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Fish, Holiday Meal, Salad, Spring

A Tart to Celebrate The Spring

During my years catering private parties and weddings I would get numerous requests for “something with smoked salmon.” This popular tart originally featured wild smoked salmon, baked in a buttery crust with a creamy filling and peppery watercress for sharpness. It was the ultimate crowd pleaser and deserved another airing, albeit with some updates. Good […]

Dinner, Featured, Holiday Meal

A Polish-American Easter

At the turn of the last century, the North Fork of Long Island experienced a large influx of Polish immigrants, driven by religious persecution and a strong desire to better themselves in a country of boundless opportunity. They stayed and prospered, working the local farms, and later purchasing their own land. Their influence is still […]

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Dinner, Featured, Savory

Sharing Street Food With Friends

Gather around a tasty and fun platter of food with your closest friends. Leave any shred of table etiquette behind when you share these spicy chicken meatballs, served Southeast Asian ‘street-food-style’ in lettuce wraps that are eaten with your hands. Assembling these flavor bombs loaded with veggies, sauces and delicious chicken is a messy, delicious, […]

Salad, Winter

A Burst of Citrus

The bright colors and vibrant flavors of citrus at peak flavor and sweetness arrive in winter, giving us a  burst of winter sunshine and a needed boost to our jaded palates.  I love to serve them in salads, where they do double duty as a dressing ingredient. Paired with crunchy fennel and creamy mozzarella, you […]

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Fish, Seafood

A Feast of Fishes That Won’t Break the Bank

A traditional seafood feast for the festive season may seem prohibitively expensive this year, but the good news is that you can eschew the high prices charged for lobster, crab, and scallops, and still make a wonderful celebratory meal for your friends and family. When you visit your local market this holiday, look for sustainable and […]

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Autumn, Cake, Dessert

The Real Pumpkin

Pumpkin Spice: words that conjure up an idealized world of glowing fall leaves, holiday treats and cozy evenings by the fireplace. But there is a lot of Halloween trickery afoot in the grocery aisles and your favorite coffee shop at this time of year.  Chances are that the confections, lattes and smoothies on offer have […]

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Autumn, Stew, Vegetarian

The Sweetness of Kuris

I started out with a simple, plant based, one-pan dish using the best of the early fall produce. The beautiful organic Kuri pumpkin that I had purchased at the farmstand would be cooked in a rich and spicy coconut broth with lots of onion and chickpeas. A one-pan dish, indeed, if you do not count […]

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Soup, Summer

A Last Hurrah for Corn & Peaches

Summer lingers on, and so do some of our favorite seasonal foods. My passion for fresh local corn invariably results in enthusiastic overbuying at the local farm stands.  After I have eaten as much grilled corn as I can, what to do with excess before it shrivels up and loses its juicy sweetness? As the […]

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Pasta, Summer

Late Summer’s Bounty

Welcome to late summer! The corn is high, and I am in a race to pick the cherry tomatoes at just the right stage of ripeness before the birds move in for a crafty peck or two. The zucchini are abundant on the vines and need to be harvested before they turn into inedible monsters […]

Featured, Summer

Tapas At The Beach

If you are searching for the perfect summer dish that is quick to prepare with minimal ingredients, then look no further than the national dish of Spain. This tapas bar favorite is pure simplicity and ideal for a quick and filling lunch or dinner and robust enough to qualify as a picnic staple. A slice […]