Happy National Ravioli Day - one of my favorite foods. While these delicious dough pillows can be filled with exotic flavors they are just as fine with grated cheese and ground meet. I have only tried making ravioli from scratch a few times with notably mixed success, but then there are plenty of places to … Continue reading National Ravioli Day!
Today is known as National Pi Day based on the first three digits of the apparently endless stream of numbers that define the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter and also coincidentally echoes today's date 3.14 (March 14th). There are endless puns comparing the circular nature of pie and the mathematical constant that … Continue reading National Pi Day
The once lowly meatball is in the spotlight today. Once a method to extend limited meat resources by adding some breadcrumbs and egg as a binder with some herbs and other flavors thrown in, it is now a culinary category. In New York you can find multiple restaurants based around the meatball. In recipes everywhere … Continue reading National Meatball Day
While I am consulting for Sotheby's I found a wonderful neighborhood establishment. A family run enterprise at 404 East 73rd Street, come and visit The Sweet Shop. In a tiny enclave you will find a wide variety of sweet goodies, classic candies, fresh cookies and small batch ice cream. They have nearly anything you want … Continue reading The Sweet Shop
Today is National Banana Bread, the best way to use up those over-ripe bananas you bought earlier this week. I have several recipes but this is one of the better ones. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, grease and flour only the bottom of a 9 inch loaf pan. Combine the following in a large … Continue reading National Banana Bread Day
I cannot tell a lie I like my cherry pie. With flaky crust It seems I'm just a cherry pie kind of guy. In the old cake versus pie debate I land solidly into the pie camp. While I like many kinds (including fresh rhubarb) the cherry pie is my go to diner desert if … Continue reading National Cherry Pie Day
Today is National Bagel Day, a food whose origins are often debated. But there is no question there is no better bagel than one made in New York City. Many reasons are given but it is likely because of our clean unfiltered water piped in from the Catskills. In any case they are delicious. There … Continue reading National Bagel Day
Today is National Nutella Day. This delicious spread was invented in Italy after World War II when cocoa was rationed but hazelnuts were plentiful. By extending the chocolate flavor with the nut butter an irresistible treat was created. I enjoy it but do not crave it, unlike SOMEBODY who shall go unnamed. When I introduced … Continue reading National Nutella Day
Hosting a Super Bowl? Going to a party or bar to enjoy? Hunkering down in your man cave? I'm going to Broadway. I don't really care which team wins this year's Super Bowl nor do I enjoy watching grown men giving each other brain injuries as much as I used to. I was fortunate to … Continue reading My Super Bowl plans
Today is National Croissant Day, one of my favorite food groups. Not those mass market imitations but fresh made by a local bakery who knows what they are doing. While we recognize this delicate pastry as a French product it was apparently invented in Vienna and the shape derives from the Islamic crescent after a … Continue reading National Croissant Day!
Today is National Peanut Brittle Day. One of my secret little passions. I don't eat it often but a good batch is heaven. Just peanuts and sugar but oh, so good. I can recommend the peanut brittle of The Sweet Shop at 404 East 73rd Street in New York (www.thesweetshopnyc.com). They have several variations and … Continue reading National Peanut Brittle Day
Today is National Popcorn Day! Component of Cracker Jacks, in many flavors and forms, festive and warming. One of my favorite snacks. I love it so much I invested in one of those movie theater popper units. I also have incorporated it into my Polaris North shows as part of the reception. Recently I have … Continue reading National Popcorn Day
A few months ago I planted new cherry tomato plants in my Aerogarden device in my small New York apartment. It has started to produce at a terrific rate and so we are enjoying a bumper crop of them. They are delicious. My last plant lasted more than a year but struggled at the end. … Continue reading Cherry Tomato Palooza
Today, January 12, is National Marzipan Day. This almond based sweet is one of my favorite flavors in the world. I get the love of this treat from my father, for whom it was also a favorite. I have found that people seem to either love marzipan or hate it. I am happy to take … Continue reading National Marzipan Day
Today is National Spaghetti Day and definitely my go to comfort food. Whether topped with a bolognese, puttanesca, Ameritriciana or four way Cincinnati Chili (with onions, not beans, which are an abomination on Cincy Chili, but that is fodder for a different blog post), I love it. Fortunately options for American pasta have improved exponentially … Continue reading National Spaghetti Day
Today is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day. If offered a shot at a box of mixed chocolates I will always shoot for the chocolate covered cherry option first. Definitely a pairing made in heaven. Ironically I am just writing about it now but this was a long standing go-to gift that Pamela would always buy … Continue reading National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
As the new year starts, a quick look back at my blog in 2017. As you may imagine the majority of posts were about live theater, shows I saw and scripts I wrote. My favorites that I attended and are now gone in 2017: The Glass Menagerie with Sally Field - a fresh take on … Continue reading Quick review of 2017 Blog
Tomorrow, Saturday, December 30, is National Bacon Day. Sorry vegetarians. The smell of bacon on the stove is one of my all time favorites. Today it is fashionable to add bacon to all matter of things including delicious candy - the sweet and salty mix perfectly. But there is nothing like pure delicious bacon, whether … Continue reading National Bacon Day
Shhh. What are you doing awake at this time? Don't you know it is Christmas Eve? Put the little ones to bed, explain to them what the heck a sugarplum is (and tell me while you are at it) and get those blessed sugarplums dancing in their heads. Sounds a little crazy. When they fall … Continue reading And all through the house…
Sunday, December 24 is National Eggnog Day. Not surprising as it is also Christmas Eve. Fresh eggnog shows up in our grocery stores only between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. I once tried what was purported to be an eggnog recipe from the writings of George Washington. I cannot tell a lie, it was OK. … Continue reading National Eggnog Day
OK, I admit it. I caved and had some Graeter's ice cream delivered for the holidays. Those from Cincinnati know what this means and everyone else should learn. No exaggeration - it is the best ice cream in the world. The process for making it has remained the same since 1870. It is made and … Continue reading Graeter’s for the Holidays!
It's been a while since I sang the praises of home delivered meal kits. We prefer Home Chef, though you have several options in the market. The concept is that each week you are given a choice of menu options on their website. You pick the ones you want and they deliver a recipe card … Continue reading Another endorsement of meal kits
Odd that as winter closes in someone would name today National Gazpacho day. This fresh vegetable cold tomato soup is something I associate more with summer days. But since someone went to all this trouble here is my favorite recipe: In a large bowl, mix the following: 4 cups ripe tomatoes (about 2 pounds), chopped … Continue reading National Gazpacho Day!
Today is National Cookie Day. To many this means a chocolate chip cookie celebration. For me it is a celebration of my favorite - Snickerdoodles! I use the recipe I got from my Aunt Priscilla. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In your mixer bowl cream: 1 1/2 cups sugar 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 … Continue reading National Cookie Day!
Today is National Pie Day. A sublime pie crust separates truly great pies from average pies. It must be flakey, not soggy - stand up to the filling but not be tough or chewy. People spend years mastering the technique to create the perfect pie crust. My favorite story of this comes from my ex-wife. … Continue reading National Pie Day