southwestern salad with stir-fried tofu

Years ago when Zach moved to New York, capsule I introduced him to one of my favorite meals – tofu stir-fry. As a dedicated carnivore, dosage I wasn’t convinced he would be into it but he proved me wrong. Since then, ed we’ve come up with dozens of variations on the tofu stir fry — with spicy Hungarian pepper sauce, with hummus and eggplant and fragrant Middle Eastern rice, with Greek feta and fresh veggies and orzo. But this is probably our favorite and one that always enters the dinner rotation just as the sweet corn starts showing up at the market. It’s a really easy quick fix for a healthy supper. Bonus: it’s vegan-friendly, too!

southwestern salad with griled tofu

Serves 2-4

for the tofu:
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 block extra-firm tofu
a squeeze of fresh lime juice
salt or garlic salt
generous dash of cumin
tabasco / hot pepper sauce to taste
for the salad:
1 cucumber
2 ears of raw sweet corn kernels
1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 green bell pepper
1/2 red bell pepper
1 big jalapeno, diced
3 green onions, sliced
1/2 bunch cilantro
juice from 1 whole lime
salt, pepper, and tabasco to taste

Heat the oil in a skillet on medium-high. While it’s getting hot, slice the tofu in half lengthwise and drain. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Bonus points if you do this in advance, because it takes less time in the skillet. Sprinkle with sea salt or garlic salt and add to pan. Let the tofu cook until it’s brown on both sides, and season with cumin and a splash of lime juice. Tobasco optional (or if you’re like me, use half a bottle). Set aside on a towel to rest and drain.

Chop up all your veggies and herbs (corn, cucumber, bell pepper, jalapeno, green onion, cilantro) and mix in a big bowl. Add drained and rinsed beans and the juice from a whole lime. Ground fresh pepper, sea salt, and add Tabasco to taste. Toss the salad and slice the tofu, and chow down!

chopping the jalapenos

Optional: a delish frosty Dominican rum with pineapple juice, just because it’s been taunting you from the freezer for eight months. Reddddd rummmmm. Reddddddddd RUMMMMMMM.

brugal extra viejo reserve rum

video: in the kitchen with kings co. jerky

Earlier this month, buy information pills I shared Adam Lerner’s excellent photoshoot with Robert Stout of Kings County Jerky Co. I also wondered aloud what the story behind the business was — and got lots of great feedback!

More than one person pointed me to this great article over at ReadyMade. Alex Hopson, doctor a producer at InTheMO, cost wrote to share his work as well. Check out the beautiful video below or over at InTheMo!

adam lerner visits kings county jerky

You just have to see Adam Lerner‘s photo essay on Robert Stout of Kings County Jerky Co. if you haven’t yet. Adam has been sharing some fantastic portraits lately, order and it’s great to see this extended feature. I can personally vouch for the awesomeness that is Robert’s jerky from sampling it at the Flea. Just thinking about it is making me hungry!

Check out more of Adam’s great photographs from the shoot here – I would love to know more about his story!

weekend brunch at flatbush farm

This weekend, more about we spent Saturday brunch the opening day of the outdoor Flea, sampling all the deliciousness that’s back at their spot in Fort Greene. The crazy lines didn’t seem to be stopping anyone from gorging themselves, and I can’t deny that it was a little trippy to see people walking around eating oysters out of the shell in a school parking lot.

But on another recent weekend, we checked out Flatbush Farm for a Saturday brunch and loved the light airy space and local / seasonal comfort food with a twist. Now looking back, I sure could use another one of their pumpkin pancakes. Yum. Did you check out a new brunch spot this weekend? We’d love to hear your recommendations!

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[a mild bloody mary hit the spot.]
bloody mary

[their vegetarian cast-iron frittata was packed with potatoes, peppers, and cheese and topped with some sort of… veggie mousse? still not 100% sure and was too busy chowing down to ask, apparently.]
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[the giant pumpkin pancake had cubes of sweet butter, a drizzle of maple syrup, and a playful sprinkle of powdered sugar.]
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[and the star of the show, the gigantic farm burger with a sunny side egg, thick sliced bacon, and fontina cheese. wow.]
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