From Farm to Pizza Truck and Making Your Own

Into the Fire

contributed by Katy Morris; photos: Liz Rueven

Farm to table is right up Jeff Borofsky’s alley…literally.

Jeff is the proud founder of Skinny Pines, LLC, Fairfield County’s only farm to table focused mobile wood-fired brick pizza oven. He uses only local, seasonal ingredients to create simple and fresh concoctions whilst incorporating sustainability in every aspect of the business.  I sat down with Jeff recently to get the skinny on his concept and unique pizza. Continue reading

Worldly Culinary Fusion and All that Jazz

 

photo courtesy of eleven 14 Kitchen

photo courtesy of eleven 14 Kitchen

contributed by Katy Morris

With its elegantly cozy ambiance, welcoming staff, and a distinctive menu chock full of locally sourced, seasonal options with a global twist crafted by renowned Chef Francois Kwaku-Dongo, the eleven14 Kitchen hits all the marks for a great dining experience.

Kosher Like Me was invited to try out the restaurant, located in Greenwich, CT, at  JHouse Hotel. We were delighted to learn that Chef Francois had created our very own vegetarian line up, taking us on a colorful veggie-loaded journey of American dishes inspired by cuisine from across the globe. Continue reading

Gravlax: The Easy Cure for New Year’s

Gravlax LG (1)

contributed by Katy Morris

photos courtesy of Sugar and Olives

On an inconspicuous side street in Norwalk, CT, sits an eccentric French-inspired culinary “kitchen and lounge” that serves delicious, locally sourced, organic fare.  Sugar & Olives, owned by Jennifer Balin, opened after she bought and transformed a former factory space into an open commercial kitchen and dining area using sustainable and recycled materials when possible.

Continue reading

Organic Planet’s Orbit

Organic Planet Interior- photo Katy Morris

contributed by Katy Morris

Dedicated to nourishing diners with only locally sourced, organic elements in each and every dish, Organic Planet Restaurant is a true haven for local health conscious foodies, living in CT or passing through Greenwich. Continue reading

Warming Up with Hearty Lentil Soup

IMG_2068

At the end of my Thanksgiving cooking marathon, I began to squirrel away homemade turkey stock, turkey gravy and remnants of glistening tomatoey broth from my slow cooked brisket. Just as my freezer shelf was beginning to look like a frozen wonderland of rich liquid leftovers I was asked by Red Envelope, the nifty gift catalogue, to submit my favorite wintry recipe for them to share with their thousands of readers.

How could a food blogger resist? Continue reading

Vegetable Heaven for Omnivores, Too

Market Sides, Count 'Em!

I’ve fallen hard for the easy neighborhood vibe and colorful, vegetarian dishes at Westville in NYC. The reason is simple, which is a lot like their menu offerings.  Last time I dined at Westville there were 21 market vegetables offered on their daily board. Veggie sides like Curried Okra, Sauteed Kale with Shallots, and Artichoke Hearts with Parmesan are not afterthoughts here. They are front and center for those who chose, or seasonal sides for anyone wanting to add on to their generously sized entrees.  Continue reading

This Cooking Class Round-Up Has You Covered

Sugar and Olives, Norwalk CT.Photo: Noel Berry

Sugar and Olives, Norwalk CT.Photo: Noel Berry

By Katy Morris

Thanksgivukah is almost here!

In a once in a life-time gastronomical marriage, Chanukah and Thanksgiving, two of the most celebrated holiday feasts, happen to fall on the same exact day this year. And unless you’ve been hiding from all of the hype in your cave, you know it has been dubbed Thanksgivukkah.

To help you avoid the potential stress that this culinary crossover may cause for you in the kitchen and to also provide you with some great Chanukah gift ideas for your food-loving family, we have rounded up some local cooking classes which are sure to inspire this year’s menu or will simply help boost your cooking talents overall.

From kosher classes in NYC where you will learn to create hybridized holiday dishes like layered sweet potato casserole, orange olive oil cake, and root-vegetable latkes alongside well-known chefs, to 100% vegetarian classes on a farm in CT where you will learn scrumptious recipes for your Veg-only Thanksgiving…these classes will be sure to delight every palate. Continue reading

Vegetarian Dishes Abound at Aladin, Indian Bistro

Manchurian Cauliflower, photo: Chuck Dorris

Manchurian Cauliflower, photo: Chuck Dorris

contributed by Katy Morris

Celebrated Chef Kausik Roy, a culinary expert who has mastered the intricacies of authentic Indian cuisine and has been successfully satisfying the palates of East Village and CT diners for years, has opened the doors of his newest eatery in Fairfield County, Aladin Indian Bistro. When crafting the menu, Continue reading

Indulging in Truffles, Creamy Pasta and Vino in Northern Italy

view from Villa Concetta

I had this image of myself romping through the Italian woods, slim jeans (always slimmer than the true pic)  tucked securely into knee high, waterproof boots, hugged by a warm sweater that I wouldn’t mind getting smeared with shmutz and the company of barking, highly trained dogs alerting our very own trifolau (truffle hunter) to the exact spot where these lumpy tubers would be pried free of the moist soil with an ecstatic yelp of ECCO!

I flew off to Northwestern Italy to hunt truffles and taste the magnificent, Nebbiolos, Barolos and more lovely reds than I can clearly recall. Continue reading

It’s Truffle Season, finalmente. Here’s What You Should Know

tartufi at Brezza

Contributed by Katy Morris

Now that it’s truffle season you may want to know what all the fuss is about. For sure, it’s best to be educated before you consider finishing a dish with shavings of these precious nuggets. That’s wine connoisseur David Lynch (above) checking out the goods before buying them  from a truffle hunter in Alba.  To read more about the many options for vegetarian and kosher friendly pasta and fish preparations in Lombardy, stop back on Thursday to read about Liz’ truffle and wine adventures in Northwestern Italy. 

But first, here’s the scoop on truffles:

 

Do I really have to fly to Europe to experience the indulgence of truffles?  Continue reading