Jul 16 2010

Watermelon Salad & Balsamic Sherry Vinaigrette

DSC 0051 200x200 Watermelon Salad & Balsamic Sherry Vinaigrette

A mèlange of refreshing fruity flavors with a tart vinaigrette makes this the perfect summer salad! A few weeks ago I joined my friend for an alfresco lunch at the Coffee Shop - yes, it's called exactly that and it is in fact a coffee shop meets after hours bar. Imagine a Denny's but hip, trendy ...


Mar 5 2010

Oeufs En Cocotte…On Quack

DSC 0324 2 200x200 Oeufs En Cocotte...On Quack

While most women get hot and heavy over French designer labels such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton or Christian Lacroix, my heart skips a beat for a different kind of haute couture. Frankly, I'm quite appalled that it wasn't seen on the designer runways last month. While the glitzy NYC Fashion Week has ended, our favorite designer ...


Feb 2 2010

Jour des Crêpes!

DSC 0021 2 200x200 Jour des Crêpes!

The second day of February is a religious holiday the French call la Chandeleur - a feast to commemorate the purification of the Virgin Mary. There are several traditions surrounding this holiday so sit back, eat a crêpe and soak in a little more culture. La Chandeleur, known as Candlemas in America (don't worry, I've never heard ...


Feb 1 2010

Buttermilk Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes & Lemon Curd

DSC 0004 21 200x200 Buttermilk Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes & Lemon Curd

Better late than never. This past Friday was in fact, National Blueberry Pancake Day according to Bon Appétit magazine. Apparently my biological foodie clock is almost in sync because I already had plans to make this for our Sunday brunch. Once upon a time when I still lived in California, one of my most beloved restaurants ...


Jan 27 2010

THE Bloody Mary

DSC 0090 2 200x200 THE Bloody Mary

Tomatoes. To-MAH-toes. As long as it comes with a bit of vodka and plenty of kick. I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I've never had tomato juice unless it's on the rocks with some type of libation and a spoonful of horseradish. Judge all you want, but when you're having your scrambled eggs and coffee, I'll ...


Jan 4 2010

Eggs Benedict on Quack

DSC 0018 2 200x200 Eggs Benedict on Quack

Bonne année et bonne santé! It's been a hectic month with all the baking, gift-wrapping, train rides and weekends away from home. Our apartment is in dire need of a disaster relief task force to finally get things back in tip top shape. But first, I need to divulge our recent addiction to quack. It all ...


Dec 17 2009

Pumpkin Spice Muffin w/ Gingersnap Crumble

DSC 0150 200x200 Pumpkin Spice Muffin w/ Gingersnap Crumble

As they say in France, "jamais deux sans trois" - never two without three. So I present to you the third of my recent crumble obsession. I wanted one last chance to jump on the pumpkin bandwagon before the holidays were over. And this is such an easy recipe. Trust me. Since my last pumpkin-gingersnap duo ...


Dec 14 2009

Cranberry Muffins w/ Hazelnut Crumble & Orange Butter

DSC 0131 2 200x200 Cranberry Muffins w/ Hazelnut Crumble & Orange Butter

I woke up Saturday morning with a sudden epiphany. I still had a package of leftover dried cranberries that was the forgotten love child from my curry chicken salad recipe. It was time to put an end to its misery from the back corner of our pantry. Hitting the snooze button on our alarm clock 5 ...


Dec 10 2009

Prosciutto Egg Cups & Wild Mushrooms

DSC 0068 200x200 Prosciutto Egg Cups & Wild Mushrooms

An entire meal that was invented for  people who like to sleep in on a weekend. A meal that says "Sure! Go ahead and have a few cocktails with your eggs and bacon!". The one meal where you won't be considered an alcoholic for boozing it up before noon. So what's not to love about ...


Nov 30 2009

Pain Perdu – The Perfection of French Toast

DSC 0031 21 200x200 Pain Perdu   The Perfection of French ToastDSC 0031 21 200x200 Pain Perdu   The Perfection of French Toast

I love dessert for breakfast! Exactly a year ago during our brunch at Craftbar in Manhattan, we encountered the epitome of perfection that will benchmark all the future french toasts to come. Determined to recreate this recipe at home, I took on the challenge. Bring it on, Tom Colicchio…