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Stir-Fried Chicken, Green Peppers and Cilantro with Xian Province flavors Of Cumin and Coriander

Stir-Fried Chicken, Green Peppers and Cilantro with Xian Province flavors Of Cumin and Coriander

Food and Wine’s April 2018 edition was called “The Spring Wine Issue”.  One particular article by the author of “The Flavor Matrix”, James Briscione caught my eye.  Well, actually, what caught my eye was the wok filled with strips of chicken, green peppers and cilantro.  […]

Our 800th Post!  Prosciutto-wrapped Chicken Breasts stuffed with Black Truffle Goat Cheese, with Shiitake Mushrooms in a Marsala Sauce. Whew!

Our 800th Post! Prosciutto-wrapped Chicken Breasts stuffed with Black Truffle Goat Cheese, with Shiitake Mushrooms in a Marsala Sauce. Whew!

Not long ago, I was introduced to Laura Chenel’s new addition to her line of Cabecou Goat Cheese: Black Truffle Cabecou. Here’s the piece I wrote about it for The Daily Meal: “ Laura Chenel’s Rounds out Collection of Cabecou Goat Cheese with Black Truffle […]

Pork Stir Fry with Bok Choy, Red Peppers and Mushrooms

Pork Stir Fry with Bok Choy, Red Peppers and Mushrooms

Did you know it was National Nutrition Month?  Neither did I.  But as I was putting together this recipe, which is my own invention borrowed from several sources, one of my fellow recipe writers informed me.  In a holdover from Michelle Obama’s time in the […]

Scallop Saltimbocca with Golden Delicious Apples

Scallop Saltimbocca with Golden Delicious Apples

When I lived in Rome, Saltimbocca was an introduction to the cuisine of the city itself.   “Saltimbocca alla Romana” featured veal, topped with Prosciutto and Sage in a Marsala and butter sauce.   It was very good and, because of its ingredients, more expensive than most […]

Bangers, Mash and Red Onion Gravy..no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Bangers, Mash and Red Onion Gravy..no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

The Germans make 1200 kinds of sausages from bratwurst to weisswurst. But in New York, you’d swear that there are only two kinds of pork sausages: Hot Italian and Sweet Italian.  The only other pork sausages you can reliably find are breakfast sausages and even […]

Pasta alla Puttanesca with (or without) Shrimp

Pasta alla Puttanesca with (or without) Shrimp

I am making a concerted effort to put some great vegetarian recipes together for all kinds of reasons—health, being eco-friendly and just giving us all more options for terrific meals.  And there’s another great reason to cook this right now.  It’s Lent!  Aside from its […]

Crispy Chicken Cutlets with Cherry Tomato Panzanella

Crispy Chicken Cutlets with Cherry Tomato Panzanella

What I love about this recipe, which is from Bon Appetit Magazine, is that it’s the perfect escape from winter.  The dish looks like it was made in high summer with its cherry tomatoes, pickled red onion and fistful of parsley leaves.  Then there’s the […]

Sam Sifton’s Great South Bay Duck Ragù inspired by Chef Dave Pasternack

Sam Sifton’s Great South Bay Duck Ragù inspired by Chef Dave Pasternack

Sam Sifton is the Food Editor at The New York Times.  If you aren’t a subscriber, you’d be astonished at his weekly output.  Sometimes it feels as if his emails come hourly. Daily he extolls the virtue of various recipes that have appeared in the […]

About that Instant Pot and one recipe for Garlicky Cuban Pulled Pork you should make whether you have one or not…

About that Instant Pot and one recipe for Garlicky Cuban Pulled Pork you should make whether you have one or not…

My mother never met a labor-saving device she didn’t love. And if there were any time-savings to be had, she would be first in line to buy it.  She was especially fond of anything that kept her out of her least favorite room in the […]

Come and join me on a Culinary Adventure aboard Celebrity Cruises’ Equinox. My Daily Meal Article is up at last!

Come and join me on a Culinary Adventure aboard Celebrity Cruises’ Equinox. My Daily Meal Article is up at last!

Culinary Travel: Dining Like a Celebrity Jan 17, 2018 | 11:53 am By Monte Mathews Staff Writer Celebrity cruise line’s reputation for great cuisine is on full display aboard Celebrity Equinox The Galley Tour on Celebrity Cruise’s Equinox was well-attended despite this being a picture-perfect […]

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 […]

Tortellini Soup with Spinach, Onions, Carrots and Fennel and how it ended up on our table.

Tortellini Soup with Spinach, Onions, Carrots and Fennel and how it ended up on our table.

When you live in a food town like New York, you discover places all over the city that are worth a detour anytime you’re close to them.  A recent doctor’s visit put me within two long blocks of the Sullivan Street Bakery.  I am so […]

Perfect For Super Bowl Sunday and “This Is Us”…Monte’s Bourbon Chili

Perfect For Super Bowl Sunday and “This Is Us”…Monte’s Bourbon Chili

If you are a fan of “This Is Us”, the television phenomenon, you may have seen the episode leading up to this week’s Finale after the Super Bowl.  Last week, Jack and Rebecca were all prepared for Super Bowl Sunday.   I don’t know how […]

Roast Chicken on a Weeknight?  Yes!  Melissa Clark’s Smoky Paprika Chicken with Crispy Chickpeas, Roasted Lemon and Baby Spinach

Roast Chicken on a Weeknight? Yes! Melissa Clark’s Smoky Paprika Chicken with Crispy Chickpeas, Roasted Lemon and Baby Spinach

Melissa Clark’s “Dinner. Changing the Game” (Clarkson Potter 2017) arrived just a little late.  The Instant Pot epidemic was fully underway and so this book took a back seat to her “Dinner in an Instant.75 modern recipes for your Pressure Cooker, Multi Cooker Instant Pot” […]