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Dinner party Holiday Meal

Standing Rib Roast with a Cabernet Peppercorn Sauce

By on December 26, 2015

The same cut that rib-eye steaks come from, with the bone and left in one big piece.  “Standing” because it stands on the ribs when cooking- no rack required!  There’s controversy over how best to cook  – low and slow vs. high and fast.  I had a smaller cut…


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Family Meal Kids

Fresh Egg Pasta with Sage Browned Butter

By on December 13, 2015

Fresh pasta – easier than expected.  Particularly when you have the kid make it.   Flour – two cups.  Eggs – two whole plus four yolks.  A good pinch of salt.   Make a well with the flour – eggs and salt in the middle. Beat with fork, slowly incorporate.  Knead…


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Brunch

Steak Caesar

By on October 5, 2015

Seared sliced steak.  Crisp romaine, crunchy baguette croutons, shaved parm.  Anchovies.  Maybe some red onion.  And bringing it all together- the classic dressing.

Olive oil, raw egg yolk a bit of Dijon.  Worcestershire and lemon juice. Garlic smashed to a paste, grated parm, cracked pepper.   Whisk it up with…


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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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Dinner party

Short Rib Fall Preview

By on September 6, 2015

Coming soon to a season near you – meltaway short ribs.

Coat ribs with a bit of oil, season generously with S&P and garlic powder. In a heavy pot, sear until nicely browned on all sides.  Remove ribs, add chopped onion and celery with a bit more oil if needed….


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Cravings

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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Summer Meal

Lazy Dude Egg Salad

By on August 8, 2015

Do as little as possible here.  Dial it back.  Start slow, ease off.  

 

Eggs just barely hard cooked, shelled and chopped.  A dollop of mayo – not too much!  Cracked pepper.  Celery salt.  Chopped celery and red onion.  Done.

Generously spooned on a sliced roll, maybe some Cholula heat.  A cold…


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Restaurants

Three off-beat business lunches in Midtown Manhattan

By on July 28, 2015

It’s pretty easy to spend a solid couple hours and lots of $$$ at a business lunch in Midtown. But here are a few off-beat places that are quick and light on the marketing budget.  Take all your cool/foodie contacts and network sans the white linen.  

p.s. All of these…


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Appies

Dad-Daughter Dumplings

By on June 20, 2015

Ok, mostly daughter dumplings. But I did add value in an advisory capacity.  A nice project together: 

She riffed off a Cooking Channel recipe you can find here.  Briefly sauté minced ginger, scallions and garlic in sesame oil.  Mix into ground pork with an egg, a bit of 5 spice…


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Dinner party Man Meal

Righteous Frites

By on June 12, 2015

Soak, poach, crisp.  Three steps to righteous frites.  

Slice up your russets and soak in fridge, preferably overnight.

Pat dry and poach in 325º peanut oil until tender through.  Drain and set aside until just before service.

A crispy browned finish with a quick dip into 375º oil.  Salt them just…

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