Blizzard 2016 Food

After the record setting temperatures, after all the joking and debates over global warming, Miss Mother Nature turns down the thermometer and drops Sir Jonas on the northeast coast. Apologies to school age kids everywhere the storm came on a Saturday, business as usual on Monday. Whether a doubter or an over-preparer, New York City…

Lunch Today: Salad Nicoise

I was intently working today and ignoring my hunger pangs to eat because I didn’t feel like cooking. But as a stomach has a tendency to do, it got the better of me and forced me to see what I had. Inspired by the smallest new potatoes I’ve ever seen and some haricot vert I…

Cheap Tricks: Grated Italian Cheese

Here’s the deal, you like good quality foods, cheeses, meats, seafood, spices…I could go on.  However, sometimes your truffle tastes need to give way to your white button mushroom budget and other times you just pretend that you have someone else’s wallet. Then there are times when you can get the same quality products at…

Bacon Popcorn

Had a craving for something crunchy which can only mean popcorn for me. As I pulled down my 3 quart pot and the lid and glanced at my usual coconut oil anticipating the final product, my small jar of rendered bacon fat started whispering in my ear, “you know if you use me instead, I…

Quick Green Lunch

While I certainly didn’t feel like cooking today, I had some kale and collards in the fridge that were admonishing me for not putting them to good use. I had the onions, garlic, apple cider vinegar, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper, some vegetable Better Than Bouillon plus coconut oil and a soupçon (love that…

Rainy Day Lunch

I braised some chicken legs this week with sherry vinegar, Harissa and rosemary. Thank goodness I had one left for literally a rainy day lunch today. I whipped up some polenta using vegetable stock, a little rosemary and pecorino Romano cheese. A pool of the polenta topped with the chicken, its vegetables and sauce plus…

Quick Asian Spinach Salad

All to your taste: – frozen chopped spinach, thawed drained and squeezed dry – red onion, thinly sliced – toasted sesame oil – soy sauce OR Braggs liquid aminos – Sriracha or hot sauce – Garlic, fresh (minced), powder or granulated – small splash of rice wine vinegar – freshly toasted sesame seeds (dry pan…

Quick Black Bean Turkey Chili

It was a cold and rainy day. I found myself hungry and needing to make something of the seasoned ground turkey I had been defrosting in my fridge. With a can of black beans I decided to make my old standby dish, but little did I know I was going to put my foot in…

Tuna Salad Love

Ok…I will admit it. I don’t feel like cooking. I don’t feel like going grocery shopping. I don’t feel like showing out my cooking skills. Perhaps I have been stunted from that CSA+Pantry=YUM! cooking experience at my friend’s house. It’s just a moment in time I work through periodically. For dinner I have been sustaining…

CSA+Pantry=YUM!

So it was another afternoon in Harlem but I wasn’t spending it strapped to my desk and computer…well, maybe to my laptop. It was a work day. What started as a quick run with a friend to assess the venue for his impending gathering at Paris Blues turned into tasting delicious and expensive kale chips…