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Get Dippy for New Year’s Eve

Get Dippy for New Year’s Eve

Just a quick post of two recipes, both from foodnetwork.com, that I had good luck with as part of my Christmas Eve cheese tray. I was trying to throw some lower-fat options into the mix, although I still had plenty of decadent cheeses, including a surprise hit, Trader Joe’s Unexpected Cheddar. Like cheddar with a Parmesan … Continue reading

Holiday Wishes for Peace in the New Year

Wherever you are and whatever you do, I wish you the happiest of holidays and all the best in the new year. Be nice – to yourself and to others. A little compassion in this world would go a long way. Peace.

Best Bites November-Mistral, Estia & more

Best Bites November-Mistral, Estia & more

I had an eventful November, including a very nice Thanksgiving dinner with family at the new Seasons 52 at MarketFair. My “official” review of this new hotspot comes out in a few weeks, I’ve been three times now (counting an early media dinner), and have yet to be disappointed. Others apparently agree, the place was packed … Continue reading

Set another place at the table

I love the way some food banks send out little place cards (often with children’s artwork) to solicit donations around Thanksgiving. The idea is that your donation will help bring Thanksgiving to families that might not be able to afford it otherwise, thereby setting another place at the table. Several years ago, knowing I had far … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Pre-Game and The Suppers Programs

Thanksgiving Pre-Game and The Suppers Programs

There are things you can do ahead of time to prepare for Thanksgiving and other holiday dinners (besides make reservations at a restaurant!). Some of these things involve the food itself – scroll down for a make-ahead gravy recipe and give thanks if you don’t have to wrestle with that  task on turkey day. But another … Continue reading

A Rosh Hashanah Recipe

Meeting someone just once can leave an indelible impression. Such was the case when Joan Nathan appeared at Wegmans in Nassau Park in 2000. I interviewed her by phone before her appearance for an article, and then sat in on her appearance. She was gracious and friendly, and to this day I avidly read her … Continue reading

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival

Watch out – here come the mooncakes! People give the traditional gift of mooncakes to celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. They are often jokingly referred to as Chinese fruitcakes, because most people either don’t eat them, or just have an obligatory taste. Plus there have been numerous stories about adulterated ingredients and recycled fillings over … Continue reading

Father’s Day

Many restaurants are open on Father’s Day; here’s some special information I’ve received from a few local independent restaurateurs – Be sure to make reservations. elements: Brunch: 11am-3pm (3 course menu, $69/person adults, $39 for children 14 and under) / Dinner: 5-10pm (4 course tasting menu, $89/person adults, $49 for children 14 and under) Tre Piani – Open on … Continue reading

Mothers Day

Mothers Day

Here is information I’ve received from area restaurants about Mother’s Day – wherever you plan to go, be sure to make a reservation well ahead! Brothers Moon offers prix fixe brunch and a la carte dinner. Their menus are packed with your favorite spring foods. Elements will serve prix fixe brunch and a 4-course tasting … Continue reading