Posts Tagged ‘whole foods market’

Unrecipe of the Week

May 14, 2012

My friend Amanda suggested that this recipe for Socca, a Middle Eastern flatbread, would be the perfect “unrecipe” for us. We just tried it, and we think she’s right!

This is adapted from Mark Bittman, who is the ultimate unrecipe chef.


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Combine 1 cup garbanzo flour*, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 ½ cups of water in a bowl. Whisk until smooth and cover with a towel until it is the consistency of a thick pancake batter. (This shouldn’t take much longer than it takes to heat the oven, but can be left standing for several hours.)

Add enough olive oil to lightly cover the bottom of a 12” skillet.  Add 1 shallot, finely chopped and some fresh chopped rosemary, spreading it evenly in the pan.

Put it into the hot oven, until the oil smokes and the shallots start to sizzle (a few minutes). Add the batter and return the pan to the oven for about 40 minutes, until the batter has browned and the edges become crisp.

At this point, it should be easily  release from the pan. Cut it into wedges, and enjoy!

*Garbanzo flour, or chickpea flour, can be purchased at Whole Foods Market, or any health food store or Middle Eastern food market. It is gluten free.

Dying for a Cocktail

September 6, 2011

Reality star Bethenny Frankels SkinnyGirl Margarita mix was pulled from the shelves of Whole Foods Markets recently, for “using a preservative that does not meet their quality standards“.

Apparently the product contains sodium benzoate, a popular preservative that makes the drink mix shelf stable. It also becomes carcinogenic if mixed with vitamin C, found in the lime garnishes frequently used for margaritas.

Before you reach for that SkinnyGirl drink, you might want to ask yourself if you are really “dying for a Margerita“,or if that‘s just a figment of speech.

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