recipes: appetizer/snack

  • alton brown’s slow-roast tomatoes
    Again, we were in a predicament where we had too many tomatoes and not enough time to eat through the whole batch before it went bad. We had the Exploratorium’s Science of Cocktails event in a few days, then we were flying out to NYC the very next day. This recipe is so simple, we whipped it up from memory. The measurements and herb mix don’t have to be precise; we usually make do with whatever we have on hand. The tomatoes keep for a month in the fridge and keep forever in the freezer. Our favorite way to eat these are with a piece of baguette. We simply cut the baguette to size, slap on some goat’s milk butter, throw on a slow-roast tomato, and then warm the whole thing in the oven. Since the tomatoes roast for about 10 hours, we usually prepare this before going to bed. Adapted from Alton Brown’s book I’m Just Here for the Food: Food + Heat = Cooking. tomatoesolive oilsugarfresh minced herbskosher saltblack pepperbaguette or other crunchy bread
  • easy hand blender salsa
    We'll often whip up this salsa when we have extra fresh tomatoes. The ingredients will often vary and are often subject to what we have on hand, so it is a surprise every time, but it always turns out good. Proportions are never exact for this, so none are listed in this recipe. We use the hand blender to mix up the cumin, garlic, and veggie scraps that we then combine with the salsa for a rich, saucy texture. After all the salsa is gone, we'll often combine leftover salsa juice with tequila for a quick bloody maria. cuminlime juicegarlictomatoonionjalapenocilantrogreen onionfish saucepepperketchuptortilla chips
  • Jacques Pepin's Kale Chips
    This Jacques Pepin recipe is so easy to make and is a tasty way to get your veggies in for the day! Use the measurements below as guidelines. We make this so often that we simply add just enough olive oil and salt to lightly coat the kale, then we mix it all together with our hands. It always turns out awesome. Adapted from Jacques Pepin's More Fast Food My Way. curly kaleolive oilsalt and pepperchili flake