I truly believe that everyone can cook, but I often forget that everyone doesn’t. It’s my theory that if you know how to cook one thing, you can cook almost anything. I’m sticking to it. Just try and push me off my soap-box. Spices and spice mixes are an easy seg-way to making food taste great. If you have a good spice mix, you can turn to it for a multitude of simple “no brainer” recipes and come out […]
Every time I hear the word “beans,” I giggle. I’m like a five year old with that word. My mother, my aunt Rozzie and my cousin Dana and I went to The Pritikin institute in Venice, California when I was in my 20s.They were super big on beans and raw veggies, and I am pretty sure the whole laughter thing started then. Dana hated it so much—feeling like she was in an institution (which she was), so she escaped after […]
I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been through the experience of eating her (or his) feelingsor perhaps the opposite; starving them.
As children, we celebrate wins with ice cream and soothe cuts and bruises with cupcakes and hot cocoa. It makes perfect sense that as adults we would comfort our discomfort with chocolate or soothe relationship woes with peanut butter cookies (gluten-free, of course).
I first had the pleasure of meeting Katy Sparks when I was looking for a stage, just out of cooking school. Katy’s restaurant Quilty’s in Soho was well known for seasonal American cooking – enhancing the natural flavors of the freshest ingredients available at the moment. That was a quote from our mutual friend Steven Hall, and this was 1998, the year I walked in her door. So one could never refer to Katy as trendy, and it was no surprise that she was named best new chef in Food and Wine that year.
A very charming Criminal Defense Attorney introduced me to a curious little restaurant that I’ve grown devoted to, called Metro. It’s in a random Miami neighborhood – an unassuming venue hidden behind a long row of shrubbery, attached to a car wash called Karma, on a strip of Biscayne Boulevard in a section of Miami called Mimo. The CDA, chose Metro because it is fully organic, sustainable, green and they even compost. We liked this guy already (not to mention […]
Living in Miami sometimes is like living in a third world country. It has nothing to do with the language, or the fact that my Spanish is a bit rusty. The shops on Lincoln Road in South Beach are very modern – there’s a Nespresso and a Pottery Barn, two Starbucks, a pole dancing studio and two salsa studios. It’s more the attitude. In India it was easily detectable in the head waggle. You kind of knew that whatever it was you were requesting may or […]
Tea and coffee are easy ways to engage and embrace a foreign culture. I’ve always found that when invited for one or the other, I’m able to snatch a vivid glimpse into what’s more than just a caffeine fix. For example, in India, being offered a short cup of sweet-spicy-milky tea in the late afternoon, with the sun belting down and the temperature well over 90, made me begin to understand how spices and hot drinks can be medicinal and […]
I admit it. I am an enabler. Entertaining gives me enormous joy, and cooking for large groups of loved ones gives me immense pleasure. Or even small groups, or even for just one. Cooking is a moving meditation for me – a temporal art I can loose myself in. It’s much the same feeling I get from my yoga practice. Recipe re-creation takes the thrill up to an entirely new level. It’s the challenge of taking one’s favorite recipe and […]