Summer’s final sunset may be upon us. Last week marked the first official day of fall, and this week promises so much rain it feels more like spring in Shanghai than autumn in New York. Whatever the weather, there seems to be no getting around the reality that summer (ruefully or rapturously) is over. As […]

September 22nd, 2010

Salt to Taste

I’ve used this blog before to sound off on my views about processed food products, but now I’m coming at ya with an outcry to save one of the great real foods on the planet. My foodie philosophy is pretty straightforward: eat seasonal real foods from local sources, whenever you can find ‘em and afford […]

September 15th, 2010

The Freshman 15? Fugheddaboudit!

The days of late night study sessions and parties overflowing with keg beer and Cheetos are long behind me, though the memories still linger like they happened yesterday. Some of them I’ll cherish forevs, like meeting my Tribe and working at my first few restaurant jobs in the city. Others, like getting out of a […]

September 10th, 2010

Market Report: Shishito Peppers

To honor the passing of summer, last week Erin and her man invited me and Mr. Mixologist to their new apartment for a summer’s sunset double date. As we watched the stars twinkle and the mosquitoes buzz around our “Off” sprayed arms and legs from their wooded, rooftop perch, we munched on one of my […]

September 7th, 2010

Apron Mavens

You can call me “granny” or “old fashioned” when it comes to chivalry, but I’m as fashion-forward about my kitchen gear as they come. And by “gear” I don’t mean knives or gadgets or even chef’s coats…I mean aprons. They may be vintage, flashing florals and adorned with ruffles, bows and lace, but in my […]

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