Thursday, January 20, 2011

Athens' Finest

Going to Athens means one thing to me in terms of food- a golden bowl at The Grit. Even if you’re not a huge fan of tofu, I promise you'll love it prepared this way. I like mine with sautéed veggies added in and after a decade of ordering it with cheese, I realized I like it better without.

If you can’t make it to Athens, it's super easy to make yourself.

Golden Bowl (serves two, from The Grit Cookbook)

• One 15-oz block firm tofu
• Vegetable oil
• Soy sauce
• Nutritional yeast

1. Cut tofu into cubes slightly smaller than playing dice.
2. Lightly oil a non-stick skillet and place over high heat.
3. Allow oil to heat slightly and add tofu.
4. Saute, tossing with a non-metal spatula until evenly and lightly golden brown.
5. Sprinkle lightly with soy sauce, saute briefly to further brown tofu.
6. Remove from skillet, draining and discarding any excess fluid.
7. Rinse and wipe skillet dry, lightly oil and place it over high heat.
8. Allow oil to become very hot and add tofu.
9. Saute tofu, tossing with a non-metal spatula almost constantly until very
well browned.
10. Sprinkle with soy sauce to taste.
11. Sprinkle with nutritional yeast to coat tofu cubes and, tossing vigorously,
saute for a few seconds and remove from heat.

To make it a true Golden Bowl, serve over steamed brown rice.

Monday, January 17, 2011


Went to one of our old faves, TWO Urban Licks, a couple of weeks ago with two of our nearest and dearest.

I was very sad to see the pork brisket has left the menu, but the beef rib definitely filled the slow cooked, fall off the bone void…

and as always, their mac and cheese was delish.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Better late than never…

1/1/11- We had the quintessential southern fare that is supposed to bring you luck and money in the next year- collards, black-eyed peas and pork loin...

It was nice to get back in the kitchen, even if it didn’t take much effort.

BTW- if you're from the south (or you just appreciate flavorful, delicious food) and want to cut out all the fat but none of the flavor, I have one word for you- GOYA. Their jamon flavor packets are the best things ever.You can find it in your grocer’s international section with the Mexican foods.