Category Archives: Recipes

New York and the Spanish Table – Recipes from the Best – Part 6 – Tertulia & El Colmado

What’s in a name? Seamus Mullen has much too Irish a name to be one of NYC’s top Spanish chefs – or does he? His name may be patently Irish, but if his food is any indication, his soul is […]

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New York and the Spanish Table – Recipes from the Best – Part 5: El Quinto Pino

El Quinto Pino is one of several restaurants owned and run by Alexandra Raij and Eder Montero, a husband and wife team that have been instrumental in securing a positive reputation for Spanish cuisine in NYC. In addition to El […]

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New York and the Spanish Table – Recipes from the Best – Part 2: Toro

Chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette have been cooking Spanish cuisine for some time at Toro in Boston. It is an intimate space that elicits congeniality and festivity. The Toro space in NYC, opened this fall, can not be described […]

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New York and the Spanish Table – Recipes from the Best – Part 1: Manzanilla

Spanish food in NYC has never had it so good. The city is currently awash with a plethora of restaurants serving excellent Spanish inspired fare. In this article, I highlighted some of the very best, who are doing it mostly with […]

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Cocktails With Scents

Aroma is an important component of any worthwhile culinary experience. One cannot fully appreciate a meal without a sense of smell. Mandy Aftel, a Berkeley, California based perfumer and friend of such culinary luminaries as Daniel Patterson, Harold McGee, David […]

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Sunday Photo – Guajillo Oil

This is so easy, but so good and so useful. Guajillos are tasty Mexican dried chiles that pack a moderate punch and a lot of flavor. The oil and the remaining residue are both useful ingredients adding sweet and spicy […]

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Lucy’s Tartiflette – A Plum Recipe – Rustic French at its Finest

When my son, L.J. and I were recently in Lyon for the Bocuse d’Or we had the distinct honor, luck and pleasure to have been invited for dinners not once, but twice at the home of my friends Lucy and […]

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Sunday Photo – Simply Delicious!

These candy-like fresh Nantucket bay scallops, from Pura Vida Seafood purchased at the Saratoga Farmers Market, are soooooo delicious raw, they require nothing else. I wanted to provide a little something to enhance them, but I did not want to […]

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StarChefs ICC 2012 – Bitters Sweet: Cocktail Culture Invades Pastry – Plinio Sandalio

As a culinary novice with an essentially nonexistent knowledge of mixology (I can name a choice few cocktails and that’s about it), I arrived at Plinio Sandalio’s workshop on the morning of my first day at the ICC with little […]

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Sunday Photo – Meat in the Gravy

In an Italian-American household in Brooklyn, NY, the Sunday maccheroni with “meat in the gravy” was sacred. Unfortunately, as we have grown older and away from our roots, the Sunday tradition has evolved into a rare event. It is, however, […]

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