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Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Perfect (Birthday) Party Cake adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s “Baking: From My Home to Yours”



         I was quite surprised to see that my Facebook Birthday reminders numbered 10 for this week.  It was by far the highest number I’d seen in a while and I wondered what on earth had caused this minor baby boom.  So I did some math.  It was then I discovered that if you’re born around this time, you were a twinkle in your parent’s eyes right around Christmas.  Apparently they seized upon the season to be jolly and you’re the living proof.  And to prove my point, according to Facebook, there another 16 September birthdays still to celebrate.  So I thought it might be fun to send you all a virtual birthday cake, something Andrew baked a little while ago that’s simply terrific.  With any luck, someone will take it upon himself or herself to bake you the real thing first chance they get.  This cake is truly worthy of any kind of celebration. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Steak Hache, an homage to Joe Allen’s Chopped Steak




       Our favorite restaurants often share one thing in common.  We go there without ever having to look at the menu.  We know the moment we walk in the door what we are going to order.  There’s the linguine  with clam sauce at West Bank Cafe (407 W. 42nd St., New York, NY 10036 at Ninth AvenueTel: 212 695 6909).  The steak frites at Bistro Cassis (225 Columbus Ave, New York, NY, 10023 Tel: 212 579 3966).  And at Joe Allen (326 West 46th St. New York, NY Tel: 212 581 6464), we inevitably order the Chopped Steak.  This delicious charred-on-the-outside, rare-on-the-inside piece of great American beef is one of my favorite dishes on earth.  And it isn’t even on the menu.