Posts categorized as Recipes

Episode 7: 4 Ideas for Tomatoes

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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

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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

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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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3 Dishes, 2 Hours, 1 Traditional Southern Italian Meal

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I was nervous as we approached the door but in true Italian flare, we were welcomed as family.  Mrs. A explained what Susanne and I would be cooking. “I want to start with something easy, I cook dinner for myself every night, it doesn’t have to take a long time.”  We got straight to work after walking in the door of Mrs. Abbracciamento’s Breezy Point home. Mrs A. is the wife of the late Sal Abbracciamento, acclaimed New York City restaurateur. I was sincerely honored to be invited into her home, to […]

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Episode 3: Quinoa & Veggies

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For this episode of newlyFED, we have a different view on food, literally, it’s filmed from the top of my refrigerator. This recipe is a good quick side for these dog days of summer! I made it for our Mother’s Day BBQ and the crowd loved it! Ingredients 2 tbsps olive oil 6 cloves of garlic diced 1/3 cup of basil chopped 5 oz Spinach 12 oz Roasted Red Peppers 4.9oz Box of Quick cook Quinoa ( I use Near East and got the Roasted Red Pepper and Basil Flavor) 1.5 […]

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Spinach and Ricotta Noodle Kugel

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I received the book Make It Ahead – Barefoot Contessa as a gift and I’ve been using it all the time lately! Cooking in advance is stress-free! Here’s one that was a hit at our Easter Brunch. This recipe is a spin off of a traditional Passover kugel. Spinach and Ricotta Noodle Pudding 2 1/2 cups seasoned croutons 1 lb. roll sausage 4 eggs 2 1/4 c.milk 1 (10 1/2 oz.) can condensed cream of mushroom soup 1 (10) oz) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry 1 (4 […]

Thank Thomas Jefferson for introducing Mac & cheese to America

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Macaroni and Cheese dates back to the 14th century’s. It was first recorded in the Liber de Coquina, one of the oldest medieval cookbooks. America was introduced to Mac & Cheese in the late 1700’s thanks to Thomas Jefferson. The future American president Thomas Jefferson encountered macaroni both in Paris and in northern Italy. He drew a sketch of the pasta and wrote detailed notes on the extrusion process. In 1793, he commissioned American ambassador to Paris William Short to purchase a machine for making it. Evidently, the machine was not suitable, as Jefferson later imported both […]

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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

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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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Baccalà (Foot)balls

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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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