Adam C. Banks

Jul 08

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)

Pamela at @spiffnyc is getting me all cleaned up. They do a great job here!  #haircut #nyc #spiff  (at Spiff For Men NYC)

Pamela at @spiffnyc is getting me all cleaned up. They do a great job here! #haircut #nyc #spiff (at Spiff For Men NYC)

Jul 02

After wallowing in marinade for a bit, the skirt steak was grilled. Now it’s rested and ready to cut. #astoria #steak #dinner

After wallowing in marinade for a bit, the skirt steak was grilled. Now it’s rested and ready to cut. #astoria #steak #dinner

HOT DOG!!! #astoria #summer #nyc #noketchup  (at Astoria Park,Queens N.Y.)

HOT DOG!!! #astoria #summer #nyc #noketchup (at Astoria Park,Queens N.Y.)

Jun 30

The most important meal of the day. #astoria #summer #eggs #french #cafe (at Le Gamin Astoria)

The most important meal of the day. #astoria #summer #eggs #french #cafe (at Le Gamin Astoria)

Jun 28

Poaching them in a court bouillon.  @meganfaye requested shrimp cocktail to go with drinks tonight. #saturday #cooking #shrimp #astoria #food

Poaching them in a court bouillon. @meganfaye requested shrimp cocktail to go with drinks tonight. #saturday #cooking #shrimp #astoria #food

Jun 27

They wanted a vegetarian dinner. I gave them baked zucchini with mushrooms, toasted polenta, garlicky swiss chard & a light tomato sauce. #vegetarian #food #brooklyn

They wanted a vegetarian dinner. I gave them baked zucchini with mushrooms, toasted polenta, garlicky swiss chard & a light tomato sauce. #vegetarian #food #brooklyn

Jun 25

The grilled clams from @tavernakyclades.  One of my favorite dishes to eat.  Keep it simple.  #astoria #seafood #dinner #clams #summer  (at Taverna Kyclades)

The grilled clams from @tavernakyclades. One of my favorite dishes to eat. Keep it simple. #astoria #seafood #dinner #clams #summer (at Taverna Kyclades)

Jun 22

Pork, shrimp & jicama dumpling. #astoria #thai #food  (at Pye Boat Noodle)

Pork, shrimp & jicama dumpling. #astoria #thai #food (at Pye Boat Noodle)