December 15th, 2010

A (Jewish) Christmas Story

It’s no news that I try to eat the foods that are freshest as the seasons change, and in New York City, eating seasonally makes for delicious treats to look forward to throughout the year: tomatoes in summer, ramps in spring, and squash of all kinds when the leaves start to turn crimson in fall. […]

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 […]

I may be a chef and a foodie, but one of my favorite meals has always been bread and butter. Though I was not a finicky child, on those nights that our family ate “grown up food” I would be allowed, assuming I’d at least tried my meal and finished enough of the vegetables, to […]

January 8th, 2010

Naughty or Nice?

Uncle Tony is not my real uncle. He’s my cousins’ great uncle, but we celebrate Christmas Eve together as one big not quite Italian-American family every year in his brother’s (my cousins’ grandfather’s) basement. Phew, got that? It’s quite a mouthful. Tony’s pushing 90, but by all appearances he is a classic bull, or better […]

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