Spaghetti Sugar Snap Peas (Nonna’s Spaghetti Beans Knockoff)

We used to have dinner at casa di Nonni more often than not during the summer months.  Mondays were pizza, Thursdays were hamburgers with crispy potatoes, and Tuesdays or Wednesdays were Spaghetti Beans.  The epitome of a simple Sicilian dinner, Nonna would sauté home grown long beans, fresh tomatoes and garlic with a bit of extra…

Harlem Arts Festival 2013

Over this past weekend Marcus Garvey Park (in Central South Harlem) was transformed for the second year in a row into The Harlem Arts Festival. Packed with food trucks (YES!! Bring those food trucks Uptown!), and artists of the visual, dance, and musical persuasions, Keith and I saw adults and kids having a great time…

CSA Survival Guide: 5 Essentials Tips

If you joined CSA this summer, you’re probably about three deliveries into what promises to be an amazing growing season. At some point over the past month I’m sure that you have opened your refrigerator door and, seeing it bursting with the leafy greens of arugula, spinach, celery, leeks, spring garlic, and scallions you have…

Mung Bean Hummus with Roasted Spring Garlic

Sometimes, when a girl is trying to find a new job (while still working her stupid busy job), buy an apartment, and help plan her best friend’s wedding, she doesn’t have time to conceptualize, experiment, and taste test a recipe. Sometimes, her brain is so overwhelmed that even the thought of figuring out what to…

Puerto Rican Festival 2013

El Barrio Transformed One of the many exciting and performances on the La Mega 97.9 Stage in 3rd Ave. Little Pride Big Pride Mexican Corn Maduros Stuffed with Cheese Perfectly (twice) Fried Tostones Empanadas & Pastelillos Crispy Pernil Pineapple Drinks

Rhubarb, Mint, & Vanilla Bean Compote

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, my last few recipe posts have been focused on hyper-local seasonal food picked up at our world famous Union Square Greenmarket (BTW–Uptown’s very own 125th St Farmers Market opens on Tuesday, June 11th–and now it’s open on both Tuesdays, 10am-5pm AND Fridays, 3pm to 8pm).  And, since this blog is all…

(Half) Roasted Ramp Pesto

This past weekend Union Square Farmers Market was overflowing with ramps. Also known as wild onions or wild leeks, ramps have delicate white bulbs, slim pinkish red stalks, and full, deep green leaves that look more like they below to a flower than to a vegetable.  As I was carefully choosing my bunches from the…

First Asparagus of Spring Salad

This might be the simplest recipe that I will ever post on Harlem Food Local.  Though I am the first to admit that most of food that I make and that I post is overly complicated and time consuming, I can be accused of no such thing if you’re going to make this recipe.  Gone…

Mix n Match Vegan Spring Rolls

Perhaps you’ve noticed that I am obsessed with Spring, sunlight, anything signaling signs of warm weather. If I could, it would be Spring & Summer year round (I know this begs the question–why do you live in the Northeast? Not really sure–I guess my best answer is that New York is like heroine–you try it…

Quinoa Tabouli

My parents have belonged to a Food Co-Op for my whole life.  While most kids’ first food store memories include images of rainbow colored cereal boxes and the slow hum of a checkout conveyor belt, my first food store memories smell of musty incenses and curries and are crowded with huge barrels wheat berries, oats, and bulgar…

Dish By Dish: Gong Thai

Gong Thai is the most Northern outpost of a unique breed of Fast-Casual Thai Restaurants scattered throughout Manhattan (think Land, Spice, Room Service, ect).  Tucked into narrow and unexpected locations with neon signs and quirky decor, when you patronize these restaurants you are guaranteed to walk out full, satisfied, and with a wallet that is…

Good Friday Easter Baskets

When most people hear the phrase ‘Easter Basket’ the think of colorful woven vessels stuffed with crunchy cellophane grass, candy filled pastel eggs, and chocolate bunnies. For my family, Easter Baskets are different. Though a few toys and (very small bit of) candy from our parents is a familiar Easter Morning memory snapshot, when we…

Dish by Dish: El Paso Taqueria & Cerveceria

Have you ever had someone tell you that “you must go to ________ [insert NYC neighborhood here] and have the __________!” [insert awesome food for which aforementioned neighborhood is known]. Of course you have. This equation works for dim sum and dumplings in Chinatown or Flushing, Shabu Shabu and Fried Chicken in Koreatown, (W 32nd…

Interested in Joining a CSA in Harlem? Here’s How!

Despite Wednesday being the first day of Spring, it really hasn’t felt all that Springish around Harlem. The wind has been unusually harsh, the sun has been mostly absent, and the temperature is still content hovering around 35 degrees even though March is almost over. In years when Winter outstays its welcome, I become particularly…

Spicy Ginger Soy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Sometimes you just don’t know what to make for dinner.  Sure, you have well stocked fridge, a freezer brimming with homemade frozen sauces and organic grass fed and finished meat, and all the herbs a girl could want, yet you still stare into your refrigerator blankly hoping inspiration will strike.  When it doesn’t you slam…