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Tiny NY Kitchens

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Who says you can’t cook in a generously-sized closet aka NY apt? With Whole Paycheck just down the street from me, I was able to whip up Bon Appetit’s Curried Ground Shrimp & Noodles for dinner. It’s amazing how creative you can get with a limited amount of counter space. I do recommend a food processor for the shrimp, and I just finely diced my onion instead of pulsing it into a paste as the recipe called for. I skipped the extra Korean hot chilies as my jalapeno was already super hot, and subbed cilantro for the basil because cilantro is Much cheaper in the winter than basil. Dinner for 1 just got elevated.
Click here for the recipe.

And for another great recipe to cook in a tiny kitchen, I also made Bon Appetite’s Oven Risotto with Kale Pesto. I had no idea you could cook risotto in the oven, what a great trick! You can use any sort of green in here, not just poster-child kale. Collards, spinach, Swiss chard, and even arugula would be great to use in place of the kale. I also used a mix of almonds & walnuts for the pesto.

Food52’s Grilled Bread w/ Thyme Pesto & Lemon Creme Fraiche

This pesto is Amazing. I can picture it with poached eggs, roast chicken, and/or pasta.
My substitutions: I used toasted almonds instead of pine nuts because I forgot to pick up the pine nuts; I used swiss chard from my garden instead of spinach; and I used lemon juice/rind instead of preserved lemon because, again, that’s all I had on hand.
It was Amazing.
Make. This. Now.