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

All Recipes, Holidays | December 12, 2017 | By

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Christmas is my favorite time of year.

The house is carefully decorated from floor to ceiling with cheerful displays of celebration…

The crisp and cold weather is finally here and the fireplaces are roaring….

The days are short and the nights are long, so the wine keeps pouring…

Generosity and love are spoken about and acted upon….

As I put together the ultimate foodie wishlist so feast your eyes upon…

The Ultimate Foodie Wishlist:  NY Style!

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Happy Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Muffins.

All Recipes, Baking, Holidays | November 14, 2017 | By

Thanksgiving.

A home filled with amazing aromas, family, friends and food.

A holiday to be thankful for so many things, to give thanks to others and to relax…but not for the cook, unless you play your cards right.

As a foodie, I do love Thanksgiving, but not for the main course. The big bird.

God knows that I can get creative in planning, prepping and preparing the perfect poultry, (say that three times fast), but for me my true passion is in the appetizers and sides.

The turkey is and will always be the center of attention and it will always be the big boss and the star of the show, but do not forget that there are many players that need to come together to make a perfect performance.

Enter the perfect muffin.

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The Ultimate Pub Style Beer and Cheese Dip.

All Recipes, Gastropub | November 1, 2017 | By

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Let me be perfectly upfront with you.

This is going to be one of the best things that you have ever tasted in your life.

I know this sounds a little over the top for a simple “dip”…but trust me, it’s so much more than just a dip.

Imagine being in the middle of a tornado, ok?

Now, imagine that tornado being made of cheese sauce..but not your average cheese sauce, but, The Ultimate Cheese Sauce.

Confident? Yes

Drunk? NO!!!!

Well, there is beer in it and there are 6 bottles to a 6 pack and the recipe does call for beer so as I was perfecting the recipe I had to regulate the amount of alcohol vs cheese ratio numerous times and by default…

Let’s just say I had to call a cab to get me home from the test kitchen but the good thing is…

I created your new favorite food item.

Your go to party dip..

The Sunday football invite guarantee.

It’s warm, sweet, tangy and seriously delicious.

Give it a try and let me know how you like it.

 

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The Ultimate Pub Style Beer and Cheese Dip
Serves 4
The most delicious dip that you will ever have.
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 Tbsp salted butter
  2. 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  3. 3/4 cup whole milk
  4. 1/2 cup beer (use a quality lager. Not Budweiser)
  5. 1 tbsp tabasco sauce
  6. 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  7. 1/2 tsp onion powder
  8. 1/4 tsp cayenne
  9. 1/4 tsp. salt
  10. 1/4 tsp chopped parsley (for garnish)
Instructions
  1. In a large sauce pan over medium heat, slowly melt the better.
  2. Once the butter is melted, whisk in the flour until smooth.
  3. Remove pan from the stove and whisk in 1/3 of the milk until it's smooth.
  4. Then whisk in another 1/3 of the milk slowly.
  5. Now add in the remainder of the milk and continue to whisk until it's smooth.
  6. Stir in the beer, tabasco, dijon, onion powder, cayenne and salt.
  7. Bring the pan back to a medium heat and stir until the sauce is smooth and thick.( 2 min)
  8. take off heat.
  9. Whisk in cheese a little at a time and make sure it is melting nicely before adding more cheese.
Notes
  1. The reason why I break the milk amounts into thirds is to make sure that the sauce is smooth and all bits of flour are dissolved.
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