Patatas Bravas

Monday, June 15, 2015

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 […]

Lavender Gelato

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This is one of my favorite things.  I’ll eat it any time of year, but the distinctive flavor of lavender flowers paired with this light gelato base makes a particularly refreshing treat on a warm summer day like today.  It’s great with summer fruit, but the flavor is good to savor on its own, which is […]

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Saturday, June 6, 2015

We men –and Dads in particular (“Um, I don’t really need anything.”)– aren’t usually very helpful when it comes to choosing gifts for us.   So this year we’re looking to some classic mid-century TV dads for inspiration.

Collected Cocktails: Summer Coolers

Thursday, May 28, 2015

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) […]

Olive Oil Polenta Cake

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Here’s my new favorite cake.  It’s perfect for summer entertaining.  For dinner, you can serve it with fresh fruit or berries or roasted rhubarb and whipped cream.  (That’s my plan for tonight.)  And tomorrow morning, I’m guessing our guests will enjoy a slice with their coffee.  (I know I will.)

Summer Bar Essentials

Monday, May 18, 2015

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 […]

Video: Baking Shortbread

Friday, May 8, 2015

Sometimes the simplest things are the best.  Here’s a short video about baking deliciously buttery shortbread — the quickest, easiest cookie around– and one that lends itself to all sorts of creative variations, like rosemary shortbread or spicy pecan.  With just a few minutes of easy work, even confirmed non-bakers can turn out a delicious […]

Cilantro Gimlet

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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 […]

Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower and Olives

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A few weeks ago we got home from Southampton late on a Sunday evening.  We were hungry, had nothing planned for dinner and found our take-out options uninspiring.  So I went to the fridge and the pantry to make something from what we had on hand –which wasn’t much.  And that late, make-do dinner has […]

Video: Make-ahead Gougéres

Monday, April 13, 2015

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) […]