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Wild Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto

I’ve never made risotto before; Jen is usually spearheading carb consumption in this household with pasta and rice dishes. But I have a bunch of Arborio Rice in the cupboard and it needed to be used up. And since now is the prime time for woodsy mushrooms, I decided to combine some delicious chanterelles and … Continue reading

Baked Asparagus Fries

I came across this recipe while searching through Pinterest, one of my new favorite applications. The recipe also introduced me to another great food blog, Spoon Fork Bacon. I love their unique recipes and great food photography and styling techniques as well. The original recipe also includes dipping sauces, but I decided not to make … Continue reading

Seared Scallops with Tomato Confit, Pearl Onions and Asparagus Purée

While brainstorming what to cook for my Memorial Day Dinner, I decided to wander around the Union Square Greenmarket for inspiration. In the end, I went buck wild on the market, but was mostly excited about having procured some freshly caught scallops because I’ve been meaning to cook some for a while. I’ve seared scallops … Continue reading

Blue Hill, NYC

Blue Hill Chef: Dan Barber Cuisine: American Nouveau Price: Appetizers $15-20, Mains $30-40, tasting menu also available Phone: 212-539-1776 Address: 75 Washington Place, NY, NY 10011 Hours: Mon-Sat 5pm – 11pm, Sun 5pm-10pm I already wrote extensively about Dan Barber’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns, so I will not repeat myself here. The New York … Continue reading

Roasted Vegetable Salad

I was introduced to this simple, savory salad at my Knife Skills class at the Institute of Culinary Education located in Flatiron in NYC. I had always wanted to take some technique classes (rather than just learning recipes) and these two courses taught by Brendan McDermott came highly recommended. Knife Skills 1 is all about … Continue reading

Bouley – Lunch, NYC

I love walking into Bouley and being greeted by the aroma emanating from the wall of shelves stacked with fresh apples. That is just a precursor to the greeting from the warm and affable maitre d’ and servers who welcome you inside the gorgeous restaurant. I’ve already written about Bouley after we celebrated Jen’s birthday there … Continue reading

Sautéed Fiddlehead Ferns

I had never actually heard of fiddllehead ferns, also known as fiddlehead greens, until I had dinner at Brushstroke a few weeks ago. The vegetable was served tempura style with asparagus as a complement to smoked duck. I instantly loved the slightly bitter fern and especially liked how pretty it was. So when I saw … Continue reading

Sautéed Asparagus with Mushrooms

Besides roasting asparagus, another favorite way to cook these delicious spring vegetables is to sauté them with mushrooms and onions.  I enjoy this same mushroom and onion combination when I sauté brussel sprouts as well!  Only charge is that I leave our the garlic, as I think it’s an uncessary flavor add to asparagus. Similar … Continue reading

Sunday Brunch

Brunching is one of my favorite things to do in Manhattan, as the city is packed with a plethora of brunch spots that can suit any desire for a traditional (Bubby’s) or nouveau American brunch (Five Points), an Asian Fusion brunch with a DIY Bloody Mary Bar (Double Crown), a Chinese dim sum brunch (Ping’s … Continue reading

Roasted Asparagus with Poached Egg and Prosciutto

Here is a very classic savory salad with sweet and tender asparagus, poached eggs, and prosciutto from my Ad Hoc at Home cookbook.  The aged balsamic vinegar balances out the richness of the egg and salty ham, and the fried croutons add a nice crunchy texture.  Poached eggs are my favorite kind of eggs (obsessed … Continue reading