How To Make Homemade Fresh Mozzarella Cheese at Home.

All Recipes | May 2, 2018 | By

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 Mozzarella.

I don’t think I know of a single living soul that doesn’t LOVE mozzarella.

Think about it…

Have you ever heard someone say..“Yeah, gimmie a slice and hold the cheese.” ????

NO!  You haven’t! I can almost guarantee it.

In fact, I hit the streets to ask what New Yorkers favorite pizza toppings are and guess what the answers were?

Extra Cheese…..BAAM!

I also asked people what are their favorite cheese’s and the 1st responses were always..yup, you guessed it.

Mozzarella.

And finally, I asked..”What is the best cheese to eat when you have tomatoes and basil or want to cut it into sticks and fry it?

The answer. You know it baby…Mozzarella again.

( Thanks for answering my questions, Mom and Dad)

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Oysters and Cocktail Sauce. Shellfish Season is Upon Us!

All Recipes | April 9, 2018 | By

I loooovvveee fresh oysters.
The variety, the different flavors, the history.
The only thing I don’t love about them are shucking them.

Oysters are like women.

(Angry women unfriending my Facebook page in 3..2..1)

They are sensual,beautiful, and totally worth the effort.
They are unique, stand out in a crowd and are desired by many.
They also may be difficult and unforgiving at times.

And yup, You may walk away with a few scars at the end of the day..but still it’s worth it.

Shucking an oyster is something that must practiced with care. It’s takes time to be a pro, so don’t rush it….or that beautiful, significant other will be rushing you to the ER, because you rushed that shucking knife into the palm of your hand. Or will she…. :)

Now shuck on!

The Perfect Cocktail Sauce.
The best cocktail sauce ever.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 (36 ounce) bottle ketchup. The good stuff.
  2. 3 tablespoons Peter Luger steak sauce (or other high quality sauce)
  3. 4 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  4. 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  5. 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed organic lemon juice
  6. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  7. 1/4 tsp black pepper ( freshly cracked)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients, cover and refrigerate for, ideally, an hour before serving so that all of the flavors and mix perfectly together.
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Penne ala Vodka. The Comfort Food Superstar.

Dinner | March 21, 2018 | By

 

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Penne ala Vodka.

Delicious. How can you go wrong? 

Booze….. Cheese…Butter…

Come on people…this is comfort food calling you.

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Happy National Meatball Day!

Uncategorized | March 9, 2018 | By

 

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It must be getting cooler out because I’m actually cooking inside the house and giving the charcoal and propane a much needed rest..for now.

For decades, Italian grandmother’s have been arguing with other grandmother’s or “Nonna’s” about their recipe for sauce and meatballs being the best.

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Classic Bruschetta.

All Recipes | February 21, 2018 | By

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Bruschetta.

One of the many simple pleasures coming out of this Irish guy’s kitchen…but in my kitchen we call it…

Bru’sketta, just like Giada.

Ok, I never talk like that, but it sounds more fancy than saying tomatoes and bread, right?

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Classic Hot Toddy.

Cocktails, Uncategorized | January 11, 2018 | By

January 11th is National Hot Toddy Day!

What does this mean for you?

You have a legit excuse to go out and have a drink!  That’s a good enough reason for me!

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The job of the Hot Toddy is to warm you up and cure what ails you.

Scratchy throat? Yup, Hot Toddy.

Can’t sleep?  Yup, Hot Toddy.

Fever?  Yup, Hot Toddy.

Need to chill out? Yup, Yup, Hot Toddy.

Now do you get it?
I have fond memories of being a kid with a fever and having my mom make me one of these every time.
I guess they worked because the only thing I ever remember was waking up the next morning feeling pretty darn good and now being an adult who really loves Irish whiskey.

Hey Mom, thanks for the drinking problem.

Anyway, drink responsibly and enjoy a hot toddy by the fire, with a loved one on the couch or ask for one at your favorite pub.

Happy National Hot Toddy Day!

 

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Classic Hot Toddy
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Ingredients
  1. 1-Enough boiling water to fill a mug.
  2. 2- 3 Cloves.
  3. 3- Lemon Twist.
  4. 4- 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar.
  5. 5- 2 ounces of Irish Whisky or Bourbon.
  6. 6- 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice.
Instructions
  1. Choose a clear mug (if possible) and fill it with boiling water. (to heat the mug)
  2. Put the cloves into the lemon and place it aside.
  3. Empty the mug and fill about halfway with fresh boiling water.
  4. Add the sugar and stir it to dissolve.
  5. Add the clove filled lemon twist and stir some more.
  6. Add the whiskey, lemon juice and stir some more.
Notes
  1. DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE.
  2. ** Add some honey if you have a sore throat.** Perfect!
Adapted from from an old recipe
Adapted from from an old recipe
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The Perfect Winter Treat: Baked Brie en Croûte with Sliced Apples and Raspberry Jam.

All Recipes, Baking, Holidays | December 27, 2017 | By

 

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Winter is finally here in New York.

I went outside this morning about 6 am and it was 11 degrees. When it’s 11 degrees it feels like 3 degrees, so I ran back into the house for the warmth of my coffee cup and laptop and to think about hot food and delicious treats.

Right now is prime baking season, so I’m joining the cool kids and turning up the freak switch to high.

Ok, I’m not that outrageous and there is no freak switch…just my oven that ..um..I’m turning up to high.

Enough with my failed attempts of culinary comedy and trying to fit in with the Millennials.

 On with the show.

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Day 4: Coffee. A New York Foodie’s Christmas Wish List. (AKA, The 12 Days Leading up to a Foodie’s Christmas)

All Recipes, Holidays | December 19, 2017 | By

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Happy Wednesday December 20th everyone!

Whether you are in need of a pick me up after a long day of chasing the kids around or you need a little go-go juice after work, this nectar of the city will do the trick.

New Yorker’s aren’t naturally energetic. We are naturally beautiful and naturally awesome, but the false sense of energy and excitement…

Yeah…that’s all coffee.

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Day 3: Bagels. A New York Foodie’s Christmas Wish List. (AKA, The 12 Days Leading up to a Foodie’s Christmas)

Holidays, Uncategorized | December 18, 2017 | By

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Happy Monday December 18th everyone!

 

New Yorker’s are always on the go.

Even when we are relaxed with no particular place to go, we are in a rush.

One of the most portable foods and one of the most deliciously simple noshes are NYC bagels.

For me, there are 2 choices. Plain or everything.

All or none.

I like being a minimalist and I like being extravagant with my food, it all depends upon my mood.

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Day 2: A New York Foodie’s Christmas Wish List. (AKA, The 12 Days Leading up to a Foodie’s Christmas)

All Recipes, Holidays | December 14, 2017 | By

Happy Friday Dec 13th everyone!

I hope you are enjoying this crazy holiday season and are not making yourself crazy trying to get too much done in a short period of time.

Whether you’ve been to NYC or not, you know about the foods that NYC is synonymous for.

Pickles, Pretzels, Knish, Hot Dogs and the list goes on.

If you like food, and I assume you do, you NEED to get this book.

Arthur Schwartz is the foremost authority on NYC food.

When I hear the words NY Foodie I always think of Arthur, second.

I think of myself first, of course.

If you want to make someone happy this holiday season…give them this book.

If you want to make yourself REALLY happy this holiday season, but a copy for yourself.

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