Pesto Pasta Salad

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I think pesto is up there on my Mt. Rushmore off foods. It seems like any green + any nut + any hard cheese + raw garlic + good olive oil + salt = way more than the sum of its parts. This one was basil, pistachio, grana padano, garlic, olive oil, and a little bit of lemon juice served room temperature with leftover pasta.

Carrot Top Juice

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We discard a lot of carrot tops in our house, but the other day, I decided to add them into my vegetable smoothie because I was short on kale. They’re definitely more bitter than a normal juicing green, but the difference is hardly noticeable considering how much lemon and ginger I use. I’ll definitely start keeping them around for smoothies once I figure out whether or not they’re dangerous to eat.

A Stranger’s Kitchen

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Nicole and I are staying in an AirBnB in the Catskills for a few days to escape the gross heat and humidity of NYC while she works on a few videos. I love searching through the kitchens of airbnb’s and finding the barely used/half used ingredients that guests buy for their vacation feasts and leave behind- a can of tonnino tuna, a fancy tube of harrisa paste, and several bags of marshmallows are just a few of the gems we’ve found here.

This house has a policy that everything in the kitchen is fair game so for one of our first meals, I cooked one of the several open bags of pasta from the pantry and added it into some old frozen chicken soup that we brought up from Brooklyn. Normally it’d be unthinkable to have a hot bowl of soup in July, but up here in the Catskills, it’s pretty cool out by the time we have dinner.

Lobster Nachos

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Over on Medium.com my friend David Hart has been holding the Nacho Bowl, a head-to-head tournament between NFL-inspired nacho recipes. A purist will point out that states like North Carolina and Washington don’t lay claim to a distinct nacho style, but ‘regional inspiration’ comes in many forms. David’s divisional playoff match pitted Frasier themed nachos (topped with smoked salmon and espresso cheddar) against some Carolina faux pulled pork nachos, resulting in a close victory for Seattle. Simply brilliant and hilarious.

This sort of pun-heavy, needlessly clever culinaria is right up my alley. David accepted my offer to represent my hometown New England Patriots for the AFC championship against the Colts, and I spent the next few days putting together a dish called Good Will Punting: How Do You Like Them Nachos?

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Carrot Soda

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I voided the warranty on my Sodastream today by farting up some carrot juice.

The internet says that the juice has to be at very least translucent in order to carbonate, and the internet was right! It took upwards of ten button pushes for any bubbles to appear in the opaque carrot juice, even after I cut it with water.

A cherry vanilla soda that my friend Micah came up with fared much better.

I may soon invest in a DIY carbonation rig like this.