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Two Mussel Suckers in the Land of Clam Diggers

Two Mussel Suckers in the Land of Clam Diggers

It is said that the residents of City Island refer to the visitors as “mussel suckers” while calling themselves “clam diggers,” maybe going back to the days when clam digging was in abundance. Clam digging stopped but the name remained.  Until 1896, City Island was […]

Entwine in Meatpacking

Entwine in Meatpacking

The sign was the draw  — patio is open. We were looking for something outdoor with a nice selection of small plates to share. And honestly, it was Valera — the host — who made me to actually check out the menu. Never looking like […]

Inca Grill, Middlesex, NJ

Inca Grill, Middlesex, NJ

There’s a strong possibility, I was Peruvian in my previous life. For one thing — potatoes. They must be included in my last meal. But then, here’s this whole new development in my possible Peruvian heritage that has surfaced recently. These are the last few […]

“Mamma Leone!”

“Mamma Leone!”

This 1967 book is an heirloom. It was my introduction — induction? — into The Ferraro Family. Every time this book comes into my eyesight, it’s Gus whisking Leone’s Master Salad Dressing or Barbara’s intense stare into the pot with Zuppa di Pesce on Christmas […]

Chinese Shu Mai with Vietnamese Twist

Chinese Shu Mai with Vietnamese Twist

Inspired by our culinary success during Easter preparations and anxious to move on to the season two of Stranger Things, Charlotte and I came up with a couple of other cooking projects. Have to put this recipe here first before I lose it and forget […]

Easter vegetables

Easter vegetables

My usual assignment for a family Easter gathering is vegetables. There’s one dish I make every year — an element of comfort — and one new — a surprise. The idea for the traditional one comes from 2001 Food & Wine magazine. For a couple […]

The Way to Cook: Julia Child started it all

The Way to Cook: Julia Child started it all

This one started the whole cooking craze. When we got married, I didn’t really know how to cook. My mom took good care of me and all my life prior to Tom was school, school, school. Tom has never put any pressure on me to […]

Russian Vodka Room, 52nd street

Russian Vodka Room, 52nd street

“The more a party member drinks, the less is left for a hooligan,” states the menu. All this snow creates a craving for the Russian fare of my childhood. I always wanted to try that Russian Vodka Room on 52nd street. Somehow, this place did […]

Coco Pazzo, Soho

Coco Pazzo, Soho

Coco Pazzo in Soho — surprise it was. Fantastic food for very reasonable prices. They start you off with bread not to miss. Between my husband and me, we split Carciofi e Parmigiano, a perfect blend of thinly sliced artichokes, parmigiana, and fennel dressed with olive […]

Harissa

Harissa

The house south of us has always been a home to great cooks. First owner taught cooking classes and had quite a collection of cookbooks. During the moving purge, many of these cookbooks ended on the curb. Back then, in the previous century, I did […]