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Appies Cocktails Cravings

Spicy Smokey Marcona Bar Nuts

By on October 29, 2011

What’s better than Marcona almonds.  They come salted and lightly fried in sunflower oil.  Now I should just leave that alone.  Well, maybe we’ll trick out half of them…
The Prep:

Marcona almonds – I get these from Whole Foods.  Fresh Direct doesn’t carry them yet.
Oven to 425º
Set aside half the…


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Brunch Cravings

Brunch-Tastic Boozy Lemon Berry Jars

By on October 22, 2011

Last week S and I escaped to L.A. for an anniversary/birthday weekend with P&R.  Good times, but I wouldn’t want to live there.  The driving, the parking, the valets, the no-walking thing.  Enough with the cars already.  So now we are back in the New York groove and ready…


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Family Meal Salad Course

Salad For Dinner – the NKI?

By on October 8, 2011

Ummm, salad for dinner?  Really?  Don’t worry, people.  This is no wimpy toss of greens.  We are placing together a hearty (yes, hearty) arranged salad in the style of Nice, France: a Salad Niçoise.  Let’s take a few liberties with the traditional bent, but conceptually we’ll enjoy our salad…


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Family Meal

Wicked Good Corn Chowda

By on October 1, 2011

Like most everyone living in Downtown Manhattan, we aren’t from here.  Well, maybe the little one is.  But the Mrs. and I migrated from the land of the dropped Rs. We left our toasta in Worcesta, ya bastaad.  And I still occasionally say T-Pass instead of MetroCard.  So with…


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Cravings Side dish

I Love Me Some Brussels Sprouts

By on September 24, 2011

What an unfair rap these get.  Most experiences with Brussels sprouts involve a long old-school boil, ensuring a gross mushy texture and pungent sulphur taste.  So I get the apprehension.  But there’s another way, people – fast roasting. And that makes all the diff.  Nutty, crispy, umami.  It’s a…


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Brunch

BA Lemon Ricotta Pancakes Review. Winning.

By on September 18, 2011

Out this last Father’s day for brunch at Beauty and Essex in the gritty LES (pawn shop in front, restaurant hidden in the back).  The little one was all about the lemon pancakes with ricotta.  So let’s re-create. I tried this recipe from Bon Appétite.  Yes, occasionally GHT follows a…


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Cravings Side dish

Duck. Fat. Potatoes.

By on September 10, 2011

I love you.  Mid year bonus.  You look great.  On the house.  Let’s add another three-word combo that brings a smile: Duck fat potatoes.  Or rather “Pommes de Terre Sarladaise”, if you must get all French on us.  Crispy, salty potato.  Only crave-tastically better.  Let’s get in there:
The Prep:
Par…


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Fails

Flavor Fail: Beef Stroga-not

By on September 2, 2011

It’s not all roses and daisies here at GHT.  We have high expectations and need to bring it.  And once in a while, it happens.  The plan executed, the food lookin’ nice, the family hungry.   But then – the big fizzle.  It’s just not that good.
FreshDirect “President’s Picks”…


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Side dish

Street Corn. With Ska.

By on August 28, 2011

Fresh summer corn, grilled.  Cilantro, salty cheese crumbles, red onion, hot chili powder.  Juicy lime slice.  Get it?   A fun funky dish, tastes like a Sublime or Mighty Mighty Bosstones song.  So pop in some Ska and let’s get it on.
The Prep:

Blanch (boil very briefly) fresh shucked summer corn….


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Cocktails Cravings Family Meal

Greek-Style Lamb Sliders. Opa! (can i say that?)

By on August 19, 2011

There’s not much wrong with these sliders.  I mean really.   Toasted brioche roll, oregano-seasoned lamb, black olive tapenade, feta cheese, tzatziki, tomato slice, pickled red onions and mint leaves.  All in a 4-bite package.  We did these on a Saturday night up on the roof deck with some…

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