Being a female chef in this city used to be a lonely existence. As with many cities, New York was underrepresented when it came to women wielding knives in professional kitchens, and those whose names were known were few and far between (and often worked in pastry). These days, things are looking much brighter for […]

November 24th, 2010

Pumpkin & Electric Trifles (both)

There are many things that get a FOOD Maven excited; finding a new imported cheese, revamping an old recipe, discovering the latest autumnal delectables to hit the farmers’ market, just to name a few. There is also a certain holiday that gets not only my foodie brain swinging into high gear, but my foodie mouth […]

November 17th, 2010

Chicken Soup for the Soul

I’ve been known to use my prowess in the kitchen to fix any number of ailments: from sweet beets that have helped to mend my broken heart to hourglass pears that have eased my melancholy about summer’s descent into fall, I find cooking and eating to be as accomplished at soothing my worries as it […]

November 10th, 2010

Bacon, Paired

Bacon’s smoky, salty kiss has long been liberated from the confines of the breakfast table and has made its way into everything from hearty stews to gooey chocolate chip cookies. Like salt, bacon is also a flavor enhancer that lends a unique earthiness to everything it touches. Okay, let’s be honest – everything it touches. […]

November 4th, 2010

To Eat or Not To Eat(aly)

I’m drawn to all things Italian, and not just in the kitchen. But when news broke that Mario Batali was opening an Italian mecca for tutto Italiano, I was hesitant. Why did I doubt the master? I guess I was worried that Eataly would be like every other consumer haven in the city, just another […]

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