Recipe :: Strawberry Salad with Mint Vinaigrette

strawberry salad

Strawberry season is finally here! The local strawberry season is so fleeting in New York (generally from late May to late June - most strawberries don't like hot and humid weather), and local strawberries are so much tastier than the berries you can find year-round at the grocery store. There are literally hundreds of different strawberry … [Read more...]

Party :: Mediterranean Make-Ahead Mezze Menu

mediterranean make ahead easy weeknight entertaining menu

  Our close friends, Tory and Dave, just moved back to NYC from San Francisco with their 1 1/2 year-old.  Thrilled to have them back, we immediately set up a family dinner date.  Given that we wanted to have the kids join, we were looking at an early dinner.  I had a particularly busy week at work, working late every night with no time for … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Roasted Rack of Lamb with Potatoes


Serve this complete meal for two for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner.  It requires little advance preparation and minimal clean-up, leaving you with plenty of time and energy to enjoy a proper "thank you" for your culinary efforts. Roasted Rack of Lamb 1 Rack (8 ribs) of lamb, frenched (about 1.25 lbs) 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil, plus … [Read more...]

Simple & Seductive Valentine’s Day Menu


Famed food writer Craig Claiborne said: “Cooking done with care is an act of love.”  This Valentine’s Day, forget the reservations and the pricey bill, and seduce the one you love with a romantic dinner at home. The Menu Cupid’s love potion (strawberry champagne cocktails) Marinated mixed olives Roasted rack of lamb with potatoes and green … [Read more...]

New Year’s Eve Cocktail Party


Host a hip New Year's Eve cocktail party with ideas from my monthly column on The Family Groove. … [Read more...]

Tapas Menu


Tapas is one of my favorite theme menus to serve when hosting a cocktail party.  Compliment delicious small bites with a big batch of sangria.  Several items on a tapas menu - such as olives, nuts, cheese, bread and cured meat - don't require any cooking.   Here's a menu to get your tapas party started. Tapas Menu Marcona Almonds Gazpacho "Shots" … [Read more...]