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Moogie’s Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

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In my post last week, I mentioned a vegetarian shepherd’s pie that my mom made that was really delicious (according to Matt). She was kind enough to share the recipe below. Make this on St. Patrick’s day tomorrow for your favorite Irish vegetarian. Moogie’s Vegetarian Shephard’s Pie Ingredients I lb red lentils (or brown lentils) 2 tbsp. olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 parsnip, chopped 1 turnip, chopped 4 cloves garlic crushed 3 carrots cut up 4-5 cups water 1 package of frozen peas 3lbs […]

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The Shepherd’s Pie Tradition

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Everyone knows about our typical St. Paddy’s Day tradition in Rockaway. A day that  starts at the Honan house for breakfast, then the parade and then to my parents house for the traditional Irish feast. I have to say this years menu may have been the best. One item that has been there year in and year out, is our shepherd’s pie. One year back in college after doing the all day partying, me and my Manhattan College crew came back to my parents house and warmed up the shepherd’s […]

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Curried Chick Peas and Spinach

Curried Chick Peas and Spinach

Last night in an effort not to leave my apartment as the snow was falling, I thought, what can I make with what’s in the house? As you all already know, I love Indian food. I’ve come across a lot of curried chick pea recipes that I’ve always wanted to try. I saw this recipe and thought, I think I can make this with what I have in the apartment right now. Below is the adapted version based on my pantry items. It was delicious. Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil […]

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february

february

36 days till spring.

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Baccalà (Foot)balls

Baccalà Balls

I’ve finally gotten around to posting our Christmas Eve Baccalà ball recipe which some of you have expressed interest in. It’s a long process but tradition warrants this meal a must on Christmas Eve. A Sicilian tradition on the Feast of the Seven Fishes: “The most famous dish Southern Italians are known for is baccalà (salted cod fish). The custom of celebrating with a simple fish such as baccalà is attributed to the greatly impoverished regions of Southern Italy.” I was thinking though, why only make this once a year? It’s essentially a finger food, perfect for […]

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Mushroom and Leek Risotto

mushroom and leek risotto

I called a co-worker at home over the Christmas break and as we were speaking he said, “I’m making a risotto right now, and as you know, you have to stir, stir, stir!”. I didn’t know but he assumed since I cook a lot, risotto was in my repertoire, but it wasn’t. A few days later, I asked my brothers girlfriend for some recipes, and she sent me a risotto recipe, which seemed like the universe was telling me to make a risotto. Below is the recipe she sent me, […]

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Necessity is the Mother of Invention

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Any good cook will sometimes have to improvise with the ingredients on hand when preparing a meal. I always try to have all the right ingredients on hand but occasionally I too, have to make changes. I do not remember my mother ever running out of food when I was growing up. She was always prepared to make her food exactly the same all the time. It was amazing how the meals tasted the same, year after year and always delicious. She would plan ahead by visiting the local Italian […]

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Thank God it’s Christmas!

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Elegante’s Italian Spin on the Greek Salad

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I recently discovered Elegante’s salads. I was waiting for a slice and decided to flip through their menu. With the house renovation (no stove or kitchen for that matter) it’s been difficult to eat healthy. I decided next time I would get some greens instead of pizza. A few days later, I resisted the carb temptation and ordered the Greek salad from Elegante. I was surprised when I sat down to eat. Along with the traditional Greek salad staples – feta, red onion, iceburg lettuce, kalamata olives and tomatoes (sans grape leaves and […]

Three Cheese Dip

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The below is a dip my mom made for Grandma’s birthday, another hit like her Fusilli Salad. I made the dip this past Saturday for a dinner party. My only recommendation on the below is to get “cocktail” or “baby” artichokes. I read in Cook’s Illustrated once that baby artichokes don’t have those harsh inedible leaves like their grown up brother. (kinda like me !) Sometimes in the marinated artichokes, you can get one of those leaves, which isn’t fun. The reviews were consistent the second time around, delicious! Its […]