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Comfort Food 4

Monkfish congee 1 cup rice 8 cups water ginger, thinly sliced 1 fillet cod, haddock, monkfish or other firm-fleshed white fish, cut into 1″ medium cubes pinch of salt slivered […]

Omelette au fromage blanc et herbes

Fromage blanc and chive omelette Roasted root vegetables (LaRatte fingerlings, red and white carrots tossed in olive oil and sea salt, then roasted at 375 F for 30 minutes) Sliced […]

Autumn Equinox

Fall equinox was this past Sunday. There’s a nip in the air and a chill in the wind. Autumn vegetable plate Wild mushrooms sauteed in butter, with garlic and herbs; […]

Harvest Season

Some pix from yesterday’s market… Pasta con sugo di pomodoro The sauce is really simple and you can prepare it while the pasta cooks. Heat some olive oil in a […]

A Food Odyssey 3

This was the prayer of Athena– granted in every particular by herself. She passed the beautiful wine cup to Telemakhos, who tipped the wine and prayed as she had done. […]

A Food Odyssey 2

When primal Dawn spread on the eastern sky her fingers of pink light, Odysseus’ true son stood up, drew on his tunic and his mantle, slung on a sword-belt and […]


I had dinner tonight at Katz’s Delicatessen. Katz’s is part of a triumvirate of famous Jewish delicatessens here in New York City, the other two being the Second Avenue Deli […]

A Food Odyssey 1

Straight to the door he came, irked with himself to think a visitor had been kept there waiting, and took her right hand, grasping with his left her tall bronze-bladed […]

Salt of the Earth

Mixed heirloom beans stewed with Canadian bacon and aromatic vegetables You might think it’s strange that a blog with the word “spam” in its title would feature pictures of great […]

When Watermelons Grow Up

Watermelon and feta cheese salad seedless watermelon, cubed feta cheese, crumbled chopped scallions (light green and white part only) red onion or Vidalia onion, thinly sliced 2 teaspoons reserved watermelon […]

August Dinner

Fusilli al sugo crudo heirloom tomatoes, diced pinch of salt cracked black pepper 2 T. extra-virgin olive oil chopped herbs (basil, thyme, marjoram — use whatever you have on hand. […]

Checking In

Breakfast from this morning: French omelette Pan-glazed heirloom tomatoes (tomatoes, unsalted butter, salt) Roasted summer squash and red thumb fingerling potatoes with garlic scapes pesto (summer squash and fingerlings sliced […]

Wannabe Vegetarian

This isn’t the blog of a vegetarian so don’t get any ideas. 😉 That being said, with all the high food prices in NYC I might end up becoming one […]