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Author: Monte Mathews

The Best Baked Potato?  Try Our English Jacket Potatoes!

The Best Baked Potato? Try Our English Jacket Potatoes!

Astonishingly, Baked Potatoes are trending in the heat of Summer. Almost every day, I check to see what’s hot on Chewing The Fat.  This week, I discovered that the most popular recipe on the entire site was “The Perfect Baked Potato”. With 4160 pageviews just…

Watermelon Gazpacho: The Perfect Hot Weather Cooler

Watermelon Gazpacho: The Perfect Hot Weather Cooler

Hats off to Tyler Florence for the inspiration for this recipe. I can’t really claim that I followed Tyler’s recipe. But the basics are his.  It can be made entirely without turning on the stove…with one caveat*.  Everything goes into the blender in easy steps…

Chorizo Breakfast Tacos with Potato Hash and Fried Eggs

Chorizo Breakfast Tacos with Potato Hash and Fried Eggs

Breakfast for Dinner or Just Breakfast, you choose. This wonderful dish is a fantastic take on a Chorizo hash, in which the fresh sausage is paired with onions, garlic, and potatoes. There’s a hint of pickled onion, a tablespoon or so of cheese and the…

Cocktail Cookies from Dorie Greenspan: Goat Cheese & Chives and Tarragon Apricot

Cocktail Cookies from Dorie Greenspan: Goat Cheese & Chives and Tarragon Apricot

America’s Cookie Goddess creates the perfect nibbles for Cocktail Hour Dorie Greenspan must be considered the Goddess of Cookies.  The baking guru claims to have woken, more than once, in the middle of the night to bake a cookie she dreamed about. At least that’s…

Rao’s Remarkable Meatballs: A Recipe for Helping the Poor and the Vulnerable.

Rao’s Remarkable Meatballs: A Recipe for Helping the Poor and the Vulnerable.

Rao’s, the Iconic Italian Restaurant in East Harlem, is Working To Keep New York’s Partnership Schools Open and Thriving. Fifteen years ago, Frank Pellegrino Sr. of Rao’s Restaurant helped save a nearby small elementary school in Harlem – Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary – from the brink…

Fish Chowder from Sam Sifton in The New York Times

Fish Chowder from Sam Sifton in The New York Times

A No Recipe Recipe yields a Chowder so good, I had to share the recipe I made with it. Once a week, Sam Sifton of the New York Times publishes what he calls a “No Recipe Recipe”. There is no set of ingredients or steps…

Melissa Clark’s Rhubarb Custard Bars

Melissa Clark’s Rhubarb Custard Bars

It’s Melissa Clark Week!  Here’s her phenomenal gift to Rhubarb lovers everywhere. What Melissa Clark did for Asparagus earlier this week is now bookended by another seasonal favorite. It’s rhubarb which made its first appearance at our Organic Farm Stand, Serene Green, this week.  Andrew…

Melissa Clark’s Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Tarragon Tart

Melissa Clark’s Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Tarragon Tart

The time is right to make this terrific recipe right now. This is a fantastic tart. And it’s right of the moment because it works best with Spring’s earliest and thin-stalk Asparagus. We used both Green and Red Asparagus in ours.  And then there’s the…

Armchair Travelers: Take a look at the most luxurious ship ever to sail the Galapagos. Read the astonishing story of shipbuilding during a Pandemic.

Armchair Travelers: Take a look at the most luxurious ship ever to sail the Galapagos. Read the astonishing story of shipbuilding during a Pandemic.

Above: Silver Origin as she will look in the Galapagos. Rendering Courtesy Silversea. Silversea’s Silver Origin Is Launched, Defying All Odds. Prominently displayed at a recent Webinar hosted by Barbara Muckermann, Chief Marketing Officer of Silversea Cruises, were the words of Charles Darwin: “It is…

Guilty Pleasures:  Philly Cheesesteaks

Guilty Pleasures: Philly Cheesesteaks

I’m not going to lie to you: This is not health food but oh my, is it good. We all have them: foods that are somehow irresistible—even if their ingredients are sometimes questionable like the “Cheese” in Cheesesteaks or the quality of the beef that’s…