The Pleasure of Pasta Making

Just because it’s late summer, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy pasta.  It’s actually the perfect time of year to enjoy it most! As the nights cool off, you can finally tolerate the heat of the kitchen again. And you have the best ingredients available:  Field grown tomatoes and basil for fresh marinara sauce.  And of…

Pan-Seared John Dory

“Do you want skate again or John Dory?” I asked Kyle.  “John what? Isn’t that a restaurant?” was his response.  My choice was obvious. No, we weren’t eating at April Bloomfield’s oyster bar of the same name at the Ace Hotel.  Instead, I was cooking John Dory since (a) I’ve never made it before, (b)…

Eggplant Two Ways

Instead of zucchini coming out of my ears, this summer’s weekly veggie share has brought me an over-abundance of aubergines.  Purple, white, yellow, green and multi-colored!  A virtual rainbow of eggplants in all shapes and sizes. But what to do with them all.  Frying was an obvious choice, especially with the very ripe Heirloom and…