August 18, 2013

My mom used to make a similar pie growing up, but with walnuts in the crust. You could also do a filling with peaches or other berries if you’d like.

– 3 large Egg Whites
– 1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar
– 3/4 cup Sugar
– 3/4 cup unsalted Pistachios, toasted and chopped small
– Canola Oil
– 2 tsp Vanilla 
– 2 cups fresh Strawberries, chopped
– 1 1/2 cup Whipping Cream

I left out the sugar for the whipped cream since the meringue is already so sweet.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Use a small amount of oil to lightly coat the inside of a pie pan. In a bowl, use a handmixer with a whisk attachment to whip together the eggs, vanilla and cream of tartar until frothy. Slowly stream in sugar as you continue to beat on a high speed. The meringue is ready when it’s glossy and forms stiff peaks. Add in 1/2 cup of the pistachios and gently fold them into the meringue. Spread the meringue into the pan. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Remove and allow to cool completely, about one hour.

For the strawberries and cream, whip the whipping cream and vanilla in a bowl until stick peaks form. Fold in strawberries. Spread over the cooled meringue crust.

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over. I love Fall and everything, but considering that I only made it to the beach here ONCE, it seems a little too soon for it to be over. The good news is that the 2nd annual Gala Gala Hey! is coming up next month at The Drink.
Details coming soon!

As always, you should like you should like The Bored Vegetarian!

May 14, 2013

I made my first Bored Vegetarian post on May 3rd, 2010, a little over a three years ago! Without getting too cheeseball (mmm cheeseball), I can’t thank you enough for reading and cooking along with me. Can’t wait to see where this goes over the next few years . . .
love, Bethany

August 2, 2012

I intended to go running after work… made this instead. Stomach: 1 point, Health: 0 points.


– Puff Pastry
– 2 Red Plums
– 1 cup Ricotta
– 1 Tbsp Fresh Thyme
– 1 Tbsp Honey
– Sea salt to taste
– 1 Egg
– 1 Tbsp Water


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Follow defrosting instructions on puff pastry box. Once you’re able to unfold it, lay it out and cut two 4×4 squares (or circles! or hearts!) Place on a greased or parchment-line baking sheet. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water. Brush the tops of each of the squares with the egg wash. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until puffy and browned. Remove from oven and set aside. In a bowl, mix together ricotta and thyme. Season with salt. Cut plums into wedges. Take each puffed pastry and pull the top off so that there’s two halves. Scoop ricotta mixture into bottom half and layer with red plum. Place the top half back on and drizzle with honey before serving.

May 23, 2012

Strawberries with Sour Cream & Brown Sugar
Sometimes the simplest things are the most delicious. When we were kids, my mom introduced us to this dessert some lazy weekend evening. Though we were skeptical, the tart sweetness of the berries and caramel flavor of the brown sugar mixed with the sour cream won us over pretty quick. Strawberry season is hitting early this year, so get picking!
Strawberries Sour CreamBrown SugarRinse strawberries in a colander and pat dry. Spoon sour cream and brown sugar into small bowls. Dip strawberry in sour cream and then dip into brown sugar. Eat, repeat. 

March 11, 2012

Dessert calzone from the soon to be opened Via Tribunali in NYC. Stuffed with nutella. Save me from myself.

January 27, 2012

Making homemade “nutella” for tomorrow night’s dinner. I get to lick the spoon.

March 11, 2011

This evening, in the middle of watching Tommy Boy with Mads, I decided to make a chocolate souffle.  

Chocolate Souffle (via Sprinkle Bakes)

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder6 tbls hot water1 tbls unsalted butter1 tbls canola oil3 tbls all purpose flour1 tbls ground almonds or hazelnuts¼ tbls ground cinnamon3 tbls packed brown sugar2 tbls honey1/8 teaspoon salt¾ cup 1 percent low fat milk4 egg whites3 tbls granulated sugar1 tsp confectioners’ sugar

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat six 1 cup souffle dishes or ramekins with cooking spray or coat a 6 cup souffle dish with the spray. In a small bowl combine the cocoa and hot water, stirring until smooth. Set aside.

In a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the canola oil and stir to combine. Add the flour, ground almonds, and cinnamon and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir in the brown sugar, honey and salt. Gradually add the milk and cook, stirring constantly until thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir into the cocoa mixture. Let cool slightly.

In a large spotlessly clean bowl, using an electric mixer on high speed, beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, and beat until stiff peaks form. Using a rubber spatula gently fold one-third of the egg whites into the cocoa mixture to lighten it. Then fold the remaining egg whites into the cocoa mixture, mixing only until no white streaks remain.

Gently scoop the cocoa-egg white mixture into the prepared dishes (or dish). Bake until the souffle rises above the rim and is set in the center 15-20 minutes for individual souffles or 40-45 minutes for large souffle. Using a fine mesh sieve, dust the top with confectioners’ sugar. Serve immediately, garnished with the raspberries.

Though I still need to perfect my folding technique (I deflated the egg white a bit too much, which meant the souffles didn’t raise as high,) the souffles were light and spongey and not too sweet. I warmed up some frozen raspberries with granulated sugar and used that as a sauce. I had high hope to make a powdered sugar snowflake on the top (to bid adieu to winter?) but that didn’t work out as planned. Baby steps.I’ve been watching a lot of Food. Curated. videos lately and recommend you check them out too! It’s a great way to find out about the amazing foods people are making locally (like my personal fave, Robicellis cupcakes) and get to know the people behind the scenes. There’s a lot of Greenpoint love!

January 21, 2011

I was clicking through Tastespotting the other day and came across this recipe for hazelnut chocolate spread (aka homemade Nutella.) With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching (oh dread), I thought this would be a tasty way to tell my friends “Hey! You are great!”
I found some small jelly jars at Cheap Charlie’s on Manhattan Ave, and used some vintage curtain fabric and simple ribbon to decorate them.

The recipe makes about a cup, so I quadrupled it. I knew this would be in high demand.

Hazelnut Chocolate Spread (adapted from In Jennie’s Kitchen)

1 cup shelled, toasted hazelnuts, skins removed4 ounces bittersweet chocolate discs, melted (I used semi-sweet chocolate)2 tablespoon cocoa (I used Droste Cocoa)1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar1/2 split vanilla beana few drops, vegetable oil (optional)Bourbon (optional) 

Add hazelnuts to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until it becomes a smooth peanut butter-like consistency (no joke! You want this as smooth as possible.) Add the melted chocolate (double boiler!), cocoa, sugar and vanilla. Process until smooth and well-mixed. Add bourbon slowly. This’ll change the texture, so the vegetable oil will be essential to ensure a smooth, shiny consistency. Add vegetable oil one drop at a time, and pulse to a smooth, spreadable consistency, if necessary. Store in a tightly sealed glass jar and use as desired.

Colleen and Patty arrived from North Carolina yesterday and I greeted them with “Welcome to Greenpoint” care packages – Polish chocolates, a packet of red borscht, a Zywiec beer and a jar of “Nutella.” They brought me sugar cookies, Southern dumplings, chocolate from Germany and Hush Puppy mix. Let’s just say that all three of us were happy with our gifts.

We got to attend a taping of The Daily Show yesterday and then spent the rest of the evening exploring the neighborhood and catching up. Tomorrow we plan on visiting the American Museum of Photography and taking some pictures of our own around Chinatown.

I’ll be DJing Digital DUMBO with my friend Ian next week. If you want to come network with other tech nerds, have some drinks and listen to me play late 90’s indie rock, RSVP here!

November 11, 2010

I’ve only been in New Orleans a little over 24 hours and I’m already falling in love. I have the greatest hosts imaginable: Chris, who runs local label Park the Van, his charming and amazing tour guide wife Sabrina, their dogs Taco and Sophie and two cats (who have been giving me dirty looks for invading their space.) They’ve already taken me around various parts of the city and last night, they took me to Herbsaint.
The real reason for this post is so I can try to explain the mind-blowing meal I had while it’s still fresh in my memory. Herbsaint, is a French-inspired restaurant with Southern influences run by James Beard award winner Chef Link. Their menu doesn’t have many vegetarian options, but our server Noah (friend of Chris and Sabrina) said he could have the kitchen whip me up something. And it was worth the risk. Oh my, it was worth the risk:
Sticky rice cake, sauteed bitter greens, browned cauliflower & mushrooms, topped with pickled squash. One of the best vegetarian meals I’ve ever had and it was made up on the fly. I literally wiped the plate clean with a piece of bread. My compliments to the chef. My fumbling, gushing, compliments.
Based on my meal, you’d think I would have believed Sabrina when she told me their Banana Browned Butter Tart was life-changing. I didn’t. And I was wrong.
We got a selection of desserts – pumpkin tart special, fried apple pie with frozen yogurt – along with the banana tart. They were all delicious, but the banana tart was what I can only describe as a religious experience. The buttery crust literally melted in my mouth. I kept telling myself to keep it together so that the restaurant wouldn’t see my eyed rolling into the back of my head. Noah even made it “Elvis style” with peanut butter ice cream on the side. Are you kidding me?
Herbsaint. New Orleans. Banana Brown Butter Tart with Fleur De Sel Caramel. Life changing. You may not believe me, but just you wait.