Friday, October 25, 2013

Tasty Taro Fritters - Frituras de Malanga

One day last week, after a very busy work day Kishore came home plopped on the couch and asked me if we had any snacks. I had to be the unfortunate bearer of bad news...we didn't have any more of his favorite chips. So I offered to make him something instead. He said ok rather begrudgingly with one stipulation it had to be...
 and I quote "Crunchy, Crunchy."

So after rooting around the kitchen to find something to cook, I remembered I had some Taro in the back room that I was planning to use for chips. Let's face it as much as I like TerraChips they are way to expensive and half the bag is empty. Anyway that's when the idea came to me...

Lightbulb! I can make Taro fritters! 

This recipe is based off a snack I had in a Cuban restaurant in Miami, on the menu it was called 'Frituras de Malanga' and came with an oil based red Mojo sauce... So tasty my mouth is watering just thinking about it! 
These are the perfect snack food when you're craving something crunchy, and salty, with a little (or a lot) of spice. I like to make mine spicy and pair it with a cooling yogurt cucumber sauce. To tell you the truth the sauce is complementary to the fritters, but it's not a necessity; they can stand on there own. :)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Jersey Fresh: Apples!

The air is crisp and cool, with a hint of the aroma of a wood burning is officially apple-picking season!
It's a great feeling climbing apple trees, trying to get the best fruit, taking that first bite of a sun ripened juicy handpicked apple.

Aren't they tempting?
This past weekend we went to Battleview Orchards and picked a little over 40 lbs of apples. We picked a nice assortment of Fuji, Staymen Winesap, Granny Smith, Golden and Red Delicious.

Kishore carrying the goods.
So now the question is... What to do with 40 lbs of apples!?

Let's start with the basic and work from there.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Jersey Fresh - Maque Choux with Fried Green Tomatoes

Jersey Fresh- Part 1

Exhibit A) The Cast of Jersey Shore (FAKE)-
There are a lot of misconceptions about New Jersey. 

Thanks to crappy "reality" television and movies many people think we are a dirty state, filled with people who can't drive, who dress and "tawk" like trash, and who spend enormous amounts of time on fake nails and tanning. There is nothing more frustrating than having people from other states and countries expecting you to behave like trash just because that's how people from this state are portrayed on TV. 

Let's get something straight... there ARE people like that here, but they don't make up the majority, and I'm ABSOLUTELY positive they are not exclusively in NJ. Keep in mind only 2 of the cast on Jersey Shore were actually from NJ, so it's not an accurate representation by any means.

That being said, one of the perks of living in central NJ is the large amount of family farms. Family farms means fresh produce, fresh meat, and fresh dairy! There's nothing like sun-ripened fruits and vegetables. We are very lucky to have a small kitchen garden but we also live in close proximity to many farms and orchards. 
On the same stretch of road 10 minutes from our house there are 2 farms.

It is called the Garden State for a reason! So let's celebrate the positive, 
the real NJ... full of parks, beaches, and farms.

Here's my take on two Southern favorites made with Farm Fresh sweet corn and home grown Fried green tomatoes. Maque choux, pronounced "mock shoe," is a traditional dish of southern Louisiana's Cajun country. It is thought to be a mix of French Acadian and Native American fare. It makes a great meal on it's own, but you can add some grilled chicken/ turkey to it for a heartier meal:

Here's my recipe for Maque Choux w/ Fried Green Tomatoes
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