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Archives for March 2011

Duck Fat is The New Butter (at least in Hollandaise)


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I used to be one of those losers who used butter in their Hollandaise sauce. Then I discovered duck fat. THE HELL YOU SAY!! While reading Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, a brilliant award-winning food site, I came across a Duck fat Hollandaise recipe.  I had to do a double take on that one.  Apparently this […]

I Spy Astoria


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Location: 30th avenue Astoria, New York Food update for March 26th 2011 Coming soon we can expect to see a restaurant featuring Southern food from the Louisiana region.  I hear that there will be some pretty amazing baked goods and desserts happening there so get your insulin lined up. The rumor mill is buzzin’ about […]

Japanese fish taco, WHAT!?!


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Japanese fish tacos with Wasabi Mayo?! If you have 15 minutes to spare you can make this amazing dish. And 7 of them can be spent staring at the TV while the fish cooks in the oven.

Veal stew with Moscato and fennel


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    “Hi Jonathan,  I am interested in cooking some beef in a slow cooker, but the only time I’ve ever done it before the beef came out dry and leathery.” – Robin From Astoria Robin, this one’s for you.  Veal stew with Moscato and fennel comes from a classic spring time recipe in Italy.  […]

Glestain is Japanese for “Kick ass knife”


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    If you know me, you know that I was a die-hard German knife lover. I trained on those classic heavy blades and used them religiously. They were my one and only. But my eyes were opened with my brother Adam’s gift to me for being best man at his wedding.  He gave me […]

Can’t a guy just order a bagel the way he wants?


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Warning:  If you hate bagel scoopers, do not read this post.  You may hate me for it.  I will still like you though. I took my son to Brooklyn Bagels on Broadway by 35th street in Astoria this morning.  It’s my favorite local spot for a classic New York bagel.  The bagels have a great […]

A Louis Vuitton knife case for my birthday please


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  Chef Eric Ripert has a golden life.  Fabulous talents, a world famous restaurant and now a custom made knife case by Louis Vuitton.  I’d be happy with just the case.  My birthday is in June. How Top Chefs Fly with Their Knives : The New Yorker. Tweet

Quinoa’s Success is hurting those at home


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Quinoa’s Global Success Creates Quandary in Bolivia – NYTimes.com. Interesting story about how Quinoa, a long cherished cheap source of complete nutrition for the indigenous people of Bolivia, has gone global.  Problem is that the people at home can no longer afford it and are turning to cheap processed foods.  Guess what, malnutrition is on […]

Survey: Favorite waiter/waitress in Astoria. Who. Where. Why?


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      People always talk about the new place to eat, the best dish, etc…  I’d like to know who your favorite waiter or waitress is.  Would you please tell us who you believe is the best, where they work and a short story why.   Tweet

Today’s menu at Martha Stewart


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                    Starstruck Catering served up lunch for 125 people today at the Martha Stewart show. Just another day in the world of film and television catering. Mixed greens with red and green grapes Baby spinach with blue cheese, walnuts and cranberries Caesar salad with Parmesan croutons […]

Asian delights with guest chef Mimi


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Since I do all the cooking around my house, it’s a real treat if someone else offers to do it. I got the opportunity recently when my friend Mimi, fluent in both Korean and Chinese language and cuisines, offered to cook me up a tasty dinner. Tweet

The Watermelon radish. An Ah ha! moment


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This week while prowling the aisles I came across a smallish farm stand offering up bins of micro greens and some crazy looking jumbo radishes. One caught my eye. The Watermelon radish, an heirloom variety of the Daikon family. Apparently it’s pretty unusual in these parts and a very short late winter / early spring season. I had never seen one before.

“The way to a woman’s heart…”


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She walked into the apartment cursing as she tripped over our kid’s toys and then collapsed into the over sized comfy chair.  I heard one, then two clunks hitting the floor as she kicked off the dark brown leather knee high boots.  Yeah, I pegged this night right.  She was done for and needed a […]

Why a slow cooker


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  “Hi Jonathan,  I am interested in cooking some beef in a slow cooker, but the only time I’ve ever done it before the beef came out dry and leathery.” – Robin From Astoria Hey Robin, sorry to hear about the dish turning out like that.  Many new slow cookers are very powerful and actually […]

Toffee pudding: warm sticky and easy


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    Ann from Astoria is looking for a “show stopper” dessert recipe that is not too difficult for a newbie.  Something to serve week nights or as a special treat for guests.  This toffee sticky pudding recipe looks complex, but it’s easy. I did it right on the first try, and I am not […]