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Recession Specials 4b — Monday

Radish, tomato and red onion “bruschetta” Click here for a closeup shot. Radishes and red cippolini onions were roasted in a 350 F oven for 30 minutes, then combined with […]

Recession Specials 4a — Sunday

Thin spaghetti with caramelized onion, anchovies and herbs Click here for a closeup. Originally I was going to do sort of a tomato carbonara (Sungold tomatoes and chopped prosciutto with […]

Recession Specials 4

This week I’m imposing a special challenge on myself — no shopping until Friday (which is my next payday). It will be an extra difficult cooking challenge because some of […]

Raw Food 2

Click here for a large-size version of this picture. What could be simpler: diced heirloom tomatoes (Japanese pear, Aunt Ruby, Sungold cherry tomatoes), mint, shallot, extra-virgin olive oil, kosher salt, […]

Two Salads

Left: Watermelon radish and Japanese cucumber salad with ginger viniagrette; right: warm arugula, corn and tomato salad

La Cuisine du Marché

With the exception of the shrimp and some pantry staples, every ingredient in tonight’s dinner was bought from local farmers’ markets. Even the white wine vinegar in the salad dressing. […]

Meatballs

Polpetti, served with angel hair pasta, summer vegetables and herbs Outside of Italy, meatballs are most often served with spaghetti, but in Italy, they are presented quite differently. They make […]

Lumps

Ricotta gnocchi with golden beets, summer squash and garlic According to Wikipedia, the word gnocchi means “lumps”, and may derive from nocchio (a knot in the wood), or from nocca […]

Why Vegetables Are Difficult

I’ve come to the conclusion that vegetables are more challenging than animal proteins, especially when it comes to creating interesting combinations. When you go to a high-end restaurant like Gramercy […]

Midsummer Bounty

Some pix from this morning at Union Square Greenmarket. Some of what you see in this post will appear in meals throughout this week’s menu. Strawberries — Simple is best […]

Squid and Strawberries

Like I said, caption titles are hard. There are days when I wonder, what am I going to call this post? I can only do so many things with ‘Dinner’ […]

Recession Specials 3

Spinach fettucine with caramelized onion, anchovy and wild arugula This dish is a little plain Jane. Onions are slowly fried in a mixture of salted butter and extra-virgin olive oil […]

When Thin is In

Minestra di capelli d’angelo, asparagi e spinaci — Angel hair, asparagus and spinach soup Angel hair pasta is a long, thin noodle with a round shape. It is also known […]

Gnocchi 3

When I started this blog three years ago, I didn’t know what I wanted to blog about. I thought a combination of politics, poetry, LGBT, writing and food would be […]

Memorial Dinner

Caption titles are hard. 🙂 No complicated cooking after this weekend’s “adventure”. I had planned on writing something about the evolution of this blog, in conjunction with making polpetti for […]