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...]

Baked Eggs in Cast Iron

As you may have read in posts past, my mom is a huge influence on my food philosophy,  so I decided to create the perfect breakfast to honor her this Mother's Day.   Need a great gift idea for a Mother’s Day?  Why not buy your mom a cast iron skillet and use it to cook up this delicious egg dish? Breakfast in bed, and … [Read more...]

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...]

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

I’ve never been a huge Pumpkin Pie fan. I know, call it blasphemy, especially on the holiday that wouldn’t be complete without it. Unless, that is, you make a pumpkin roll - but that just seems way too old-fashioned or Paula Deen for my tastes. Enter: The Pumpkin Whoopie Pie. The perfect mixture of cake and frosting, … [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...]

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...]