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Category: Lunch Dishes

Crab Louie

Crab Louie

            While I was making this terrifically easy salad, I winced.  It was so ladies-who-lunch, I half expected to have to put on a large hat to eat it.  But it was beautiful to look at and so perfect for right […]

Daniel Boulud’s Crab-and-Corn Custard and Corn Salad with Yellow-Tomato Vinaigrette

Chef Daniel Boulud Here’s to the ladies who lunch!  Between sips of Rosé, they eat delicately practicing both self and portion control.  Take this wonderful take on a late summer riff on farm-stand flavors: Sweet corn, ripe tomatoes and fresh basil are combined with fresh […]

The Daily Meal has just published my latest article and recipe….Enjoy this trip to the South of France!

Salade Niçoise is Not What You Might Think It Is Get your facts straight regarding salade niçoise, direct from the source Aug 9, 2016 | 10:01 am By Monte Mathews Staff Writer We have the scoop on how a Salade Niçoise should really be made. […]

Pollo Tonnato, a Hamptons Italian Dish straight from Ireland.

  There’s a very famous Take-Out store in the Hamptons called “Loaves and Fishes” that turns out superb food for the rich.  I say this because, first, the place is in a village out here with the highest median house price in the entire country: […]

Wild Mushroom, Cheese and Sausage Tart

         I have sung the praises of The East End Mushroom Company more than once.  I have the greatest affection for Jane Maguire and John Quigley who have put heart and soul into their company.  They now offer shiitake, maitake and blue oyster mushrooms grown […]

In Search of the Ultimate Tuna Melt (and Bread and Butter Pickles to go with it)

           Consider the Tuna Melt, that diner staple that combines tuna salad, a slice of bread and a heated layer of cheddar cheese.  I myself have consumed dozens and dozens of the open-faced sandwiches in a quest to find the perfect […]

Steakhouse Salad with Red Chili Dressing and Peanuts adapted from Claire Saffitz in Bon Appetit Magazine

Claire Saffitz The bones of this great recipe are from a Bon Appetit writer named Claire Saffitz.  Ms Saffitz has an intriguing background.  She is a graduate of both Harvard and McGill Universities.  At both places she studied History but by the time she got […]

Galette of Late Summer Vegetables with (or without) Cheddar Cheese Ice Cream

         Melissa Clark is one of my all-time favorite recipe makers. I look forward to her weekly columns in the Times one of which is called “A Good Appetite”.   I sometimes think it also be called “Playing with Your Food” because Melissa […]

Roasted Shrimp Salad with Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes and Avocado

        Last Sunday, we gave a pool party for our god-daughter.  It’s an annual event to celebrate her birthday for the four of us who are called “The Uncles”.  Andrew and I and Terry and Shawn have watched Olivia grow up and we’ve been there […]

Martha Stewart’s Cornmeal Berry Sheet Cake

 There’s a twitter feed called “Drunk Ina Garten” written by someone as a parody.  And every time I post an Ina Garten piece, the guy who tweets it picks up on it in about five minutes flat, re-tweets it and I get tons of hits […]

Paola’s Carnegie Hill Restaurant NYC and a recipe for Pasta con Asparagi (Pasta with Asparagus)

Paola’s Restaurant  1295 Madison Avenue at 92nd St. NYC Tel: (212) 794-1890 Reservations and Information: www.paolasrestaurant.com Paola’s Pici con Asparagi          Not too long ago, I was early for a lecture in Carnegie Hill, a family-friendly East Side Manhattan neighborhood known to tourists by […]

Savory Roasted Tomato Tarte Tatin

         I recently came across a very detailed recipe for a tomato Tarte Tatin in August’s Bon Appetit.  Now I used to make Tarte Tatins at every opportunity.  They were hard to beat: You put butter and sugar into a cast iron pan and it […]

Mushroom and Pepper Jack Tart with Long Island Mushrooms

          Long Island Mushroom company is the brainchild of two Rhode Island natives who grew up in the same town, became High School Sweethearts, parted ways and re-kindled their romance thirty-two years later.  Jane Maguire and John Quigley are their names and […]

Farmers’ Market Salad with Buttermilk-Chive Dressing from "flour, too" by Joanne Chang

Our Farmers’ Markets are brimming with more and more produce every week.  The carrots and beans, tomatoes and radishes are in and the Red Bliss potatoes are still baby-sized and beautiful.  So you can imagine my delight at opening Joanne Chang’s latest cookbook, “flour,too” (Chronicle […]