tart with very few ingredients, mean ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Roasted Jalapeno Ranch Dressing”

Sometimes in the midst of too much meat and potatoes it’s nice to offer up a salad to add a touch of green to your party. But a simple side salad doesn’t have to be boring. A homemade dressing goes a long way to add a burst of flavor to a big bowl of lettuce and veggies. This take on buttermilk ranch gets a kick of heat from roasted jalapenos, making it an excellent option to serve alongside any Mexican ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Removing Cooking Oil Stains”

It happens to the most careful among us: while frying up something tasty the oil splatters, making it's way around the apron and onto our clothes. We drizzle the olive oil a bit too enthusiastically. A bite into a greasy treat drips onto our shirt. Over and over again I found myself faced with oil stains on my clothes from cooking and eating. Tired of thinking that the clothes were forever ruined I turned t ...

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