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Urban Herb Garden

By on April 25, 2016

The Tot and I headed up Harlem way today to the Urban Garden Center. Garden stuff was plentiful and fun to explore.  Even better was the unexpected sweet sounds of 70’s music – vinyl spinning on a real turntable.  And ice cold beer with wood fired Korean pork bbq, all nestled in…


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Hit Me With The Fish Tacos

By on April 16, 2016

Can I get a fish taco and a cold Modelo please.

 

These tacos should happen to you.  The challenge: executing simple things well.  A good quick beer batter fish fry.  Balanced fixins’ – spicy guac, rough chopped ripe mango salsa.  Chili citrus crema and a lime slice.  Now hear this -…


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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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Fried Beef and Broccoli: Ix-Nay on the Akeout-Tay

By on August 24, 2015

So very better than take-out, and so very better for you.   

Translucent thin sirloin slices.  Throw it in the freezer for 20 mins or so beforehand.  Firms up for super fine slicing.  

Toss sirloin slices in a bit of cornstarch, garlic powder and ground ginger. For the sauce, 1/2 cup…


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The Audition Plate

By on November 10, 2014

The recent audition (no word yet….) required a plated savory dish.   I was going for three things — first, there was no kitchen at the studio so I wanted to serve something that was tasty while unheated.  Second –   it had to look pretty.  And third, I was…


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The Best Tomato Soup

By on May 16, 2014

Homemade tomato soup — pretty quick, less sodium, and no tinny flavor.

Sauté a chopped onion in a bit of butter until just browned.  Add one 28 oz. can of whole peeled San Marzano tomatoes, some chicken stock and a couple bay leaves.  Then a couple pinches of sugar and just a touch…


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Cravings Family Meal

Newport Steaks and Twinkie Shame

By on November 17, 2012

Haven’t had a Twinkie in like 20 years.  But hearing the news, suddenly craved one like never before.  Childhood memories replayed – the white box high atop the fridge, out of reach of small hands.  Chemically un-natural but oddly tasty yellowish cake, tightly hugging post apocalptic-approved cream.  The cream…


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Pumpkin Seeds and SoPo Blackout

By on November 6, 2012

Pumpkin Seeds and SoPo Blackout Well, it’s been a long week here.  We didn’t get it nearly as bad as many others and are thankful for that.  The storm surge came in over the Seaport and up to the new post office on Pearl Street, a couple blocks East of…


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Appies Cravings

Sashimi Bandito

By on October 27, 2012

Tex-Mex Sushi.  Let it happen to you.    
 
The Goods:

The perfect guac
Corn tossed with cilantro, red onion and jalapeño
Sushi grade tuna, cubed and tossed with a bit of S&P, neutral oil and ponzu
Tortilla chips

The Execution:
To form this tasty little tower I use a 4 inch long piece of PVC pipe….


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Cravings Side dish

Crispy Exploding Spinach – a/k/a don’t try this at home

By on October 5, 2012

By request, here’s a garnish riff.  This one can be quite dangerous.  If you live on the edge and venture to bang it out, you may well incinerate your kitchen to the very ground.  A blazing grease inferno indeed.    
In this little ditty we are getting our spinach…

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