Next weekend I am attending Eat, Write, Retreat in Philadelphia. It’s the first conference this year that I am attending and I cannot be more excited. Attendees were invited to enter the Amazing Apps Culinary Challenge where they would be shipped a surprise ingredient to create a healthy appetizer. As an extra special bonus, entrants were [...]The post Potato Crisp, Roasted Vegetable, and He
Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s February issue declared a resurgence of falconry was occurring in the rolling hills of Shropshire, England. This revival is just one example of the back to nature quest many British Urbanites are seeking. And while this sport seems steeped in all the poetry and magic of a hawk in flight- swooping [...]The post Kitchen On the Road- Ludlow, UK and an amazing di
North Norfolk Coast Officially starting our grand tour, we headed North to the Norfolk coast. Our destination was to Cley-next-the-Sea (pronounced ‘cly’ and missing the ‘to’ – as in next to the sea. Don’t ask!) We were staying at a windmill that had been converted into a cozy B&B. The Windmill itself dates from the [...]The post Kitchen On the Road- North Norfo
Cambridge (Came Bridge/ kaym-brij) Cambridge is just a few miles from Ely and it’s where we spent most of our time when we weren’t travelling around the country. Cambridge is renowned worldwide for its university, which was founded in 1209 and is consistently ranked among the top five universities in the world. A collegiate institution, [...]The post Kitchen on the Road- Cambridge, Cam
I spent the month of March in England with Michael and we did a mini-grand tour of England. There was lots of sightseeing, shows and football games, but there was even more eating and drinking as we explored pubs and restaurants of all varieties including an amazing formerly Michelin starred restaurant on the Welsh border. [...]The post Kitchen On The Road- Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK appeared first o
If you are a fan of The Taste on ABC, you may have seen the incredibly stylish apron created by Warriors in Pink Courage. The Ford Motor Company has been very active in the fight against breast cancer for over 20 years. In 2006 Ford introduced a new initiative, Warriors in Pink and the Ford [...]The post Ford Warriors in Pink, Courage in the Kitchen Apron Contest appeared first on Kitchen Conundru
Feeling a bit devilish and a lot carnivorous, I was so glad to see the sidebar for this recipe in Dorie Greenspan’s, Around My French Table states that the Chicken Diable dish could be made with Filet Mignon. Given the choice between chicken and Filet Mignon, it’s a no brainer- BEEF! (It’s definitely what’s for [...]The post Filet Mignon Diable – French Fridays with D
After the week I have had, and it’s only Tuesday mind you, I am thankful to have something so incredibly chocolaty and decedent to soothe my over-stressed mind and satiate my soul! I couldn’t bring myself to make last Friday’s Coeur à la Crème from the French Fridays with Dorie group. The heart shape and the Valentine’s Day theme just struck a [...]The post Boca Negra Cake
Last weekend there was nearly a riot in my house as everyone had lists of recipes they “had to have” made from Casey Barber’s new book, Classic Snacks Made From Scratch. With choices like Twinkies, Strawberry Pop-Tarts and Nacho Cheese Doritos, it took a lot of compromise and a bit of arm wrestling, but we [...]The post Classic Snacks Made From Scratch by Casey Barber, Cookbook R
Since I am usually the first one awake in the house, even on the weekend, I often sneak out and make a run to the local bagel store. I bring back coffee for Renee and 11 bagels for the family to wake up to. The 12th (and sometimes 13th) bagel is eaten on the drive [...]The post Bagel Recipe for the Blizzard appeared first on Kitchen Conundrum.
The recipe for Dorie’s Fresh Orange Pork Tenderloin is incredibly easy and definitely fast enough to make any weekday night. Orange and cardamom is one of my favorite combinations- it’s found in several desserts, breads and poultry dishes in my repertoire. This sauce was a perfect example of one that would cross over well with [...]The post Fresh Orange Pork Tenderloin- French Fridays
I have really enjoyed the French Fridays with Dorie cooking group. It’s been a fun way to make sure I get some blogging in each week in addition to my own (mis)adventures in the kitchen and beyond and I’ve also been able to read some really great new blogs from this endeavor. A big plus. [...]The post Focaccia- Tuesdays with Dorie appeared first on Kitchen Conundrum.
We love going to the movies. Every chance we get! So I was thrilled to see this promotion for General Mills cereals. When you purchase two boxes of General Mills cereals including Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Trix, Cocoa Puffs, Golden Grahams, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Puffs, you can get a free movie ticket! [...]The post Head to the Movies for Free! Enter to win! appeared first
When I saw this recipe on the list I was excited to make it as it contains some of my favorite flavors- squash, apples, brown sugar and Brussels sprouts. After last weeks less then stellar recipe, my anticipation grew throughout the week waiting for Friday to arrive. Unfortunately, I spent most of Friday in bed with a [...]The post Brown Sugar Squash and Brussels Sprouts en Papillote- French Frid
Of the three dishes we have made since we joined French Fridays with Dorie, this was by far the easiest and the quickest to prepare. This Shrimp and Cellophane Noodles recipe is Asian inspired with an attempt at being Italian. It certainly seems a bit confused. Since I am the only one who would even [...]The post Shrimp and Cellophane Noodles- French Fridays with Dorie appeared first on Kitchen
There is nothing better than a simple roasted chicken. Especially a juicy bird with crisp skin and lots of flavor. I often roast a whole chicken, rubbing butter (or oil) onto the skin and coating with whatever herbs I have handy, or I’ll place leaves of sage under the skin and fill the cavity with [...]The post Spatchcocked Roasted Chicken with Lemons appeared first on Kitchen Conundrum.
It’s time for French Fridays with Dorie! I’m not going to lie. I was really apprehensive about this recipe. Like, horrified and a bit disgusted actually. Don’t get me wrong, I love pâté, rillettes and foie gras. But usually, someone else has prepared it before I enjoyed it. I feel as though some things should [...]The post Chicken Liver Gâteaux with Pickled Onions- French Frida
As you know from my post yesterday, I just discovered what I had been missing for the past couple of years and how I am jumping in at the last minute to play French Fridays with Dorie where bloggers cook through her award-winning book, Around My French Table. I am thrilled that my first assignment [...]The post Long and Slow Apples- French Fridays with Dorie appeared first on Kitchen Conundrum.
Winter doldrums move over. A bit of Miami and a lot of Cuba has arrived! Havana Central, one of my favorite restaurants, has just opened its fourth location at the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City. Wednesday night we got a sneak peak at their Grand Opening party! Serving the most delicious mojitos outside of [...]The post Bienvenidos a Cuba! Cuban Cuisine Comes to Long Island as Havana Central
How excited was I when I heard that I had won the very first cookbook giveaway of the year on Sis Boom Blog? I would have done a cartwheel if a) I wasn’t in bed in my pjs and b) it wasn’t the middle of the night. Ok, ok! I really just didn’t want to [...]The post Dorie Greenspan’s Cookbook ‘Around My French Table’ Arrived Today! appeared first on Kitchen Conundr
Last week we were invited to a tasting dinner at Niu Noodle House, a new Ramen noodle restaurant that opened about 4 months ago in Greenwich Village. Do not be fooled by the interior- there are few Asian inspired design elements here. This restaurant’s vibe is modern, eclectic and feels very much like a pub [...]The post Kitchen Reviews-Niu Noodle House Opens in the West Village, NYC appeare
Mention Burgos and most Spaniard’s mouths begin to water at the thought of the infamous lamb made there. Considered to be the best in Spain, the local lamb, known as Lechazo, are suckling lamb from the Churra, Castellana or Ojalada breeds. Because the Lechazo is such a special lamb product, they are actually protected by [...]The post Kitchen On the Road- Camino de Santiago- Burgos and an Oven Ba
To honor the California Food Literacy's program Your Sandwich Can Save the World, we made a healthier version of a classic Waldorf Chicken Salad Recipe.The post Food Literacy Month and A Waldorf Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe appeared first on Kitchen Conundrum.
The first major city we arrived on the Camino was Pamplona, famous for the running of the bulls, but also home to some of best pintxos in Northern Spain.The post Kitchen On the Road- Camino de Santiago- Pamplona; Pig and a Patatas Bravas Recipe appeared first on Kitchen Conundrum.
This past Spring, I hiked the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage that begins in France and ends some 800kms later, near the west coast of Northern Spain.The post Kitchen On the Road – Camino de Santiago, A Hike Across Spain appeared first on Kitchen Conundrum.
Picking up where we left off in Siem Reap, we visited the Angkor Wat temple. It is located just outside of Siem Reap- pictures don’t do justice to the immense size and the grandeur of the architecture. It is the largest Khmer temple complex in the world, built by King Suryavarman II in the early [...]The post Kitchen On the Road – From Cambodia to Thailand appeared first on Kitchen Conundru
The private bus from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh was about a six hour ride. As soon as we arrived and settled in and then took a Tuk-tuk tour around the city. Tuk-tuks are a great way to travel around Phnom Penh as you see much more than you would from a car-and they [...]The post Kitchen On the Road- Phnom Penh appeared first on Kitchen Conundrum.
I took a tour recently with Intrepid Travels called the Cambodian Traveler. It took me to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. My first stop was Ho Chi Minh City. The post Kitchen On the Road- Ho Chi Minh City appeared first on Kitchen Conundrum.
I am addicted to Sriracha lately. I have been experimenting a lot with it to make the perfect sauce for dipping my crispy fried chicken bites into.
I should be Irish. I love Guinness and all things Kerrygold. And traditional Irish fare-Shepherd's Pie, Corrned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Soda Bread, Whoopie Pies.
Enjoyed the easiest, easy bread the other day at a friends house. We were actually shocked at how easy it was to make. The base for her bread is just three ingredients- flour, beer and salt. From there you can add rosemary, scallions, garlic, thyme or any other herb or vegetable combination you desire!
At Blend, the newest burger joint in Paris, the meat, either beef or veal, comes from Yves-Marie le Bourdonnec , a Paris butcher who just happens to be a consultant to Alain Ducasse and other three-star French chefs. So you know it must be good.
Just a block away from the lovely Jardin du Luxembourg in the fashionable St Germain des Prés is one of my favorite spots in Paris to have lunch, Bread and Roses.
On a cold snowy day like it is here in New York today nothing warms better then a hot bowl of soup and no soup says France to me more than a steaming crock of French Onion Soup.
If ever there was a time to break into the food truck business in Paris, now would be that time. There is currently only one gourmet food truck, Le Camion Qui Fume, owned by Kristin Frederick, a former Californian, serving up hamburgers and French fries to those who wait hours in lines with hundreds of starving people on a daily basis.
I am feeling much like this egg. Pierced and broken. Insides pouring out. But I suppose that is to be expected when life falls apart around you. Paris has been wonderful to me since I arrived, except where Croque Madams have been concerned. So the fact that they have all been really, really bad comes [...]
I have a new favorite spot in Paris. It’s, not surprisingly, a wine bar and restaurant. The ever charming, Olivier Magny, owner, sommelier and author of Stuff Parisians Like, a hysterical and snarky look at his fellow Parisians, has created a unique and exciting experience at O-Chateau.
It’s true! I have run away from home and I am living my dream in Paris. Well, not perfectly of course. It is the middle of winter, you know. It’s rainy, cold and foggy and I’ve had such a migraine since I arrived. I’ve been fully functioning in the early mornings for a few hours, [...]
Introducing Kerrygold’s Two New Butters. The Kerrygold brand of premium Irish dairy products was created in 1961, after the establishment of the Irish Dairy Board. The Kerrygold brand brought together the best of Ireland dairy products under one label. We, here at Kitchen Conundrum, love Kerrygold butters and cheeses. Their Pure Irish Butters are beautifully [...]
Stews, soups and one pot meals are the epitome of comfort foods, along with mashed potatoes and mac and cheese. But sometimes, you just need a nice slice of meat on a plate and BBQ Beef Brisket is a simple and delicious, comforting food.
I have a new daytime distraction. It’s not Rachel Ray or The View, and certainly not soaps (are there any left?) It’s the new ABC show, The Chew. It’s funny, informative and I adore each of the hosts and how they interact with each other. Plus, its food and entertaining related; right up my alley! So when I had a last minute opportunity to attend a taping, I jumped at the chance.
Wednesday I had the opportunity to engage in one of my favorite activities-drinking wine. Then, learning about the wine in front of me. The VinItaly US Tour 2011 features in-depth seminars, wine professional training and workshops, B2B events, and of course an opportunity for producers to meet with buyers, distributors and food & beverage managers.
The one good thing about lying in bed though is all the wonderful comfort foods I have enjoyed this past month. And tonight the comfort food of choice is Beef Stew.
One of things that I have been spending a lot of time doing is reading books. Not just reading them on the Nook, or on the internet. I have actually sat down and read several books that I’ve held in my hands. Books such as the new release, Stuff Parisian's Like by Olivier Magny and revisiting The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz..
A couple of weeks ago we hosted a party as part of KitchenAid’s 1000 Cooks For The Cure, to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure ®. For our BBQ, I made a Sweet Pepper Jelly to go with the burger and chicken.
Just a few days after returning from Greece, I had the opportunity to take a cooking class sponsorship by FAGE yogurt at the International Culinary Center
The Periscope Hotel and P-Box Eatery (or Pi Box, p Box) in the chic and cultural neighborhood of Kolanaki, Athens became the last stop on my trip in Greece.
My week at Kea Artisanal was quickly nearing the end but not before learning how to make and roll phyllo dough.
The next couple of classes at Kea Artisanal was filled with Breads, Garlic, Zucchini Blossoms, Olive Oil, Cheeses and Wines. There were also several excursions to sites around the island of Kea.
We began our classes at Kea Artisanal for the week by taking a tour of Aglaia and Costas’ expansive gardens that surround their beautiful home and by learning about the abundant plants that live there.