Mario Batali’s Mint Love Letters

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  If you are ever in New York City, I highly recommend Babbo.  It’s an Italian restaurant from celebrity chef Mario Batali.  It’s amazing.  I say Mario is a “celebrity chef” but he is the real deal and is by far my favorite chef. His approach to Italian food that used to be featured in [...]

Getting Familiar with The Post Punk Kitchen’s Veganomicon

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Last Christmas I asked for some new cookbooks to add to my bookshelf.  With the change to making vegetarian/vegan 4 times each week, I thought some updated cookbooks in my meat-focused cookbook collection would be welcome. One book that kept coming up is Veganomicon many reviews felt it is the essential vegan cookbook on the mark [...]

Vegetable Potpie

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I now have to favorite must go places while in New York City. The first is Mario Batali’s Babbos. The second must stop is Candle Cafe, a vegan restaurant that is well-known in vegan and vegetarian circles. My wife asked me what I wanted for Christmas and one of the top cookbooks was The Candle [...]

Two-Pea Pasta with Ricotta and Tarragon (and future tweaks)

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I will occasionally get an email from my wife requesting quote – You should make this – end quote. Well last week I received another email (in fact two) and finally got around to making a pasta dish from Martha Stewart’s website. It’s a good thing I didn’t get this particular recipe sent to me [...]

Vegetable Korma

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If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a vegetarian/vegan kick lately. My wife Stephanie decided to give it an extra boost for my birthday by getting me “Appetite for Reduction” by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. It’s a brilliant book. Here is one of the recipes from the book. It’s called 2nd Avenue Vegetable [...]

Jamaican Chicken Curry

I can hardly believe it’s been two months since my last post. It must be a busy summer. Fortunately, this week I decided to catch-up on some cooking magazine reading and ventured into Martha’s Food magazine that has an excellent stew recipe in its May 2009 issue. The following recipe has some “kick, but just [...]

Truffled Gnocchi with Peas and Chanterelles

“Truffled” is used loosely in this case. There are no truffles at all in this recipe, Chanterelles in fact, but I couldn’t find them and went with a mixed gourmet mushroom package from Papa Joes grocery. It turned out fantastic, even without the better mushroom choice; though, I’m still looking forward to trying it with [...]