A Sarcastic Appetite


Slow Roasted Tomatoes
November 11, 2011, 8:00 am
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This is not the time for tomatoes, I realize. That time passed a long time ago, along with Daylight Savings and shorts. You wouldn’t think it, given the weather we’ve had the last few days, but let me assure you: it’s true.

That being said, I swear there is still room for these babies. I took a bag of “late season” sad little specimen and after three hours they were transformed. It’s a long time to hang in the oven, I know, but it’s worth it. They taste like tomatoes on steroids, such a clean and pure flavor it almost tastes fake. Reminds me of how my younger brother prefers the fake Kraft mozzarella that comes in slices in the deli aisle – because the added flavor makes it taste “more” like mozzarella. Alice Water disciples everywhere probably just seized up. But I get what he means, every time I eat these tomatoes! That’s a ringing endorsement, right?

Save them for a Sunday when you’ve got time, and serve them as a side with a stovetop dish. Like that Mustard Chicken we always make. Oh, and wine.

 

Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

One quick Google search will reveal there are myriad ways to cook them. I riffed off Smitten Kitchen’s version.

 

A bunch of tomatoes, however many you want – plum or cherry (I used plum)

Olive oil

Salt

Pepper

A few unpeeled garlic cloves

 

Preheat oven to 225°. Brush a large rimmed baking sheet with olive oil, about 1-2 Tbsp., or line with parchment paper. Halve the tomatoes, no need to core, and toss in a bowl with a generous drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, then lay on the baking sheet, cut side up. Scatter the garlic around. Bake for about 3 1/2 hours (about 3 if you’re using cherry tomatoes). Serve.



Thirsty Thursday Round-Up for the Week of November 10
November 10, 2011, 7:05 am
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I’m here to canvas the food blogs, so you don’t have to. A few highlights this week:

 

The photo above was taken a few weeks ago at Untitled, Danny Meyer’s place in the Whitney. I love it there, though you get what you pay for: expensive diner food. Get there before 1 to beat the rush on a Sunday, and be sure to try their bloody mary. Delicious!

This article in the New York Times about crowdsourcing restaurants makes me excited for one reason only: I want to get out to Littleneck, that clam shack in Gowanus! Who’s with me?

Serious Eats has the early word on Parm, which just opened for lunch last weekend and will open for dinner soon. It’s from the guys behind Torrisi Italian Specialties, which is why I cannot contain my excitement. Now Torrisi will do a fancier lunch. Stick with Parm for the Saratoga Club – and they’ve got McSorley’s on tap!

The boys at Immaculate Infatuation are not fans of Mas (la grillade) or Bell Book & Candle, but they do like Hospoda, in the Bohemian National Hall on the UES.

If you’re heading up to Harlem, check out Restaurant Girl’s Destination Dining List. Red Rooster is on the list, unsurprisingly, but so is Bier International, which I have yet to check out. Field trip?

If you work in Midtown and like Pad Thai (and come on, who doesn’t), check out the new Pad Thai Cart on 50th between 6th and 7th. Go early, though; the word is out and apparently they ran out of food by 1pm yesterday.

The weather here in NYC is supposed to be pretty beautiful this weekend. Are you looking for activities outside? Do you like eating food? Then check out Smorgasburg, which ends November 19. Lobster rolls, doughnuts, pizza, tacos….I could go on.