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In Negril Jamaica, my traveling companions and I ate breakfast most days at Citronella, where we each had a house and the resort to ourselves. The first day, I ordered the mixed greens plate, which is callaloo topped with two eggs, a side of bacon and toast (all for a mere $8 US). I […]
I go through phases where I like to cook or bake, but I always take shortcuts in the kitchen. Cooking or baking to me is like painting or playing dress-up. It is supposed to be fun and totally inspired by the whim of the moment. Who cares if it comes out terribly? (Unless, of course, […]
This is the perfect dessert or morning meal complement: Sweet, citrus, and charcoal all wrapped into one. (Serves 4; only 2 servings pictured.) Ingredients: 2 large ruby red grapefruit 2 T apricot preserves 1 T cinnamon/sugar mix (optional) Directions: 1. Preheat broiler oven to high. 2. Slice each grapefruit in half and slice a bit […]
This little gem was something I made up when I really wanted some portabella mushrooms. It’s simple and involves few ingredients, per my usual style. Serves 4. Ingredients: 1 pound sliced baby portabella mushrooms 8 oz. balsamic vinaigrette 1 pound linguini 4 oz. parmesan cheese Directions: 1. Marinate the shrooms in the balsamic vinaigrette (I […]
A few weeks ago, I hosted my very first “adult” dinner party for my family. Guests were my mother, two of my brothers, my sister-in-law (who is a phenomenal chef and foodie), my “adopted” sister Katie and my boyfriend. I wanted to make as many of my specialties as possible and serve them tapas-style in a […]
Football Season is upon us! Here’s a compilation of my favorite football-watching recipes: Baked BBQ Chicken Wings Nasty! Nachos Pizzetta: 10 versions Spicy Sweet Potato Fries Meaty Stuffed Peppers Magnificent Meatballs Fall Sausage Go GIAnts!!!
In my family, we call these “Sugar Potatoes,” as they are my grandmother’s (nickname: Sugar) recipe. Ingredients (serves 4 as a side dish): 4 red bliss potatoes 1 T olive oil 1 T rosemary 1 T ground plack pepper 1/2 T salt Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice washed potatoes into triangular bite-size […]
After being fed up with upscale restaurants and more recently, NYC street-food vendors not making a good enough—by that I mean, acceptable to the standards of real Italian cooking which is rare in the United States—meatball, I am going to share my recipe in hopes that we can raise the bar for Italian-American cooking. And […]
This crowd-pleaser is perfect for Sunday football viewing or tailgate parties if you give yourself enough time. This depicts the recipe made for just a few peeps, however, the recipe itself was born out of necessity for a summer garden party I was hosting for over 40 people at a house with a non-working grill. Unheard […]