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The 5 Most Popular Thanksgiving Recipes ever on Chewing the Fat

The 5 Most Popular Thanksgiving Recipes ever on Chewing the Fat

         Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday bar none.  Everybody in the country celebrates it from the Kashmiri Cab Driver to the Trinidadian Nurse to the Canadian immigrant.  It’s the most American of all holidays, even if Canada has something called “Action de Grace” or Canadian […]

A New Discovery for Thanksgiving

A New Discovery for Thanksgiving

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Seasoning so beloved, Overseas they try to make their own! Quite honestly, I’d never heard of Bell’s Seasoning. It’s a 150-year old recipe that’s been the backbone of many a New England Thanksgiving ever since it was invented by one […]

Upstate Scalloped Potatoes

Upstate Scalloped Potatoes

The New York Times started a Page 3 that I start every day in New York with. It’s a treasure trove of factoids from articles in that day’s paper, a summary of what news mattered most the day before, a tiny little brainteaser of a […]

Exploring an Island by Exploring its Food: Curaçao and Bonaire

Exploring an Island by Exploring its Food: Curaçao and Bonaire

It comes as no surprise that a cruise line like Celebrity Cruises which places such emphasis on the quality and  excellence of its culinary offerings would include Culinary Explorations in its shore excursions.  These extra-cost forays at its ports of call are selective. When Celebrity […]

My Travels:  What it’s really like on a Cruise Ship with 2849 other passengers and me

My Travels: What it’s really like on a Cruise Ship with 2849 other passengers and me

On Monday, I sailed from the World’s largest cruise ship port, Miami, aboard a 121,878 ton Cruise Ship.  Large? Hardly.  It is dwarfed by 40 other ships as the Cruise World expands, regularly building ships over twice this size. Launched just 8 years ago, it […]

How about some Zha Jiang Mian for dinner tonight?  Well then, how about some Black Bean Noodles with Pork and Mushrooms?

How about some Zha Jiang Mian for dinner tonight? Well then, how about some Black Bean Noodles with Pork and Mushrooms?

Andrew’s sister Lauren and I like to share “Comments” made by cooks about other people’s recipes.   Our particular favorites are when someone spends not one minute following the original recipe but instead enters their own little world and creates a dish that has absolutely nothing […]

Today’s Post requires No Cooking…it’s all about creating a stunning table in tune with the season

Today’s Post requires No Cooking…it’s all about creating a stunning table in tune with the season

Michael and Jim of The Bridgehampton Florist are two of our best buddies.  They are also two of the most wildly talented individuals you could ever meet.   And just one of the things they do that sets them apart are tablesettings that are just out […]

Winter Steak Salad

Winter Steak Salad

I’m not going to deny it.  I love beef. But times, as they say, have changed.  I try to go meatless more.  But there’s this primal desire for Beef.  I wondered how I could put a healthy spin on a Steak dinner and voilà, I […]

“This Chocolate Chip Cookie Ruins Every Other Cookie Recipe”– “Sugarman” Martinez in Bon Appetit Magazine: Brown Butter and Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

“This Chocolate Chip Cookie Ruins Every Other Cookie Recipe”– “Sugarman” Martinez in Bon Appetit Magazine: Brown Butter and Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

     I confess to being a pushover when someone suggests that a recipe ‘beats all others’.  This may all be laid at the feet of Tyler Florence, whose 2006 “Tyler’s Ultimate” (Clarkson Potter) really did contain a phenomenal number of recipes that I go back […]

Crispy Pork Chops with Fennel, Red Onion and Apple

Crispy Pork Chops with Fennel, Red Onion and Apple

I love “Milanese”, which is basically what this recipe is.  Veal Milanese is its much more expensive cousin.  In Argentina, where it’s wildly popular, it’s called simply “Milanesa” and it’s made with Beef.  In neighboring Chile it’s called Escalopa.  In Mexico, it’s back to being […]

Chicken Pot Pie in a Puff Pastry Crust

Chicken Pot Pie in a Puff Pastry Crust

Starting this blog off with an entirely new design involved a lot of trips down Memory Lane.  It was a very long and complex project just to get the old posts transferred over.  Each and every one of them had to be reviewed and the […]

Diana Kennedy’s Shrimp in Chipotle Sauce or Camarones Enchipotlados From Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street

Diana Kennedy’s Shrimp in Chipotle Sauce or Camarones Enchipotlados From Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street

Whenever I see a recipe for Shrimp, I am always drawn to it. Shrimp brings back childhood memories of my earliest restaurant experiences.  It felt so very grown up to be served what looked like an Ice Cream Sundae glass where giant shrimp clung to […]

Orecchiette with Sausage and Green Vegetables

Orecchiette with Sausage and Green Vegetables

I sometimes think I should have called Chewing The Fat “Chewing the Pasta”.  I have such fondness for pasta that I make it on a weekly basis.  I am well aware of how many people eschew its carbohydrates. Sorry, they’re missing one of life’s great […]

These wonderful biscuits may bring back the Cheese Tray for Dessert

These wonderful biscuits may bring back the Cheese Tray for Dessert

Cheese for Dessert?   The Europeans have served it for years.  Along with some fresh or preserved fruits, or a dessert wine, any fine cheese can be turned into a dessert course. And any cheese course can be greatly enhanced with a discovery we made at […]