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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Where to find the Best Lobster Roll in the whole country, the best Baked Goods in New York City and how to get there for Free!

        
Earlier this spring, Andrew and I set off on one of our city adventures.  We headed to Red Hook, Brooklyn, known to be a hipster haven and now, sadly, likely better known for having been flooded out by Hurricane Sandy.  The place took a terrible beating. It is only a few feet above sea level and 14 feet of water from Sandy’s storm surge inundated the neighborhood. Five feet of water closed the huge Fairway Market for 4 months.  The store sits directly on the water at the end of the main drag, Van Brunt Street.  Since the market anchors the whole neighborhood, this closing was hard on everyone. But at a cost of $10,000,000, the store was up and running on March 1st.  And it should be noted that since the storm’s arrival October 29th, Fairway kept Red Hook employees on the payroll, shuttling them to other Fairway stores to keep them on the job.  Here’s to you, Fairway!  There were plenty of reasons for Andrew and I to want to support the neighborhood on our jaunt there on a sunny, if cold, April Day.  For one, we wanted to try what Bon Appetit called “The Best Lobster Roll in the Country” and we wanted to make a pilgrimage to “Baked”, the café and bakery home to two of our favorite bakers, Renato Poliafito and Matt Lewis. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Marcella Hazan's Pasta with Abruzzi-Style Lamb Sauce




           
Marcella Hazan just celebrated her 89th Birthday.  As a salute to this great lady, a Facebook friend of mine who has taken the time to answer many Italian food questions for me, I wanted to celebrate too. Fortunately, March 2013’s Food and Wine Magazine saluted its own 35th Anniversary with “The Legends”, a collection of recipes from “the extraordinary, epoch-defining cooks” who’ve been their contributors for the past 35 years.  Julia Child, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jacques Pepin, Paula Wolfert and Marcella herself all came to life on their pages.  It must have been quite a task to decide what went in and what didn’t, especially since Ms. Hazan has had 27 recipes published in Food and Wine.  The Editors settled on just 3 recipes, all from “Marcella Cucina” (Alfred A. Knopf 1997).  I settled on Pasta with Abruzzi-Style Lamb Sauce.  But don’t think I won’t be back with “Fish in Crazy Water" sometime soon.