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Crispy Shrimp Tacos

Crispy Shrimp Tacos

I absolutely love Mexican food. What better way to showcase all kinds of bright and beautiful fruits and vegetables than with shrimp tacos! The key to any taco dish is getting your hands on fresh corn tortillas and of course, homemade guacamole. The light, crisp...

Cornish Hens with Wild Rice, Leeks, and Mushrooms

Cornish Hens with Wild Rice, Leeks, and Mushrooms

I love to cook with Cornish hens. The taste is very similar to chicken, but slightly more delicate and tender. For a beautiful main dish to serve your guests, I love to stuff Cornish hens with a medley of wild rice, mushrooms, herbs, and toasted almonds. The rice...

Coconut Curry Spiced Red Snapper

Coconut Curry Spiced Red Snapper

Look at those colors! Have you ever heard the expression, "eat with your eyes?" That's what I was aiming for with this recipe. The bright colors of the fish, curry sauce, and fresh herbs complement each other to create a visually appealing dish that you just want to...

Branzino Provençal in Parchment

Branzino Provençal in Parchment

Branzino Provençal in Parchment 6 Branzino filets (1/2 pound each), skin on, trimmed, and pin bones removed Or 3 whole fish about a pound each. Ask your fish monger to clean 6 sprigs fresh rosemary, sprigs removed and chopped 3 cups fresh fennel, sliced into thin...

Thai Red Seafood Curry

Thai Red Seafood Curry

  Thai Red Seafood Curry 3 tablespoons olive oil½ small yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh lemongrass bulb6 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped4 teaspoons finely chopped fresh ginger1 serrano chili, stemmed and sliced...

Three-Cheese Pasta Gratin with Mushrooms and Radicchio

Three-Cheese Pasta Gratin with Mushrooms and Radicchio

      Three-Cheese Pasta Gratin 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus butter for the baking dish 4  garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1 pound 3 large) portobello mushrooms, stem ends trimmed, cut into ½-inch chunks Salt 1...

Caraway Sausage, Cabbage and Apple Skillet Supper

Caraway Sausage, Cabbage and Apple Skillet Supper

      Caraway Sausage, Cabbage and Apple Skillet Supper 2 slices thick-cut preservative-free bacon, chopped 1 ½ pounds (about 6 links) fully cooked, smoked sausage, such as Aidells’ smoked-chicken-with-apple, see Note 2 medium McIntosh apples, cored, peeled,...

Chinese Chicken and Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

Chinese Chicken and Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

  Chinese Chicken and Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing Chinese Chicken and Noodle Salad2 large, whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 ½ pounds total)Salt4 cups broccoli florets3 cups angle-cut 2-inch pieces of asparagus9 ounces narrow fresh egg...

Sizzling Thai Beef Salad

Sizzling Thai Beef Salad

Sizzling Thai Beef Salad 1 small flank steak, about 1 ½ pounds1/3 cup fresh lime juice2 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup olive oil3 tablespoons nam plah (Thai fish sauce, see below)1 cup finely chopped cilantro2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger3 garlic cloves, peeled...

Easy Stuffed Veal Chops

Easy Stuffed Veal Chops

This quick and easy dish, one I have been making for workday suppers for years, is, with the right accompaniments, dressy enough for a dinner party as well. Fine choices would be Rosemary-Pancetta Potato Sauté (page 161) or Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and...

This Gorgeous, One-Pan Branzino Dish is Always A Showstopper

This Gorgeous, One-Pan Branzino Dish is Always A Showstopper

Quarantine won't stop me from singing! Even if it's from my kitchen. 🎤🎶My good friend Richard Skipper - a talented entertainer, raconteur, and theatre historian — has spent his recent years working on his own cabaret series, "Richard Skipper Celebrates." We were...

It’s Time To Stay Safe, Keep Calm and Keep On Cooking!

It’s Time To Stay Safe, Keep Calm and Keep On Cooking!

Hi friends! While the world is full of chaos right now, the one thing that always calms me down in a crisis is cooking. I hope that my blog post this week can give your eyes a little break from the stress out there and comfort you and your stomach. Cooking is a safe...

CRUNCHY CHINESE CHICKEN SALAD

CRUNCHY CHINESE CHICKEN SALAD

Cooking for my friends is one of my favorite things to do! There are a couple of staple dishes that I love to make for small events or casual parties. My Chinese chicken salad is up there as one of those repeat dishes that my friends always ask for. I have fun working...

This Juicy, Indian-Spiced Turkey Is A Thanksgiving Must

This Juicy, Indian-Spiced Turkey Is A Thanksgiving Must

I absolutely love Thanksgiving food, but sometimes you just need to change things up! This year, I decided to try an Indian-inspired menu with a spiced twist on some of my holiday favorites. When I found out that I would be cooking up this menu for a feature in New...

A CREAMY FALL RISOTTO THAT’LL WARM YOU RIGHT UP

A CREAMY FALL RISOTTO THAT’LL WARM YOU RIGHT UP

Ah, risotto. It's one of my favorite comfort food dishes to make! I first learned how to make risotto from the one and only Lidia Bastianich at her east side flagship restaurant Felidia. Lidia taught me the importance of toasting the rice beforehand and how critical...

PORTUGUESE CLAMS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

PORTUGUESE CLAMS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

This dish of Portuguese clams in a white wine sauce, or Amêijoas à Bulhão Pato, is one of the oldest and most popular recipes from Portugal. It's usually served simply, as a first course, with a piece of crusty bread for dipping. There's loads of garlic and white wine...

BRIGHT AND CRISPY CHICKEN MILANESE

BRIGHT AND CRISPY CHICKEN MILANESE

Chicken Milanese has all of those elements that you look for in a warm weather dish, with a crispy, juicy cutlet and a tangy and fresh salad resting right on top. It's my go-to dish after a trip to the farmers market! Bright and Crispy Chicken Milanese 4 handfuls of...

PISTACHIO-CRUSTED LEMON SOLE with ZA’ATAR

PISTACHIO-CRUSTED LEMON SOLE with ZA’ATAR

This light and fresh pistachio-crusted lemon sole comes out tender, crunchy and flavorful every time. With the crunchiness from the panko breadcrumbs, the nuttiness from the pistachios, the earthiness from the za'atar and the tanginess from the Dijon mustard, you'll...

DRY-BRINED ROASTED TURKEY

DRY-BRINED ROASTED TURKEY

Baby, it's Just a Big Bird! I know that the roasted turkey can be daunting for many home cooks when Thanksgiving rolls around, but there’s no need to fear it—it’s really just a big chicken! And I’ve shared many of my favorite roast chicken recipes, so if you’ve...

MARK’S BABY CLAM SAUCE with SPAGHETTI

MARK’S BABY CLAM SAUCE with SPAGHETTI

Spaghetti alle Vongole It's not just fun to say! This pasta dish is fun to eat with friends and family--like the Italians love to do! Celebrate the flavors of the ocean with this easy and addictive version of some popular seaside fare. Learn from the Best! You don't...

CHICKEN PAILLARDS with TOMATO, ARUGULA, & RED ONION SALAD

CHICKEN PAILLARDS with TOMATO, ARUGULA, & RED ONION SALAD

The Perfect Paillards = The Perfect Lunch! I can't tell you how many times I've enjoyed the Chicken Paillards at Fred's. It truly is the perfect lunch for any season! It's packed with flavors from the herbs, it's not too hot or cold, and it's got lean protein that...

CAPRI-INSPIRED SPAGHETTI with LEMON and OLIVE OIL

CAPRI-INSPIRED SPAGHETTI with LEMON and OLIVE OIL

Kitchen, Take me Away! Have you ever used food to take you away? Or perhaps to bring you back? Have you ever cooked up a meal to help transport you back to a place you love? Well I recently did that. My husband and I go to Capri most summers, but we didn’t make it...

SPAGHETTI al LIMONE

SPAGHETTI al LIMONE

With the rain beating down in New York City, a beach day was a far away fantasy. A dream! I craved the sun and citrus of my favorite Italian Island, Capri. Luckily, the Smitten Kitchen had me covered with this simple recipe of Spaghetti with Lemon and Olive oil. After...

SWEET & SALTY SALMON RUB

SWEET & SALTY SALMON RUB

This recipe comes from Flavor Your Life. A simple way to make your grilled salmon pop! Sweet & Salty Salmon Rub ¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1 tablespoon sea salt 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper 2 teaspoons chili powder (more if you like it spicy) 2...

SALMON POKE BOWL with AVOCADO and ASIAN DRESSING

SALMON POKE BOWL with AVOCADO and ASIAN DRESSING

Poke is Hawaiian, meaning “to cut crosswise into pieces.” So, while most people consider it to be a raw tuna dish, you may use any combination of ingredients you'd like – as long as their fresh and delicious! For our recipe we chose a beautiful fatty pink salmon, but...

CHICKEN TAGINE with PRESERVED LEMONS and OLIVES

CHICKEN TAGINE with PRESERVED LEMONS and OLIVES

From Morocco to your kitchen! This recipe comes from the Cooking Workshop that I took at La Maison Arabe, in Marrakesh. I've only adjusted the order of listed ingredients. You can purchase a traditional Tagine, a Le Crueset or a heavy soup/stock pot for your own...

GRILLED LAMB CHOPS

GRILLED LAMB CHOPS

Lamb on the grill is perfect for summer, and the key is to use the best products you can find. I like to use the Lava Lake Lamb that I discovered uses only grass-fed sheep. Grilled Lamb Chops 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard2 cloves garlic, minced2 tablespoons rosemary¼ cup...

FRICASSEE of OYSTERS and CLAMS with SPINACH and FREGOLA

FRICASSEE of OYSTERS and CLAMS with SPINACH and FREGOLA

The best thing about knowing some of the top chefs in the world is when they teach you all of their tricks! Also, they're usually great company, much like my friend, Chef Wayne Nish who taught me how to cook Fregola pasta to perfection! Don't take my word for it,...

AWARD-WORTHY COOKING

AWARD-WORTHY COOKING

Not only is it winter, but it's awards season! Just another excuse for me to stay indoors more--cooking for my friends and family! I have long been a fan of Sunday Suppers, so having a watch party is the prefect way to share some of these cooking experiments with...

JULIA’S BEEF BOURGUIGNONNE

JULIA’S BEEF BOURGUIGNONNE

Cooking with Zach is always a delight and channeling my inner Julia Child is even better! This is such a classic recipe that it will never be out of style. Plus it's perfect for a crowd! I highly recommend getting a Le Crueset French (Dutch) Oven if you want to make...

CREAMY CAULIFLOWER PASTA “CARBONARA”

CREAMY CAULIFLOWER PASTA “CARBONARA”

This recipe is adapted from Food52's Genius Recipe: Andy Bennett's Creamy Cauliflower Pasta Carbonara Our adaptation is mostly in the sauce itself, as I decided to add some of my delicious homemade cashew cream to enhance the richness of it. I made this for my friend...

Roasted Salmon with Blood Orange Salsa

Roasted Salmon with Blood Orange Salsa

  A wonderful winter dish packed with nutrients from the wild salmon and bright flavors from the peak season citrus – a delight of a bite! You can make the salsa a day of head, if you would like. Roasted Salmon with Blood Orange Salsa

FLAVORS FAVORITE ROAST CHICKEN with GOAT CHEESE and HERBS

FLAVORS FAVORITE ROAST CHICKEN with GOAT CHEESE and HERBS

Everyone needs a signature dish, and for me it's my old roast chicken! It's one of the first things I learned to cook and it's such a staple in my kitchen that I have a twist for each season. Take it for a spin in your own kitchen!   Herbed Goat Cheese Roast...

Party Filet!

Party Filet!

I was going to blog about something else today, but I made the most delicious filet of beef for my family for our Christmas dinner a few days ago, and I had to share it with you. I was so impressed with the results and so were my family!  You will be too. When I had...

PARTY FILLET of BEEF with an APPLE-ROSEMARY SAUCE

PARTY FILLET of BEEF with an APPLE-ROSEMARY SAUCE

Adapted from Pamela Morgan's Flavors Cookbook. As a big glazed ham sets an automatically festive party note, so too, does fillet of beef. Cold or hot, as an hors d'oeuvres or entree, tender, versatile fillet is a classic on the catering circuit. It's not the most...

FALL IN LOVE: VEGAN CHILI!

FALL IN LOVE: VEGAN CHILI!

Healthy Hearty Vegan Chili in an Instant...Pot! You can imagine a nice Texan girl like myself loves a good, hearty chili! Of course, the best ones take time to develop those deep flavors. But, I'm a city girl now and time is one thing that most New Yorkers are short...

Asian Braised Brisket

Asian Braised Brisket

This time of year, you can feel Fall in the air; the shorter days and crisp nights. It’s hard to believe how quickly the summer’s gone by. As we move into this time of transition, I can’t help but be inspired in this process of putting together another cookbook. Yes,...

The Perfect Healthy Spring Pasta Primavera!

The Perfect Healthy Spring Pasta Primavera!

Having survived my first brutal winter in NYC, in 1977, I remember being so relieved when the magnolia tree outside my window started blooming its deep pink blossoms. I was a single girl in NYC living in the West Village. I had very little money, and I was happy when...

BEST EVER MEXICAN CASSEROLE!

BEST EVER MEXICAN CASSEROLE!

I’ve been thinking about my mom lately, because I’m working on a new cookbook and she is featured prominently in it. You all know by now that she loved to entertain and she kept a diary of all of her dinner parties. One of the dishes she made the most is called Torta...

How to Cook a Perfect Steak!

How to Cook a Perfect Steak!

Happy New Year everyone! It’s a perfect time to hunker down and have a date night at home and steak is one of our favorite stay at home dinners. So many people are afraid of making steak at home. If you are one of them, then watch this video! And if you’re not, watch...

The Noodles That Keep You Skinny!

The Noodles That Keep You Skinny!

I’m always looking for ways to cut the carbs! Aren’t we all? I love bread and pasta but I try not to eat them too often, except when I’m in France or Italy! With all the new research out today, we have learned that cutting carbs and sugar is the way to reduce...

Not Your Average Rice Bowl!!

Not Your Average Rice Bowl!!

I don't know about you, but when I stepped out of my house yesterday  (on crutches... but that's a whole other story), I took a deep breathe in and realized that spring had finally sprung!  The trees in Central Park are blooming and nature is ALIVE!!!  Ah.. winter is...

Super Slow Sunday

Super Slow Sunday

After a crazy week of charity events including a fabulous concert for the David Lynch Foundation with Katy Perry and Sting at Carnegie Hall, and the preview of the highly anticipated broadway show the Color Purple featuring Jennifer Hudson, on Sunday I am pretty...

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