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...]

Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder: An Easter Recipe

If you are entertaining this Easter, you'll want a dish that can wow your guests that doesn't require a lot of work once they arrive. That's why I'm always a fan of slow-roasted meats since all the work is done in the oven while you take care of other things (or in my case sleep since I am a fan of roasting overnight)! And … [Read more...]

Chicken Stock

Chicken Stock is a kitchen staple I try to have on-hand at all times. It's perfect for soups and sauces, and gives quinoa and rice extra flavor when you use it in place of water. And the best part is, it's a cinch to make yourself, and a whole lot cheaper than buying it pre-made. Plus, those pre-packaged stocks contain lots … [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...]

Pulled Pork

Slow-roasted meats are not only super easy, they're excellent make-ahead dishes that can certainly feed a crowd.  On a recent episode of HiB, we got the low-down on all things Pork Butt.  Use this easy and delicious recipe for pulled pork sandwiches, serve alongside mashed potatoes, or make BBQ pork tacos - just a few … [Read more...]

Beer-Braised Brisket

This is an excellent make-ahead dish. In fact, it gets better and better the longer it sits. Braise the day before and pop it back in the oven when you want to serve it for maximum flavor. I served mine over Pureed Parsnips, the perfect sweet accompaniment to this salty and zesty beef.  It's important to use beer that's … [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...]

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...]

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...]