Summer Polenta Tart

Sometimes the universe aligns itself and sends me a clear message about what to make for dinner. That happened in the last couple of days. This week when I popped up to Hilltop Hanover Farm to get my CSA I noticed they had a new batch of  Wild Hive Farm polenta on the table. Their…

Exploring Cardoons

The day before my CSA pick up we get an email from the farm listing the selections of the week. This is my third year getting a farm share from Hilltop Hanover Farm and I am always happy to report that every year they try a couple of new heirloom vegetables, which is so darn…

Farmer’s Market Charoset

Spring is here, finally. Easter and Passover are around the corner and the weather is trying ever so much to warm up.  It’s actually pleasant to walk around a farmers market without the cold wind pushing you along.   This week on my stroll through the Union Square Green Market the first table that caught my…

Revisiting Irish Soda Bread

It seems my food writing has taken a back seat to cooking these days.  There never seems to be enough hours in the week to get it all done.  Busy is always better, so I am not complaining!  This week I decided to play around with a couple of Irish soda bread recipes.  As with…

Exploring Winter Squash

There is a chill in the air as October rolls to an end.  I am feeling somewhat wistful with 55 days until winter.  In the meantime our  farmers markets are thankfully bursting with colorful vegetables, though most are now of the root variety. Carrots, beets, turnips and radishes in all shapes, sizes and colors line…

The Love Hate Relationship with Beets

As I sit here typing I am am amazed that it’s already September.  How did the time zip by so fast?  I had all good intentions for the summer of working on my web site, blog and files.  Generally speaking I tend to slow down over the summer. Many of my clients go away leaving…

Easy Salad Dressings for Father’s Day

I’ve been terribly neglectful of my blog. Apologies for all that follow me. My writing sometimes takes a back seat to catering, and that has certainly been busy for me. I’m back this week with some fun ideas to kick off the summer months and and easy dinner for Father’s Day, or any day of…

Chicken Soup From Scratch with Ramps

Somedays I find myself with a little extra time on my hands. As was the case yesterday. After an excellent spin class I headed to Whole Foods with the initial intention of finding something to make for dinner, but then got inspired to update my homemade chicken noodle soup. I make a version of this…

What’s For Dinner?

Coming off an eight day stretch one would think my creative juices would be completely juiced out. But this is the first week of the month and I want to continue this series called “What’s For Dinner?” The idea, as I mentioned previously, is to hopefully inspire you to make a quick and delicious dinner,…

Celebrating Spring and Getting My Irish On

Many wonderful things happen in March: The weather finally breaks and Spring arrives, the clocks “spring” ahead, my orchid blooms and a fun Irish holiday is celebrated. For the past few years I have sought advice from my three Irish friends, Alan, Brona and Derval, on recipes and lore of Ireland. A few years ago…

What’s For Dinner? ,..

What’s for dinner? I ask myself that question frequently. You would think coming from a chef it would be easy. Not really. I spend the first part of my week cooking for other people. Mainly cooking them dinner meals. When I get to Wednesday it’s pretty much time for take-out. Facing my own stove at…

Not Your Mother’s Lima Bean Soup

This morning a very serious, and somewhat threatening, message came through on the local Patch page: Wind Chill Watch, Temperatures will drop dangerously fast in Westchester. That ominous headline highlights probably the worst part of the year for me. The month of February: cold, dreary and lifeless. The world around me is in black and…