Ramp & Vegetable Scramble

To a chef, the first sign of spring is not a blossom on a tree, an abundance of birds chirping, or even the longer daylight hours. No sir. It's the humble ramp; the first real vegetable of a new growing season - bright green, funky, earthy, and delicious. Ramps are wild leeks and must be foraged. They're in season March … [Read more...]

Asparagus – Oven Roasted

Asparagus is healthy, delicious, and really easy to make.  All you need is a sheet pan and 8 minutes to get perfect roasted asparagus every time. Both the flavor and texture will be the best you've ever had! Click here to watch me demonstrate how to make it in our Season 1 Finale of Hungry in Brooklyn and follow along with … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash Soup with Sage & Apple

This soup is delicious with just a few simple main ingredients: one butternut squash, one apple, and one onion. It’s really easy yet amazingly delicious, and the flavor gets better the second and third day - so it’s a great make-ahead appetizer for your Thanksgiving feast! BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND APPLE SOUP - serves 6 1 … [Read more...]

Brussels Sprouts: Oven-Roasted

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting recipes, videos and directions for a fool-proof Thanksgiving! Here’s the first of our simple side dishes: Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Parmigiano Reggiano and Lemon. Keep checking back for more recipes, as well as a guide to holiday food-prepping that will minimize your work … [Read more...]

Mojo – A Cuban Marinade

Despite what many people think, Cuban food is never spicy. Instead, it’s tangy from citrus and pungent from loads of garlic. That combination is the quintessential sabor cubano, and it comes from their signature sauce: Mojo. Before you make Mojo, you have to first find Sour Oranges. They’re local to the tropics and are … [Read more...]

Kale & Pancetta Pizza

On a recent episode of Hungry in Brooklyn, we learned all about Kale.  There are so many different varieties: there's curly kale, lacinato kale, red russian kale, purple kale - all delicious and all extremely good for you.  Lacinato Kale (also known as Dinosaur Kale or Tuscan Kale) is easy to work with because of its flat … [Read more...]

Kale Slaw – Tuscan Kale, Red Cabbage & Parmigiano Reggiano

This time of year, the market is full of leafy greens, but sometimes it’s hard to figure out exactly what to do with them. Take kale for instance. You’re probably used to it braised or sauteed; but kale is also delicious raw if prepared the right way. So move over lettuce! We’ve got a recipe for a Tuscan Kale and Red … [Read more...]

Pan-Seared Peconic Bay Scallops

Usually when we think of scallops, we picture the large Sea Scallop or Diver Scallop that's about two inches in diameter and popular on fancy menus.  But Bay Scallops are equally delicious (when sourced properly) and because of their smaller size, are perfect for pasta dishes and paella.  The sweetest and most decadent of … [Read more...]

Coq Au Vin

I love Coq au Vin.  There's something so amazing about chicken simmering slowly in red wine - the acidity and the sweetness working together to make the most delicious stew.  While most versions are served over mashed potatoes, I decided to add diced potatoes to the recipe for a one-pot stew that's both simple and hearty. … [Read more...]

Oyster Platter with Mignonette

Throughout college I was a hostess at a fancy Manhattan restaurant, and nothing gave me more anxiety than Valentine’s Day. Even now I refuse to eat out on the 14th, because I know what goes into it: prix fixe menu, shuffling guests in and out, and tables so close together you end up sharing food with strangers. Enjoy your … [Read more...]