Dana Slatkin

Shutters’ Vegetarian Burger

Shutters' Veggie Burger

Deciding what to make for dinner is not as easy as it used to be. With 30 million recipes just a click away, finding one that is tasty, nutritious, budget-conscious, and simple enough to prepare can be a little overwhelming. Add the pressures of a long day and high expectations, and it’s no wonder we can’t figure out what to cook anymore. Try turning to the basics. In this recipe from my first cookbook, The Summertime Anytime Cookbook: Recipes from Shutters on the Beach, I started with the classic pairing of rice and beans, adding a few of my favorite things: Bone Suckin’ BBQ Sauce. beets, smoked paprika, and molasses. It’s one I’ve come back to again and again when stumped for a meal. Whether topped with … [Read more...]

Mushroom Edamame Burger

Edamame Burger

Adam Fleischman, the founder of Umami Burger, has been very busy lately. Aside from opening three sizzling-hot burger joints in the last year with another on the way, making final tune-ups on his fleet of roving UB trucks, and spawning a somewhat revolutionary burger renaissance in this town of vegetarians, food-phobics and healthier-than-thou puritans, Adam graciously paused to answer a few questions. Why would the Beverly Hills Farmgirl be interested in this Messianic meat monger? For two good reasons: first, he is obsessed with umami, that delectable “fifth taste” that drives foodies wild and consumes chefs in its pursuit; and second, anyone who flouts rules with such balls is intriguing to me and—okay—a little sexy. When … [Read more...]

Persian Chicken Burgers

Persian Chicken Burger

As I confessed on this blog in April, I have been making the same breaded chicken cutlets for years. Granted, they are decidedly above average—the chicken is always Kosher and organic, the breadcrumbs are never store-bought, and they are lovingly cooked in a minimal amount of healthy grapeseed oil. But now that my children are finally becoming more adventurous eaters, it’s time to bring on something new. I first learned to make these juicy, flavorful burgers from my friend Isabelle, who has been serving them to her family for as long as mine has had to endure those chicken cutlets. Her secret — and her Persian touch — is a dash of cardamom (or cinnamon). It’s the spice that makes everyone wonder why these taste so uniquely delicious. … [Read more...]