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Lady Marmalade Chicken Salad

I saw this recipe in the Food Network Magazine and had immediately wanted to try it; the idea of roasting a chicken in an orange marmalade sounded delicious!  The chicken is then tossed into a salad of green apples, red grapes, shallots, Greek yogurt, cashews, and a bit of curry and cumin seasoning.  This combination … Continue reading

Wonton Baskets

For an upcoming rooftop party Natalya and I were hosting, I was trying to figure out some good hors d’œuvre ideas that would be easy to eat.  Finger foods would be ideal. I was thinking along the lines of little quiche cups, but I wanted something a little bit lighter and refreshing for the summer.  … Continue reading

Salt and Salt Bar, NYC

Salt (closing soon…) Chef: Melissa O’Donnell Cuisine: American Nouveau, Eclectic/Global Neighborhood: SoHo Price: $25-40 per person Address: 58 MacDougal St., NYC 10012 Phone: 212-674-4968 Hours: Mon-Fri, noon-4pm and 6pm-10pm; Sat, 11am-11:30pm; Sun, 11am-10pm Salt Bar Neighborhood: LES Price: $20-35 per person Address: 29A Clinton St., NYC 10002 Phone: 212-979-8471 Hours: Sun and Tue-Thu, 6pm-1am; Fri-Sat, … Continue reading

Cavatappi with Spinach, Beans and Asiago

A simple and light pasta dish from Cooking Light that takes fewer than 15 minutes to prepare.  I love how the recipe uses the heat from the cooked pasta to just slightly wilt the spinach and soften the asiago cheese.  This can be served either warm or cold. Cavatappi with Spinach, Beans and Asiago Yields: … Continue reading

Pimm’s Cup

Pimm’s Cup, a favorite thirst quencher at Wimbledon, polo matches, and other sporting events has been on my radar for a few years. I’ve tried it for the first time in Hong Kong at the Rugby Sevens (admittedly in a vastly less sophisticated manner than implied by the other sports at which it is served). … Continue reading

Burger & Barrel, NYC

Burger & Barrel Chef: Josh Capon Cuisine: American, Burgers Neighborhood: SoHo Price: $25-40 per person Address: 25 W Houston, NYC 10012 Telephone: (212) 334-7320 Hours: Open 7 days a week, 11:30am – 11:00PM Sunday to Wednesday, 11:30AM – 12:00AM Thursday to Saturday Weekend brunch served 11:30am – 4pm Burger & Barrel is a classic American … Continue reading

Bianca, NYC

Bianca Chef: Giancarlo Quadalti Cuisine: Italian Neighborhood: NoHo Price: appetizers under $10, mains under $20  (cash only) Address: 5 Bleecker St., NYC 10012 Telephone: 212-260-4666 Hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-11pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-midnight; Sun 5pm-10:30pm Tucked away in the bustle of the NoHo neighborhood, Bianca is a gem of a restaurant serving up very affordable Italian fare with … Continue reading

Stuffed Chicken with Tomatoes

 I randomly bought a pack of chicken breasts the last time I was grocery shopping and felt like trying out a new recipe to make them. I consulted my trusty What to Cook and How to Cook It book and found this recipe which I have been meaning to try for a while. It calls … Continue reading

Osteria Morini, NYC

Osteria Morini Executive Chef: Michael White Cuisine: Italian Neighborhood: Nolita Price: $10-15 appetizers, $15-20 mains Address: 218 Lafayette Street, NY, NY 10012 Phone: 212-965-8777 Hours: Brunch Sat-Sun 11:30am -4pm; Lunch Mon-Fri11:30am-3:30pm; Bar Menu Mon-Fri 3:30pm-5pm; Dinner Mon-Wed 5pm-11pm, Thurs-Sat 5pm-1am, Sun 5pm-10:30pm I had a friend in town which gave me an opportunity to play … Continue reading

Grilled Tomatoes with Mozzarella

This is how my mom grills tomatoes and it’s my favorite grilled vegetable dish out there!  Elote (Mexican grilled corn) is very closely tied though… something about grilled veggies and smothering them in cheese is just irresistable. My mom typically serves this with barbequed spare ribs, corn, and rice.  Any barbequed meat will go well … Continue reading