Monthly Archives: September 2014

Chocolate Hazelnut Pear Tart

And here is yet another example of my favorite type of dessert: one that provides maximum pleasure but requires minimal effort. This beautiful, gluten-free tart will have people thinking you are a highly trained pastry chef while all you really need to … Continue reading

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Middle Eastern Style Braised Carrots

One of the most amazing (and exhausting) experiences of my culinary career was, without a doubt, working at the restaurant Rockpool in Sydney, Australia. I was fresh out of culinary school and ready to soak up anything and everything food … Continue reading

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Sayonara Summer Succotash

There’s a slight melancholy that always hits me at this time of year as we transition into a new season. I’m not sure why, really, because I absolutely love autumn, not to mention winter ski season. But saying good-bye to … Continue reading

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Pear and Prosciutto Salad

Here’s my deep thought for the day: apples are great, but pears are divine. I think they go a long way toward making up for the loss of freshly picked strawberries, blueberries, and peaches, which are exiting the stage at this … Continue reading

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New Mexican Red and Green Chile Stew

This past weekend, the pungent, smoky smell of roasting chiles filled the air in Sleepy Hollow. That’s because a little piece of New Mexico made its way out East. Each September my father-in-law ships us two huge burlap bags filled with New Mexico chiles. And, in … Continue reading

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Duck Breast with Chinese Style Plums

I developed this recipe quite a few weeks ago and then promptly forgot all about it. Forgot about it, that is, until I went to dinner with my brother and sister last night and my brother ordered a delicious-looking crispy … Continue reading

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Sauteed Spaghetti Squash and Collards

Spaghetti squash and collard greens, they’ve always left me a bit cold. The in-your-face flavor of collards is generally too bitter for my taste unless, of course, it’s cooked down Southern-style, with a nice salty ham hock. But then you … Continue reading

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Chocolate Cherry Tomato and Bell Pepper Tart

Tomatoes and peppers and onions oh my! Late summer vegetables are in full swing. But at this point in the summer, I’ve had about 9 million tomato salads and I’m ready to put them to more inventive uses. That means … Continue reading

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Red Potato Nicoise with Seared Scallop

Here’s another dish featuring the spoils of my good friends’ garden. During our visit, my boys learned how to get into the dirt and dig for potatoes, an activity I highly recommend for 8-year old boys, or girls for that matter! … Continue reading

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Tips to Perfectly Seared Sea Scallops

A perfectly seared scallop features a crunchy brown crust and a sweet and creamy middle that is a thing of culinary beauty. But recreating restaurant quality scallops at home can be tricky. I’ve found success following these simple steps. If you’re … Continue reading

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