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Category: Dinner Party Dishes

Valentine’s Day Advice: Make Dessert First.  This Chocolate Soufflé will fit the bill.

Valentine’s Day Advice: Make Dessert First. This Chocolate Soufflé will fit the bill.

If there’s any worst night to go out all year, it is surely Valentine’s Day…although I think New Year’s Eve is a very close second. I was pretty well sure Valentine’s Day was an invention of Hallmark Cards but that’s not at all true.  It’s […]

Parmesan Crusted Rack of Lamb

Of all the things that you can rely on when you want to make dinner special, the rack of Lamb should be high on your list.  It’s astonishingly easy to cook and requires very little effort.  That’s especially true with this method of cooking from […]

The Ultimate Inexpensive Dinner Party Dish: Sheet Pan Lemon Chicken with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Martha Stewart: Sheet Pan Expert For some time I’ve been intrigued by the concept of the Sheet Pan dinner. Basically all the ingredients—protein, vegetables, herbs and spices–are cooked on one large sheet pan.  Martha Stewart seems to be an expert in this regard.  She frequently […]

Rao’s Lemon Chicken My Way, with a hand from Cook’s Illustrated

Rao’s Lemon Chicken My Way, with a hand from Cook’s Illustrated

Rao’s Original, the toughest table in town. One of New York’s most iconic restaurants is almost impossible to get into.  Unless you are a bold-faced name or a local politician or, even better, a family with “connections” to a very specific group of Italian families, […]

Review of Jacques Pépin’s "Heart and Soul in the Kitchen" and his superb recipe for Spinach Stuffed Pork Chops

I am a cookbook enthusiast and reader.  While I may troll the Internet instead of my bookshelves to find a recipe that is in one of the hundreds of cookbooks we own, I still get great pleasure from reading a great cookbook from start to […]

A salute to Anna Pump and her recipe for Grilled Fresh Tuna Steaks with Lemon Sauce

        Something unspeakable happened last week in Bridgehampton.  An extraordinary woman was taken from us as she crossed Main Street in a crosswalk.  A driver, whose license had been suspended, hurtled through town in the dark and struck a local hero. An immensely […]

Ina Garten’s Coquilles St. Jacques from "Make It Ahead"

Ina Garten’s Coquilles St. Jacques from "Make It Ahead"

         I am a huge fan of Ina Garten or as a friend of mine once said “What’s not to like?”  Ina makes great food accessible to even the most amateur cook.  This may be because Ina herself is a completely self-taught home cook.  She […]

Short Rib Pot Pie adapted from Bon Appetit

         Who doesn’t love a great pot pie?  Meat and vegetables and gravy under a blanket of pastry, these pies are American Classics.  But they go back in culinary history considerably longer. In the Roman Empire, the pastry was banquet fare.  Sometimes the crust revealed […]

A Perfect Dinner Party Dish: Shrimp, Chicken and Sausage Gumbo adapted from Bon Appetit

The Pool was tented for the occasion. What makes a dish perfect for a dinner party?  I’d suggest something that keeps the cook out of the kitchen so that he or she can really enjoy their dinner guests’  company as much as possible.  Last weekend, […]

Dinner with Thomas Keller: Marinated Skirt Steak and Asparagus with Tomato Bacon Stew

L. to R. Eric and Adam  One night last week, Andrew, our friend Kathy and I all went to see Eric Rippert, the Chef Extraordinaire at New York’s Le Bernardin. Chef Rippert was appearing at the YMHA as part of the “Conversations with Chevaliers” series.  The […]

Ina Garten’s Lobster Pot Pie and, just for laughs, one woman’s take on it.

                  This is one of Ina Garten’s most beloved recipes.  It dates all the way back to 1999 when it appeared in Ina’s first cookbook “The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook” (Clarkson Potter 1999).  Since I can’t think of  a better time for luxury foods like […]

Chicken Fricassee with Shiitake Mushrooms and a salute to Chef Jason Weiner of Almond Restaurants and Outstanding in the Field.

         Jane, Jason and John About a month ago, my friends, Jane Maguire and John Quigley of Long Island Mushroom Inc., invited me to attend a special event.  It was a dinner held at the EECO Farm in Easthampton.  It was hosted by a group […]

Oven-Roasted Shrimp and Sausage Paella

            The genuine article as seen in Spain Paella is, hands down, the dish most associated with Spain.  Prior to the emergence of tapas on tables everywhere and Ferran Adria’s molecular gastronomy, I’d venture to say, it was the only […]

Lemon and Rosemary Chicken "Pollo Arrosto" adapted from a Saveur recipe by Evan Kleiman of Los Angeles’ Angeli Caffe

This great rustic Italian recipe hails from Los Angeles If you’re looking for a great dinner party Chicken recipe, you can’t do much better than this.  The combination of lemon, garlic and rosemary gives the dish great depth of flavor.  The chicken is crispy on […]