Dove’s Luncheonette Crispy Breakfast Hash

Dove's Luncheonette

Dove’s Luncheonette
Red Potato and Shishito Pepper Hash

We sat in a Chicago luncheonette
Sipping a Mexican cola
And snapping pics as the countertops were bussed

His style was lusty, drawing inspiration from bygone diners
It was bold and gutsy

(a nod to Hall & Oates)

The 41-stool luncheonette sits next to the Damen “L” Station in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. A gem of a diner serving Southern inspired Mexican cuisine, it has all the charm of lunch counters of yesteryear – an original tin ceiling, earth-tone hexagon floor tiles, vintage wood paneling, antique fixtures with separate hot & cold faucets reminding me of the bathrooms in the Chicago Public Schools in the 60s.

But charm isn’t the main reason to take the “L” or Uber over to Wicker Park. Come to Dove’s for the soulful food, friendly neighborly vibes, and gracious hospitality.

Shortly after our visit to Dove’s, I was thrilled to find the recipe for Red Potato and Shishito Pepper Hash in Bon Appétit. I’ve already served it a few times here in LA, with rave reviews. Editor Julie Kramer says, “People accuse me of having a bias toward every food made in my hometown of Chicago. But I defy you to find a crispier, more satisfying breakfast hash than the one at Dove’s Luncheonette.”

Dove’s Luncheonette Crispy Breakfast Hash Recipe

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Bowl Crazy: Farro, Cucumber, Radish, Fried Egg, Yogurt Sauce

Bowl Crazy: Farro, Cucumber, Radish, Fried Egg, Yogurt Sauce

Bowl Crazy
Farro, Cucumber, Radish, Fried Egg, Yogurt Sauce

The food world has gone crazy for healthy grain bowls. And with good reason. They are fabulously nutritious, easy to compose, colorful and tasty, and can be economical often turning leftovers into another great meal.

Composing a grain bowl is fun. It is a creative construction of whole grains; vegetables (fresh, cooked, pickled); a protein (meat, fish, tofu, egg, beans); a flavorful sauce; and a jaunty garnish (nuts, seeds, herbs, cheese).

I liked the idea of smashed cucumbers and radishes in this recipe from Bon Appétit. In the end it was the wild spectrum of flavors and textures that made this particular bowl a winner – chewy earthy farro, crunchy peppery radish, refreshing cucumber, crispy fried egg, tangy creamy yogurt, and bright fresh herbs.

Farro Bowl Recipe

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Gefilte Fish, Made with Love

Gefilte Fish, Made with LoveGeri’s Gefilte Fish

Gefilte Fish made with love…for Passover, for our beloved family, for our cherished friends. While the gefilte fish doesn’t appeal to everyone at the Seder (to put it mildly) it does have a time-honored place on the Passover menu.

How To Make Gefilte Fish

It could have something to do with nostalgia and the memory of my Nana’s gefilte fish from Passovers long ago…but I love those fishy balls poached with carrots and onion now served with chrain, matzohs, and a delicious beet salad with citrus and walnuts. Especially when they’re made by Geri!

Several guests at our Seder adore the perennially controversial appetizer, while others politely refrain, due to its “ahem, fishiness” – but we all have to appreciate that it is made in respect for age-old customs and tradition, and ultimately made with love.

This year, I asked my dear Cousin Geri, who has been making our gefilte fish for decades, if she would share her recipe. It simply rocks. What took me so long to ask?

Gefilte Fish for Passover

Geri’s Gefilte Fish Recipe

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Our Best Passover Menu and Tips For Serving

Our Best Passover Menu

Our Best Passover Menu and Tips For Serving

We’ll be hosting our 16th Annual Passover Seder and dinner on April 10th at sundown. I’ve been flying back to Chicago for the past 16 years to cook Passover dinner for family and friends at the lovely home of my brother and sister-in-law.  When they married in 2001, the honor of hosting the First Night of Passover for our family was passed to them from our cousins.

OUR BEST PASSOVER MENU
Welcome

Kosher Wines

Olives & Nuts

Starter Course

Kristy’s Haroset

Geri’s Gefilte Fish

Vicki’s Beet Salad, Fresh Horseradish, Matzohs

Davida’s Chopped Liver with Pistachios

Hard Boiled Eggs

Soup Course

Homemade Chicken Soup

Herbed Matzoh Balls

Main Course

Super-Tender Traditional Beef Brisket with Red Wine Tomato Sauce

Chicken Adobo with Scallion, Cilantro, Sesame Seeds

Horseradish Potato Cakes with Chives

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Balsamic Glaze

Dessert

Karen’s Chocolate Matzoh Crisp

Flourless Apple Almond Cake

Chocolate Souffle Cake

Chocolate Hazelnut Brownie Bars

Pistachio Ganache Tart

Macarons

Fresh Fruit Skewers

(Click on Menu Links For Recipes)

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Tuna Melt Flatbread

Tuna Melt Flatbread

Tuna Melt Flatbread
with Tomatoes and Pickles

Who doesn’t crave a Tuna Melt sandwich every once in a while?

Classic flavors and gooey melting cheese, with a lower-carb bonus (for those who are counting) makes Tuna Melt Flatbread perfect for a lunch/brunch buffet or party appetizer.

Here, the same sandwich ingredients are served atop a crispy-thin lavash flatbread. Red ripe tomato slices are an essential fresh element while simultaneously great for presentation. Tangy “bread & butter” pickles add crunch and a delightful hint of sweetness. Definitely crave-worthy.

Tuna Melt Flatbread Recipe

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Filet Mignon and Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Filet Mignon and Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Filet Mignon and Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Craving a simple low-carb meat and veg dinner? Here you go.

  • 3/4 lb. slice of beef tenderloin (filet mignon for 2)
  • high-heat canola oil
  • brussels sprouts
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • balsamic reduction

Beef Tenderloin

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Toss shaved Brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast on a sheet pan in a single layer until the edges start to brown.

Let beef sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes. Season beef on all sides with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Heat canola oil in an ovenproof pan over medium-high heat. Sear beef in oil on all sides to get a nice crust. The meat will be rare at this point.

For medium-rare, move pan to oven, cook about 3 minutes or about 5 minutes for medium doneness.

Remove beef from pan and let rest before slicing.

Arrange Brussels sprouts and sliced beef on a platter. Drizzle with balsamic reduction.

Filet Mignon and Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Simple. And excellent.

More Simple Meat and Veg

Grilled Veal Rib Chops & Baby Broccoli

Try my Grilled Veal Rib Chops & Baby Broccoli. Recipe here.

Lemony Alaskan Cod, Heirloom Fordhook Lima Beans, Olives, Tomatoes

Lemony Alaskan Cod, Heirloom Fordhook Lima Beans, Olives, Tomatoes

Wild-Caught Alaskan Cod, Heirloom Fordhook Lima Beans
Cherry Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Capers, Onion
Meyer Lemon, White Wine, Olive Oil, Oregano

Here are two of my favorite frozen foods in one dish: Cod from the freezing cold clear waters of Alaska and Heirloom Fordhook Lima Beans from California.

Alaska
This is Glacier Bay, Alaska

This one-skillet dinner is a variation of one of my most popular, Alaskan Cod/Mediterranean Flavors. Here, I replace artichokes with Fordhook Lima Beans – those delicious pale green, plump, plush succulent legumes.

I use the PictSweet Farms Lima Beans, “The Fordhook variety of Lima Beans was introduced in California in 1904. This variety requires warm days and cool nights to develop their large, firm bean with award-winning texture.”

Nana's Chicken Soup
Chicken Soup Inspired by Nana

Unlike my siblings, I’ve always been a huge fan of huge beans. Ever since I was a kid, I loved how my Nana would cook dried Lima Beans in her chicken soup. I adored those big velvety butter beans. I add them to my chicken soup now too, but cook them separately so the broth stays clear.

Lemony Alaskan Cod, Heirloom Fordhook Lima Beans Recipe

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Corned Beef and Cabbage Tacos

Corned Beef and Cabbage Tacos

Corned Beef & Cabbage Tacos
Carrots Escabeche, Charred Corn Tortillas
Caraway Horseradish Sauce

Got left over corned beef? Try corned beef & cabbage tacos. Yep, nestled within charred corn tortillas are cubes of tangy salty spiced leftover corned beef topped with seasoned green cabbage, a creamy caraway horseradish sauce and pickled carrots. These vivacious tacos are filled with an adaptation of the ingredients found in that classic St. Patrick’s Day recipe. Except potatoes. But if you are missing the potatoes, I have a recipe for that too (see below).

Corned Beef and Cabbage Tacos

Corned Beef and Cabbage Tacos Recipe

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Teacher Appreciation & Pi Day

Teacher Appreciation & Pi Day

Happy Pi Day!

If you are a math nerd (like me), this is a fun day!

People young and old, all around the world, challenge themselves to memorize π on this day
March 14 or 3.14

3.141592653589793238462643383279502884…

Pi, the ratio of the circle’s circumference to its diameter, is an irrational number which never repeats,
so memorizing pi can be a lifelong adventure!

For this Pi Day, we are not baking an apple pie, nor a pizza pie, nor egg pie or quiche!

To celebrate Pi Day 2011 we are going to appreciate our math teachers, or better yet, all our teachers!

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Oatmeal Pancakes

Oatmeal Pancakes #glutenfree

Oatmeal Pancakes

Good morning! How are you?

I started to write that this is the first time in almost 10 years that I am sharing a pancake recipe…but that is not true. I have posted several Potato Pancake recipes (latkes) AND Korean Pancake recipes (jeon), but those were savory pancakes, not traditional breakfast pancakes.

For those attempting to eat oatmeal every morning for its soluble fiber and cholesterol lowering benefits, good for you! But let’s face it…the whole-grain, high-fiber, gluten-free, steel-cut or old-fashioned rolled oatmeal in a bowl can get boring fast.

So you might be excited to see this recipe for oat pancakes! These oatmeal pancakes are made from two types – oat flour and rolled oats. It was adapted from the package recipe on Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Oat Flour.

I made a few changes to Bob’s recipe – leaving out the two tablespoons of sugar; substituting extra virgin olive oil for vegetable oil; and cooking the pancakes until the edges are nice and crispy.

These are not light and fluffy pancakes with a homogeneous spongy texture. They are super-hearty…and uber-delicious.

Although I photograph them in a stack of five, there is no way anyone would eat that many. Unless you are training for something big, or you are my teenage nephew.

Additionally, instead of the traditional big scoop of butter on top of the stack, I serve a dollop of non-fat Greek yogurt. It is equally satisfying, and healthier.

Oatmeal Pancakes Recipe

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