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Summer Fest: A Perfect Pairing of Figs and Pizza Dough

Figs are only in season for a few short weeks at the end of summer and the beginning of fall. They’re in a whole different flavor category than the dried figs you can find year-round. Slightly wrinkled or split figs that aren’t leaking juice are what to look for. Ripeness is indicated by a slightly […]

The Food-Focused Bride: Down to the Wire

The closer I get to my wedding, the fewer things there are to eat. Most likely this is because I have cut myself off from all of my favorite treats, but it’s also because we’re done with the tasting, sampling and testing portion of the wedding planning process. From here on out, it’s all about […]

Summer Fest: Stuffed Peppers 5 Ways

Colorful and crispy, peppers of all colors stand up well when baked. Pick your favorite varieties at the market right now and stuff them full of everything from rice to cheese. 1. Risotto-Stuffed Peppers and Zucchini (pictured above) Rachael’s risotto can be stuffed in either peppers or, so keep that in mind if one looks […]

Summer Fest: No-Cook Avocado, Shrimp and Mango Salad

I never seem to plan in advance when I’m shopping for ingredients, and this can be a real issue with avocados. They’re everywhere right now, but they’re not always ripe when you need them on demand. Per usual, I waited until the last minute again and was left with only rock-solid Hass avocados at the […]

The Food-Focused Bride: Menu Tasting

A food-lovers’ dream: an afternoon of tasting dishes made just for her (and her fiancé). That’s how I spent my Friday afternoon, totally forgoing my wedding diet and eating just about everything in sight at East Hampton Point. The restaurant’s new chef, James Carpenter, was one of the Hamptons’ first chefs to focus on local, […]

Summer Fest: 5 Takes on Grilled Eggplant

From large, meaty Italian options to delicate and long Japanese varieties, eggplants abound at markets right now. Eggplant can be pureed into dips or sliced into pasta, but I like it straight from the grill. 1. Spicy Hoisin Glazed Eggplant (pictured above) Bobby Flay puts an Asian spin on sliced eggplant by glazing the slices […]

The Food-Focused Bride: The Making of a Cheese Table

After my Cheese Bridal Shower, I knew I also wanted to have a cheese table display during the cocktail hour at the wedding. Lucy’s Whey is a store that stocks only American-made cheeses, and coincidentally enough, they have a location both in my office building and about a mile from my venue in East Hampton, […]

Summer Fest: Chia Seed Pudding with Peaches

It’s my favorite Summer Fest week: peaches. I find myself stocking up on this sweet fruit and just eating it straight off the pit every morning for breakfast. Because peaches are so fresh and so juicy at the market right now, I decided not to cook them but to simply slice them up over another […]

Summer Fest: Cucumber and Mint Lemonade

A trip to my mom’s house in Westchester, N.Y., means stocking up on all of the great produce she grows in my childhood backyard. When I arrived this past weekend she was waiting to let me pick one of her prized Asian cucumbers. The variety is very long and sweet with a thin skin. Inspired by […]

The Food-Focused Bride: A Food-Filled Bachelorette

From cheap eats to refined dining, my bachelorette weekend was incredibly food-filled, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. After spending the day at Spa Castle, a low-key and well-priced day spa in Queens, my bridesmaids and I drove to Flushing, Queens, which is home to a wonderful array of Chinese and Korean […]

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