Food Lover’s Gift Guide 2018

It’s gift-giving season and I’ve compiled some tasty gifts for your favorite food and wine lover in this handy 2018 food lover’s gift guide. From monthly food subscriptions to must-have ingredients to wine (oh yes, bring on the wine) and some booze, too, there is something for everyone on your list. That is if they

Trattoria Italienne, where Northern Italian meets Southern France

At Trattoria Italienne in NYC’s Flatiron, Northern Italian meets Southern France with standout dishes like Venetian-style spaghetti with head-on shrimp and fluffy gnocchi with bacon and gorgonzola.

Spiced Hot Toddy

Honey + Whiskey + Spices = A spiced hot toddy to sooth your senses in fall and winter Now that fall is in full swing in the Northeast–and winter is approaching–warm, comforting drinks are in order. Which is why I am suggesting you try this spiced hot toddy recipe made with The Famous Grouse Whiskey from

Vatan Restaurant {Indian Vegetarian}

Vatan Restaurant—An Escape in the City You’ll feel like you’ve escaped New York and arrived in India, specifically the state of Gujarat, when you walk into Vatan Restaurant, with its painted walls, enchanting booths, statue of Ganesh, and the overall ambience of this dramatic-looking restaurant. The vegetarian menu is “all you can eat” and there

Brown Sugar Brioche Bread Pudding

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How to make a dreamy brioche bread pudding If you’re looking for a cozy, satisfying, old-fashioned dessert, bread pudding checks off all of those boxes. And when it’s made with fluffy brioche (I used the brioche swirls with chocolate chips from European company St. Pierre), a pinch of cardamom, and a dash of bourbon, then

Swedish Visiting Cake Bars by Dorie Greenspan {Cookies for Kids’ Cancer}

Host a Bake Sale to Help Fund Cookies for Kids’ Cancer When my daughter Sabrina was born 10 1/2 years ago, I lived in NYC’s Chinatown and was a member of a parenting group named Bowery Babes, which is how I found out about local mom Gretchen Witt and her son Liam, who very sadly

A Lobster Roll Recipe with a Twist

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A lobster roll recipe, this one with a twist Summer is winding down, which means I’m trying to savor all of my favorite summer foods like corn, tomatoes, berries, and of course lobster rolls. Always happy (and eager) to try new versions of classics, I was excited to learn that Chef Tim Labonte of BlueFin

Vietnamese Noodles with Shrimp

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I love the combination of fresh lime juice, garlic, jalapeño peppers, along with a dash of fish sauce, plus mint and crushed peanuts. It all adds up to a tangy sauce to coat y rendition of Vietnamese noodles. While Vietnamese sauces like this one used to feel complicated to me, they’re actually quite easy to

Irish Poitin Recipe: Frozen Lemonade

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Have you ever tried Irish Poitin? Poitin, pronounced put-cheen, is a modern-day moonshine that you can mix and swirl with other ingredients for a refreshing, yet oh-so-potent, cocktail. Moonshine, said to predate whiskey, was originally made in a small pot, probably in someone’s kitchen (illegally) and the Gaelic word for pot is poitin, hence the

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