3 Easy AF Foil-Packet Recipes to Steal from Chefs
Some people may think cooking in foil is cheating — in Texas, for instance, it’s called the “Texas crutch.” Haters are gonna hate, but we got the straight dish directly from three chefs who are here to prove foil packs are a legitimate way to put meals on the table. Whether you’re steaming fish or charring potatoes, a sheet of aluminum foil can be your best friend over an open flame or inside your oven. Plus, the best part’s the cleanup: Simply toss that foil afterwards. Works for us!
“For my Hamptons style foil packet recipe, I would pack one whole striped bass from Stuart’s Seafood Market in Amagansett, NY (they have the freshest local fish!) with the juice of a small lemon, two tabs of butter, capers, a dash of salt, teaspoon of pepper, a bunch of parsley, a shot of sake, and 1/2 tablespoon of ginger. Toss it all together, wrap it up, and cook over hot coals for roughly eight to nine minutes per side. Accompany that with fresh corn, veggies, and herbs from Balsam Farms and cheese from Mecox Bay Dairy, and you have the ultimate East End feast.” — Chef Ian Lichtenstein Lowell of The Maidstone
“Growing up in the Midwest, ‘tin taters’ were in everyone’s campfire repertoire. They are quick and easy to make ahead of time, and they don’t take up much room. We even served them as a side dish in the first restaurant I worked in. The simple recipe goes as follows: One russet potato per person (baked and cooled), one slice bacon (small dice), one shallot (small dice), salt and pepper, and one tablespoon butter. Dice the potatoes into large chunks (or cut into thick wedges), and place them onto a sheet of aluminum foil, then sprinkle the bacon and shallots evenly on top. Season with salt and pepper, and place the butter in the center. Tightly wrap into an envelope by folding the corners in, and place over hot coals for 20 to 30 minutes.” — Chef Luke Venner of Elm
Banana Leaf Snapper
“One of my favorites is snapper in a banana leaf, and it’s a complete meal in a packet. I’m Hawaiian, and this method of cooking is used in my culture a lot — especially when we have cookouts on the beach. To make it, all you need is one sheet of foil, a Ti or banana leaf, eight-ounce portions of Opakapaka (red snapper), sliced Lap Cheong or Chinese sausage, and the following sliced veggies: shiitake mushrooms, Chinese sweet peas, greens onions, purple sweet potatoes, carrots, and onions. For the sauce, whisk together one tablespoon soy sauce, one tablespoon oyster sauce, one teaspoon Mirin, and one teaspoon sugar. Place the piece of foil on a cutting board and the banana leaf on top, then the fish, vegetables, and sausage (in that order). Wrap contents tightly so steam cannot escape from the packet, and place in a 350 degree oven or on a barbecue grill for 12 to 15 minutes (or until the fish turns opaque and starts to flake nicely). Then open the foil packet carefully, and pour the sauce over the fish before serving.” — Chef Kimo Akana of The Grand Nashville
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)