Menu :: St. Patrick’s Day Menu Ideas

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    Need ideas for a hip St. Patrick’s Day menu?  Forget about corned beef and cabbage.  There are plenty of other tasty ways to celebrate the Emerald Isle.  Here is a menu of what I will be serving for a casual St. Patrick’s Day dinner.  I will post some of the recipes later this week so you can whip up these tasty treats by the … [Read more...]

Party :: Host a Father’s Day “Cook-In”

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Don't let the rain ruin your plans for a Father's Day cookout.  You can still throw your favorite father a BBQ in his honor -  just shift gears from a cookout to a “cook-in.”  Here’s a menu that you can make on the grill or in a grill pan.     Cookout or "Cook-In" Menu   Black bean and corn quesadillas Chips and mango salsa Coffee and … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Strawberry Salad with Mint Vinaigrette

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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

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  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

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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...]

Farmer’s Market Spring Dinner Menu

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After a stop at my local farmer's market I was inspired to make the following menu for a dinner in honor of my mother-in-law.   Asparagus and rhubarb are at their best time time of year, as are ramps.  As rhubarb cooks, its juices act as a natural thickener, making it an amazing sauce for ice cream or cake.  Rhubarb's tart, vibrant flavor is … [Read more...]