Adam C. Banks

Jul 15

My family wanted spinach-artichoke dip as a snack for cocktail hour before dinner; so I made it for them.  #capecod #summer #pregame #dip #snack #food

My family wanted spinach-artichoke dip as a snack for cocktail hour before dinner; so I made it for them. #capecod #summer #pregame #dip #snack #food

Jul 14

Watching the very first episode of The French Chef with Julia Child. She made Boeuf Bourguignon which aired on February 11, 1963. Her cookbooks and TV shows opened a lot of American’s eyes to cooking.  She was a culinary trail blazer. #OG #cooking #bonappetit

Watching the very first episode of The French Chef with Julia Child. She made Boeuf Bourguignon which aired on February 11, 1963. Her cookbooks and TV shows opened a lot of American’s eyes to cooking. She was a culinary trail blazer. #OG #cooking #bonappetit

@paindavignoncafe for lunch- Crispy prosciutto, garlic aioli, arugula on a brioche bun & a side of pomme frites. #capecod #lunch #summer  (at Pain D’Avignon Café Boulangerie)

@paindavignoncafe for lunch- Crispy prosciutto, garlic aioli, arugula on a brioche bun & a side of pomme frites. #capecod #lunch #summer (at Pain D’Avignon Café Boulangerie)

It’s always fun to see @mrsjillzarin.  Happy to have helped out with her annual Luxury Ladies Luncheon; it’s for a good cause. #campzarin #hamptons #summer

It’s always fun to see @mrsjillzarin. Happy to have helped out with her annual Luxury Ladies Luncheon; it’s for a good cause. #campzarin #hamptons #summer

Jul 13

Made some “French Onion Soup” Grilled Cheese for @mrsjillzarin’s Luxury Ladies Luncheon. #campzarin #hamptons #summer #food #grilledcheese

Made some “French Onion Soup” Grilled Cheese for @mrsjillzarin’s Luxury Ladies Luncheon. #campzarin #hamptons #summer #food #grilledcheese

Glad to be a part of @mrsjillzarin’s Ladies Lunch at her house in the Hampton. #campzarin #hamptons #summer

Glad to be a part of @mrsjillzarin’s Ladies Lunch at her house in the Hampton. #campzarin #hamptons #summer

Jul 09

Sunny side up, scallions & hot sauce. What’s not to like? Can’t wait to break that yolk. #astoria #eggs #food

Sunny side up, scallions & hot sauce. What’s not to like? Can’t wait to break that yolk. #astoria #eggs #food

Jul 08

On my roof, I view distant lightening.  Sudden,glowing orange flashes. Nature beautifully hovering over the City; transcending all of it’s glow.  #astoria #summer #nyc #roof #nature

On my roof, I view distant lightening. Sudden,glowing orange flashes. Nature beautifully hovering over the City; transcending all of it’s glow. #astoria #summer #nyc #roof #nature

Don’t throw away those watermelon rinds…marinate them!!!  Here is a recipe I made up on the fly. (I have it in grams too)
•Watermelon rinds- about 2 lbs or 4qts green skin cut off, cut into about ½ inch by 2 inch pieces (I like to keep some of the fruit attached for better flavor)
•Water- 1quart
•Whole star anise- 4each
•Whole Coriander seeds- ½ Tbsp
•Whole anise seed- ½ Tbsp
•Whole black pepper- 1 Tbsp
•Sea or kosher salt (not iodized)- 3 Tbsp
•White sugar- 3 Tbsp
•White balsamic vinegar- ¼ C + 2 Tbsp 

Method:
Combine all ingredients except rinds and star anise in a non reactive pot such as stainless steel or enameled cast iron. Bring to a simmer on medium heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. In the mean time, place rinds and star anise in glass bowl or jars (non reactive and not plastic).  Through a strainer, pour hot brine onto rinds so they are completely submerged. Allow to cool at room temp. Cover tightly and refrigerate. For better flavor let sit for a few days. 
Eat alone or cut up and add to salads or add into summer slaws. Be creative. No rules with marinated rinds. Have fun. #astoria #watermelon #recipe #food #summer

Don’t throw away those watermelon rinds…marinate them!!! Here is a recipe I made up on the fly. (I have it in grams too)
•Watermelon rinds- about 2 lbs or 4qts green skin cut off, cut into about ½ inch by 2 inch pieces (I like to keep some of the fruit attached for better flavor)
•Water- 1quart
•Whole star anise- 4each
•Whole Coriander seeds- ½ Tbsp
•Whole anise seed- ½ Tbsp
•Whole black pepper- 1 Tbsp
•Sea or kosher salt (not iodized)- 3 Tbsp
•White sugar- 3 Tbsp
•White balsamic vinegar- ¼ C + 2 Tbsp

Method:
Combine all ingredients except rinds and star anise in a non reactive pot such as stainless steel or enameled cast iron. Bring to a simmer on medium heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. In the mean time, place rinds and star anise in glass bowl or jars (non reactive and not plastic). Through a strainer, pour hot brine onto rinds so they are completely submerged. Allow to cool at room temp. Cover tightly and refrigerate. For better flavor let sit for a few days.
Eat alone or cut up and add to salads or add into summer slaws. Be creative. No rules with marinated rinds. Have fun. #astoria #watermelon #recipe #food #summer

A 22 pound watermelon about to be broken down for frozen watermelon drink. Its hot out but I like it.  #astoria #nyc #summer #watermelon #watermelonaddict #seasonal #fruit

A 22 pound watermelon about to be broken down for frozen watermelon drink. Its hot out but I like it. #astoria #nyc #summer #watermelon #watermelonaddict #seasonal #fruit

Jul 06

Frozen watermelon…nuff said. #astoria #summer #watermelon (at Pye Boat Noodle)

Frozen watermelon…nuff said. #astoria #summer #watermelon (at Pye Boat Noodle)

Jul 05

Restaurant policy says no pictures or notes taking inside.  Sorry, I can’t share any food porn. This meal will be epic with @meganfaye. #brooklyn #brooklynfare #3michelin #nyc  (at The Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare)

Restaurant policy says no pictures or notes taking inside. Sorry, I can’t share any food porn. This meal will be epic with @meganfaye. #brooklyn #brooklynfare #3michelin #nyc (at The Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare)

Jul 04

Cold ramen for dinner- Pork belly, poached egg and assorted veggies with a yuzu broth.  Not the traditional 4th of July fare.  #astoria #ramen #noodles #japanese #dinner  (at HinoMaru Japanese Ramen Bar)

Cold ramen for dinner- Pork belly, poached egg and assorted veggies with a yuzu broth. Not the traditional 4th of July fare. #astoria #ramen #noodles #japanese #dinner (at HinoMaru Japanese Ramen Bar)

The monte cristo sandwich on challah french toast with a side of syrup from @thesandwichbarny. Ham on challah. Is that allowed?  Either way it’s delicious. Happy 4th! 🇺🇸 #astoria #sandwich #brunch #4thofjuly #summer  (at The Sandwich Bar)

The monte cristo sandwich on challah french toast with a side of syrup from @thesandwichbarny. Ham on challah. Is that allowed? Either way it’s delicious. Happy 4th! 🇺🇸 #astoria #sandwich #brunch #4thofjuly #summer (at The Sandwich Bar)

Jul 03

The smokehouse burger & a side of fried pickles from @genuineroadside in Gotham Market West.  So good. Food coma initiating in 3…2…1…and…😴😴😴 #burger #nyc  (at Genuine Roadside)

The smokehouse burger & a side of fried pickles from @genuineroadside in Gotham Market West. So good. Food coma initiating in 3…2…1…and…😴😴😴 #burger #nyc (at Genuine Roadside)