Archive for January, 2009

  While New York seems to be able to reproduce the flavors of cuisines from across the globe with great ease, the one cuisine they have yet to master is Mexican food, or if we’re being PC here, Cali-Mexican food.  Having grown up in Southern California, I can confidently say I’ve had my fair share […]


Fig Jam

28Jan09

  Here’s an idea. Buy a container of dried figs. Slice them up and boil them in water until soft and sticky. Add some sugar, salt, and lemon zest to taste. Pulse it all in a food processor. You just made fig jam! Goes especially great with my morning sourdough toast with whipped cottage cheese. Fig […]


Up until now, my biggest drive for cooking has been to learn new techniques and discover flavor affinities, rather than the quality of my ingredients. There’s a moment of pure satisfaction when you can orchestrate a recipe to build a dish with layers of complexity and depth. I think that’s probably why I tend to […]


I’m definitely a salty person (in life and kitchen). I’m not that girl that raves about cupcakes and chocolate. I rave about potato chips and salty tears. 


I never knew a pastrami sandwich until I went to Katz’s Deli. And when it’s done right, like it is at Katz’s, the answer is no. There’s never too much meat in a classic deli sandwich. The amount of meat is not overwhelming because the beef is not overly processed and salty like so many […]


I didn’t plan to do any cooking while on my 2 1/2 week vacation in LA. My plan was to consume as much Mexican food as I could before I returned to New York. But then, when the fellow (G)nards suggested we get together for a holiday dinner, I couldn’t refuse! And when the theme, […]