Creamy Broccoli & Parsnip Soup

Buddy doesn’t like cream of broccoli soup.  You would think after being together for almost 15 years, I would know that!  Since I had never made cream of broccoli soup before, it just never came up.  Well, for weeks and weeks during the winter we were getting parsnips in our produce bag from Basis Foods. Continue reading “Creamy Broccoli & Parsnip Soup”

Home Cured Bacon Makes the Best BLTs

Bacon, oh delicious bacon.  There is no other food I can think of that inspires people to the same degree of epicurean lust.  In one Jim Gaffigan standup routine, he spends a good two and a half minutes extolling the joys of eating bacon in its many forms.   One waiter at work shared withContinue reading “Home Cured Bacon Makes the Best BLTs”

Char Siu & Chinese Broccoli with Budding Chives

I have a confession to make.  Despite my Asian heritage, I don’t know much about cooking Asian food.  Sure, I know how to stir-fry and know how to use the more common Asian ingredients, but Mom’s home cooking was nothing like restaurant food.  After years of cooking for myself, then going to culinary school, IContinue reading “Char Siu & Chinese Broccoli with Budding Chives”

Torta Salata (Italian Vegetable Torte)

This is one of my favorite almost vegetarian recipes.  It’s really simple, and is a great way to make a hearty meal out of couple pounds of vegetables.  Almost any firm vegetable will work, as long as it is not too wet.  I usually use zucchini, which I salt to draw out the moisture, thenContinue reading “Torta Salata (Italian Vegetable Torte)”

Christmas in New England

It’s been said that when you live somewhere long enough, it becomes a part of you. Sure, maybe it’s been four years since I returned to New York. Sure, maybe I live only five minutes from the suburb where I grew up. But after leaving New York at eighteen, I spent the better part ofContinue reading “Christmas in New England”