Review: Rouge Tomate

February 7, 2011 Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant week gets me away from my “usual suspects” and venturing to other parts of town I don’s normally go to. Based on suggestions and reviews, I picked Rouge Tomate on East 60th. After looking through both the prix fix menu (and wine tasting menu), we decided to order off the main menu. We both […]

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Easy Strata Recipe

February 3, 2011 Baked

Jen invited me out to Pennsylvania for New Year’s Day. One of her neighbors had a champagne and strata party. I had forgotten how yummy and easy this dish is. I used to make it often at the Inn on Summer Hill near Santa Barbara. The best thing about that kitchen was the view: I […]

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Tilapia with Yams & Raisins Recipe

January 31, 2011 Fish

Inspired by a recipe I saw in the UK’s Easy Living magazine, I tried this. It’s delish! 1 medium onion, thinly sliced crescent moons 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 2oz raisins 2oz dried cranberries 1t ground ginger 15 strands of saffron (a medium pinch) 1t tumeric 3/4t ground cinnamon 1 1/4c water 12oz (1 medium) […]

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Quick Bread Pudding Recipe

January 21, 2011 Dessert

LSK emailed me in search of an easy bread pudding recipe. To my mind, making the bread is the hardest part. But, kidding aside, if you already have stale bread, you’re half way there. Challah makes the sweetest bread pudding. (To my Kismet housemates: “Challah!”) You can also use gluten-free bread. For this, I used […]

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Quick Food Prep (part 3)

January 18, 2011 Tips & Tricks

Cook more When you make more food than you plan on eating now, you’re setting yourself up for leftovers. But they don’t have to be boring. When you make beans, cook 3 times what you need and freeze what you don’t use. Use them within 3 months. Rice and grains can also be frozen for […]

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Glad to Get Schooled

January 15, 2011 Tips & Tricks

Some of you know I snuck away from the slush and snow of Manhattan for balmy Cancun. Here’s some more details as to why: I was getting schooled at Food Blogger Camp in the sprawling and stunning resort of Grand Velas Riviera Maya. The brainchild of Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen and David Lebovitz, a […]

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Quick Food Prep (part 2)

January 13, 2011 Tips & Tricks

Plan ahead Rice cookers enable you to get a jump-start on food prep. And they cook more than just rice. You can cook grains like millet, quinoa and kasha in a rice cooker. These grains are higher in protein than rice and have a very different texture. Experiment. Most rice cookers come with instructions for […]

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Quick Food Prep (part 1)

January 11, 2011 Tips & Tricks

Cooking healthy doesn’t need to be time-consuming and intimidating. With some new appliances and food prep short cuts, you can have fresh food on your plate in under 30 minutes. Chop away When you get home from the grocery store, put some items away but keep out the produce. Clear off counter space, get out […]

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A Review: Frida

January 7, 2011 Restaurant Reviews

Ate at Frida at Grand Velas in Playa del Carmen last night. (Sneaking away from the NYC snow for camaraderie and schooling at

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Tips for Fresh Herbs

January 5, 2011 Vegetables

To prevent your fresh herbs from becoming a brown, gooey mess, preserve what you are not using immediately — while the plants are still fresh. I keep (labeled) baggies in the freezer, break off what I need for a dish then reseal the bag and it goes back in the freezer. It’s a great way […]

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