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Cheat Days and Oven-Baked French Fries

My stepson asked me if I ever had cheat days. He asked this as we were indulging in his and my favorite, perfect, summer meal: A leafy green salad with goat cheese and shredded veggies, French fries with Dijon mustard, and a glass of crisp rosé. (He is 22 BTW, I just so you know that I am not contributing to the delinquency of a minor) I asked him what he would consider “cheat days” – and what that would […]

The best grilled vegetables

I have a theory that if you grill something, it will taste better. Even the worst cook can grill and have culinary success. Case in point, my mother—a brilliant sandwich maker and grill master, but cook? Sorry, Mom. So, how to grill vegetables so they turn out just right every time? Well, no one is perfect, but I have found a way of making the best grilled vegetables and it produces flawless results—most of the time. Thanks to the grill […]

Hampton Guys and artichokes

There is something about a real Hampton Guy, especially in cold months that I find very sexy and very comforting. They eer on the nerdy side in their crew neck sweaters, not-so-warn jeans and very practical shoes that most likely cost more than they care to admit. I met my dear friend Eric, avid foodie, when I was back in Manhattan a few weeks ago, and he was sitting at the bar with several of his ‘Hampton” friends. He looked out of place in his crisp white shirt and tie, as he had just come from the office. His friends were all food & wine guys, all very into what they were eating and drinking and I was like a little schoolgirl the biggest grin on my face because I was in heaven (I have a thing for nerdy guys and a bigger thing for food & wine geeks). When they offered me a braised oxtail tartine, they must have seen me flinch, but the offer was so sincere and earnest, I felt almost bad saying no.

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Organic Food, Fennel Salad and Boys

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 […]

Grilled cheese, sort of.

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 […]

Crunchy Iceberg Salad with Cashewed Tomato Dressing

This is my twist on the classic Iceberg Wedge with Thousand Island Dressing. Try the dressing on a sandwich or just as a dip – most find it highly addictive. Ingredients: For the dressing: 5 or 6 sun-dried Tomatoes soaked in Olive Oil 1 large handful of raw Cashews 3 stalks Celery, diced ¼ C Apple Cider Vinegar 1 to 2 C Olive Oil Pinch of crushed red pepper Water to thin For the Salad: 1 Head iceberg Lettuce 1 […]

Shaved Artichoke and Pecorino Tuscano Salad

This is my twist on the classic. I am a goat & sheep Cheese fan so hence the Pecorino instead of the traditional Parmesan. My friend Liz Thorope – the cheese guru behind Murray’s Cheese says that Tuscan Pecorino lets the starring Vegetable shine as opposed to a Pecorino Romano – which can be overwhelming and salty. I like to listen to Liz when it comes to such matters. Ingredients ·    8 baby Artichokes ·    2 large Lemons, juiced + […]