Posts categorized as Food

newlyFED: Thanksgiving Edition

Our Thanksgiving table.

I love Thanksgiving. It may be an understatement – I really, really love Thanksgiving, a holiday that focuses on food and family. Whats not to love about that? While for years I enjoyed the day as a guest, the past couple of years my mom has let me cook with her. I have mostly focused on sides, and I get so excited I wind up making a lot of them. Last year I made more than a dozen sides, and the problem was with timing all the sides with one oven. It’s not an easy […]

Episode 9: Jumbo-laya


The weather has turned and to be honest, I prefer it. I like to cook and make big meals, which is not what you want to do in the sweltering heat of the summer. Today we are breaking out a hearty recipe from my brother James’ kitchen in Ridgewood, the Jumbo-laya. He is a renowned soup maker with his Jumno-laya as his crown jewel (I made that up, but it makes you want to watch the episode, no?). This is a very large serving, so invite a bunch of people […]

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10 minute meal- Italian stuffed portobello


Here’s a great one for a weeknight meal. Cook time – only 10 minutes!  The stuffed portobello is healthy, savory and also vegetarian. Directions (of course double, triple, etc. if you want to make several) 1 large portobello mushroom Extra virgin olive oil Parmesan cheese Fresh Mozzarella 1 clove garlic 1 small tomato Parsley Salt, freshly ground pepper Directions 1. Thinly slice tomato, mozzarella, and garlic – set aside 2. Heat up 2 tablespoons of oil on the stovetop, set the flame to high 3. Lightly coat the mushroom with oil […]

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Episode 8: Paella on the roof


We’re back from our summer hiatus and have we got an episode for you! I visited my very talented and beautiful cousin Sarah in Park Slope to learn how to make Paella. Not only did we get the high end paella but we got to cook it on the roof with views of the city. If I didn’t love her so much, I’d hate her for how jealous I am of her setup and skills! The recipe looks intimidating, but trust me, its worth it. Check out episode 8 here: […]

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Creative Cuisine at Ornella Trattoria


Paula and I were invited to attend a tasting at Ornella Trattoria in Astoria, Queens. As we walked in the door, you could smell the garlic wafting from the kitchen, this was my first indication we were in for a treat. Owner Giuseppe Viterale recognized us immediately, “the bloggers!”. As I would soon learn, Giuseppe recognized all this patrons. His trattoria has a feeling of warmth and it’s because of Mr. Viterale’s charismatic presence in the dinning room, night after night. We sat down, the vino was poured and the flood […]

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Episode 7: 4 Ideas for Tomatoes


Y’all, its too damn hot to cook!! My mom gave me a bunch of tomatoes and basil on Sunday and I thought “how can I eat all of these without turning on the oven?” Here are some simple recipes I came up with. I hope you like it and I hope you are not forced to use your oven too much in this heat! You can add anything of your preference to these recipes, some cured meats in the pasta salad, cucumbers to the salad, whatever your heart desires! Let […]

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Episode 6: Basics of the Wok


I love cooking with a wok, and in this episode we go through a random recipe to exemplify some of the basics of cooking in a wok. (random meaning off the top of my head) We have a recipe here we posted a while back that will help with your first wok experience. Below are some tips to cooking in a wok, and hopefully the episode gets you familiar enough to start experimenting yourself! A few highlights on cooking in a wok: 1) Use a high frying temperature oil (peanut, […]

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Experimenting with Garlic Scapes

Garlic Scapes 3

On a recent visit, my friends John and Catherine brought me garlic scapes from their garden upstate on Wild Cat Mountain. I love when I get something out of the ordinary, you have to get creative with it. I had asparagus in the fridge which I usually make with garlic so I thought this would be a good combo. Scapes have a mild garlic flavor and are a bit sweet. I chopped the garlic scapes and put them in extra virgin oil (my go to is Colavita). I cooked these in my […]

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Episode 5: Zucchini Pancakes

A few weeks ago I tried out a recipe for zucchini pancakes (or latkes as everyone referred to them as). They were a great side for a weeknight meal. I wanted to make them again, so I doubled this recipe up for appetizers at a weekend impromptu BBQ. Its a good base for any other veggie you want to make this with, but I recommend you make it now while zucchinis are in season. You can obviously make it with potatoes, or you could try it with squash. I tried […]

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Episode 4: Fresh Pasta


I know a pasta dinner doesn’t sound impressive, but if you believe that, you’ve most likely never had the pleasure of fresh pasta. (Or watched our amazing pasta episode with Mike here!) There is something special about fresh pasta. It tastes so much better than your boxed brand. In this episode of newlyFED we visit my college roommate and one of my best friends Cristina to learn about making fresh pasta. As freshman we were roommates in the upperclass apartments we’d invite about 15 girls over for “Sunday Dinner,” which […]