In these times especially, we should be using whatever we have in our refrigerator to create new meals. This not only reduces food waste and saves you money, but it also makes you a more conscientious cook! More power to … Continue reading Refrigerator Pesto
I’m pretty lucky that my friends and colleagues in the test kitchen usually humor me, and I’m missing that right now as we approach our fifth week in quarantine. Several weeks before our lives changed from normal to an episode … Continue reading Missing the Test Kitchen
First, and more important than anything, I’m hoping you’re all safe and well. I promised that this blog would feature a recipe using the red curry paste we made the last time we cooked together. Don’t forget to consider adding … Continue reading Food as Meditation, Part 2
By now, I’m certain you all know how to wash your hands properly. By now, I bet your hands look as bad as mine, which means really dry because, in my profession, I can honestly say that when I’m working, … Continue reading Food as Meditation, Part 1
When I develop recipes professionally, my philosophy is pretty straightforward; use few ingredients, keep it simple and deliver big flavors. In this spicy, smoky dish from the Punjab region of India, eggplant, onion, and tomatoes are broiled until silky and … Continue reading Sheet Pan Broiling + Easy Weeknight Meals = Big Flavors
It was probably the very first time we agreed 100% about where to have dinner last Saturday night. Hands down, with no hesitation, we all voted for Chef Danny Bowien’s Mission Chinese on the lower east side of New York … Continue reading Mission Chinese
Fresh, sweet lobster reminds me of summer vacations with my family in Maine. The memories are still so vivid that if I close my eyes, I can almost smell the briny ocean as we drove to the lobster shacks along … Continue reading Lobster Love!!!
I’m proud of the fact that I grew up in a racially diverse neighborhood. Like it or not, we all lived side by side, for better or for worse. Name an ethnicity, and we pretty much had it covered. From … Continue reading Thank You, Hilda!
This past Friday, my daughter and I had some free time on our hands as we drove to the train, which would whisk her back to the hustle and bustle of New York City. In Darien, CT, we happened to … Continue reading A Pair of Pants & A Silver Palate
Originating in Korea, black garlic has been generating quite a buzz in American kitchens lately. Black garlic is created through a process of fermentation combined with high heat over a long period of time resulting in rich, amazingly black cloves. … Continue reading Test Kitchen: Black Garlic
No, not Hemingway’s Moveable Feast, but a food moveable feast! I’ve had the great opportunity to be on the recipe development side of Moveable Feast in collaboration with Fine Cooking Magazine. The PBS special has been airing on Sundays at … Continue reading A Moveable Feast
An Outstanding Culinary Career! Read my interview with Susan Stockton, Senior Vice President, Culinary Production at Food Network on DICED, the official blog of The Institute of Culinary Education. Just click on the link below: http://blog.ice.edu/2013/04/24/culinary-careers-susan-stockton/ Continue reading An Outstanding Culinary Career!
Our first chef instructor was a man of clear distinction and significance. His list of accolades, accomplishments and credentials was longer than the length of my right arm (which is significantly longer than my left). He commanded the kitchen when … Continue reading The Meaning of the Word “SIGNIFICANT”
My first encounter with this divine grain-based meal happened a couple of summers back. I was minding my own plate at a lazy afternoon picnic, and try as I might, I just couldn’t manage to keep my eyes off the … Continue reading Will You Mujadarrah Me?
Halloween is here! So many kids (and adults as well) are looking forward to celebrating. In just a few short hours, doors will open to a constant parade of monsters, superhero’s, celebrities and demons expecting that much-anticipated treat. Many of … Continue reading Things That Scare Me!