Stocking Your “Pantry” During COVID-19 + Lentil Soup with Sausages

Wanting to feel both useful and helpful during this world-wide pandemic, I'm donning my RD (registered dietitian), cookbook author and former food editor hats to share shopping and cooking tips with you as we're all sheltering in place. I am also including a couple of already posted pre-quarantine and not-shared yet restaurant reviews when I send the NewsBite just for your reading and viewing pleasure. We all need diversions. To start, here's a list of what to buy at /order from the supermarket to keep on hand. Shelf-stable items (meaning they don't need refrigeration). Rice Beans and lentils (canned and dried) Grains, whole grain preferred (amaranth, barley, bulgur, farro, freekeh, quinoa, [...]

By |2020-04-01T17:01:53-04:00April 1st, 2020|Big Apple Life, Entrees, Rambling, Recipes|0 Comments

Goat Cheese Roasted Pepper Bruschetta

Here's a simple, partially make-ahead colorful hors d'oeuvre. To do ahead, I "toast" the bread and marinate the peppers. As company arrives, I spread the toast with the goat cheese, top with the pepper mixture and garnish with some microgreens. Easy! Goat Cheese Roasted Pepper Bruschetta 1 baguette, sliced on the bias about 1/2-inch thick Extra virgin olive oil 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic or red wine vinegar 1 cup thinly sliced roasted red, yellow and orange peppers* 1 shallot, minced 1 teaspoon dried thyme or 2 teaspoons fresh Salt and pepper to taste A large pinch red pepper flakes 3 tablespoons freshly chopped Italian parsley 6-ounce log fresh goat cheese, [...]

By |2020-02-09T07:40:01-05:00January 18th, 2020|Recipes, Starters|0 Comments

Holiday Gift for a Bread Baker: Living Bread by Daniel Leader

Bread Alone's Daniel Leader is at it again. His latest book, Living Bread ($40) is out now in time for holiday giving for the serious bread baker on your list. His other books — Bread Alone and Local Breads: Sourdough and Whole-Grain Recipes from Europe's Best Artisan Bakers — are award-winning ones. This latest tome pays tribute to traditional ways, offering a comprehensive picture of bread baking for the home baker. It also provides a look into the way break baking has evolved and continues to change. I was able to get the  Baguette de Richard Ruan from the publisher to share with you.   Baguette de Richard Ruan Ingredients [...]

By |2019-12-04T16:37:34-05:00December 17th, 2019|Breads, Sides & Salads, Recipes|0 Comments

Make-Ahead Challah French Toast Casserole and Maple-Glazed Bacon

After attending an amazing brunch spread at Letty Gochberg's home, I requested her Challah French Toast casserole. This recipe is my version inspired by hers. It's a make-ahead dish — best done the night before serving — that just needs baking before company arrives. I served it at book group one evening along with some addictive Maple-Glazed Bacon.  I recommend for brunch or a light evening meal. Challah French Toast Casserole Butter for greasing the dish One 1-pound loaf challah, crust on, cut into 1-inch pieces 6 large eggs 3 cups half-and-half 1 cup milk 1/3 cup light brown sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 [...]

By |2019-05-24T10:32:54-04:00June 4th, 2019|Entrees, Recipes|2 Comments

Rosemary Spatchcock Chicken from Hero Dinners: Complete One-Pan Meals That Save the Day

My food-friends Marge Perry and David Bonom — a hubby-and-wife team who develop recipes for magazines — just released Hero Dinners: Complete One-Pan Meals That Save the Day. The cookbook offers 100 recipes using a sheet pan or a skillet so you're not left with a sink full of pots and pans after making dinner. This Rosemary Spatchcock Chicken recipe uses a large skillet. Don't be put off by the seeming length of the recipe. It's really quite simple! This team just tells you everything you might need to know to prepare this with fabulous results. "We just love saying the word spatchcock," they wrote. "We know, it almost sounds [...]

By |2019-03-18T15:58:58-04:00April 10th, 2019|Entrees, Recipes|0 Comments

Violet Fog, A Special Gin Moscow Mule

An attractively packaged and designed bottle arrived at my doorstep. Inside the thick gold-embossed black box along with the final two stanzas of the poem that inspired the McQueen and the Violet Fog name was a bottle of the eponymous gin. The press materials tout the liquor as "made with an unparalleled 21 sustainable botanicals from around the world, at least six of which are found in no other gin." This Sovereign Brands gin is a small batch one, bottled in Jundiai, Brazil. I decided to make the "Violet Fog" recipe (basically a Moscow Mule) that accompanied the bottle. I first made it with Bombay Saffire, the brand my dad [...]

Sunday Clean-out the Fridge and Pantry “Stone” Soup

My fridge overflowed with excess veggies as I had stopped at Stiles, the Midtown West neighborhood farmer's market offering a wide variety of fresh produce at discount prices. It's a permanent yellow and white tent on West 52 where two stuffed bags of fresh produce has never cost me over $25. I was heading out of town to visit my grandkids necessitating using most all that was fresh in my fridge. I thumbed through some soup recipes, choosing an unusual Filipino recipe that used a whole jar of spaghetti sauce as my pantry overflowed with jars that were left after testing. As a food writer, I often get samples in the [...]

By |2019-01-20T09:45:07-05:00January 21st, 2019|Entrees, Recipes|0 Comments

Shackleton Cocktail from Arlo Hotel: 88 Degrees South

"As the story goes, Sir Ernest Shackleton took cases of Mackinlay's Old Rare on his 1907 expedition to the British Antarctic. He later had to abandon the ship to save himself and his crew. That same whisky was found trapped under the ice 100 years later and recreated to become Shackleton Whisky. Named after one of the 20th century's most charismatic leaders, Shackleton Whisky embodies the spirit of a legend." With that introduction, I was invited to the Arlo NoMad (11 E 31st St) for cocktails and a sneak peek of the warmed "ice huts" sitting on the rooftop terrace 31 stories up, practically under the Empire State Building. At [...]

By |2018-11-13T08:25:19-05:00November 30th, 2018|Recipes, Starters|1 Comment

Consider a Spritz While Waiting for Trick-or-Treaters

With its black and orange bottle, Mionetto Brut is perfect for Halloween spritz making. Here are a couple spritz cocktail ideas for you to make for your adult guests on October 31 while awaiting trick-or-treaters, or anytime for that matter. Thanks to the makers of  Mionetto Brut DOC for sharing these with us. Aperol Spritz: combine brut Prosecco, Aperol and seltzer; garnish with an orange slice. Elderflower: combine brut Prosecco, St-Germain liqueur and seltzer; garnish with lemon slice. Sunshine Spritz: combine brut Prosecco, orange juice and Campari; garnish with an orange slice. Arancia Spritz –combine brut Prosecco, San Pellegrino Aranciata and Campari; garnish with an orange slice. Limone Spritz: combine brut Prosecco, [...]

By |2018-10-29T08:39:23-04:00October 29th, 2018|Recipes, Starters|0 Comments

Jacktember Cocktails to Celebrate Jack Daniels

Last month was renamed Jacktember by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey to recognize their eponymous whiskey distillers! I have a soft spot in my heart for Jack Daniels, having visited the Lynchburg (TN) distillery a number of times, having judged their World Championship Invitational Barbecue contest and also friend of the "family" (Brown-Forman Corporation). And, so I'm sharing with you a couple of the cocktails they shared with me. Personally, I prefer my Jack neat. Jack Old Fashioned This simple to make classic never goes out of fashion 1 ½ ounces Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 ½ ounce simple syrup 2 dashes Angostura bitters Garnish: orange twist, cherry Fill half a [...]

By |2018-10-16T11:58:27-04:00October 11th, 2018|Recipes, Starters|0 Comments

Spicy Strawberry Margarita

Spicy Strawberry Margarita When this photo and accompanying recipe for a strawberry margaritas arrived in my inbox, it caught my eye as I love spicy drinks.  I tried it — and like many recipes that come across the transom — it didn't work. I re-wrote and re-tested it.  Adjust the fresh jalapeños used depending on your heat toleration! And, obviously, use really flavorful ripe berries. 3 cups sliced strawberries, plus 6 slices for garnish 1 - 2 seeded and finely diced jalapeño peppers 1/4 cup (2 ounces) simple syrup 2 cups crushed ice 3/4 cup (6 ounces) tequila 1/4 cup (2 ounces) triple sec or Cointreau 1/2 cup (4 ounces) freshly [...]

By |2018-06-30T09:41:09-04:00July 2nd, 2018|Recipes, Starters|0 Comments

The Best (and Simplest) Chocolate Birthday Cake!

My daughter-in-law asked me to bake and decorate my granddaughter's first birthday cake; she sent me a photo of what she'd like with the end result to be: a colorful butterfly. I couldn't say no. I had multiple worries as I would be baking in France with unfamiliar flour, butter and sugars. The kids had minimal equipment in their brand new Parisian home after being on the road for two years seeing the Best World Yet. That and I had given away all my decorating pastes, bags and tips when I downsized and moved to New York City. I borrowed decorating tools and focused on minimalism. I decide to bake my [...]

By |2018-03-30T06:56:58-04:00March 30th, 2018|Endings, Recipes|5 Comments

B’steeya, a Moroccan Classic

Eating a mediocre (I'm being kind) b'steeya at a West Village restaurant, I felt compelled to dig out the article I wrote in the New Haven Register food section cover story on November 2, 1982, and reproduce the recipe here. Those results were addicting-ly great, eaten by hand as you grab a section and pull. Yummy for sure. B'steeya 4 pounds of chicken legs and thighs 3 cups water 10 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 cup chopped fresh parsley 1 large onion, minced One 3-inch stick of cinnamon 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro 1 scant teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon [...]

By |2018-03-02T12:06:45-05:00February 23rd, 2018|Entrees, Recipes|0 Comments

Chadwick Boyd’s Parmesan Biscuits with Black Pepper

Here's a biscuit recipe from our recent Guest Foodie Chadwick Boyd. If you went to the movies in March, you might have caught his “Reel Food” episode before the coming attractions, featuring a biscuit-making session as well as entertainment tips for hosting a “bacon three ways” bar. - bonnie BonnieBOTB Follow @BonnieBOTB   Parmesan Biscuits with Black Pepper 2¼ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1½ teaspoon kosher salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper 1½ cups grated parmesan cheese 3 tablespoons unsalted butter grated (keep very cold until using) + 2 tablespoons melted to finish 2 cups whole-milk Greek yogurt 2-3 tablespoons [...]

By |2017-10-02T16:22:04-04:00September 21st, 2017|Breads, Sides & Salads, Recipes|0 Comments

Espresso Martini

Kerrygold — which specializes in Irish dairy products many of which we've reviewed or offered as a FREEBIE on —  now offers Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur. It is a rich and velvety blend of natural Irish cream, real chocolate and oak-aged Irish whiskey. This liqueur was named award-World’s Best Cream Liqueur at the 2016 World Drink Awards. It is now available in most states. My favorite way to enjoy it is in this simple martini, is as a dessert rather than to start the night. Espresso Martini Ice cubes 1/2 ounce vodka 1 ounce espresso coffee 1 ounce Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur 1/2 ounce Dark chocolate, for garnish Fill a [...]

By |2017-08-25T16:01:50-04:00May 19th, 2017|Recipes, Starters|0 Comments

Marge Perry’s Green Shrimp

My friend Marge Perry's green shrimp are an ideal appetizer, as you can make them in advance. Before serving be sure to bring to room temperature. Or, serve as a main dish over rice or with pasta. - bonnie BonnieBOTB Follow @BonnieBOTB Green Shrimp 1/2 cup cilantro 1/2 cup basil 1/2 cup parsley 1 tablespoon rice vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 small jalapeno pepper (or to taste) 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided 24 peeled shrimp (about 1 pound) 24 cherry tomatoes Combine the cilantro, basil, parsley, vinegar, salt, black pepper, jalapeño and 2 tablespoons of the oil in a blender and puree. Toss 1 [...]

By |2017-08-25T15:55:49-04:00May 9th, 2017|Recipes, Starters|0 Comments

Sara Moulton’s Creamsicle Pudding Cake

"This recipe is a mash-up of two of my all-time favorite desserts" wrote Sara Moulton in her latest cookbook "Home Cooking 101."  ...The Creamsicle (that unbeatable combo of vanilla ice cream and orange sherbet on a stick) and the pudding cake (the utterly seductive, if unlikely, concoction that is, as advertised, a pudding on the bottom and a cake on top). I wanted a cake in which both the orange and vanilla flavors were booming. For the orange, both the juice and the zest are added. For the vanilla, I used a whole vanilla bean and scraped out its seeds. Yes, vanilla beans are expensive, but nothing else delivers such [...]

By |2017-08-25T16:02:56-04:00December 19th, 2016|Endings, Recipes|0 Comments

Chopped Winter Salad from Fire + Ice: Classic Nordic Cooking

This recipe for Salat af rå tern (Chopped Winter Salad) comes from Guest Foodie Darra Goldstein‘s Fire + Ice: Classic Nordic Cooking. She writes, "This Danish salad, is an antidote to winter—bright, crisp, and filled with vitamins. The Danes use rapeseed (canola) oil for most of their cooking, but I like to add a little olive oil to enhance the salad’s fruity notes. Good cider vinegar is also a must—make sure you don’t use one that is simply “cider flavored.” Although dicing the vegetables by hand may seem a little tedious in this era of the food processor, it only takes a few minutes and yields a better texture. The small [...]

By |2017-09-08T10:55:07-04:00October 14th, 2016|Breads, Sides & Salads, Recipes|0 Comments

Wok-Fried Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Pistachios and Sriracha from Living the Farm Sanctuary Life

According to vegan chef Chad Sarno, creator of this recipe, even those who don't generally like Brussels sprouts will like this version of them shaved thin, quickly fried and paired with hot sauce and pistachios. This recipe — like the Sprouted Buckwheat Tabbouleh — is from Living the Farm Sanctuary Life, a vegan and animal-friendly lifestyle guide. - bonnie BonnieBOTB Follow @BonnieBOTB   Wok-Fried Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Pistachios and Sriracha 2 tablespoons peanut or coconut oil 3 shallots, thinly sliced 4 cups thinly shaved Brussels sprouts 1⁄2 cup lightly toasted pistachios 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt 1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper Sriracha sauce to taste Over high heat, add the oil [...]

By |2017-08-25T16:03:56-04:00September 19th, 2016|Breads, Sides & Salads, Recipes|0 Comments

Strawberry Cannoli Calzones from Sara Moulton’s Home Cooking 101

These easy-to-make calzones are from Sara Moulton's Home Cooking 101. She also offers a chocolate-hazelnut version where you mound 1/2 tablespoon of both Nutella and chopped bittersweet chocolate instead of the strawberry mixture. Sara wrote, "I've taken this French snack on a detour to Italy by stuffing pizza dough (very similar to baguette dough) with sweet fillings." - bonnie BonnieBOTB Follow @BonnieBOTB     STRAWBERRY CANNOLI CALZONES 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon finely chopped strawberries 1 teaspoon sugar 3 ounces Neufchâtel (1/3-less-fat cream cheese) 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest 1 1/2 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped 12 (1 1/2-ounce) balls 10-Minute Pizza Dough made with vegetable oil or store-bought [...]

By |2017-09-08T10:59:30-04:00June 17th, 2016|Endings, Recipes|0 Comments