Long Way on a Little: An Earth Lover’s Companion for Enjoying Meat, Pinching Pennies and Living Deliciously is my new bible on grass-fed meat. Much more than a cookbook, it’s a serious text on buying, cooking and overall understanding pastured meats. Joel Salatin says the book, “should grace every omnivore’s kitchen – open, stained, spattered and loved.” I plan to get mine splattered pronto, starting with this recipe.
Food & Dining
It’s kind of appropriate that the Pod39 Hotel is housed in a former, landmarked Salvation Army building, because hanging out on its open-to-the-public rooftop cocktail lounge on a beautiful day (or night) is the kind of open-air rescue that a New Yorker needs every now and again.
Peas are showing up on purportedly locavore menus around town, but honest local pods won’t debut at Greenmarket for another month or so. Until then, we like to pre-game with PEA SHOOTS, which are literally popping up all over and contain the true taste of the finished product, minus the waiting.
This rugged, chunky granola from Joyce Bakeshop in Prospect Heights makes a hearty topping for a bowl of local yogurt. Or enjoy it on its own and wash it down with a cool glass of milk.
With the burst of warm weather earlier this week, it feels like something must be growing out there, right? Sadly, it’s still a bit soon for those first spring crops to hit the Greenmarkets. Until they do, here’s a terrific recipe that will tickle your taste buds and get you through the last, long stretch of early spring.
If this warm, then cold, then warm, then freezing weather has affected you like it has us, your throat is aching and you feel more like cuddling up under a blanket than picnicking in the park. This recipe for Warm Spiced Ginger Tea is the perfect remedy for the where-is-spring blues.
This recipe for Grilled Squid with Chickpeas and Arugula comes from Mark Usewicz, half of the husband-and-wife team behind Brooklyn’s very first community-supported fishery, Mermaid’s Garden. If you don’t have a grill, there’s a sauté option, too.
Anita Lo, renowned chef of the West Village contemporary American restaurant Annisa, has a second home on Long Island where she fishes from a kayak off of Bird Island. This recipe comes from her cookbook “Cooking Without Borders.”