Look here at these fava beans I saw at Dean and Deluca. Spring is really, truly here. I would take this basket of favas and sit down at this sun-dappled table outside a rambling Tuscan villa, shelling the beans and when that was done, I would call my friends and say, hey, come over.
fava beans on display at D+D, left. A villa in Tuscany, left
We would toss the favas with a nutty pecorino, some torn mint and grassy olive oil. We would break big loaves of bread and few bottles of wine and spend the afternoon here, at this long table under the shade. We might get hungry again, so we make crostini with the leftovers. I’ll tell you the recipes after the break.
That’s what I thought about when I saw these fava beans at Dean and Deluca.
awesome pork dumplings from the Good Dumpling House in Chinatown
I live in dumpling land, and my favorite dumplings are around the corner on Grand Street at a place trickily named Good Dumpling House. When I’m super hungry and lazy, I go right up to the street window (it’s the equivalent of Chinese fast food) and hand over $2. The woman piles 8 big juicy pork and chive dumplings in a container. If I’m entertaining, I place them on two pretty plates- these are from Pearl River, the giant discount store that stocks amazing housewares, clothes, food for cheap. I mixed up some fresh shaved ginger into a little bowl of soy sauce. These dumplings are excellent, full of flavorful ground pork and chives encased in a thin noodle pocket. They also sell these dumplings frozen, in bags of 50, for a pittance. You can fry or steam them up yourself whenever a need for dumplings comes up. If you have a favorite dumpling spot in Chinatown, please let me know!
Good Dumpling House (fka Sun Dou Dumplings): 214 Grand St bet Mott and Elizabeth Sts. A website coming soon here.
For great housewares on the cheap, visit Pearl River Market’s website and buy online. 477 Broadway between Broome and Grand.