October 20, 2017

Chef on a diet: Sicilian seafood salad


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    This weekend was my father’s 70th birthday party.  The menu was an all-Italian appetizer feast and we wanted a diverse menu to showcase some of my dad’s favorite dishes. One ingredient came to mind right away, scungilli.  This is his all time favorite.  Instead of the usual marinara with garlic I decided on […]

Chef on a diet: Tilapia with vegetables Provencal


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    It’s that fat time of year again and I need to start using my Chef powers for good instead of evil. Two years ago Weight Watchers helped me lose 40 pounds.  It’s the only diet that ever worked for me and to be fair, it’s the only diet I ever really tried. My […]

Tortellini with truffle oil and peas (video)


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  Does this sound familiar? It’s Tuesday night and your turn to cook dinner for your significantly better half.  You’re running late and picturing the grief that awaits you at home. Well my friend, put that sad story to bed. Watch this video and follow along.  You will be the MAN once again.  King of […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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

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 […]

LA Burdick: Hot Chocolate for Adults


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Inspired, I purchased a bar of LA Burdick’s dark chocolate. This would be a special dessert for my wife later on that night. I spent the next few hours finishing my errands and thinking about what to serve for dinner. A simple and light meal to balance out the dessert I had planned would work best. I made a stop at the cheese shop and green market.