As a relatively inexperienced baker, I tend to gravitate towards uncomplicated recipes like clafoutis and bread puddings: just mix up the ingredients, pour it all into a baking dish and turn on the oven. So I was pleased to find this recipe for Deep-Dish Blueberry Pie in the August 1980 issue of Gourmet, namely because it didn't call for parchment paper and pie weights. I was doubly pleased when the recipe resulted in some of the best blueberry pie I've ever had.Read More
I have fond memories of a family vacation to southern Spain some ten years ago, particularly of Seville. It was springtime, and the city was perfumed with orange blossoms; during a sudden gust of wind, little oranges would come loose from the trees and rain down on the terraces. This recipe, taken from the October 1993 issue's "Cooking with Cinnamon" feature, incorporates the succulent flavors of oranges and raisins, while the Sherry in the sauce gives it an unmistakably Spanish flair.Read More
Two of my favorite things happen in April: spring flowers and the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Anyone who knows me knows how much I adore the New York Rangers ice hockey team. More specifically, they know how much I love the Ranger’s Swedish goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist.
The Rangers are fighting their way through Round One of the playoffs, and their erratic playing -- swinging from brilliant to horrible in a 24 hr span -- has called for drinks to both celebrate and sulk with.Read More
Did I just resuscitate Monthly Gourmet? Taken from the "Cooking with Beer" feature in the October 1993 issue, this aromatic cake arrives just in time for St. Patrick's Day.Read More
When I moved to Chicago, I knew it had a reputation for great restaurants and innovative food, and so I wasn’t expecting to miss NYC dining as much as I do. While the Chicago restaurant scene does many things really well, it’s almost impossible to find authentic (and good) ethnic foods outside of a few far-flung neighborhoods. In Queens, I could literally walk from the best tacos in the entire city to incredible Indian and Thai places. Here, there is nothing within walking distance from my apartment, or even a short train ride, that compares to those restaurants.
One afternoon last week, after months of eating mostly meat-heavy dishes and pasta and other cold-weather foods, I desperately wanted Thai curry. I thought about the coconut curries from my old neighborhood: creamy, spicy, and tangy with fresh limes. Is there a better way to stave off the winter blues?Read More
Bordeaux. Hearing the name aloud, it sounds exactly like what it is: stately, elegant, and a little mysterious. Last Tuesday, after a month of training, I journeyed deep into the heart of Bordeaux without leaving the U.S. I participated in a wine tasting competition held at the French Consulate in NYC, known as the Left Bank Bordeaux Challenge. The competition featured 11 teams of MBA students from the top U.S. programs, and tested their knowledge of Bordeaux and its wines.Read More