Balaboosta Cookbook Give-Away #3

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Balaboosta is one of my go-to favorite restaurants in NYC. When friends come to town, it’s my first choice for where to take them. I love the bold Mediterranean and Israeli inspired dishes with Chef/Owner Einat Admony’s creative twists.

Fried olives anyone? Continue reading

Warming Up with Hearty Lentil Soup

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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

What’s the Skinny on Chestnuts?

chestnut risotto Marcia Selden Catering

Recipe courtesy of Marcia Selden Catering, Stamford, CT

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire… hard not to hum along, I know.  But what’s the skinny on chestnuts? And what about actually roasting them on an open fire?

Chef Robin Selden helped me out here with lots of interesting facts and useful tips in addition to the easy and fragrant recipe for Truffled Chestnut Risotto, below.

Let’s start with that oft referred to “roasting on an open fire”: Continue reading

Transforming Leftover Risotto Into Arancini di Riso

photo courtesy of Dinner in Venice blog

photo courtesy of Dinner in Venice blog

I wonder if you’re feeling latke’ed out yet?  With the holiday combo of Thanksgiving and Chanukah converging, I definitely had my fill of potatoes and latkes of all sorts. But that’s not to say that we’re finished celebrating yet, right? Continue reading

Toasting Leftovers with Beer Braised Pulled Turkey Tacos

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Let’s be honest. The day after the big feast we are P-O-O-P-E-D.  Oh yea, the clean-up was one for the ages, too, with the splatters from frying latkes and stove-top smears from simmering sufganiyot (yes, doughnuts!) on this once in a life time Thanksgivukah.

 So when Kol Foods asked a eight bloggers to play with a couple of turkey legs and come up with a recipe for our post- Thanksgivukah leftovers, I was determined to hone in on something EASY.

And then my competitive spirit was aroused when I understood that this is a contest. And the winners get prizes. Oh yes, Happy Chanukah, indeed. Click here to vote on your favorite recipe and to have a chance to win a generous credit with Kol Foods. Continue reading

Stop by THE STAND for Juice and Lots More

B.O.C. breakfast of champions

Contributed by Katy Morris

Their mantra says it all: “Fresh. Organic. Always Animal Product Free.” Actually, it almost says it all… The Stand Juicing Company could also use “locally sourced”, “delicious, nutritious vegan fare”, “all natural juices”, “welcoming atmosphere”, and “energetic, endearing staff” to their slogan to really paint a full picture of what they are all about. AND they serve plenty of tempting food along with their juices. Continue reading

Solving the Frying Issue: As Easy As Latke Gratin

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contributed by Melissa Roberts

In case you haven’t heard, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fall on the same day this year. It’s a big deal because the holidays last converged in the 1880′s and it won’t happen again for thousands of years.  Reason to celebrate Thanksgivukkah, for sure!

For some, the idea of frying latkes while preparing a Thanksgiving feast isn’t an intimidating thought. For most of us mortals, however, the thought of standing and frying at the stove isn’t a welcome notion. (And for mortals like myself, frying but once a year is enough!) There is a solution to the frying “issue.” 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