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Featured Vendors: Dutch Apple Stroop & Eastern District Cheese

It was a great pleasure sampling stroop in Transmitter Park with Carina of Dutch Artisan, who will be sharing a table with Eastern District at our market on Saturday. Like a good Dutch woman she biked to Greenpoint from Park Slope and told me her story while feeding me delicious globs of Dutch Apple Stroop.

I know you are wondering WTF is stroop? Well, it’s not jelly and it’s not jam – it’s its own thing – it’s stroop. It is made of apples from very old trees in Holland, tall apple trees. The apples are boiled down into what resembles molasses and has a sweet and tart prune flavor, and it is perfect with cheese – plus there are lots of great recipes where it can be used as well. I also tried some sweeter stroop, made with beets and apples and now I am enjoying it every morning on my toast. Continue reading

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Cheap Eats – Borek: A Turkish Treat in Greenpoint

While picking up special cat food for my obese tuxedo at Greenpoint Vet Hospital, I grabbed a coffee across the street at Cafe Pistachio (114 Nassau Ave), which contributor Jen H. raved about a few months ago.

It was late in the afternoon and the drip coffee looked like it had been sitting out all day so I ordered a short espresso, which was way too long and not something I would go back for. I did notice something I would return for, though.

For a while I’d been very curious about Borek after seeing the frozen variety at a European deli. (I’ve also seen it spelled Burek.) The Borek on display at Pistachio looked fresh and delicious and since we were starving it was a great take home appetizer before cooking dinner. The server said they make them in house, too.

There were a few varieties to chose from: cheese, potato, ground meat and spinach, and I went with Spinach. It was a flakey, buttery and moist phylo dough pastry stuffed with spinach and salty feta, served with dill sour cream on the side. It was really satisfying and makes for a really cheap snack or small lunch at only $4. That is cheap!

Can you recommend any other spots in Greenpoint for delicious Borek?

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Recipe: Victoria’s Amazingly Delicious & Easy Hummus!

I have been working on my hummus game for years and it has taken me quite some time to perfect my recipe. I’m ready to share it with you. My personal hummus recipe is a hybrid derived from traditional middle eastern recipes blended with my own flavor preferences. It can be categorized as smooth and nutty with a tangy kick.

A few things to consider when making hummus… Continue reading

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EASY ROASTED SQUASH SEEDS

roasted squash seedOur new obsession with composting makes me think about how I can use each part of the vegetable instead of just tossing it into our freezer, which is our rotting food storage container.
I recently made some roasted squash with an acorn squash and a butternut squash. You can roast any squash seeds just like you can roast pumpkin seeds.
I think they taste much better than the seeds you get from Jack-O-Lantern pumpkins.
It’s so simple. Just clean the seeds. If you have a high powered spray nozzle on your sink, that helps. Get rid of all the stringy squash guts.
Spread the seeds onto a roasting pan, and coat in olive oil, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. Go crazy with the spices! Curry and garlic powder are great, too. Roast for about 20 minutes in a pre-heated oven at around 375° until they are browned. Watch out because they can burn easily.

They make such a delicious salty savory snack.

Do you have any special technique for roasting seeds?

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Recipe: Eggplant Talk

While shopping at the Farmer’s Market, I cannot resist fresh eggplants! There is nothing better than to simply slice and fry an eggplant and eat it, soggy with olive oil, on a piece of Italian Bread. When I fry it in little chunks, it’s perfect on red sauce with spaghetti.

When I see these little itty bitty purple eggplants, I have a mental freak out. My Japanese friends taught me the simplest and easiest way to prepare them. Continue reading

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(EASY) RECIPE: PEACH BOATS

Some of the best snacks are the healthiest and simplest. Peach season is here so make a peach boats! They are succulent, sweet, savory, crunchy and tangy – basically everything that is awesome, in one big juicy bite. A great appetizers at a BBQ, they take no time to prepare. Cut each peach in half and remove the pit. Stuff it with crumbled bleu cheese, top it with almonds (walnuts & pecans are great, too) then drizzle balsamic glaze* on top. That’s it!

Also called Balsamic Vinegar Creme, you can find it at The Garden (921 Manhattan Ave) Or, you can just reduce balsamic vinegar down until it’s thick and syrupy. It last until forever in your fridge and is perfect over ice cream and salads, too.

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