December 2007

Coffee is going retro. Consider saying goodbye to the coffee industrial complex, its fancy machinery, and all those complicated lattes, cappucini, and macchiatos

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(from Sally Schneider’s The Art of Low-Calorie Cooking). This dish was first eaten by us at least 15 years ago in Steve and Becky’s walk-up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It was obviously a memorable meal. Thanks again guys. Serves 4 2 tsp. sugar 1 tsp. Kosher salt (coarse) 1 tsp. freshly ground […]

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How to Give a Party

December 18, 2007

No matter if you dread them, parties must be given because events must be celebrated.

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1) Become a smoker (of food things, of course). Our latest venture: Indoors Pan-Smoked Salmon. 2) Give more parties. A gathering of more than 8 where wine is spilled, people are flowing freely, glasses are left all around, and crumbs are everywhere. It’s a feeling of half-horror and half-excitement. 3) Revive the family kitchen. Enlist […]

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A Last Minute Gift

December 18, 2007

And, if you still haven’t found the perfect gift for that special someone,

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Ragout of Beef Ticino

December 18, 2007

Adapted from Perla Meyer’s The Seasonal Kitchen: A Return to Fresh Foods, widely-available but out-of-print. This book is inspired and organized by the seasons. What makes this stew particularly marvelous is the addition of sour cream and dill. (Note: If you make this stew a day ahead of time, only add these last two ingredients […]

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Really, one-pot meals are perfect anytime: midweek or for a casual dinner party. But, they make especially good sense when there’s a lot going on. Our friend, Katherine, tried this recipe first and made sure that we knew how delicious it was. When this out-of-print book, The Seasonal Kitchen, first came out in 1973, the […]

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Party Fun

December 13, 2007

If you are looking for a good drink to serve for the holidays, discover Esquire Magazine�s revamped href="http://www.esquire.com/drinks/" target="_blank">Drinks Database

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Fennel Salad

December 11, 2007

(adapted from Jamie Oliver’s Cook with Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook. This salad is great served over roasted fish or pork). Serve 6 3 smaller fennels bulbs, washed and herby tops reserved 1 bunch fresh marjoram or oregano leaves Juice of 1 lg. lemon Extra-virgin olive oil 10 oil-packed sundried tomatoes, […]

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(adapted from Casa Moro: The Second Cookbook by Sam and Sam Clark) This is a delicious, quick, and elegant meal. Serves 4 2 lbs. (or a little less) halibut steaks or fillets 7 Tbls. good olive oil 3/4 c. cooking sherry 2 shallots, finely chopped 1 sprigs of fresh thyme 2 bay leaves 5 Tbls. […]

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