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Worth Seeking Out…

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006
  • Mecox Bay Dairy, which is located in my town of Bridgehampton, has started to make a fourth type of cheese this year – Gruyere. I think this cheese may be my favorite. It makes a grilled cheese sandwich – add a little dijon mustard to an English Muffin, top with cheese, broil and eat. Note that this is still a very small cheese maker, but they are well distributed in the Hamptons.
  • The Farmer’s Markets are filled with great items this time of year, but if one item was screaming my name, it was the zucchini blossoms. Have you ever had them stuffed with some mozzarella cheese, dunked in a batter and fried…pure heaven.
  • Do you love pasta? Most are made with a durum wheat semolina. I thought I would try whole wheat pasta for a healthy alternative, and found it gummy and unappetizing. But recently I had Farro Pasta, which looks like whole wheat, but is made with emmer wheat. Yum, this was really tasty, keep your eye open for it in Italian specialty stores.
  • During my trip to Big Sur, I went into Carmel one day and found a magnificent cheese shop, The Cheese Shop of Carmel. The cheese selection is great, and the staff is really helpful. An added bonus is the breadth of regional wines choices. The Cheese Shop website

Worth Seeking Out…

Monday, June 26th, 2006
  • English Peas and Snap Peas are in season and are spectacular. I love snap peas, I peel off the tough string that surrounds the pea, then I saute in butter for 1 1/2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
  • GUS Meyer Lemon Soda is a fabulous alternative to lemonade. It is not sweet like regular soda, and also has far less carbonation. The result is a very refreshing drink that is perfect for a hot summer day.
  • If there’s one toy in my kitchen that I love, it is an immersion blender. Mine is made by Braun, but I am not sure if that is important. These blenders are so easy to use, just stick it into the pot or glass. I like it for tomato sauce, a smoothee, and making a red pepper aioli. They are as easy to use as to clean.

Worth Seeking Out…

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006
  • Suzanne Goin, the chef and owner of AOC and Luques, has opened a third restaurant in LA called Hungry Cat. It is a casual spot with the focus on seafood. The tuna crudo with mango and thai basil blew my socks off! And the bartender was making cocktails with fresh pomegranate and ambrosia melon that totally differentiated them from the pack. Hungry Cat 1555 N.Vine Street Los Angeles, Ca.
  • When I make pork chops, I always like to serve applesauce. It’s tasty, uniquely textured, and super easy. I find most brands too sweet, but Vermont Village Organic Unsweetened Applesauce is delicious. Their website is www.vermontvillageapplesauce.com You should be able to find it in most grocery stores.
  • If you are in Charlottesville and want to try some wine, go to VaVino, a winebar and retail store that only carries Virginia wines. Each day they offer over 30 wines by the glass. VaVino 401 East Main St Charlottesville, Va.
  • Speaking of winebars, Dan Brody and his wife Alex have opened a hip winebar called Stop Miami in the Wynwood Design District of Miami. It’s motto is “wine cheese chill” which will be easy with their unique low cost wine list, great selection of cheeses, and the cozy Latino vibe. Stop Miami 3533 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, Fl.

Worth Seeking Out…

Friday, September 23rd, 2005
  • Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Magic Seasoning Blends are a fun way to add some flavor to your meal. There are several flavors (poultry, meat, seafood, vegetable etc) utilizing the herbs and spices found in New Orleans cuisine. Not only are these spice mixes good, they are also a way to help support one of the chefs of New Orleans.
  • Add color to your vegetable dishes by using colored carrots. It is not just a gimmick, in addition to fresh orange carrots, one of the farmers at the market also had yellow and purple carrots. The purple had a mild peppery taste, while the yellows ones seemed a bit milder. But using three colors will certainly add punch to you table.

Worth Seeking Out…

Friday, June 24th, 2005
  • I have a new favorite cheese shop, Cavaniola’s Gourmet. They have a great selection of local artisanal producers as well as some extraordinary international cheeses. But it’s not just the cheese, it’s the people – they are constantly cutting wedges of cheese to try making the visit fun and educational. In addition to cheese, they carry a nice selection of olive oils, crackers, teas and other gourmet items. Plus at lunchtime, they make awesome panini. The store is located at 89B Division St, Sag Harbor, N.Y.
  • Do you like lamb chops? Then you must try the Tandoor – grilled lamb chops at Devi, the upscale Indian restaurant in New York City. These chops explode with flavor. Chefs Hemant Mathur and Suvir Saran have a menu that will knock your socks off. Devi is located at 8 East 18th St, NYC. Their website is www.devinyc.com
  • Great meals start with great ingredients, and in my mind there is no place more important than than a good butcher shop. Keep in mind that in addition to providing good meat, they should cut your steaks to your desired thickness, freshly grind meat, and butterfly a turkey or a leg of lamb upon request. I am lucky, I have a great butcher, L. Simchick at 944 First Ave at 52 St in NYC.