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Dinner party Family Meal


By on February 18, 2012

Nephew Ry was in town last week, playing at Carnegie Hall (he got there one way, I got up there via the Q local).   So we hosted the extended fam at The Room for dinner the night before.  And what to serve…   A couple weeks ago, this…


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Cravings Desserts Dinner party

Boozo-zaba what?? Boozy Zabaglione!

By on February 4, 2012

Boozy espresso foam – what can possibly be wrong with that?  And the name — “zabaglione” (zab-al-yo-nay).  You just know that’s going to be good.
The Prep:
Ingredients (serves 4):

double shot espresso (not wicked hot)
1 shot  booze – here I used Bailey’s Irish Cream
1 tablespoon agave nectar
2 egg yolks

Whisk everything together…


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Appies Dinner party

Tapenade Crostini with Goat Cheese Moons

By on December 17, 2011

It’s the holidays, people.  Time for entertaining, time for appies.  Here’s a zippy little number.  Pass around to crunch on with your hot toddies.

The Prep:

slice a baguette thin
brush with olive oil
S&P and garlic powder
350° for 4 mins (they shouldn’t brown much)


clove of garlic, smashed
small handful capers
chopped shallot
a couple anchovy…


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Dinner party Family Meal

Chicken Piccata. Old School, man. Old School.

By on December 3, 2011

Chicken Piccata.  There’s a dish you won’t find in the cutting-edge Manhattan culinary scene.  Well, unless it’s served with caper foam, a savory lemon popsicle and parsley fairy dust.   But I’m not afraid to go Old School on you with the real deal.  Let’s bring it on.  Old…


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Dinner party Family Meal

Carnitas! (bet you thought it would be turkey)

By on November 28, 2011

Carnitas Taco Night!  Who doesn’t love taco night.  Given the week you’d think it would be a Thanksgiving recipe.  We’ll get to that, but first let’s hit the meal we did the Wednesday evening before the big day.  We were going to order pizza for our guests’ arrival, but…


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Dinner party Holiday Meal

Easter Dinner Part II – Tri-Butter Veggie Platter

By on May 14, 2011

So we are done with the soup and popover course, on to the main meal! Let’s start with the veggie platter – three veg with three different compound butters:

Green Beans with Orange Butter
Cauliflower with Caper Butter
Carrots with Dill Butter

As in the prior course, most of this is do-ahead…

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