review: get it together…

Antipasto: Octopus Carpaccio Insieme It’s astonishing how powerful three words, strung together, can be. Beef heart risotto. See? It didn’t take much to convince me to put Insieme on my itinerary. Sure, I had heard wonderful things about Insieme from valued sources. That it’s one of Marco Canora’s and Paul Grieco’s restaurants was also encouraging. […]

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review: get it together…

Antipasto: Octopus Carpaccio Insieme It’s astonishing how powerful three words, strung together, can be. Beef heart risotto. See? It didn’t take much to convince me to put Insieme on my itinerary. Sure, I had heard wonderful things about Insieme from valued sources. That it’s one of Marco Canora’s and Paul Grieco’s restaurants was also encouraging. […]

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review: of the place…

Canapes, Del Posto I was assured that Mark Ladner, Executive Chef of Del Posto, was cooking for us when the server came to our table to apologize that he had no clue what the chef was preparing. Apparently, Ladner had remained “tight-lipped” about our dinner. The courses would be revealed to our servers as the […]

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review: of the place…

Canapes, Del Posto I was assured that Mark Ladner, Executive Chef of Del Posto, was cooking for us when the server came to our table to apologize that he had no clue what the chef was preparing. Apparently, Ladner had remained “tight-lipped” about our dinner. The courses would be revealed to our servers as the […]

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review: collective swoon…

Over the past couple of years, I’ve witnessed married women, single women, young girls, gay men, grandmothers, and pets *swoon* at the sight, mention, thought, hint of Johnny Iuzzini. And, it’s usually accompanied by one collective and synchronized *eye roll* from husbands, boyfriends, and granddads (and me) nearby. Johnny Iuzzini Photos courtesy of Johnny Iuzzini […]

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review: collective swoon…

Over the past couple of years, I’ve witnessed married women, single women, young girls, gay men, grandmothers, and pets *swoon* at the sight, mention, thought, hint of Johnny Iuzzini. And, it’s usually accompanied by one collective and synchronized *eye roll* from husbands, boyfriends, and granddads (and me) nearby. Johnny Iuzzini Photos courtesy of Johnny Iuzzini […]

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trompe l’orange…

I’ve been doing quite a bit of cooking lately. The latest endeavor was a mult-course traditional Chinese dinner. While I had all of the savory courses planned, I was at lost for something to serve as an eye-dazzling and palate-pleasing dessert. Now, the Chinese (and Asians in general) are not known for their sweet teeth. […]

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trompe l’orange…

I’ve been doing quite a bit of cooking lately. The latest endeavor was a mult-course traditional Chinese dinner. While I had all of the savory courses planned, I was at lost for something to serve as an eye-dazzling and palate-pleasing dessert. Now, the Chinese (and Asians in general) are not known for their sweet teeth. […]

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i don’t know much about science…

Peppermint Marshmallows Originally uploaded by ulterior epicure … but, I do know a good marshmallow when I meet one. In my child-like idealism, the perfect marshmallow prompts an uncontrollable inner squeal that erupts when the light, airy wonder deflates, with just a teasing fluffy resistance, in the mouth. I had never given much thought to […]

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i don’t know much about science…

Peppermint Marshmallows Originally uploaded by ulterior epicure … but, I do know a good marshmallow when I meet one. In my child-like idealism, the perfect marshmallow prompts an uncontrollable inner squeal that erupts when the light, airy wonder deflates, with just a teasing fluffy resistance, in the mouth. I had never given much thought to […]

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inside-out that chocolate german…

Inside-Out That Chocolate German I found an intriguing version of that perennial favorite – German Chocolate cake – online. This “inside-out” version tucks the nut and coconut caramel “topping” in between three layers of chocolate cake and is frosted and “glazed” with chocolate ganache. This German chocolate is not traditional for a number of reasons: […]

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inside-out that chocolate german…

Inside-Out That Chocolate German I found an intriguing version of that perennial favorite – German Chocolate cake – online. This “inside-out” version tucks the nut and coconut caramel “topping” in between three layers of chocolate cake and is frosted and “glazed” with chocolate ganache. This German chocolate is not traditional for a number of reasons: […]

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crunchy inside and out…

Nancy Olson’s Crunchy Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake My eyes get me in more trouble than they should. I’m a sucker for glossy print pictures… especially ones of food. But, this time, it wasn’t the picture that caught my attention first. It was the name: Nancy Olson. Just a couple of months before I […]

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crunchy inside and out…

Nancy Olson’s Crunchy Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake My eyes get me in more trouble than they should. I’m a sucker for glossy print pictures… especially ones of food. But, this time, it wasn’t the picture that caught my attention first. It was the name: Nancy Olson. Just a couple of months before I […]

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have pears, will bake…

u.e.’s Ginger Cinnamon Pear Tart What happens when you have an extra batch of pâte sablée and 6 pounds of bosc pears? Make a pear tart. This past weekend was my mother’s 60th birthday. By default, I was to show as chef for the dinner. This pear tart made for an excellent dessert. The recipe […]

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have pears, will bake…

u.e.’s Ginger Cinnamon Pear Tart What happens when you have an extra batch of pâte sablée and 6 pounds of bosc pears? Make a pear tart. This past weekend was my mother’s 60th birthday. By default, I was to show as chef for the dinner. This pear tart made for an excellent dessert. The recipe […]

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judging by the cover…

Dessert: Martha Stewart’s Cranberry, Almond, and Cinnamon Tart A few of weeks ago, I attended a dinner party at a friend’s place. Knowing I was an avid baker and pastry-maker, the hostess asked me to bring the dessert. She being a chocolate and peanut butter fanatic, I had the perfect recipe in mind: Nancy Olson’s […]

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judging by the cover…

Dessert: Martha Stewart’s Cranberry, Almond, and Cinnamon Tart A few of weeks ago, I attended a dinner party at a friend’s place. Knowing I was an avid baker and pastry-maker, the hostess asked me to bring the dessert. She being a chocolate and peanut butter fanatic, I had the perfect recipe in mind: Nancy Olson’s […]

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