Fried Shrimp Po’ Boys

Po’ Boys, the delicious Louisiana sandwiches, are a craving I get surprisingly often and fried shrimp po’ boys are the best of them all. There are many toppings for po’boys but I am most partial to the fried shrimp, catfish, crawfish, or oysters kind. Although there are many perfectly decent places to grab a po’ boy in NYC, I still just don’t have a go-to spot that I love. And the last time the craving hit and we tried a new place I ended up with food poisoning. So this time when I couldn’t get the idea of a pile of fried shrimp with pickles and hot sauce out of my head I figured I might as well make it myself and see what happens. The results were a super crunchy, spicy fried shrimp sandwich — stuff falling out of the sides of my roll, needing two or three napkins to clean up. Total success.

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Soy-Garlic Glazed Salmon and Scallion Roasted Potatoes

white plate with pile of roasted potatoes and scallions and a fillet of salmon glazed with soy and garlic and topped with kimchi

Here’s a simple and elegant Korea-inspired dinner. I put it together one night from bits we had around the house, most of which are common in Korean cooking. It’s very easy and hands-off. The potatoes do take a while to roast (an unavoidable annoyance of potatoes), but the actual hands-on prep work for this is no more than 5 minutes. So you could definitely do this for a weeknight meal if you get the potatoes going when you walk in the door or if you aren’t ravenous immediately when you get home. It’s a great date meal to impress your partner! The potatoes are creamy and richly buttery with scallion sharpness cutting through, and the salmon is salty and sweet and garlicky and the kimchi adds just a little funk and spice.

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Chorizo and White Bean Ragu

Chorizo and white bean ragu on a bed of fresh pasta

This recipe is from Good and Cheap.

Good and Cheap cover 2nd edition

Good and Cheap is a gorgeous cookbook for people with limited income, particularly on a $4/day food stamps budget. The PDF is free and has been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times. I have more cookbooks, too!

This recipe from Good and Cheap was inspired by my friend Chris. He told me he loves a good ragu so I worked to develop a version that is as hearty as a meaty tomato sauce without the expense and heaviness of a traditional ragu. It also comes together much more quickly than the longer cooking traditional sauce. A batch of this is probably enough for four people, served with grated Romano or Parmesan over pasta, polenta, or grits.

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Whipped Cream Meets Fruit

whipped cream with mango, oranges and raspberries in cups with gold spoons

When I was a kid I always thought that dipping strawberries into cream looked like the greatest idea anyone had ever had. In our house whipped cream was something we would get every once in a while on a special occasion as part of a dessert. You ate it serenely on top of something wonderful and appreciated it because it was a rarity. Fast-forward to a few days ago, listening to The Sporkful—a wonderful podcast centered around eating and human behavior—and the host, Dan Pashman, proclaims that his new years resolution is to eat more home made whipped cream. I am struck. Me too Dan, me too. Let’s eat fruit and whipped cream right now, in the middle of winter. Today I experimented with frozen mango and raspberries and fresh oranges. All were great, but raspberry was probably the favorite.

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Leanne Brown

Hi! I'm Leanne Brown, a home cook in Brooklyn by way of Canada. I write cookbooks, like the one below!

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