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The Gastrokid Cookbook: Haloumi and Mint

This might be my all-time favorite way to cook eggplant. The tender and slender smallish Japanese eggplant is the least bitter of varieties, and the honey only makes it more kid-friendly. Haloumi is that steaklike Greek cheese that won’t melt … Continue reading

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The Gastrokid Cookbook: Heirloom Tomato, Burrata, and Basil Salad

This is the king of Caprese salads, that wonderful Italian invention that combines fresh mozzarella and perfect summer produce. Luckily we live in the era of heirloom tomatoes, which means we’ve got color and flavor on demand in the summer … Continue reading

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Gastrokid Cookbook Recipe – Roasted Broccolini

Super fresh broccolini is skinnier and more tender than standard broccoli and does best with this technique. It’s a handy side dish to throw in the oven while you’re cooking a pizza: they both roast at the same temperature. Makes … Continue reading

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Gastrokid Homemade Gatorade

The convenience stores of the world are awash in gatorade. Fructose-heavy, overpriced, landfill-filling. And the new favorite drink of 4 year old Desmond after a friend took him to 7-11 on a post-gymnastic snack trip. I explained to him, in … Continue reading

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Scorpion Fish for the Family

Cool name. Awesome look. Spiny fins. I love a good a rockfish. They’re the basis of bouillbaise. Full flavored. Lobstery in texture and color. I thought the cool name, awesome look, spiny fins, and all would woo the kids. Especially … Continue reading

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Octopus, See!?

We have cooked this impressive cephalapod, this leviathan, this eight-legged chicken of the sea several times before. We have boiled it forever to tenderize the darned thing. And we have liked it quite a bit. What’s not to like about … Continue reading

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Last Ditch Lasagna

This is a recipe written by the diminished stocks of a refrigerator a day before market day. I don’t suggest you go out and shop for this, but if you find yourself with just a few things in refrigerator, try … Continue reading

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Quinoa Chickpea Marinara (and yogurt?)

Here’s a meatless recipe in the spirit of our week of eating virtually no meat inspired by Do The Green Thing’s Easy On The Meat Campaign (tho admittedly my day job has required the consumption of pork buns, some new … Continue reading

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Superfast Squid and Marinara

It really couldn’t be much easier: buy some cleaned squid at a fishmonger or a good supermarket (like Whole Foods). Slice squid it into thin little circles, and simmer it in your favorite marinara until tender, about 7 minutes. If … Continue reading

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Gastrokid’s Annual Fava Bean Recipe

Every year, fava beans’ fast and fleeting season gets us excited when we first see them at the farmer’s market. And we buy a ton. And then we get them home and remember why we only cooked them once last … Continue reading

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