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 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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]