9.2.2014

Amaretto Waffles

I wanna say these waffles are boozy since there’s booze in it, but I won’t because you can’t really taste it.

Amaretto Waffles | Frites & Fries

The amaretto, an Italian almond-flavored liqueur, adds a subtle, sweet almond scent to the waffles. 

Amaretto Waffles | Frites & Fries

The amaretto brand I used for this recipe is Lazzaroni Amaretto. What’s really interesting about this particular brand is that their liqueur is infused with amaretti cookies. Disaronno, the better publicized and popular liqueur in this category of booze, is actually almond-free and was also misleadingly marketed as amaretto at one point…and it stuck. If you have Disaronno on hand, it probably works just as well. The food blog, Quatro Formaggio, has a great comprehensive post about Amaretti and Amaretto if you want to learn more.

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8.25.2014

Zesty Lemon Spaghetti (with Cod Confit)

Back in the 90’s, “Fat free!” “No Fat!” “Low Fat!” were great food marketing terms because we were somehow led to believe that cutting fat from our diets was good for you. Even though I was in elementary school, I remember the height of this Fat Fear. We now know eating and staying healthy is much more complicated than that because this fear, some experts have suggested, may have actually fueled other health problems like diabetes and obesity.

The idea of confit, cooking food in oil, is still a little frightening to some because we tend to associate that with deep frying and high fat. As a child of the Fat Fear era, you can’t help but think “Doesn’t that add tons of calories?” “Isn’t that bad for you?” Nope! Serious Eats has a great explanation for this:

"One common misconception many folks have about confit is that it is necessarily a fatty food. That food is submerged in fat for hours, so that fat must make its way inside, right? Not so. Indeed, the fat is largely a surface treatment for muscles. While it is true that it may find its way between the larger muscle groups and will cover the entire piece of meat in a thin layer of fat, it will not penetrate very far into the meat itself."

Confit may be intimidating to make but it’s always fun to try and be able to say you’ve actually confit’ed something.

Zesty Lemon Spaghetti | Frites & Fries

Adapting the Nuno Mendes (of London’s Chiltern Firehouse) method for confit, I ended up making three pounds of cod because I broke the filet pieces too many times. As a result, I have a lot of delicious fish with a savory umami flavor from the kombu, a kelp. It would be kind of boring to just eat cod for the next couple of days so I tried to think of other ways we traditionally eat cod. The first thing that came to mind was lemons. And then it was lemons and Parmesan. And then it became Parmesan and pasta…which led to cod, lemons, Parmesan, and pasta.

Zesty Lemon Spaghetti | Frites & Fries

If you’re all who’s got time for that confit shit?!, you can just forget about the fish and make the pasta.

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