Broccoli & Feta Salad

I'm always looking for new ways to enjoy classic vegetables, particularly when they're in season and at their peak in the middle of summer!  I've always loved broccoli but leafy greens like kale and chard have seemed to replace it lately in my shopping cart. I have no explanation for it!  What has broccoli ever done to me? … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Soup

This dish was inspired by the flavors of fall, and a fantastic lesson on all things pumpkin in our Hungry in Brooklyn: Pumpkin episode.  Who says pumpkins were just for pie? For a festive twist on this simple soup, try serving it in hollowed out small pumpkins for a presentation your guests will be sure to … [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...]

Baked Oysters on the Half Shell

Oysters are perfect for a special occasion. I personally love them raw, but not everyone is down with that. But that doesn’t mean you can’t serve them at your fete! These baked oysters are tender and succulent, and get some serious wow-factor from a topping of crimini mushrooms, shallots, white wine, and cream. Dramatically … [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...]

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are my favorite part of the Thanksgiving Feast. Not only are they terribly decadent, they’re also the perfect vehicle for homemade turkey gravy. My mashed potatoes get a little tang from sour cream and some extra flavor from two heads of roasted garlic - adding a wonderfully mild yet rich hint to these … [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...]

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...]

Bacon & Potato Leek Soup

Potato Leek Soup has always been a longtime favorite of mine.  Add bacon, and it's perfection!  The smokiness of the bacon works so well with the earthiness of the leeks  - and it's all rounded out by the tanginess of the creme fraiche.  This has been a favorite at our Hungry in Brooklyn dinners, and is always a special … [Read more...]

Baked Grits with Mushrooms and Gruyere

When purchasing grits, it's best to look for stone-ground organic grits.  Not only will they be better for you (nothing worse than GMO commodity grains), but they will also have a true corn taste and toothsomeness that you won't find from the instant stuff.  You can also use polenta in this recipe in place of actual grits, … [Read more...]