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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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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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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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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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Family Meal

English Muffin Pizzas That Don’t Suck

By on May 17, 2015

Nobody likes a bad english muffin pizza.  All limp, soggy and gross.   There’s a better way, people.  


The key here is to crisp up the muffins in the oven before applying sauce/cheese.  Slice muffins, drizzle with olive oil.  Garlic power, S&P, maybe some oregano.  Into 420º oven until…


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Side dish Summer Meal

Zucchini – 1988

By on May 10, 2015

Zucchini was big part of childhood in that the backyard garden shot them out of the ground directly at you.  Hundreds of them.  So there were zucchini breads, zucchini salads, zucchini in pasta….  Apparently a popular garden item in the burbs’, as everywhere you turned in Framingham, Mass circa 1988, someone…


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Family Meal Summer Meal

Can I get a pulled pork sandwich

By on April 27, 2015

Yes let’s eat this right now.  

Pork shoulder brined in sugar and salt water overnight.  Drained and dusted with cracked pepper, oregano, cumin, garlic powder and sea salt. Into a covered dutch oven with a good pour of chicken stock and one can plus one teaspoon beer.  A couple…

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