White Cheddar Gougères with Apple Pulp and Prosciutto

Jen has always been the gougère-maker when we lived together.  I’ve got to give her props for really becoming an expert at forming the cheese puffs to actually become consistent in size, light, airy and all things elegant and French. I, on the other hand, was experimenting so as my first iteration, these were decent, … Continue reading

Gramercy Tavern, NYC

Gramercy Tavern Chef: Michael Anthony Cuisine: American Traditional Neighborhood: Gramercy Price: Dinner Prix Fixe – $88; Chef’s Tasting – $116; Vegetable Tasting – $98; Cocktails – $13, comprehensive wine list with affordable choices Phone: (212) 477-0777 Address:  42 E 20th St., New York, NY 10003 January brought with it truckloads of snow and my birthday. … Continue reading

Church and State Bistro, CA

Church and State Bistro Chef: Jeremy Berlin Cuisine: French Neighborhood: Downtown Price: $50 for dinner with no drinks Phone: (213) 405-1434 Address: 1850 Industrial St, Los Angeles, CA 90021 Undoubtedly inspired by its location on Industrial Street, Church and State’s interior shows off its exposed brick, wooden beaming, piping and rafters, the look of which … Continue reading

Gougères (French Cheese Puffs)

Ever since tasting my first gougères , I have been addicted to these delightful, savory cheese puffs.  A gougère is a classic French choux pastry made with cheese that originated from the Burgundy region.  Traditionally, gougères are made with Gruyère cheese, but any other hard, sharp cheese can be used (Comté, Emmental, Parmigiano-Reggiano).  These savory … Continue reading

Eleven Madison Park, NYC

Eleven Madison Park Chef: Daniel Humm Cuisine: American Nouveau Neighborhood: Flatiron Price: Lunch- Three courses for $56, Four Courses for $74. Dinner- Four Courses for $125, Tasting Menu for $195. Wine list prices vary. Phone: 212-889-0905 Address: 11 Madison Ave., NYC 10010 It is difficult to find an elegant après-work restaurant in New York City’s … Continue reading

per se, NYC

per se Chef: Thomas Keller Chef de Cuisine: Eli Kaimeh Cuisine: American Nouveau, French Neighborhood: Midtown West Price: $275 tasting menu (service included) + drinks Attire: Formal, jacket required It had always been a dream of mine to pass through those blue doors (which I discovered to be nonfunctional) and enjoy the culinary crafting of … Continue reading