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Chilling Out in Charleston and IOP

When trying to plan a last minute getaway, the first consideration is the weather.  Any place where the forecast calls for little chance of rain and warm weather works for me – and, of course, good food.  With those caveats in mind, we ended up booking an impromptu 3 day weekend trip to the Charleston…

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The New Nashville

From its humble days of meat and three’s and chain restaurants, Nashville exploded onto the food scene a few years ago with the widely acclaimed Catbird Seat in 2011, followed by Rolf and Daughters in 2012 and Husk a year later.  The previously under-the-radar “hot fried chicken” also became a national sensation.  Now it’s accessible…

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No Horsing Around – It’s The Weekend!

After a week that felt more like winter, it’s time to get out there and do something! There’s a little horse race you might have heard about at Belmont Park, music on Governors Island and art in Bushwick. After American Pharoah (yes it’s spelled that way) won the Preakness last month, I planned on going…

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Fresh Pasta with Grilled Squid and Ramps

Here’s one last ramp recipe for the tail end of the season on a not so warm (early) start to the Memorial Day weekend in the Northeast.  If you’ve been following me on Facebook and Instagram, you’ll see I’ve been experimenting with making my own pasta using my Mom’s machine.  It only takes a few…

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Mother’s Day in NYC

Some mothers want to be left alone to relax on their special day.  Others want to spend it with their children, as mine always did.  That usually entails a fancy brunch or dinner.  But if you’re in NYC and didn’t plan ahead, finding reservations for Mother’s Day is about as easy as getting into the…

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Ramping Up Your Risotto

Ramp week would not be complete at EDA without a risotto recipe!  Since I’ve been a little busy lately (trying my hand at cheesemongering), I had to throw last night’s dinner together with what was on hand.  Scallops and ramps came from the Greenmarket over the weekend.  Fresh chives came from a friend’s backyard.  Crab…

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Spicing Up Your Ramps

For the food-obsessed and locavore crazed, spring means ramps, dandelion greens, wild chives, fiddlehead ferns, and eventually peas and morel mushrooms.  Because ramps, which have a short growing season, appear first, the hype around how to use this wild onion has reached insane proportions.  Ramps were in such demand that they cost as much as…