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Breakfast or Dessert? The Mighty Ricotta Pancake

I’m not much of a “sweets” person and have thankfully never craved sugary flour (I typically take a pass on the cake and donuts). But on New Year’s Day, I decided to be decadently creative with our leftover ricotta cheese … Continue reading

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Eureka!: The Other 8 Magic Ingredients with Long Shelf Lives

Don’t you hate when you open the refrigerator or kitchen cabinet to find only condiments, a piece of moldy cheese, and a half-consumed bag of chips? No longer is there a reason to go hungry at home, simply because you’re … Continue reading

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8 Magic Ingredients: Refrigerator Staples with the Longest Shelf Lives

Doesn’t it always seem like the cupboard is bare? You can drop $200 at Whole Foods and turn around 4 days later to find nothing with which to create a full meal. Well, let me share a little secret with … Continue reading

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The Simple Pleasures: Old-Fashioned Ginger Ale, Prepared at Home

The way I imagine the ginger ale of long-ago is as a carbonated beverage of subtlety and purity….a natural, lightly spicy drink of understated refreshment that need not be extreme to be interesting. Somewhere along the line, as with so … Continue reading

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The Recipe That Saved Thanksgiving: Last-Minute Biscuits

It’s down to the wire for all of us who are hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year. If you’ve been down this road before, you know the factors that can lead to last-minute cooking mishaps (something gets burned or otherwise ruined … Continue reading

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Fading Fast: Last Call at the Autumn Green Market!

The signs of winter’s approach are inevitable: Trees are turning bare, it’s dark in the middle of the afternoon, and I can see my breath when I walk in the morning. But unfolding more slowly than autumn is the transition … Continue reading

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The “Real” Dirty Dozen: When it Pays to Buy Organic

At last month’s WAC wine event, which examined today’s organic wine paradigm, I discovered something I would never have predicted about our 20 participants: When asked how many of them were familiar with the “Dirty Dozen” in regard to fruits … Continue reading

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Wine Myth-Conceptions, Part Three: Keeping an Open Mind

Spending over a decade working as a retail wine shop manager, I was exposed to a vast sea of different wines, being fortunate enough to have tasted upwards of 20,000 of ‘em! Yet, before I even reached my 100th sip, … Continue reading

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The Zen of Quick: My Asian Soup Recipe

Like all New Yorkers, I have a list of my favorite ramen houses tucked neatly into my brain, for when I feel the need to devour a healthful, majestic bowl of noodles on the run. In some of the finer … Continue reading

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Fresh Tomato “Sauce”, Reinterpreted For Late Summer

When I think pasta sauce, I also think seasonal. Even a tomato sauce can be reinterpreted for late summer recipes, when the days are still sizzlin’ and we crave refreshing over rich. I take advantage of peak tomato season each … Continue reading

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