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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Pico De Gallo

Tomatoes are nearing the end of their season and what better way to send them out with a bang than with a delicious homemade pico de gallo? This recipe is fresh and crisp, and goes well on everything from tacos to eggs.  *For a lovely bruschetta, swap the cilantro and the lime juice with parsley and balsamic vinegar and … [Read more...]

Habanero Pepper Sauce

I have a pretty awesome garden on my patio thanks to Raphael and the pounds upon pounds of soil he carried up our four flights of stairs last spring. Amongst our tomatoes, eggplant, peas, cucumbers, herbs, and lettuce grows, a habanero pepper plant so active and plentiful I don’t know what to do with all fruits of it’s … [Read more...]

Piccadillo

I take Cuban food very seriously, and have been trying for the past six years to make the perfect picadillo. Picadillo is essentially Cuban peasant food - ground beef cooked slowly with sofrito, tomatoes and olives. A dash of cumin here, a pinch of oregano there, and you’re on your way to a picadillo party. But no matter … [Read more...]