Cool Stuff – Spring
“Solo Brining and Dining”

I had a pork chop yesterday. I was dining alone, and I ceremoniously made myself a proper meal. I took a visit to the butcher who had all sorts of glossy selections piled high in the coolers, and I settled on a pork chop, bone-in. It was a good choice because it was well aged, and came from a good place and when it hit the pan I could tell from the sizzling […]

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“A Garlic Mincing Trick”

One of the first little bits of wisdom I learned when I decided to get serious about cooking, was how to make garlic into a paste in under 30 seconds. It was a revelation and I thought, “Wow! These are all the shortcuts that pros know!” So then I began to work in professional kitchens and was peeved to see people mincing their garlic the same way I’d done it as a “civilian”… […]

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“Devils on Horseback”

These are some very fine treats. The kind of thing that leaves a lasting impression. The kind of thing that becomes seared into your mind the moment your teeth chomp down on that first bite and the sweet, salt, and tang begin to crawl along your taste buds. That is why they are called Devils on Horseback I suppose… they gallop along your tongue, too good to be good. I […]

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“Bananas Foster Cupcakes, (a.k.a. The Nielsen Ratings for Food)”

In preparation for my book… I’ve been testing out quite a lot of recipes. These I like to call “Bananas Foster Cupcakes,” because they celebrate cream and rum and cake in three lavish bites. (There’s cream inside!) I’ve discovered that to get a truly unbiased opinion on a recipe, it is best to set it in the kitchen of an anonymous office where people whisk in to grab a diet Mountain […]

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“A Master Class in Brussels Sprouts”

As you know, I like changing people’s minds. It makes me fuzzy inside. Most people don’t like brussels sprouts. It’s the black sheep of vegetables… “eeew brussels sprouts,” is the default way to use it in a sentence. But they really are lovely little things, if you cook them to the edges of crispiness rather than the edges of mushiness. And they’re so fun to snap off of the tall […]

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“Sunday Roasted Chicken”

There’s been so much rain in the Northeast this summer, that the quince trees have borne rotted fruit. I’ve missed most of that rain though, and I never thought I’d say so, but I miss it. I’ve spent most of this summer in arid climates where you can’t count on rain to wash away the sidewalk stains. Last night, I felt my first rain in months. It was misty and […]

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“Grandma’s Bundt Cake”

“I just found the best bundt cake recipe in the entire United States,” so said my grandmother as she handed me a piece… she tends to modify recipes often, adding a bit of this and that along the way. Some yogurt here, some honey there. So you’re never quite sure how it got to be so spectacular… something in her kitchen air. The little bundt cake holes can be filled […]

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“Sauteed Oyster Mushrooms”

Look What I Found In The Woods! I was catering a rehearsal dinner for a wedding last week and on the menu was a platter of sauteed wild mushrooms for the table. Well I was out in the woods and found this, so I promptly returned the packaged mushrooms to the store. These were a hit, especially when I put one of them on a platter as a showpiece and […]

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“Rhubarb Chutney”

Tis the season for rhubarb. This is a recipe I developed while at Gramercy Tavern which we used on the spring cheese plate. You’ll notice that the sweet and sour components of the rhubarb bring out different qualities in the cheeses, flavors you don’t get when eating the cheese alone. Print“Rhubarb Chutney” Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 45 minutesTotal Time: 55 minutes Ingredientsolive oil 1 knob ginger, peeled and cut […]

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