Towards the end of the summer, I decided to join a couple of friends at what would be our first in-person lunch since the pandemic began. We agreed on Geronimo, a place I had never been to before, that had … Continue reading Spaghetti Squash Grain Bowls
I was driving down one of the busiest streets in the very center of Stamford, Connecticut, about two weeks ago when out of the corner of my eye, I sensed a blur of vibrant, bright orange growth at the bottom … Continue reading Magic Mushrooms!
I thought it would be fun to share one of my virtual cooking classes that I taught over the summer. There were many people from all across the country in attendance, even as far as Canada, I’ve come to learn. … Continue reading Sheet-Pan Shrimp & Vegetables with Orange Dressing
One of my friends recently called me their kitchen witch. They say it’s because I’ve always been able to prevent culinary disasters in their kitchen by answering any cooking question or interpreting any mystery due to a poorly written recipe. … Continue reading Tips & Tricks from the Kitchen Witch
This recipe is based on an old favorite from the Fine Cooking Magazine archives. I made modifications based on flavors I love, swapped and added alternate ingredients, and added a squeeze of lemon at the end for brightness. I hope … Continue reading Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe, Sausage, Cherry Tomatoes, and Calabrian Chili
This is one of my favorite recipes because of its simplicity. The sea bass slowly steams in a little oil. The steaming comes not from water added to the pan, but from the fish’s own juices. While the skin doesn’t … Continue reading Quick & Easy Steamed Chilean Sea Bass
For the past couple of years, one of my favorite go-to ingredients has been crushed Calabrian chili peppers. I’m definitely a spicy food lover, so when I first came across this zesty-fruity crushed pepper sauce at William Sonoma, I couldn’t … Continue reading Some Like it HOT!
I promised to include this for those of you who weren’t able to locate the jarred marinated cheese called for in my Warm Ravioli Salad with Marinated Cheese, Apple, and Tomato recipe. What I like best about this homemade version … Continue reading Marinated Cheese
Add to your July 4th celebration with red, white and blue potatoes! Melissa’s Produce conveniently packages this potato trio together. Here’s one of my favorite potato sides: Creamy Roasted Red, White & Blue Potatoes with Crispy Rosemary Serves 4 to … Continue reading Just in Time for July 4th!
Back in the day, and not that long ago, I contracted with World Market to give monthly cooking demos in their luxurious demo kitchen based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. I’m not one for self-flattery, but the demos were pretty easy … Continue reading Restaurant Quality Steak in Fifteen Minutes
The pandemic as a teacher? Sure. A crisis is an opportunity for change? Yes. I’ve always considered myself a realist, tending to see the glass half empty than full. Some would call that a pessimistic personality, but I’m not entirely … Continue reading Pan-DAMN-ic; Looking for the brighter side
As we approach week 10 of quarantine, I continue to think of ways to be mindful of food waste. That brings me to the complete and total pain and guilt I’ve felt about my sourdough starter discard. Admitting it is … Continue reading Sourdough Discard, Part 1