Posts categorized as Recipes

Salty Sponge?!?


My brother-in-law JUMBO says it’s like eating a salty wet sponge. This is highly upsetting to me. He and other olive-haters are missing out on one of the most delicious of Italian pleasures. The olive tree is native to the Mediterranean region, Asia, and Africa. It was one of the first trees harvested by humans some 7,000 years ago.  Now, it’s grown in warm climates worldwide. There are hundreds of cultivars with distinct, rich, savory flavors. Olives are commonly served in all manners of deliciousness – marinated, cured and stuffed. They’re […]

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What’s a “Pickie”?


Shortly after my sister Natalie got married she hosted her first family party. “Bryon, can you go to the food store and get the pickies?” she said to her husband. Bryon was happy to help and went to the store. An hour passed. Bryon came home frustrated and empty-handed. “I asked everyone in the supermarket where the pickies were and know one knew what the hell I was talking about??!” Natalie realized he was clueless about what she meant, and rightfully so. “Pickies” is a DiGioia-ism, a word used by […]

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America is named after a Pickle-Dealer


I had a little get together with some friends last week to carve pumpkins. My friend Meredith Urban, designer and owner of De La Mer 1981 clothing, brought to the party her grandmother’s sweet pickles. They’re honeyed and buttery with a tang, sliced thin and so so delicious (Grandma Rita we need that recipe!). My husband is a pickle fanatic. I had to hide them in the back of the fridge so he wouldn’t eat the jar in one sitting (gavone!). Grandma’s Rita’s pickles reminded me of a recipe for […]

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dandelion leaves 3 ways


As a follow up to my Wave column this week, I’m posting three dandelion recipes. If you have know idea what I’m talking about, pick up a copy of the paper or you can subscribe online to read the column. In short, I wrote about foraging for locally grown dandelion leaves. I’ll have the orginal column on the blog in a few days. If you decide to try these recipes out, I would love to hear what you think of them, and see the pictures too! Sautéed Dandelion Leaves over Angle Hair Pasta […]

Easy Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting


This was my first try at homemade icing. I don’t have much baking experience and so this was an attempt to gain some. It was so easy and guess what… it tasted like real frosting! I want to try different flavors next time and add nuts or strawberries. I found this recipe on My only tip is to make sure the frosting is at room temperate before using. I’m sure all the bakers out there are laughing – you would think this is intuitive but I made the frosting the night before and put it […]

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Melissa’s Sweet and Tangy Homemade Dressing


My friend Melissa brought over homemade dressing the other night and wow, it was delicious. Not only is Melissa a creative talent (she’s a jewelry designer) she is an excellent cook. Making dressing in advance means less mess. Prepare it for the week and your not bringing out the oil, vinegar, and spices every day. The dressing is sweet, tart, and rich – but not overpowering. I used it on salad. The dressing would also work very well over roasted chicken or sautéed veggies – yummers! Give it a shot and get creative. I want to experiment with Melissa’s dressing and maybe add chopped […]

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tomato olive salad


I’ve been making this tomato salad for a decade, at least. Gosh, that sounds like a long time doesn’t? The weather is getting colder and my inclination is to eat cheese, bread and meat but I’m really trying to keep the veggies in the forefront this fall.  I over-bought  tomatoes last week and thought this was the perfect dish to make with them. This salad doesn’t take much time to prepare. I like making it in advance so when I’m hungry and looking for something  to eat, it’s ready to go. […]

Pan-fried Tilapia With Coconut Cilantro Sauce


Summer is the best time to eat fresh fish! I love it and so does my husband. I’ve been trying to make fish once a week. Rockaway people – if you can’t make it to the Cross Bay Market, Stop and Shop on 70th street actually has a great selection. I recommend buying your fish the day of, wherever you get it. I found this tasty recipe on the It’s easy to make and only takes about a half hour, start to finish. The sauce is Indian inspired – creamy and full bodied with a kick. You can […]

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New Motherhood cooking

Ohh hey GT fans! Long time no speak. As most of you know, I had a baby girl this past April, Annie Cassidy Gehrhardt. Yes, she is the cutest baby you have ever encountered. Here she is rocking a Queens onsie. Being a mother is the best job I have ever had and I am loving every minute of it. Since pregnancy, I haven’t been cooking as much. While I was pregnant, I was working the same hours I had been prior to pregnancy and making dinner at night was […]

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Mint Cashew Dahi Chutney


This chutney has punch and the flavors are complex – sweet, spicy, nutty and a tang all in one. It’s simple to make and has major “wow factor”. Make it as an appetizer with naan or as a dressing over tofu or chicken or as a sandwich spread. I want to explore more chutney recipes because of this versatility. As you know, I’ve been learning to cook Indian food and this dish was a big win with my official taster – the husband. I found the recipe on  INGREDIENTS (makes 1 cup) 1 bunch fresh cilantro leaves 1/2 c. fresh […]

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