Bloody Mary

It's almost the weekend, and there's nothing better than day-drinking on a lazy Saturday - especially when that Bloody Mary is essentially a meal!  Whip up this super fresh and spicy Bloody Mary mix if you're looking for a kick with brunch. The secret?  Instead of using tomato juice that's overly salted - put your favorite … [Read more...]

Poached Pears in White Wine

Poached fruit is always an elegant and light dessert that makes such a gorgeous presentation.  I'm rather obsessed with poached pears at the moment.  The great thing about pears is that they're available virtually year round since, much like apples, they store so well in root cellars.  It's amazing to have a local pear in … [Read more...]

Mushroom Tacos

Recently on Hungry in Brooklyn, we were lucky enough to get a lesson in taco making from the very talented Chef Ivan Garcia of Mesa Coyoacan.  Armed with a new confidence in Mexican cooking and a tortilla press, I set out to create the perfect do-it-yourself Mushroom Tacos.  These tacos make a delicious hearty vegetarian … [Read more...]

Coconut Milk Hot Cocoa

We’ve been back in New York now for about a month but I still long for the sunshine of Miami since it’s dreary all day and dark by 4:30 PM here in Brooklyn.  I’ve tried drinking Hemingway Daiquiris to warm my soul and drown my sorrows, but without the sunshine and ocean breezes, they seem inappropriately fruity.  So I … [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...]

Kale Salad with Apples, Dried Cherries, and Pepitas

I have to apologize for being so MIA over the past two months.  I was busy working on a new Off-Broadway show called Hereafter Musical.  The amazing run just ended - and I really got into my character as a pregnant woman - I decided that I would eat for two in Theatre 80’s food rich neighborhood of the East Village.  Let’s … [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...]

Mulled Apple Cider – Simple or Spiked

Mulled Hot Apple Cider is literally fall in your mouth. It’s warming on a cold day, and it has the flavor of the holidays in every sip. Lots of fancy kitchen stores sell expensive mulling spices, but honestly, they go bad after a 6 months, and you probably won’t finish all of them before apple cider is out of season and … [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...]

Greyhound – A Classic Cocktail

One of my favorite bars is in the country is Cafe Van Kleef in Oakland.  This unassuming spot on Telegraph Avenue is known for their greyhounds because the bartenders painstakingly press fresh grapefruits all night long.  The smell of citrus wafting through the air to the sounds of New Orleans-style live music is the … [Read more...]