recipes: numnums

  • 10-minute salt cod (for two)
    We have always wanted to try bacalao - the dried and salted cod fish that is then rehydrated when cooked in stew. Since this recipe salts the cod for just 10 minutes, we decided to give it a shot. We plan to make this again the next time we find cod and little neck clams. Recipe adapted from foodandwine.com. Proportions adjusted from 4 servings to 2 servings. codkosher saltcornunsalted butterlemon juicewhite pepperolive oilflourlittle neck clamsgarliccilantrothymewhite winepaprikaparsleycrusty bread
  • a neater way to cook and crisp bacon
    The addition of water keeps the initial cooking temperature low and gentle, so the meat retains its moisture and stays tender. This also prevents oil from splattering everywhere. By the time the water reaches its boiling point (212°F), the bacon fat is almost completely rendered, so you're much less likely to burn the meat while waiting for the fat to cook off. The meat plumps up while it cooks instead of shriveling, leaving the bacon pleasantly crisp, not tough or brittle. baconwater
  • absinthe's vegetarian pasta
    dried linguinisea saltextra-virgin olive oilextra-virgin olive oildry chanterelle mushroomsfava beanszucchini blossomsgarlic blossomsbaby rabebaby asparagus tipscalabrian chiligarlicbasilfresh sagepecorino romano cheeselemon zestsea salt and black pepperpecorino romano cheese
  • aglio e olio
    When a minor flood kicked us out of our home for about a week, this dish was part the first meal we made from start to finish after we moved back in. Our menu included iceberg wedge salad with blue cheese, bacon, tomato, marinated red onion, green onion, and italian parsley and aglio e olio: pasta with a garlic-parmesan base which we enhanced with bacon and fried Italian parsley. We of course served it with pinot grigio. Mortimer, we’re back! :) pasta olive oilpancettagarlicanchoviesred pepper flakepasta waterparmesan cheese italian parsley
  • alembic's southern exposure
    celery juicelimemintginagave syrup
  • alton brown’s slow-roast tomatoes
    Again, we were in a predicament where we had too many tomatoes and not enough time to eat through the whole batch before it went bad. We had the Exploratorium’s Science of Cocktails event in a few days, then we were flying out to NYC the very next day. This recipe is so simple, we whipped it up from memory. The measurements and herb mix don’t have to be precise; we usually make do with whatever we have on hand. The tomatoes keep for a month in the fridge and keep forever in the freezer. Our favorite way to eat these are with a piece of baguette. We simply cut the baguette to size, slap on some goat’s milk butter, throw on a slow-roast tomato, and then warm the whole thing in the oven. Since the tomatoes roast for about 10 hours, we usually prepare this before going to bed. Adapted from Alton Brown’s book I’m Just Here for the Food: Food + Heat = Cooking. tomatoesolive oilsugarfresh minced herbskosher saltblack pepperbaguette or other crunchy bread
  • apple tartin
    An iconic dessert was allegedly created by the Tartin sisters on France's Loire Valley. Legend is that while attempting to repair a baking error, they ended up with this upside-down dessert of flaky pastry and apples bathed in caramel. This recipe has been modified from the original with a more whole food approach. organic whole wheat flourorganic sugarsea saltorganic unsalted butterice watersmall organic Gala applesfreshly squeezed organic lemon juicesea saltorganic unsalted butterorganic agave
  • aromatherapy massage
    We love this drink almost as much as we love this hilarious scene from the Queen Latifah/Steve Martin movie, Bringing Down the House. The line with this cocktail's namesake is at 1:09 of the clip. We discovered this drink at the 2012 Science of Cocktails event at the Exploratorium. This refreshing drink is perfect for a hot afternoon or for a bridal shower. The proportions below make two cocktails. cucumber vodkalemon juiceagave nectarrosewaterorange bittersginger beerdried mini rosebudscucumber