Last week, I had the great pleasure of having Joanna Pruess cook dinner for me. She served beautiful soups direct from her newest book, Soup for Two: Small-Batch Recipes for One, Two or a Few, with photos by Noah Fecks. Joanna is a consummate food and travel expert and knows well the restrictions inherent in shopping at your local supermarket. I love that her recipes take this into consideration and include easy-to-find ingredients (Twenty years ago she wrote Supermarket Epicure: The Cookbook … [Read more...] about Joanna Pruess' Soup For Two: A Delight!
There isn't much I can say about New Haven chef Bun Lai and his restaurant Miya's Sushi that hasn't already been said- and said well. Lai is a rock star of sorts that the New York Times aptly described as "the mad scientist of the sustainable sushi movement." The 2013 James Beard Award Nominee has turned the restaurant his mother Yoshiko Lai founded it 1982 into "the first sustainable sushi restaurant in the world." An environmentalist and social activist, Lai takes his place in the food … [Read more...] about Miya's Sushi, Chef Bun Lai and a Tasty Fundraiser
I had some gorgeous bone-in pork chops tonight and not a lot of time to make dinner. And so I sprinkled them with garlic salt, black pepper and a little bit of brown sugar, and then dipped them into flour. In a large skillet, heated some oil (mostly vegetable, with a little olive) on medium high heat with minced garlic, and a just-off-the-tree Granny Smith apple, peeled and coarsely sliced. I kept the heat high and seared the chops well on each side. Lowered the heat a bit and let them … [Read more...] about Impromptu Fall Meal: Pork Chops with Granny Smith Apples
When I visited the Montauk Farmer's Market a couple of weeks ago, I made a beeline for Carissa's Breads' table and her glorious Schiacciata alluvia- a sweet Tuscan-style focaccia, made with black grapes and generous amounts of fennel, salt and olive oil. I encountered it last summer and have tasted it in my memory ever since. It did not disappoint. I was happy to also try something new, and as different from the Schiacciata alluvia as you could get: Dark Stout Bread. Hearty and earthy with a … [Read more...] about Carissa's Breads on the East End of Long Island
**THE POLL HAS CLOSED** The Connecticut lobster roll is simple and glorious: a succulent combination of freshly picked lobster meat and melted butter, served on a hot dog roll. It's about as different from the cold mayo variety as you can get. Although the basic recipe is the same wherever you go in the state, there are slight variations -- and Connecticut residents are fiercely loyal to their favorite purveyors. Where do you eat YOUR favorite lobster roll? Choose among the suggestions … [Read more...] about POLL: Who Makes the BEST Lobster Roll in Connecticut?
Pies! Pies! Pies! I was happily engulfed in a pie frenzy recently in New Haven's Ninth Square District where City Seed Community Food Systems Coordinator Tagan Engel organized the annual Pie On 9 Contest and Block Party,* inviting the New Haven community to bake and submit (130!) pies in a variety of categories. Tagan and I went to Sarah Lawrence College together many years ago and I am honored to know her now. A Chef and baker, she is an activist and leading voice in Connecticut … [Read more...] about New Haven's City Seed presents: Pie on 9