Mussels Meuniere

Mussels Meuniere: One Man’s Staple is another Man’s Fad

A while back, I attended a business dinner at a trendy New York City restaurant. One of my colleagues was a middle-aged publishing executive with an ivy League education and ...

Flammekueche

Flammekueche (Onion and Bacon Tart) – Twenty Years of Planning for 20 Minutes of Prep

This dish turned out to be a pleasant surprise. The recipe was unbelievably easy to prepare. The final result was much more sophisticated and refined than I had imagined. I ...

Faux Risotto with Broccoli, Cheddar, and Bacon

Faux Risotto: Don’t Stir The Pot

I vaguely remember discovering this technique about ten or fifteen years ago in the dining section of the New York Times. I believe it can be attributed to Gray Kunz, ...

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Delicious Orchards

Delicious Orchards: The Exotic Bazaar In My Own Backyard

Delicious Orchards (or “The D-O” for short), is a food lover’s paradise located in Colt’s Neck, New Jersey. It began as family farm back in the early twentieth century. The business expanded over the years but remained predominantly an agricultural enterprise. In the late 1950’s, an entrepreneurial member of the family began to sell apples […]

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Tomato and Avocado Salad 1

Avocado and Tomato Salad with Lemon-Thyme Vinaigrette: Summer on a Plate

This dish is a light and refreshing summer salad that is very easy to prepare. A lemon-thyme vinaigrette accentuates the creaminess of the avocado and the sweetness of the tomatoes. A variety of different proteins can be added to turn it from a first course into a main meal. My favorites are canned tuna, lump […]

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Fluke Francaise

Fluke Francaise: A Fisherman’s Secret is Not Always the Bait

Fluke fishing season opened in New Jersey last month.  Hordes of recreational fisherman from sandy hook to Cape May have begun dragging bait and lures across the sandy ocean bottom with hopes of catching their limit of these popular game fish. Fluke are a member of the flounder family. They are a tasty, bottom-dwelling fish […]

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Osso Bucco 2

Osso Buco with Gorgonzola Polenta: Rely on the Braise To Earn Kitchen Praise

Have you ever cooked a meal for a large group of people and became overwhelmed by trying to do too many things at once? It happens to me all the time. Professional chefs are taught the secrets to preparing large quantities of food in a timely and efficient manner.  Like the vast majority of amateur […]

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Cooking Fish Heads

Seafood Marinara? Janine Knew Something Was Fishy…

I was milling about the seafood section of our local grocery store the other day trying to decide what to make for dinner. Nothing in the display case inspired me.  I eventually noticed the fish monger behind the counter. He was busy filleting a bunch of red snapper on a small work station. “Can I […]

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Seafood Pilaf - Paella 1

Seafood With Saffron Rice: Paella’s a Party, Pilaf’s a Bust.

I used to call this dish paella until my interpretation of it was questioned by a certain wisenheimer friend of ours. We invited him and a bunch of other people over for a paella party a while back. The evening started off just fine. Everybody was drinking wine and snacking on an assortment of tapas we […]

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Boneless Chicken with Sausage Pecan Stuffing: Nothing Complicated?

I told Janine I wasn’t going to cook anything complicated this weekend. Maybe just something quick and easy or maybe we would go out for dinner. Either way, I figured we would just take it easy. It was one of those cold and wet February days where all you want to do is hibernate. After […]

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How To Bone Chicken 17

How To: Bone Poultry for Stuffing

Note: This technique can be used on most poultry including turkey, chicken, duck, pheasant, and game hens.  Begin by cutting off the tail bone at the point where it joins the body of the bird. Cut off both wing tips at the joint. Remove the wish bone by first spreading the loose skin by the […]

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Chicken  and Tomatillo Sauce 2

Chicken and Tomatillo Sauce: A Mexican Recipe For Times of Maximum Density

A while back my weight was pushing maximum density.  I first noticed my pants were tight when I buttoned them. Then my prominent paunch began to resemble Buddha’s belly. It was time to drop some pounds. Portion control was the first order of business. I had to learn to push myself away from the table. […]

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Homemade Ravioli: A Group Effort

My earliest food memory recalls making homemade ravioli with my family as a child. It was typical of Sunday dinner in our household. Everything was made from scratch and everybody pitched in. The task was labor intensive but far more rewarding than buying frozen ravioli from a store. It was an event that brought the […]

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