Seasonal Tastes: September 2016 – Cheesy Corn Casserole

Even though Labor Day is over, it’s still technically summer, which means it’s still technically summer corn season.  This recipe not only takes advantage of the seasonal veggie, but also of the cast iron skillet, which makes this a one-pot dish, perfect for the no-fuss type of cooking I like to do in 90 degree…

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Seasonal Tastes: April 2016 – Pepper Jack and Chive Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a heavy, Winter food item, but if you add a ton of chives, they feel nice and Spring-y.  This is how you make a seasonal ingredient work for ya.  This side dish requires exactly 4 ingredients because I’m such a nice person and like making your lives easy. Bring a pot of…

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Seasonal Tastes: February – Turkey Meatball Pitas with Spinach and Dill Sauce

Spinach is packed with all sorts of good-for-you things.  In fact, of all the things in season during the winter, it probably has the most health benefits.  Most of the really healthy stuff simply can’t survive the frigid months.  I can barely survive the frigid months. The problem is I barely ever eat it fresh.  I…

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Seasonal Tastes: December – Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce

I know pumpkin is an October/November item, but since we’ve been experiencing a warmer Fall/Winter than usual here in NYC, I’m allowing that ingredient to slide into December – it still feels apropos.  Did I use that word correctly? I started with this recipe, but it was pretty much just an inspiration that I ran with.  I…

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Seasonal Tastes: October – Figs with Balsamic Glaze

I’m 30 and I just tried my first fresh fig.  There were so many things I didn’t know when Karina put a bowl of figs in front of me after her Rosh Hashanah dinner.  Can you eat them fresh or only dried?  Can you eat the skin?  Are there pits? Turns out, yes, you can…

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Seasonal Tastes: July – Corn on the Cob with Basil Butter

Cooking with seasonal ingredients takes advantage of when produce is at its best. There’s usually more flavor, it can be more cost efficient, and it just feels more genuine. Each month I’ll cook a dish showcases and in-season ingredient. Corn on the cob is a fun thing to eat in the summer but something I…

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Seasonal Tastes: May – Pea & Pea Shoot Salad with Feta and Fennel

Cooking with seasonal ingredients takes advantage of when produce is at its best. There’s usually more flavor, it can be more cost efficient, and it just feels more genuine. Each month I’ll cook a dish showcases and in-season ingredient. Peas are in season in May so I’m guessing that means pea shoots are in season.…

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Seasonal Tastes: April – Burrata with Radishes and Fried Shallots

Cooking with seasonal ingredients takes advantage of when produce is at its best. There’s usually more flavor, it can be more cost efficient, and it just feels more genuine. Each month I’ll cook a dish showcases and in-season ingredient. At best, radishes are used as a topping on a salad, but this dish makes them…

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Seasonal Tastes: March – Leek and Bacon Cous Cous Casserole

Cooking with seasonal ingredients takes advantage of when produce is at its best.  There’s usually more flavor, it can be more cost efficient, and it just feels more genuine.  Each month I’ll cook a dish showcases and in-season ingredient. Leeks seem boring to some people, but I happen to like their mild onion flavor and the…

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