Thanksgiving Sides on the Katie Show

By Marcus Samuelsson | November 4, 2013

Courtesy of the Katie Show
Courtesy of the Katie Show

Courtesy of the Katie Show

Now that it’s November everyone is getting ready to host Thanksgiving. I stopped by the Katie Show today to offer some tips on the best mashed potatoes. Here’s a favorite recipe of mine–the apple and horseradish offer a little bit of tartness and spice, but still keeping in the traditional flavor profile. Feel free to add in any kind of root vegetable to the mix though; don’t be shy to remix the old favorites.

Also, be sure not to over mix it! The more you mix it the more likely your potatoes will get that glue-like texture that no amount of gravy can mask. After that, here are two other sides that are real holiday crowd pleasers and go with just about any kind of turkey. Read More


Vegetarian Friendly Christmas

By mahir | December 20, 2010


Meatless Monday with Katie
The Meatless Monday movement is about improving personal health and the health of our planet by reducing meat consumption.  If you cut out meat on Mondays, you will eat 15 percent less meat every week, resulting in better health for you and the planet.

This holiday season, in support of the Meatless Monday movement, I propose cutting out the meat for one course at your Christmas dinner in addition to dessert. Read More


Vegetarian Thanksgiving – Meatless Monday with Katie

By mahir | November 22, 2010


Can you guess how many turkeys Americans eat every Thanksgiving? Would you say five million? Or ten million? Those numbers are not even close. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving every year – yes, that many turkeys are eaten on one day. That’s one fifth of the number of turkeys that are eaten in the U.S. on every other day during the year, all 364 of them. The numbers really put the American turkey-on-Thanksgiving obsession into perspective, don’t they? Read More


Tofu for Dinner – Meatless Monday with Katie Cizewski

By mahir | November 15, 2010


When I was in the seventh grade it was my greatest pleasure to displease my superiors, whether they be my mom, my teachers, or the security guards at the mall, I reveled in infuriating them all.  I had a partner on this mission named Priscilla.  We would sit together at lunch, munching on tater tots and brainstorming about what to do next.  On one of these occasions, on Ash Wednesday to be exact, we devised the perfect plan.  Hit by a sudden wave of devotion, we decided to practice Lent this year – the first time ever for the two of us non-Catholics – by making two very big sacrifices.  I would give up eating meat and Priscilla would give up brushing her teeth.  What that meant for me Read More


Meatless Monday with Katie Cizewski- Kangaroo for Dinner?

By mahir | November 1, 2010

A friend recently told me that there are two restaurants in New York City that serve kangaroo.  “I really want to try it,” she said.  “I wonder what impact that meal will have on the environment,” I replied.  She brushed off the comment and told me more about the one restaurant that she planned on trying the kangaroo at.  Though I didn’t stop thinking about what I had said.  Here was my train of thought.  Assuming that the kangaroo meat was shipped to New York from Australia, that’s a ten thousand mile refrigerated journey.  Most of the beef in this country comes from Texas which is about fifteen hundred miles from New York.  So, on a journey that is about seven times as long, is the carbon footprint of the kangaroo about seven times as large as the footprint of the cow from Texas?  I’m not sure.

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Eggplant – Meatless Monday with Katie Cizewski

By mahir | October 25, 2010

I have heard a few vegetarian friends say that growing up they never ate eggplant, that they didn’t like it, though they may not have given it a fair chance. But then, after becoming vegetarians or vegans – and growing up some – they gave eggplant another chance and were amazed to find out that eggplant is really good. Then, once the dynamic fruit was on their radar, they started to notice just how often it shows up in cuisine from all around the world. My point is: that eggplant is a great substitute for meat, especially in the cold months ahead when you may want to eat something a little heartier.

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The New Moosewood Cookbook – Meatless Monday with Katie Cizewski

By mahir | October 4, 2010

The Meatless Monday movement may be new on the food scene but vegetarian cooking is not. Can you remember back to when it was new?  In 1977, when the original Moosewood Cookbook was published, few people were aware of the vegetarian options out there and even fewer kept a vegetarian diet. When most people thought of a vegetarian meal, they thought of the sides, of a meal with no protein and no main course.  It seemed to be the general consensus that a vegetarian meal would not be filling or satisfying. With this in mind, Mollie Katzen, the author of the Moosewood Cookbook, filled her book full of rich and creamy dishes in an effort to convince the masses that they need not worry about being hungry after a good vegetarian meal.

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Meatless Monday with Katie Cizewski – The Kind of Vegetarian who Eats Kale

By mahir | September 20, 2010

Meatless Monday – The Kind of Vegetarian that Eats Kale

The first job that I ever had was at a vegetarian grocery store and macrobiotic cafe in a hip neighborhood of Philadelphia. I was sixteen years old and just settling into my Doc Martin’s and teen angst attitude. Thutete hot bar in the cafe at the back of the store was, unlike the cold bar, not self serve. It was my job to work the hot bar for all the hungry vegetarian diners.  I served the pureed sweet potato, the short grain brown rice, the tofu casserole, the miso soup, and the kale. Yuck, kale!  I always thought to myself when a customer would ask for it.  I was a vegetarian at the time but not the kind of vegetarian that ate kale.  I was basically a kid so I ate French fries and drank milkshakes. Because I was a kid and an opinionated, angsty one I considered anyone that ate kale bizarre and not to be trusted.  After plopping a steamy mound of kale onto your plate if you insisted I add more, I was put over the deep end with disgust. You want to eat two icky piles of kale? Suffice it to say that I barely lasted a week at my first job.

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Katie Cizewski – Meatless Monday – Saving the Planet with Mexican Corn on the Cob

By mahir | September 13, 2010

Meatless Monday – Saving the Planet with Mexican Corn on the Cob

In case you haven’t heard, lots of chefs, restaurateurs, and foodies (just like you!) are making a difference by serving vegetarian options at their restaurants or by not eating meat on Mondays. The goal is to cut meat consumption by 15% and to promote personal health and the health of our planet. Don’t think eating a veggie burger instead can make a dent? Well the scientific evident is overwhelming but suffice it to say that the production of beef, pork, and poultry burns more fossil fuel, uses more water, produces more methane gas, and leads to the destruction of more forest land than the vegetarian calorie and nutrition equivalent – by many times over. What’s more, if the grain that was used to feed livestock in the United States was instead used to feed everyone in America, we’d all be full and there would still be enough grain left over to feed everyone in India, that’s three hundred million people here and a billion people there. But enough with the preaching! If you are reading this post, chances are that you’ve already decided to go meatless on Mondays – congratulations! – all the cool kids (and cool chefs like Marcus Samuelsson) are doing it. So what’s on the menu for this Monday?

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Contributor Katie Cizewski – Meatless Monday, Strawberry Gazpacho

By mahir | September 6, 2010

Strawberry Gazpacho

Strawberry Gazpacho

Our contributor Katie Cizewski – Meatless Monday, Strawberry gazpacho

Happy Labor Day everyone! The summer may be wrapping up but it seems like the heat is just setting in to New York. Are you having friends over to celebrate the holiday? Gather around the table to eat but don’t bother with the stove or the grill this time. You can make a delicious and impressive raw meal with the fruits of the summer – literally. Strawberry gazpacho is one of those dishes that is surprising at first but then once you start eating it you wonder why it isn’t a classic summer staple. The sweetness of the strawberries is the perfect match for the bite of the peppers and if you like a little heat then add some Tabasco, this cold soup recipe calls for it.

The history of gazpacho is a long one but it seems to have begun in the south of Spain, along the Mediterranean. Tomato was not originally a part of the recipe for this cold soup and though it may be the ingredient that made gazpacho so popular, it is the ingredient that is now being pushed back out to make way for modern variations, such as this strawberry gazpacho. The first wave of gazpacho, before the tomato hit the European continent, was a cold soup made of stale bread, olive oil, vinegar, garlic, and salt. Once the tomato was introduced other summer vegetables soon followed and the recipe took on many variations. More recently, fruits such as watermelon, grapes, and strawberries have been added to the mix and now gazpacho can be sweet, savory, spicy, refreshing, or all of the above – this strawberry gazpacho is. Here’s the recipe…

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