October 20, 2017

Scenario: Sicily, it’s snowing, sexy date says yes to dinner at your place.

You frantically yet coolly survey the kitchen pantry. Take a beat, then slow down and think. It’s cold out so a hot dish but nothing too heavy so she, or you, don’t conk out by 9pm on the couch. Something with some spice and a bit exotic. In the pantry I see a tin of skinless, boneless sardines packed in olive oil and a box of pasta. In the fridge we have fennel, a lemon, parsley, garlic cloves and anchovies in oil. In Sicily this classic pasta with sardines dish would also have raisins and Pignoli nuts but for tonight we go with what we have.

Inside the mind of a dinner party host


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Uh oh, another friend asking to bring someone who will be in town the same night. We already said yes to one friend asking to bring a cousin. How can we say no when we already said yes to another? And what about all the other people we already had to leave off the invite list???

Got my Sugarfreak in Astoria


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I first stumbled on SugarFreak in Astoria about a year ago. They were only a quirky interior then, but recently they opened their New Orleans-influenced culinary doors to the world. Here’s my story of a recent visit.