May 24, 2011

It’s rare that I eat something at a restaurant and try to duplicate it at home. I dine out with the purpose of having experiences I can’t (beyond my skill level), or don’t want (too laborious), to have at home. I treat my kitchen and restaurants like church and state. There are, of course, exceptions […]

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Carrot Souffle

April 26, 2011

The weather has been iffy this April in New York City – lots (and lots) of rain and temperatures ranging from 45 to 70 degrees. Needless to say, I have not been inspired to dig out and pick through my spring wardrobe to see what might pass muster for this year. But, touched with a […]

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Baked Spinach

April 3, 2011

Back in January I shared my feelings about vegetable dishes that are rendered unhealthy by bad-for-you ingredients. In that post, I failed to mention my affair with creamed spinach (only with the really good kind, as there are many an imposter). I’ve never attempted to make this bastardized green at home, considering it a steakhouse-only […]

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March 20, 2011

Last Purim, I went on my very own NYC Hamantashen Crawl. This year, I stayed at home and made a batch of these festive cookies in my very own kitchen. The recipe I used was in this week’s NY Times. I initially saw it and dismissed it, because I usually stray from anything that involves […]

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Spice-Rubbed Skirt Steak

March 13, 2011

Skirt steak often falls on the fringe of the meat radar (the outskirts?). Some consider it tough and stringy and others, put off by a price tag that is a fraction of a filet, porterhouse, or ribeye, don’t find it fit for company. The former don’t know how to cut it (you’ll have to keep […]

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Mustard Roasted Potatoes

February 20, 2011

Mustard is so much more than a condiment. It is a bona fide ingredient. And a versatile one. It adds tang and texture to broiled fish, grilled chicken, and roasted lamb. It livens egg salad and salad dressings. It has a distinct flavor, but one that is usually welcome. I love mustard and feel it’s […]

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Collard Greens with Tomatoes and Garlic

January 31, 2011

First off, I’d like to apologize for the picture. I was playing with some camera settings, using a new lens, and dinner was getting cold. I wish I could say that at least the colors are vibrant, but it looks like a Christmas decoration gone bad. I can promise you that it tastes oh-so good […]

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January 23, 2011

If you don’t like your corn bread on the sweeter side, stop reading now. If you don’t like side dishes laden with fat and calories, stop reading now. If you haven’t clicked away, you’re in for a treat. You’re also welcome over any time. This corn bread is sweet, buttery, and sooooo delicious. In some […]

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January 16, 2011

Cold weather + football = chili. So far this winter has brought low temperatures and snow. I, for one, love winter weather. After a too busy December, a cold January of playoff football is the perfect reason to spend nights at home eating comfort food like chili, sausages, macaroni and cheese, and meatball subs. Are […]

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Buche de Noel

December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas dear eater friends! By now you’re probably stuffed to your festive gills after days of holiday eating. We’ve been at my in-laws, where there is never a shortage of food. We’ve had everything from the fluffiest of pancakes to Porterhouse steaks. There’s even a Honey Baked ham in the fridge in case we […]

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A Weekend For The Birds

December 20, 2010

It was a weekend for the birds. Friday night we kicked off the holidays by throwing a couple of red cockerels on the rotisserie. What’s a red cockerel? you ask. Many, many months ago my father-in-law and I were perusing the amazing selection of all things pork, beef, and poultry at Dickson’s Farm Stand Meats […]

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Baked By Melissa

December 14, 2010

When my siblings-in-law visit New York City, they always come armed with food requests. This past weekend their taste buds desired Azuri Cafe and Shack Shack, along with more general wants for Thai and Indian (which we dutifully satisfied with Lotus of Siam and Agra). Though their cravings vary from visit-to-visit, there is one treat […]

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December 5, 2010

Two years ago I swore off Freemans and I’m pleased to report that staying on the wagon has been easy. I haven’t been the least bit tempted. Not once. Until, that is, Peels opened. Yes, it’s an entirely separate restaurant, but it’s owned and run by the same folks behind Freemans. Needless to say, I […]

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Oui! Oui!

November 30, 2010

Hello recovering tryptophanites! My apologies for being absent these past few weeks. It’s been my longest respite from posting in many a month, but rest assured I have a worthy excuse for my absence: I’ve been eating. Eating, many of you may ask, for three weeks? The answer, dear eater-friends, is a resounding yes. It […]

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November 9, 2010

When you arrive at Riverpark at the end of a bizarre and barren Kips Bay enclave, you’ll find the restaurant’s illuminated signage. Riverpark is written in script and buoyed by the statement “A Tom Colicchio Restaurant,” displayed in the simple text that has become Colicchio’s signature. The sign spells out the restaurant’s feel with uncanny […]

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