Archive for 2011

ALL RECIPES, Centerpieces and Flower Arrangements, Dessert, Famous Chefs, Kitchen Gadgets

OUR TOP 10 BEST LIST FOR 2011

OUR TOP 10 BEST LIST FOR 2011

1. Best Meal: Our wedding party. After sharing our lives for 29 years, Steve Russell and I married in September. 125 guests (45 of whom were family, pictured) celebrated in Greenwich Village on a sunny Sunday afternoon overlooking downtown and the harbor. Highlights of our spectacular feast included four types of caviar, toasted ravioli, lobster rolls and a four foot […]

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ALL RECIPES, Kitchen Gadgets, Main Dishes, Simply Spectacularly Delicious (SSD)

OSSO BUCO (SSD #13)

OSSO BUCO (SSD #13)

A nicely turned out Osso Buco is about as Simply Spectacularly Delicious (SSD) a recipe as one can have in one's repertoire. By virtue of there being only two sides of the cut of veal that need browning, it's arguable that this is the easiest braised-meat dish around. When you consider the searing and turning and multiple batches required […]

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Appetizers, Famous Chefs

ESCARGOTS: TRADITION WITH A TWIST

ESCARGOTS: TRADITION WITH A TWIST

Is it just me or do snails seem to be crawling their way back onto menus lately? Then again, since snagging these old-timey escargot crocks I have been on the lookout for the tasty crawlers. Discovered at East Hampton's Ladies' Village Improvement Society's thrift shop, these stoneware bake 'n' serve snail dishes were $1 a pop. They'd never been used, evidenced […]

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ALL RECIPES

RECIPE: ESCARGOTS, TRADITION WITH A TWIST

This recipe is for two dozen snails. Puff pastry, thawed 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened to room temperature 1 shallot, finely minced 2 garlic cloves, finely minced 1 T. onion juice (use a ceramic ginger grater to extract the juice) 1 T. finely minced parsley 1 T. tomato marmalade, mild chutney or other not-so-sweet preserves, […]

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Soups

Red and Green Christmas Soup

Red and Green Christmas Soup

We started making this soup — well really two soups — years ago.  It's pretty dramatic in its own right, though kids are especially impressed with the bright red and green soups sitting side by side in the same bowl.  Neither soup is especially difficult, what you want to keep in mind is making both soups the same thickness.  Thick […]

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Appetizers, Fish and Seafood

CLAM QUESADILLAS: QUESADILLAS DE ALMEJAS

CLAM QUESADILLAS: QUESADILLAS DE ALMEJAS

Clam Quesadillas (or quesadiilas de almejas if you prefer) are a pleasant detour down a road less taken for those bound for quesadillaville.  My brother Brendan suggested we try our hand at clam quesadillas for our much heralded Mexican Thanksgiving. I immediately took to the idea; they knocked tortilla soup off the menu (surprisingly deemed controversial in some quarters) and significantly upgraded our […]

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