June 23, 2017

Grub Street’s “Hated food words” list is out!

How many are on your own personal “Hated annoying words” list? I count 7, Ok, maybe 9.

The list (to learn more and how to add your own, click the link).

Happy Rosh Hashanah

Tonight we spent the holiday at home just the three of us. I wanted my son to experience flavors from my childhood with grandparents long gone. My family comes from the regions of Austria, Hungary and Russia along the Polish border or Poland along the Russian border. It all depends on what era we were looking at. Suffice it to say, we are looking at classic Eastern European Jewish cooking. In the fall that always meant sweet and sour dishes. Both grandmothers were from the Russian Polish border region. They both made perfect yet slightly different versions of sweet and sour cabbage soup with flanken (short rib meat) and raisins. I could eat this stuff forever. It was just that good.

Birthday dinner for your teamster

What a woman, mother and wife really wants for her birthday, after a long day’s work, is to be treated like a teamster. It’s true. When my lovely wife arrives home she gets to put her feet up, hang out with our son and relax. When cooking for your teamster always remember the six main food groups. Meat, fat, starch, veg, sweet and booze. Don’t forget the birthday candles and don’t even think of asking her to clean up. It’s her big day after all. And yes, gifts are important too. I didn’t forget that either.

Most of the ingredients came from the cornucopia of food shopping that is 30th avenue in Astoria. The rest of the goodies came from the farmers market at Socrates sculpture park.

Film production boom in Queens


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In case you didn’t know it Astoria, not Hollywood, is the cradle of American cinema. Kaufman Astoria Studios began it all in 1920. Producing silent films, Marx Brothers, Valentino, WC Fields and many many more right up to today’s Sesame Street and Men In Black 3. SIlvercup Studios, built in an old baking factory in 1983, hosted Highlander as it’s first film (one of my personal favorites).They continue to grow and currently host some of the most famous television shows and feature films shot today.

Heatwave birthday brunch


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It’s my 44th birthday today. It is also 91F and my little boy is off from daycare for a public holiday. So my big plans are canceled and it’s too hot to take him to the park. Time for despair? No. Time to celebrate? YES!

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 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 […]