Showing posts from October 4, 2009

Brussels Sprouts!!!!!!!!

As defined on the all knowing Wikipedia : "The Brussels (or brussels ) sprout ( Brassica oleracea Gemmifera Group) of the Brassicaceae family, is a Cultivar group of wild cabbage cultivated for its small (typically 2.5–4 cm or 1–1.5 in diameter) leafy green buds, which resemble miniature cabbages." I will tell you what I know about them without cheating and looking up facts. 1. They are part of the cruciferous family of vegetables. That includes cabbage, and broccoli. What makes them cruciferous is that their parts cross over each other. Mainly their leaves. Cruciferous vegetables are big anti cancer foods. So EAT THEM!!! 2. They are yummy. That concludes everything I know about Brussels Sprouts... Well not everything. I do know they have gotten a bad rap for a long time. And I am not sure why. I guess like most hated veggies it's because people are used to ill prepared versions of these Innocent Gifts from mother earth. I don't remember ever trying a Brusse

Penne Alt-Fredo

My friend Justin sent this recipe to me and thought that it would be a good one for the blog. It's for a slightly healthier, less fuss, version of Alfredo sauce. Instead of fettucini he has opted for whole wheat penne or rigatoni. Personally I am a big fan of rigatoni. (regular though.. I know whole wheat is better for you, but at this point who cares?! You're dumping cream and cheese all over it. I really don't think the pasta is gonna make a difference!) Here is Justin's recipe. Also I need to mention he has created it for a party of one, complete with music selection and wine pairing! Thanks Justin! Ingredients: 1/2 lb Barilla Whole Wheat Rigatoni or Penne cooked Al Dente (boil for 8 minutes) For the sauce: 1 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese, cubed 1 tbsp unsalted butter 2 oz. grated parmigiano reggiano 2 oz. whole milk or cream 1/4 tsp. garlic powder 1/3 tsp. oregano 1/3 tsp. fresh minced basil 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes a dash of sea salt and fresh ground black pepper

Sun Made Love..

My colleague Kelly and I were talking the other day about this bread, so I had to get some because I loved it so much as a kid. I just ate 2 pieces toasted with a whole mess of butter, and...well... It was REAL good! Go get some right now!! It really doesn't get better than this! Here in NYC it is a cold cloudy morning. It's the perfect day for this with your coffee!! Well, Nespresso if you are like me! :) Sun Maid Raisin Bread with Cinnamon Swirl! It's an oldie but a goodie! (did I just channel Paula Dean?)

de* wine spot

Are you looking for the perfect bottle of wine? Are you living in Williamsburg NY, and need a huge glass of Melbec? Cooking Monk Fish and have no idea what wine would go great with it? I have a really good place for you to check out! My friend Alex took his love and respect for wine, paired it with his love and respect for Brooklyn, and opened the coolest wine shop I have ever been in. It's de* wine spot. About 2 years ago, I was hanging out with my friends Nicole and Aldo. Aldo's brother Alex had just opened a wine shop, so Aldo took us there to check it out. It was well worth the trip out to Brooklyn. The store is small and quaint. What you first realize, is that this place is not over flowing with wine, rather it is well organized, and clearly well thought out. Every wine has been picked out specifically by Alex, to ensure he is selling wine that he knows is great, and not just what a wine distributor told him people would like! Not to mention that the person there to greet

This one is for Hiroko!

Tonight's dinner was made because our good friend Andreas was coming over to hang out with us so we wanted to feed him too! He is a bit more health conscience than us so we wanted to do a meal what was yummy, and also considerate of someone who tries to keep in shape! Not that we don't try to stay in shape.... he's just better at it! :) So.. I brought it back to the meal that I know makes my BFF Hiroko Orkin smile! Chipotle marinated skirt steak, roasted sweet potatoes, and corn/ mango salsa! Low carb, high vitamins, tons of flavor, and lots of spice to get the endorphins dancing! The first time I made this was at my brother's house in NJ. It was a big hit, so when I needed to cook for a special occasion at Hiroko and her husband David's house I knew it was a great choice. She loved it so much she started to make it when her friends were coming over for dinner. Now every time I make it I think of her. She moved to Tokyo in February and I miss her tons! It was also t


If you don't have a Nespresso machine, but you love coffee you need to get one of these... Go.. Go get one right now!! Go go go go!!! You won't believe the amount of money you will save on Starbucks!! And not to mention it is the easiest thing you can do in your kitchen! Seriously check it out!! XOXO P

Chelsea Market

So yesterdays marathon tapas dinner was all made possible by stopping in one building. Yup! The Chelsea Market !. If you live in NYC I would find it had to believe that you have never been there. It is amazing! They have everything there. Wine shops, bakeries, produce markets, a restaurant supply store, the Food Network Studios.. I mean EVERYTHING! It is a huge complex where OREOS used to be made down in the Meatpacking District. If you haven't been yet PLEASE check it out!! The crown jewel of the place is The Lobster Place ! This place has the best seafood on all of the planet earth.. really it's true! Excluding the ocean of course! As soon as you walk in you are slapped in the face with the smell of the ocean. Thats how you know everything is fresh. If it smelled like fish I would run out and never look back! Anything you want is there, even a sushi bar. That's actually what this post is really about! Next time you are in the mood for some sick sushi, but don't have

First go!

Well tonight is my first attempt at cooking dinner and than blogging about it.. It was a fierce tapas party!! Shrimp, squid, ham, and pasta! What's better than that???I have to say it was fun, and my husband and friends seemed to think so too. Now might be a good time to introduce myself... Hi, I'm Paul! My husband is Paul too, so get used to being confused. It doesn't matter anyway because this is about the food! We made a sick dinner tonight! It was a lot of work but anyone could do it. Just need a bit of time, patience, and love of course! If you don't want to put love in all the food you cook then stop cooking... no,seriously.. stop! Here are some pics of our first go! I hope you love it.. It is only gonna get better! Cheers to a good start! Thanks to Paul, Kristen, Anthony, Barry, and Ms. Megan Duffy for the help to get this thing going! To all the people who happen to read this in the beginning.... THANKS!!! Stay tuned to what's about to happen!!


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