Salad Topped Pizza in Honor of Mom

 

styling and photo by Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez

Every Mom loves salad. And kids of all ages love pizza.

I’m thinking it’s the perfect union for a simple Mother’s Day meal. Kids and Dads can have a farm to table adventure preparing this one.

Mom will admire their efforts and taste the difference.

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Foodstock Rocked

A sold out crowd of food writers, bloggers and grub lovers gathered at Wesleyan University on May 5 to celebrate all written expressions on our favorite subject.

Under the guidance of Professor Amy Bloom, author of two novels (Oh how I loved AWAY, 2007) and two collections of short stories, both nominated for National Book Awards, a team of four Wesleyan food enthusiasts gathered an illustrious group of writers to present to a sold out crowd.

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Getting Comfy at Jack’s Wife Freda, NYC

What do you get when two talented chefs marry and combine their culinary histories to open a cool place in Nolita?

Jack’s Wife Freda is just the place.  The young owners are Dean and Maya Jankelowitz. Dean is from South Africa and Maya hails from Israel. They both worked for Keith McNally and met while working around the corner (Balthazar)  from their three month old gem of a cafe. Continue reading

“Fresh and Easy” with Cookbook Author, Leah Schapira

I met Leah Schapira one evening this past fall. We were at an intimate gathering of food writers and magazine editors in NYC.  It was a convivial group, focused on networking and learning about each other.

We were asked to give an elevator speech to introduce our own projects and platforms. Continue reading

Don’t Want to Cook for Passover?

 

TO COOK OR NOT TO COOK?  That is the question!

Not everyone has the inclination or the time to prepare holiday meals, especially those that require a lot of sorting through recipes we may use only once a year.

Here are some ideas for resources if you would like to order items for your Passover Seder on April 6 or the week of Passover April 7-14. It is far from comprehensive, rather an overview of some great choices in both CT. and NYC.

I provide both strictly kosher choices and some that are not, with an understanding that my readers come from a wide range of lifestyles and viewpoints on this issue. Continue reading

Dining at Balaboosta with an Expert

Last week, I received an invitation from Naama Shefi, Israeli food specialist and past Director of Public Programs and Events at the Consulate General of Israel in NYC. She asked me to join her at Balaboosta in Nolita, NYC, for lunch with a dozen strangers who had signed up to eat with her and learn more about Israeli cuisine.

Through a program called I Want More Food, founded by Jeff Orlick,  these food adventure seekers were scheduled to meet and eat with Shefi as their insider guide. Continue reading

Hamantaschen: Delicious No Matter How You Spell It

Hamantaschen are delectable, triangular filled cookies eaten on the holiday of Purim.

While some think that these tasty folded treats resemble little hats, they are referred to as Oznei Haman in Hebrew and Orecchie d’Aman in Italian, in both cases meaning Haman’s EARS, not hats! Continue reading

Print Restaurant Tells All

Do you check online restaurant menus before you call for a reservation?

Take a look at the online menu for Print Restaurant, 11th Ave. at 48th St. in NYC, and you can learn a lot.  Ride your cursor over the ingredients and you will find a whole lot more than overblown descriptions of flavors.

You will discover that the impossibly magenta oranges in the Blood Orange Salad come from Isabelle’s Orange Orchard in New Orleans.  The butternut squash that serves as a tasty whipped landing for the Pan-roasted Snapper comes from Paisley Farm, which coordinates a co-op of upstate NY farms consisting of 25 like minded farmers seeking to distribute their crops. Continue reading