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Archive for June, 2011

The Originals: Emeril Heads Home to NOLA

Tonight on The Originals, Emeril is down south in his adopted hometown of New Orleans. He’s got several applauded restaurants of his own in the Big Easy, but the places he highlights go back way before his time. Café du Monde is a Jackson Square landmark beloved by locals and tourists alike. Emeril delights in […]

4th of July Berry Tart Recipe

Patriotic colors and summery flavors combine to make this the perfect 4th of July dessert. Red raspberries, white chocolate pastry cream and blueberries top an almond shortbread crust. Add a dusting of confectioners’ sugar and you have an easy, yet elegant, pastry. I made the tart in a rectangular pan to mimic the shape of […]

Cherry Condition

I’ll admit that I have a soft spot for those Day-Glow red maraschino cherries that lurk in the murky depths of the classic Manhattan. They’re nostalgic, and always good for a bar bet if you can tie the stems with your tongue. But let’s face it: They don’t really taste much like cherries. Or, for […]

Gumbo Secrets From the “Queen of Creole Cuisine”

“I went to Dooky Chase To get me something to eat The waitress looked at me and said Ray, you sure look beat, Now it’s early in the morning And I ain’t got nothing but the blues” —Ray Charles, “Early in the Morning Blues” For anyone traveling to New Orleans on a food pilgrimage, Dooky […]

Seafood Dinners Aboard the Historic Mary A. Whalen

I had an unforgettable dining experience last weekend aboard the Mary A. Whalen, a retired tanker docked off the Brooklyn waterfront neighbordhood of Red Hook. It was a perfect summer dinner party, dining atop the deck of a historic coastal oil tanker with salty smells of the seawater and the taste of fresh seafood.

Devour on the Go

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By the Book Giveaway: Splendid Homemade Ice Creams

When I was young, the Fourth of July was the one day a year when I remember my family breaking out the ice cream maker, in all its mysterious glory. We filled the big wooden outer container with ice and rock salt, poured a cream and sugar mixture into the inside container and set it […]

Adventures in State Fair Eating, or The Making of On a Stick!

I should have listened a bit more closely to the stern warnings of almost every person I know who has written a book. “It’s more work than you think it can be.” “You’ll gain 10 pounds.” “You’ll miss your regular life.” OK, alright, I admit that these are mostly from one end of the author spectrum […]

How to Host a Crawfish Boil

It seems every part of the country has its own unique type of seafood extravaganza, whether it’s a Low Country boil in Charleston, a clambake in Maine, or a crawfish boil down in New Orleans.  I’ve been to quite a few in my day, but this year it was high time I hosted my own. […]

Can’t-Miss Summer Appetizers

For casual summer get-togethers, you obviously don’t want to create course after course of fussy foods, but it’s always a good idea to have a few easy appetizers planned. Here are three reasons not to skip tasty teasers:

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