Fresh Pasta Mozzarella

Access to fresh pasta has rekindled a preference for it when possible. It is different, lighter and a bit stickier which makes sauces adhere better. It cooks much faster 2-3 minutes. No. I won’t go as far as to make it from scratch. In a non-stick fry pan, heat a little olive oil. Add hot…

Radicchio Anchovy Braise

Best side dish I’ve made in a while. Serves 2. In a non-stick fry pan, heat oil from jar of Sicilian anchovies. Add wedges of a fresh radicchio and brown. Add 6-7 of the Sicilian anchovy fillets from the jar, minced. Pour in 1/2 cup chicken broth, bring to boil. Cover and simmer for 8 minutes….

Sunday Heirlooms

Farmers Market today and every Sunday on 77th – 81st and Columbus Avenue. Late summer heirloom treasures.  

Cucumber Tomato Salad

Serves 4 as a side salad. Into a large bowl add~ 6 peeled sliced pickle cukes 1 small sliced red onion Generous amounts of: dried oregano cracked black pepper fresh basil leaves chiffonade Sprinkle celery salt to taste. Add 1/2 cup red wine vinegar. Toss. Taste. Add more vinegar as desired. Toss. Chill until ready…

Watermelon-Goat Cheese Salad

Watermelon. So refreshing in hottest humidity of summer. Recently at Nougatine restaurant had the most sinfully simple salad. Cubes of seedless watermelon with dollops of whipped goat cheese. Drizzle with virgin olive oil and finish with cracked white pepper. Superb. Jean-Georges prefers white to black pepper in most things.   Note: Don’t look up whipped goat cheese…

Watermelon Laced Gazpacho

It’s that time of year again. Chilled sipping soups. Watermelon and cucumbers balance the acid for this twist on a classic. Serves 4. 6-8 pickle cukes, peeled and coarsely chopped 6 ripe garden tomatoes, peeled, cored, de-seeded 2 bell peppers, de-seeded, chopped 1 small jalapeño pepper, de-seeded, chopped 1 small red onion, chopped 3 cloves…

Hadley Grass 2016

Last year for Hadley Grass. Sweet out of the fertile Connecticut River Valley earth. Asparagus. From Hadley, Massachusetts. Finally here! There is nothing like it. Will they have it at UWS Farmer’s Market? We’ll find out next year. Steam it until tender but still crunchy. Quick cold water bath. Pat dry. Add Oregano. Ground black…

October Veg Terrine

Serves 4 as a side dish. Cut 2 large eggplants into 1/4″ lengthwise slices. Place in one layer on a colander. Sprinkle kosher salt liberally over both sides. Place a bowl on top and put 2 full cans of something to weight down the bowl so eggplant slices will release bitterness and moisture. Thanks for…

Zucchini Rollatini

Serves 4 as a side dish. Slice 2 zucchini squashes lenghwise, into thin flat strips. Dip each slice in milk, then panko crumbs. Sauté each slice in a large fry pan with a little olive oil until golden brown on each side. Set aside and place slices on paper towels. Put 1 leaf fresh basil,…

Delicious 4th!

Red White & Blue Dessert Fresh strawberries, sliced with fresh blueberries in small bowls. Melt Herrell’s malted vanilla ice cream and pour over the berries. Or. Berries over homemade shortcake with fresh whipped cream. Grilled Corn in Husks Fresh corn on the cob as soon as it hits the stand. \ Peel back the husks and…

Quick Slaw

Quick side dish for 2. Shred a quarter green cabbage into a small bowl. Add: 1/8 cup whole grain Maille mustard 1/4 cup plain yogurt or mayonnaise cracked black pepper to taste celery salt to taste snipped garlic chives to taste 1/4 cup red wine vinegar Toss and refrigerate.

Cucumber Yogurt Chill

Peel and slice 4-5 small pickle cukes into a medium sized bowl. Add 1/2 red onion, finely minced. Season with celery salt, cracked black pepper, dill weed, to taste. Toss with 1 cup plain yogurt, a little red wine vinegar. Refrigerate.   Side Hill Farm yogurt from Western Massachusetts is great.