Aloo Gobi {Cauliflower Curry}

January 22, 2014

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A quick post to share one of my favorite Indian dishes. Goes so well with another favorite: Rajma Masala. Read all about Indian food and how to make it at home on Pittsburgh Magazine.
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Quick and Slow Winter Squash Risotto

October 30, 2013

A pressure cooker and slow cooker version of an old favorite


This post originally appeared on Pittsburgh Magazine

For the past two weeks, my CSA has been transitioning into fall produce. On top of my counter now lies a basket-full of potatoes, and at this moment, I have four winter squashes.

I love winter squash! I love how versatile it is – you can make sweet and savory dishes that are satisfying and full of Vitamin A and fiber. Maybe that’s why my potatoes tend to get left behind. I often opt for a more vitamin-packed squash or sweet potato when I think of starchy vegetables. And with celeriac, Jerusalem artichokes, parsnips, and turnips around, my potatoes often get less attention. This is not due to preference (I would eat French fries, mashed potatoes and potato salad everyday if I could), but rather of efficiency.

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The Best Summer Cocktails (or Mocktails, if you will)

June 25, 2013


Originally published on Pittsburgh Magazine

Virgin is not a pejorative term. I’m talking about food and drink here, people. Now “mocktail” – don’t even get me started. No one ever says, “I think I’m going to have a mocktail.” If I’m wrong, I don’t need to know who says it. I’ll trust you and the, um, interesting circle of friends you run with.

This doesn’t mean that I love saying, “I’d like a virgin margarita, please.” That sounds so wrong. Illegal, almost. I think we should just go ahead and call a margarita without tequila by a completely different name. I mean, the Geena Davis movie without Susan Sarandon isn’t called Simply Thelma, it’s called Stuart Little. See what I’m saying? That’s because Geena without Susan is a completely different experience. Or we can just be completely honest and say, “I’d like a margarita please. Just the mix, not the tequila. That’s right!” If you’re going for the virgin version, tell it like it is. Say it loud. Be proud. Stand straight(edge).

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Black-eyed Pea Fritters with Bayou Marinara

April 16, 2013


Finally! The recipes for the vegan entree at last week’s Bar Marco No Menu Monday!

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Chef-for-a-Night to Raise Funds for Food Revolution!

April 16, 2013


Last week, I played restaurant at Bar Marco to raise funds for the Obama High School Cooking Club — a Food Revolution Pittsburgh project. Working in the restaurant kitchen was one of the best times I’ve ever had. Read all about it on Pittsburgh Magazine!

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Happy New Year and The Top 5 of 2012!

January 16, 2013

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Hello everyone! A belated Happy New Year! (or a very early one if you celebrate other “New Year” dates — because you know, it happens all year!)

Wanted to share with you the Brazen Kitchen end of the year newsletter, in case you didn’t receive it. It was certainly a GREAT and exciting year with opportunities to post on Oprah.com, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, a feature on NPR and MSN’s Re:Discover series and much more. I also enjoyed telling the story of Wigle Whiskey and the first installment of Fearless Female Farmers with Maggie Robertson. The IPE also picked Brazen Kitchen as one of the Top 50 Veg Blogs of 2012 (along with Marcus Samuelsson and Heidi Swanson and Kris Carr!) And of course, in the fall, I completed a 9-month project in the making! (And took a little break posting in the process!) I cannot ask for a better year!

Here are the Top 5 posts of 2012!

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Pardon Me While I Make Milk

November 29, 2012

So here’s why my last post was September 27th! A “project” I’ve been cooking up for 9 months decided the time has come on September 30th :) Soooooo, I’ve been busy making milk :)

Thank you to those who checked in! I’m slowly getting back into the groove. In the meantime, keep up to date with The Brazen Kitchen on Pittsburgh Magazine — all new every week!

A Fortnight of Food, Filming and Fun

June 5, 2012

Pardon my quiet last week as I recupped from a couple of weeks of…too much fun. :) Not complaining! I packed a trip to NYC, taped a podcast with Chef Tom Totin at the Waffle Shop, a few days of filming a Pittsburgh episode of a travel series (I’m sworn to secrecy!) and an evening of foodie fun with my Food Co-Op.
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Girl Crushes and Bars

November 1, 2011

Come on. You have one. Me? I don’t have one. Not at all….I’m a playa. I have a lot of them. And let me say that Leah H. is one of them. Check out this bad ass photo and let me hear you say “no doubt.”
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Missed Connections – P4F

October 24, 2011

When I was living in NY, my train was the F train, which rivals only the L train on mentions in Missed Connections. The “Flirty Train” it was known then {gag}. And urban legend had it that if you want some 15 minutes of blind ad fame on Craig’s List, stay on the first car. And make sure you don’t have stray spinach on your teeth. Someone might be checking you out, already thinking about what his witty little CL entry will be.
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