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Glorified Stuffed Tomatoes

Glorified Stuffed Tomatoes

I often get my food inspiration on-site at the supermarket. I was in Key Food the other day and saw cute, tiny, orange habanero peppers. I thought it would be tasty to stuff them and make a  spicy treat. Admittedly, I also thought the little peppers would look adorable when photographed for instagram (I know, I know). I made a delicious, unconventional breadcrumb filling with garlic and herbs, more an Italian vibe than Spanish inspired. Long story short, as predicted, they looked amazing on my IG account and the likes […]

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Feel Good Macaroni And Cheese

Feel Good Macaroni And Cheese

A few weeks ago I made the most decadent, highest calorie macaroni and cheese dinner I could possibly come up with. Why? Because it was my birthday, I had Covid and it’s a very cold January. I needed comfort… and food. Cheese normally does the trick, no? This meal is creamy and delicious. Make sure to use medium shell macaroni. They hold the cheese well, making every bite perfect. Just as if you were preparing baked ziti, don’t over cook the pasta because it continues to cook in the oven. […]

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Winters Fruit

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A couple of weeks ago I took a wreath making workshop with Amy Febinger at the Rockaway Hotel. You may remember I recently wrote about the experience. One of the items to choose from –  to adorn the wreaths – were persimmons. That reminded me of the first time I was introduced to this distinctive winter fruit. It was nine years ago and a bit of an odd circumstance. We were looking for parking outside of St. Gregory’s Church in Belrose. It was my Grandmother Mary’s funeral. My husband and […]

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Doctor It Up With Pepper

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I tried to order Xing Xing the other night. It’s my go-to Chinese place on the peninsula but apparently they’re closed on Mondays. So, I ordered from another place. I’m not going to disclose which restaurant because the food was dreadful. In an effort to salvage my dinner, I added salt and pepper to my veggie chow mein. The pepper cap was loose and I doused it by mistake. It wasn’t looking good, but the fridge was empty so I took a few bites. To my surprise, the egregious amount […]

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Spicy Roasted Cauliflower Soup With Cumin

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Fall brings soup to our table. Each week during this season and through the winter, I experiment with different types of soup. Making a large batch for the week goes a long way, especially if you have a busy work week. And worst case, you freeze it for another time. I’m essentially vegetarian these days, so  soup packed with vegetables is a fast n’ easy delicious meal for me. One pot means less mess too. And so, this marks my first soup of the season. I wanted a recipe with […]

Fiori Di Zucca Fritti

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  A few weeks back I wrote about the mysterious, unknown squash plant that appeared in my front garden.* I want to update everyone. It’s grown exponentially onto the sidewalk and leading up to the house. I’ve discovered only one fruit and it was already rotted, most likely nibbled on by a squirrel. Even with the partial fruit, it was still unidentifiable. Take a look at the picture, if you have any leads, please reach out. Since the plant has not produced fruit, I thought I should use some of […]

Simple Sautéed Mushrooms With Basil

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Simple is best in almost every situation. That also applies to cooking.  Minimal ingredients allow you to enjoy each individual flavor and really taste what you’re eating for what it is. I had baby portobello mushrooms in the fridge and I had planned to make stuffed mushrooms but I didn’t have much time last week and I didn’t want to deal with the mess. So, I thought to just sautée the mushrooms in butter. I had basil from the garden on the counter and I garnished with that. The earthy […]

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Garden Update – Cilantro and Lettuce

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My vegetable garden is in full swing! Water is key now that it’s very hot. I’ve been checking on my plants daily, which are across the street from my home in the Beach 91st Street Community Garden. Two plants I want to discuss this week: cilantro and lettuce. This year’s cilantro crop seeded itself from last year! It just appeared in the spring-like magic. I had to give it the good ol’ taste test. It could’ve been parley. My grandfather would do this in the food stores to figure out […]

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Summer Strawberry Jelly

Strawberry Fields Forever!! John Lennon’s reference in the Beatles song is based on nostalgic childhood memories of him playing in the garden of Strawberry Fields, at the Salvation Army Children’s Home in Liverpool near where he grew up. The Beatles spent 45 hours in the studio over 5 weeks, tracking the song and ended up with three different renditions, finally combining two of them. Is this why the lyric mentions  “forever”? It also may have to do with the fact that strawberry fields actually last forever. You plant one container […]

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Guacamole

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Confession. I’ve made guacamole only a handful of times in the past few years. This is because Key Food, on Beach 87th and Rockaway Beach Blvd. has an absolutely delicious guacamole. Guac is a bit of a chore to make and it’s just so easy to grab the container off the shelf. The one I get has the deli label on it, and they have it on Fridays throughout the weekend. For a person who is “almost vegetarian,” avocados add richness and satisfaction to meals. Not to mention they contain […]

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