I had a bowl of mussel chowder at Rex the other night that was truly awesome. Plump mussels in a saffron-cream broth, with shrimp and other shelfish murking around in the yellow depths. Plus they had the Met game on.
Whether added to snickerdoodle cookies to make them wonderfully soft, to whipped egg whites to make them stable, or to simple syrup to prevent sugar crystals from forming, cream of tartar is an all-around good thing to have on hand.
All hail the ripe summer tomato, potentially a perfect food. Here, the inside of the tomato is the star: the juicy sweet-tart pulp adorns garlic-rubbed, toasted ciabatta, proving that simple food doesn’t mean boring.