Chicken with Dried Mushrooms & Tomatoes
When it comes time to figure out what to make for dinner, I love the internet as much as anyone. I usually head straight to the NY Times Cooking section, or to Epicurious, Saveur or Food 52 for ideas and inspiration. But one weekend this past year, with our Philly travel plans cancelled by an upcoming storm (there is nothing worse than the Jersey turnpike in a thunderstorm with tornado and flood warnings), I had the unexpected luxury of free time on a Saturday morning. Sitting with a cup of coffee, I opened Biba’s Taste of Italy, a cookbook whose spine I had yet to crack in the year since it had been gifted to me by ...
Source: The Blog That Ate Manhattan - January 19, 2023 Category: Primary Care Authors: Margaret Polaneczky, MD Tags: Meat & Poultry Borgotaro braised Chicken Dinner party Dried mushrooms Emilia Romagna italian Make-ahead PGI Porcini recipe Stove top Tomatoes Source Type: blogs

Roast Cauliflower with Vadouvan Butter
In the “How did I not know about this before?” category, allow me to introduce you to vadouvan, a delicious Indo-French curry spice mix that will blow your taste buds and your mind. Thanks to bro Joe for turning me on to vadouvan, though the real credit goes to the French colonists in seventeenth century Pundicherry, India who created the spice mix as they blended French and Indian cuisines. Vadouvan is complex and piquant but milder than traditional curry, and a truly exotic treat for your taste buds. Joe learned about Vadouvan from his buddy Mourad, the modern Moroccan chef whose book Mourad-New Moroccan ...
Source: The Blog That Ate Manhattan - January 16, 2023 Category: Primary Care Authors: Margaret Polaneczky, MD Tags: Vegetables cauliflower French curry vadouvan Source Type: blogs

Goug ères
Gougères. The perfect appetizer for the holidays. So impressive, so fancy, so French. And yet, they are so easy to make. Even better, they can be made ahead and frozen, then simply reheated in the oven when your guests arrive, as they are best served warm. Gougere are simply a savory cream puff. I first learned to make cream puffs in college, when I spent my summers in the dessert kitchen of a sleep away camp in New Hampshire. My boss, whose late husband had been a French-trained chef, brought his recipes into the camp kitchen and ran the place like it was the French Laundry. She taught me how NOT to put the knives...
Source: The Blog That Ate Manhattan - December 18, 2022 Category: Primary Care Authors: Margaret Polaneczky, MD Tags: Appetizers Recipes best cream puff easy gougere Gougeres make ahead Make-ahead Source Type: blogs

Moroccan Baked Beans àla Mourad
In my continued quest to cook as much as possible from my pantry, I honed in on two cans of Great Northern Beans, originally bought to stock our summer cottage larder, but never used. I suspect that they were several years old, and had made the trip up and back from NYC to Pennsylvania at least twice, if not more. (We empty the larder at the cottage when we shut things down for the season.) Canned beans have a shelf life of 2-5 years, so I knew I was on safe ground using them, and I was determined they were not going to be traveling anymore, unless it was to my kitchen table. Also calling to me was a jar of homemade toaste...
Source: The Blog That Ate Manhattan - December 7, 2022 Category: Primary Care Authors: Margaret Polaneczky, MD Tags: Uncategorized beans feta moroccan mourad onion tomato Source Type: blogs

TBTAM DIGEST – Nov 30, 2022
Cross-publishing here for those without a substack subscription (Which is free)… Happy almost December! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and are enjoying the in-between holiday time. Here’s what’s been going on in my neck of the woods…. What I’ve been cooking on the blog Farro with Oyster Mushrooms and Onions – You call it Thanksgiving. I call it a chance for a sweet potato bake-off. Spanish Stuffed Peppers – An original recipe from The Blog that Ate Manhattan. With a little help from my friends (and family)… Where I Ate Valley Green Inn in the Wissahickon Valley.&n...
Source: The Blog That Ate Manhattan - December 1, 2022 Category: Primary Care Authors: Margaret Polaneczky, MD Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Spanish Stuffed Peppers – The Evolution of a New Recipe
My love affair continues with Sofrito, the Spanish slow cooked tomato-olive oil-mirepoix that’s a staple in a healthy Mediterranean diet. I now make it regularly, storing it in small jars in my freezer and searching for ways to incorporate it into the foods we make. For example, these stuffed peppers, a recipe I am proud to say I came up with all by myself. Well, actually, that’s not entirely true. I had a little help from my friends (and family). Let me tell you how it went down… Last week, while at the market, a beautiful multicolored fresh pepper medley caught my eye. I knew I had a pound of lean g...
Source: The Blog That Ate Manhattan - November 28, 2022 Category: Primary Care Authors: Margaret Polaneczky, MD Tags: Meat & Poultry Rice Vegetables bell peppers corn fish sauce Flor de garum mexican recipe SOfrito Spanish Stuffed Peppers umami Source Type: blogs

A Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Bake-Off
I hope your Thanksgiving was as wonderful as mine. We did our usual back-to-back Thanksgiving dinners, shuttling between mine and Mr. TBTAM’s families, trying not to eat too much or too little at either one. This year, my family eschewed the homemade turkey and instead had a relaxed luncheon at the Valley Green Inn situated on Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley Forbidden Drive, one of my favorite places in the whole world. I’ve biked, hiked, walked, or run that trail countless times over the years, alone and with friends and family. The place is so special to us that my sister Fran’s a...
Source: The Blog That Ate Manhattan - November 26, 2022 Category: Primary Care Authors: Margaret Polaneczky, MD Tags: Vegetables Candied Goguma Japanese sweet potatoes Korean sweet potatoes Thanksgiving Source Type: blogs

Farro with Oyster Mushrooms & Onions
One of my goals in retirement is to shop more at the farm markets, in order to support local farmers and eat more seasonally. It’s something I could never find the time to do when I was working. (Though I have friends who managed to do so even with full time jobs, so really, what was my excuse?…) Although I adore the Union Square Green Market, it’s a bit of a schlep to visit on a regular basis. Thankfully, we have a wonderful farmer’s market every Sunday here on the Upper West Side, on Columbus Avenue just behind the Museum of Natural History. That’s where some lovely-looking oyster mushro...
Source: The Blog That Ate Manhattan - November 21, 2022 Category: Primary Care Authors: Margaret Polaneczky, MD Tags: Pasta Rice & Potatoes Vegetables Vegetarian Farro Food waste leftovers mushrooms Oyter Mushrooms Source Type: blogs

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup
I’m often asked to recommend recipes for Thanksgiving, so here’s a few suggestions for you all. I’ve never actually cooked a turkey, so this will just be sides and desserts. To be honest, that’s pretty much are all I care to eat at Thanksgiving dinner anyway. Noticeably missing from this list are recipes for cranberry sauce (I use the one on the cranberry bag – no need to mess with perfection), mashed potatoes (there is no recipe, it’s instinctual if you’re Patsy’s daughter), and stuffing (I’ve never made it, that gets assigned to someone else).   Hope the...
Source: The Blog That Ate Manhattan - November 18, 2022 Category: Primary Care Authors: Margaret Polaneczky, MD Tags: Uncategorized Gluten-free thanksgiving Holidays recipes Sides Thanksgiving desserts Thnksgiving recipes Vegetarian thanksgiving Source Type: blogs

Orecchiette with Basil Pesto, Fennel & Sausage
As the weather turns towards winter, the basil plant on my windowsill begins to worry me. Sure, it has sun in that spot, but less and less with each day, and eventually not enough to keep it alive when cold winds pummel the adjacent glass. Time to harvest what basil remains before it’s lost. I had just enough basil for a batch of pesto, but no pine nuts. What I did have was a tiny jar of walnuts in my freezer – exactly the amount I needed! So I made a batch of pesto using my recipe for basil pesto, substituting walnuts for pine nuts. I also had about 2 cups of homemade chicken broth in the freezer. So I sco...
Source: The Blog That Ate Manhattan - November 16, 2022 Category: Primary Care Authors: Margaret Polaneczky, MD Tags: Pasta Rice & Potatoes basil Chicken broth Orecchiette pesto sausage Source Type: blogs

Basil Pesto
Posting this recipe for easy reference in an upcoming post. Enjoy! Print Recipe Basil Pesto Ingredients2 cups loosely packed basil leaves1/4 cup pine nuts2 large garlic cloves, peeled1/2 cup olive oil1/2 tsp salt1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese InstructionsCombine the basil, garlic, and salt in the bowl of food processor and grind till the mixture forms a paste. While running the food processor, slowly drizzle in the olive oil.  Fold in grated Parmesan. (If freezing, hold the Parmesan till just before using the thawed pesto.) Last updated 11/15/2...
Source: The Blog That Ate Manhattan - November 16, 2022 Category: Primary Care Authors: Margaret Polaneczky, MD Tags: Pasta Rice & Potatoes basil pesto Source Type: blogs

Eleven Madison Park Granola
They don’t offer this granola on the menu at Eleven Madison Park, New York’s award-winning, 3-star restaurant serving only plant-based food, with a tasting menu that will run you $365 a pop. Instead, all diners get a jar of the granola as a parting gift at the end of their meal, to serve at tomorrow morning’s breakfast. It’s actually a nice touch… The restaurant wasn’t always vegan, and not everyone was happy when chef Daniel Humm decided to eschew all but plant-based foods when he re-opened the place in 2021 after a Covid hiatus. Although Eleven Madison was once purported to have a ...
Source: The Blog That Ate Manhattan - November 5, 2022 Category: Primary Care Authors: Margaret Polaneczky, MD Tags: Breakfast 11 madison park Dried cherries evelen madison park granola Source Type: blogs

Repurposing My Defunct iPad Mini
I hate Apple. Everything they make becomes useless over time. Take my iPad Mini. I purchased it in 2013 so that I’d have an easy-to-carry device to showcase our mammogram decision aid at the MedX Conference, where I had a poster presentation. It’s been rarely used since then. But yesterday, as I was squinting at a movie on my iPhone’s little screen while working out at the gym, and wondering if I needed new readers, I remembered that iPad mini. I could use it at the gym! When I got home last night, I pulled it from the back of the desk drawer. After charging and resetting it, I was thrilled to...
Source: The Blog That Ate Manhattan - November 4, 2022 Category: Primary Care Authors: Margaret Polaneczky, MD Tags: Technology Apple hacks Ipad Ipad mini Old Uses Source Type: blogs

Enlightened Cream of Tomato Soup
Warning – The story behind this soup is a long one. A melodrama in three acts as it were. Act I It all started with a chicken that I purchased some weeks ago, in order to get a single chicken liver to use in a Bolognese ragu. After removing the liver from the little packet stuffed inside the chicken, I put the neck back in the cavity, put the chicken in the freezer and made the Bolognese. Act II Two weeks later, I took the chicken out of the freezer, put it in a pot with some veggies and water and cooked it, giving me a meat to make soft tacos for the a couple of dinners and lunches. And also a gorgeous...
Source: The Blog That Ate Manhattan - October 30, 2022 Category: Primary Care Authors: Margaret Polaneczky, MD Tags: Soups cream tomato soup Source Type: blogs

Philly Block Party Lemon Bars
We’ve owned our house in the Fairmount section of Philly for almost three years now, in anticipation of the day when we are ready to trade money for time, give up the daily grind that is the price for life in New York City, and move back home. Well, I’m here to tell you that day has come. A little sooner than anticipated. You see, our landlord has decided to sell our Upper West Side apartment, and is not renewing our lease. Though I adore the apartment (small, but airy and sunny and the nicest kitchen I’ve ever had), we’re not going to try to buy it. Now is not the time to sink any part ...
Source: The Blog That Ate Manhattan - October 25, 2022 Category: Primary Care Authors: Margaret Polaneczky, MD Tags: Desserts Lemon Bars Philly Source Type: blogs