Our Favorite Pickles & Where to Find Them

Photo: Robert Wright for Adamah

Photo: Robert Wright for Adamah

Katy Morris

We know that you all know that most fresh produce can be pickled easily. We also know that sometimes you just want to reach for a jar from the experts.  So we’ve rounded up our  our top choices of  “dillicious” pickles for you.  Any of these crisp delights made by passionate picklers will make the perfect pairing with whatever you’re grilling this Labor Day! Continue reading

Feeling Lucky? Play in this Summer Give-away!

Photo: Connie Pappas & Cristina Copersino for Leaf and Ardor

Photo: Connie Pappas & Cristina Copersino for Leaf and Ardor

 

We’ve put together a fantastic give-away to help you chill from now until the first frost. We simply refuse to buy into all of this chatter about end of summer while the days are long and the nights are balmy. Instead, we’re sipping delightful, organic cold brew teas from Leaf and Ardor and we think you should be doing the same. Continue reading

Cold Brewed Teas & Cocktail Brews

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Katy Morris

Our favorite ladies of Leaf & Ardor Tea Co. never stop brewing!

They’ve concocted a selection of refreshing, unique and healthy new tea blends that “mimic the moods of summer”. Drop these easy to use tea saches into a pitcher of cold water for the perfect iced drink. Leave the sachet to brew (see how gorgeous they are?!) for a morning pick-me-up or evening cocktail.  We’re sharing all the chill news plus recipes today.

Don’t miss our great give-away later this week! We’ve reached out to our our fave glassblowers at Simon Pearce and we’re including an elegant pitcher to serve these cold brews from. Fruity sangria or fragrant tea? You chose! You’l be serving it in style, either way. Continue reading

Eggplant Rollatini the Healthier Way

Photo: Robin Selden, Marcia Selden Catering

Photo: Robin Selden, Marcia Selden Catering

Contributed by Marcia Selden Catering

We love this healthier version of the classic breaded and fried rollatini. It’s lighter in calories but still packs a heavy flavor punch with ricotta, basil, fresh lemon and nutmeg filling. It works as an appetizer or an entrée and is the perfect summer dish. Continue reading

Back 40 Kitchen: Taste their Values

 

Back 40 Farm, Washington, CT. Image courtesy of Back 40 Group

Back 40 Farm, Washington, CT. Image courtesy of Back 40 Group

If you care about authenticity and a clear vision that begins on a family farm, bringing the freshest ingredients possible to your plate, you’ll love Back 40 Kitchen as much as we did.

Every detail of the recently opened farm to table restaurant is an expression of Bill and Lesley King’s mission to bring organic ingredients to the table while respecting the land  and the people who tend it.

No cliches here, folks. This is the real deal.

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Seasonal Snippet: Eggplant & Moroccan Eggplant Salad

 

Photo: Liz Rueven

Photo: Liz Rueven

Katy Morris

Are you still swooning over summer’s abundance of fresh bounty at your farmers’ market?

One of our favorites just made its seasonal debut, and luckily, this versatile fruit will keep us busy in the kitchen right into autumn. When it comes to August aubergines, we’re all in. Continue reading

Swooning over Babke Swirls at Padoca Bakery

Photo: Liz Rueven

Photo: Liz Rueven

When Florence Fabricant, longtime food critic for the New York Times, mentioned a newly opened Brazilian bakery in NYC that creates guava and cheese babke swirls I was all lit up I guessed that the roots of  Padoca’s treats, including challah french toast and black and white brownies, extended beyond Sao Paolo.

Indeed, owner Marina Halpern, grew up in a tight knit and vibrant Jewish community in Sao Paolo. When she was 11, she converted to Judaism in order to study for her Bat Mitzvah with her classmates at Hebrew day school. After arriving in NYC, she trained at the French Culinary Institute (now ICC) and cooked at the Dutch and the Mark before heading to London for a stint at a cafe known equally for creative dishes and customer service.

Marina Halpern and  chef/baker Rachel Binder (who baked at Maialino, Tabla and Savoy)  are a dynamic duo, pooling their talents and cultures in this bright spot on the corner of 68th St. and First Ave. Continue reading

Tell Me More: How to Pickle My Veggies

Photo: Liz Rueven

Photo: Liz Rueven

Katy Morris

With farmers’ markets overflowing with a rainbow fiesta of fruits and veggies, it’s a perfect time to consider pickling, an age old method of preserving  summer’s bounty.

Pickling is uncomplicated, time efficient and will nourish you deep into the winter months. And besides, who doesn’t love a crisp, sour pickle?

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