Chocolate Sundae Sauce

August 10, 2015 · 1 comment

Recipe I’d nearly forgotten how much I love a chocolate sundae. A few weeks ago, Julia had a school pal over for dinner and a sleep-over, and they requested chocolate  sundaes for dessert.  I didn’t have any chocolate sauce on hand, and the choices at the market were pretty uninspiring, so I decided to make […]

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It’s everywhere just now –piled high in the market, all over restaurant menus and, if you planted it in your vegetable garden, probably literally underfoot.  Yes, it’s the season for zucchini –that abundant summer vegetable that just might be too much of a good thing. Here’s my favorite zucchini recipe: not a sauté, salad or […]


City Picnic

July 13, 2015 · 2 comments

This post is sponsored by Noble Vines Wine. There are things I don’t like about picnics: insects, damp ground, heat, paper plates, and the need to pack up and lug all that food and wine to a remote location –where there probably will be many of the other things I don’t like about picnics. But […]


Potato salad is a picnic staple, and the classic American potato salad –with mayonnaise, egg, celery, pickles and such– is great anytime of the year.  In summer, though, I like to take advantage of the season’s fresh herbs and vegetables to make a lighter, fresher-tasting potato salad with pesto and green beans.  This pesto contains […]


Lobster rolls are a summer tradition on the Eastern Seaboard of the US.  Here’s my version of the classic, enlivened with the fresh flavors of jalapeño chile and lime, which I think complement the rich lobster meat beautifully.  If you can’t find lobster at a reasonable price, this dish is also great with crab or […]


Patatas Bravas

June 15, 2015 · 3 comments

David, Julia and I are regulars at Tia Pol and El Quinto Pino, our favorite tapas places in Chelsea, and David’s favorite dish is always patatas bravas, or fried potatoes dappled with a spicy chile sauce and allioli (the Catalan version of aioli or garlic mayonnaise).  (I usually get a second order so there are […]


It’s hot and sticky in the City already, so it’s time to think about refreshing drinks.  Here’s a list of favorites I’ve collected from the site for the long hot summer ahead.  Do you have any favorites to share? The Watercooler The flavors of watermelon and fresh lime (with just a little hit of jalapeño) […]

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Memorial Day weekend is almost here!  (That snuck up on me.)  It’s time to finish (or start and finish) the Spring cleaning, clean the barbecue, and dig out the swimsuits.  And, of course, stock your bar for the warmer months ahead. I enjoy a full bar, but if I had to choose just three bottles […]

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Cilantro Gimlet

April 26, 2015 · 0 comments

It’s finally, haltingly warm(er) and sunny(er) in New York.  And we’re celebrating spring with a fresh, green cocktail that’s one of my favorites.  Here’s the recipe, photographed at my friend (and Julia’s godmother) Marta’s lovely place in San Francisco. And I was on cocktail duty.  It has been warm in San Francisco, and so I […]


I think Gougéres –or cheese puffs to us Anglophones– are my favorite cocktail snack.  There’s really nothing better with a glass of Champagne.  But they’re best eaten warm from the oven, and ordinarily the last thing I need as I’m pulling together dinner is a last-minute baking project.  Fortunately, almost all of the (pretty manageable) […]

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