Take A Hike!

Now that the weather has warmed a bit, it’s time to get outside and find adventures in your own backyard.  On the East Coast of the US, the Appalachian Trail (AT) spans 14 states and provides a little something for every hiker.   From a slow, scenic walk to a more strenuous uphill, rocky climb,…

The Science of Cooking

As you know from my posts, I’m a big fan of simple preparation and minimal “hands on” cooking time. But the universe seems to be challenging my philosophy this year. For Christmas, my very dear friend, visiting from the UK, brought me Heston Blumenthal’s gorgeous tome: The Fat Duck Cookbook. Then for my birthday, going…

Wowed by WD-50

For years, I’d been wanting to try the acclaimed WD-50.  Recent appearances of its chef, Wylie Dufresne, on Top Chef only served to heighten my interest.  Now he offers a 12 course tasting menu for $155 and a 5 course one featuring old favorites that he calls “From the Vault” for $90 (there’s an amuse…

Cookbook Alert: Cooking with Love by Carla Hall

Last night I attended a book signing party for Carla Hall’s new cookbook, Cooking with Love.  The co-host of The Chew and Top Chef “Fan Favorite” is as spunky and cheerful in person as she is on TV. In between signing copies of her book, Carla popped into the kitchen to help put the finishing touches…

No Love For NoMad

I’d been wanting to try the pricey Eleven Madison Park spinoff, NoMad, for awhile.  The lunch menu here, unlike many other places, doesn’t offer a prix fixe option.  It’s basically the same as dinner, with a few, potentially notable exceptions.  So with a summer associate lunch expense account (the cause of my own exposure to…

Easy Eating At ABC Kitchen

Chefs will go to great lengths to use fresh, local ingredients in novel ways.  Chemistry is used to create fancy foams, gelatinous cubes and smoking plates. But not everything needs to be infused to be delicious.  Simple, focused cooking can turn a pepper into a work of art.  That’s what you’ll find at ABC Kitchen.…