Thanksgiving Turkey

On Thanksgiving, your turkey is the main event.  And let me tell you, there's nothing better than a Heritage Breed Turkey.  Most of the turkeys bred in this country are of the broad-breasted white variety because - you guessed it - they have a lot of breast meat.  Not to mention the fact that they're injected with all sorts … [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...]

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...]

Caffeine Cupcakes – Cocoa, Coffee, & Cola

My friend Michael Cyril Creighton and I go way back - so far back that we dressed up as holiday characters together for our special editions of Best Night Ever at Vh1. Ah, the good ol’ days. But now we each have our own web series, and we thought it was about time for another collabo. Michael plays Jack in his creation, … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Locally made, high quality, great tasting. Those are just some ways to describe confections from The Madelaine Chocolate Company. Located in Far Rockaway, Queens, they’ve been family-owned and operated since the thirties, and certainly take pride in both their roots and their chocolate.  We here at Hungry in Brooklyn were … [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...]

Mussels Mariniere

On a recent episode of Hungry in Brooklyn, we had the pleasure of stopping in at Williamsburg seafood spot, Sel De Mer for a lesson on how to make the perfect Mussels Mariniere.  Despite what you may think, mussels are actually VERY easy to cook and, believe it or not, are some of the most inexpensive shellfish out there. … [Read more...]

Sauteed Swiss Chard

While the weather’s still cool, you’ll find that the swiss chard at the farmers’ market is as delicious as ever. Watch here as I visit Westville East and the Union Square Greenmarket to learn more about this lovely leafy green. Then I head into the kitchen to make my own version of sauteed swiss chard.  It’s so easy, anyone … [Read more...]

Peas with Pancetta

It’s April!  The sky is blue, the sun is shining, and all the neighborhood peeps are prematurely donning summer dresses, Ray-Bans and American Apparel short shorts. But just because temperatures are reaching above 70 degrees in Brooklyn doesn’t mean that our favorite vegetables are ready for harvest.  Lucky for us, we can … [Read more...]

Pureed Parsnips

Parsnips are a seriously delicious fall/winter/spring root vegetable that can be prepared several ways.  They require a frost in order for their starches to develop, so while most veggies are only in season in the summer and early fall, parsnips can be found in plenty at farmers markets throughout the winter and spring. And … [Read more...]