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Classing It Up
Looking for freshly
prepared, authentic Italian
cuisine right here in Key
Biscayne? Wander no
further than The Plaza
restaurant. All the pasta,
breads and desserts on
menu are completely
homemade. And for the
carb counters among us,
they also feature a special
low-calorie menu. Even better? Call them up and have your dinner delivered
right to your front door. We’ll happily wave goodbye to frozen meals for
this; 200 Crandon Blvd. #104, Key Biscayne; 305.365.1232; ThePlazaKB.com.
This month, I’d like to gush to you about one of my
favorite ingredients: a little bottle that instantly takes
otherwise ordinary dishes from everyday to sublime.
I’m talking about white truffle oil, which is generally
a fine extra-virgin olive oil infused with the essence
of luxurious — and hard to come by — white truffles.
Skip the bottles you’ll find on the shelves at Home
Goods, which are likely past their prime use-by date,
and instead pick some up at your local gourmet foods
purveyor. Select bottles that include small quantities
of truffle, rather than just those which have been
“white truffle flavored.” Here are a few of my favorite
ways to use it:
It’s about time cooking surfaces entered the 21 st Century. The Thermador
Freedom takes induction cooktops to the next level. Its biggest innovation?
It detects the presence of cookware anywhere on its surface and
automatically adjusts to it. Move your pans, and the Freedom follows. A
touchscreen surface recognizes pot shape and allows you to quickly and
easily adjust temperature and cooking time. And like all induction cooking
surfaces, it remains cool to the touch and is a breeze to clean up. Available
in July; $4,949, Thermador.com.
• Drizzle it into a bowl of popcorn for an aromatic
treat that’ll make you forget butter ever existed.
• Splash a bit into mashed roasted squash to take a
humble vegetable to the next level.
• Add it to your favorite cream-based pasta sauce.
• Dash it onto scrambled eggs for a super-easy, and
• Mix it with a quality extra-virgin olive oil to
make a dipping sauce for bread.
• Puree white beans with thyme, rosemary and
chicken stock. Bring to a simmer and finish with a
drizzle of oil for an easy, healthy, mouth-watering
dinner. Whatever you use it for, remember that a little goes
a long way. It also loses flavor once opened, so store
in a cool, dark place and don’t forget it exists!
Jacquelyn › vegetables for Benson fun. An dices avid
home cook and gardener, she
believes dinner is best made
with the help of a good Ray
Charles album and a martini;
JacquelynBenson.com. Tomato Tobacco
“Spice is life. It depends
upon what you like...have fun
with it. Yes, food is serious,
but you should have fun with
it.” — Emeril Lagasse
48 Aroma Sniff
Inspired by an episode of The Simpsons
where Homer creates a highly-addictive,
radioactive crop, plant breeder Rob
Baur created “tomacco”: a hybrid of
tomato and tobacco containing a high
concentration of nicotine.
They say we eat with our noses —
but as it turns out, our lungs do
actually contain taste receptors
similar to tastebuds on the tongue.
However, they’re only capable of
detecting bitter flavors.
Washington Potato Commission director
Chris Voight tried a revolutionary diet,
eating nothing but potatoes for 60 days.
In addition to lowering his cholesterol,
Voight claims the diet also caused him
to lose 21 pounds.