A Superbowl 50 Menu

 Holidays and special events are always a fun time to cook for my clients. Marry  clients’ requests and dietary needs with the best available ingredients and my creativity and I start to wish I could be a SCHOP! client myself! This week for Superbowl 50, amongst organic pork tenderloin crusted with mustard capers & garlic…

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…

TELEVISION OPPORTUNITY FOR HARLEM FAMILIES!

One of my food hats is culinary producer, making food television. It’s great fun to hear stories about food and the people that make it. Today I am looking for Harlem foodies and home cooks embroiled in a family food battle. Yes, food mostly brings us together, but it can also tear us apart. Is…

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…

Got Brisket…early?

Passover is just around the corner and for those that like to be ahead of the game either because they have too much going on or because they need it “just so” some will buy their brisket early…maybe too early. Following is a recent text exchange with a client that inspired this post: CLIENT: Question….

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…

A New Candy Habit…Naturally

Last week when traipsing through Whole Foods at Columbus Circle and stumbling upon a beer haven in the process I was fortunate to also find a table near the sushi bar with a friendly team member. He was offering what turned out to be some great grocery items for only $1 to support the Whole…

Whole Foods Biergarten?! YES!

I just stopped in to the Whole Foods at Columbus Circle to see if they have conventional raw cashews for a good price so I wouldn’t have to walk to Trader Joes just to pay $6.99 per pound. I didn’t and saved $.10 for not needing a bag! But I digress… As I walked to…

Happy National Banana Bread Day

I was just downloading the 2013 holiday schedule so I can map out my food writing for the year when a friend called to check in.  He mildly suggested that I look into the same schedule for food.  It’s good to have smart friends…  In fact this week I missed National Margarita Day. It’s not…

A Tale of Two Soups, One Stock

Who doesn’t love a two-for-one deal?! Whether you are grocery shopping, at the drugstore, or picking up your favorite comfy undergarments at a big box store. It makes you feel like you done good! You should feel that way in the kitchen. In my last post, Taking (chicken) Stock, I made a large pot of…