Today marks both the first official day of summer and my first antibiotic-free day in three weeks! Late spring in New York means piles of fresh produce, bustling farmers’ markets, gardens in bloom, and…tissues. While half of the city has been battling allergies in one of the worst seasons in memory, I’ve been stuck with […]

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 […]

December 3rd, 2009

The Skinny

At least once a week I’m asked, “How do you stay so skinny?” When you look at Mario Batali, Paula Dean or Nigella Lawson, they look like chefs. You believe them as honest to goodness food people. You can tell they eat, and that they love eating. But when I tell people I’m a chef, […]

July 28th, 2009

In The Buff

I’m in The Buff. No, I’m not naked. That photo is meant only as a ploy to get you reading about processed food. The truth is, I’m spending the week with my Mamma and celebrating my cousin Frankie’s high school graduation in my hometown of Buffalo, New York. Affectionately donned, “B-lo” or “Buff” when I’m […]

Michelle Obama to the rescue. It may be premature to grant her superhero status just yet, but this first lady has done more for food in her “first 100 days” than other administrations have done in the last 100 years. By planting a green garden on the white house lawn and opening her kitchen to […]

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