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Brunch Cravings

Audition Plate 2015 – 2d Time’s a Charm??

By on September 26, 2015

If you remember the Audition Plate from last year, you may also recall I didn’t make the final cut for the FN show.  But I got asked back to try again for this season, and here’s what I served them today:

A huevos rancheros tower — bbq rib base, fried…


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Crispy Polenta Cakes

By on March 15, 2015

A breakfast treat for sure.  Crispy polenta cakes- a little crunch outside, a little creamy inside…

Three parts milk to one part coarsely ground cornmeal.  Milk heated with a knob of butter, some white pepper and sea salt.  Cornmeal poured in, lots of stirring.  Let go for a good 20…


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Frisée aux Lardons a/k/a Bacon and Egg Salad

By on January 1, 2015

Here’s a New Year’s Day brunch for you.  Soft poached eggs, bacon lardons and toasted brioche croutons.  Over bitter greens tossed with fresh chopped herbs and lightly dressed in a shallot, red wine and bacon-fat vinaigrette…   

This is a knock-off from Balthazar’s fantastic version.  Frisée for whatever reason was…


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Brioche Toast with Fig Butter

By on September 7, 2014

A few good ingredients and some personal restraint.  Leave it alone! Put in on the table!

Softened butter whipped with fig jam.  Good brioche, lightly toasted.  A few berries and a strong hot latte.  Good morning! 


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Brandade Brunch

By on March 10, 2014

Brandade — a brunch love labor.  Patience rewarded.  Salt cod soaked in three changes of water, lightly poached until gently flaked.  Yukons cooked way soft. Cream, long simmered with smashed garlic cloves and sea salt.  Extra virgin olive oil, warmed with fresh thyme and rosemary, strained.  

Cod, cream…


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Boozy Berries

By on March 2, 2014

Fresh cut berries on your parfait? Ok.  OR you could soak them in booze…  Your call, but I know which way I’m leaning…

Toss some mixed fresh berries – here: blueberries, raspberries and sliced strawberries – with a spoonful of sugar and the juice (or zest) of half a lime….


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The Bacon Trick

By on October 12, 2013

We love us some crispy bacon.  Which takes forever in batches in a pan on the stovetop, snapping and splashing grease all the while.  Here’s a better way:

Oven to 375º, lay out bacon in a cookie sheet with a rim.  It’s ok if they get scrunched up a bit….


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Problems with Everything(s)

By on January 21, 2013

Here’s a solution to a problem you never knew you had.  You buy the “Everything” bagel, but in the shop/cutting board/toaster/plate transition, it’s become more of a “Somethings” bagel, or – the horror – a “Nothings.”  All those tasty spices fell off somewhere, leaving a blank bagel. A carbohydtrata…


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Path Train Bacon Sticky Buns. And 70’s Music.

By on April 21, 2012

There’s a lot happening in this city.  But I’m confident that a few Saturdays ago I was the only person in the entire NYC transit system smuggling half-risen dough for Bacon Sticky Buns.  This one was a Gotham Home Table / Hoboken Foodie joint production.  I made the dough…


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Torched Ruby Red Grapefruit with Mint

By on March 11, 2012

Knocking off dishes we’ve liked at restaurants is a fun little challenge.  Here’s a riff on a dish we had at Pulino’s on the Bowery.   Nothing too complicated, but oh so good…
The Goods:

Ruby Red Grapefruit
Unrefined Cane Sugar
Fresh Mint

The Execution:
Stack a few mint leaves on top of each other….

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