Main Dish

Bolognese and Béchamel Layered Mini Lasagna

Words can’t describe this!  Total comfort food!  Not something you would make on a hot summer day but in the fall or winter this is so good!  I found these cool little lasagna shaped pasta noodles her in NYC.  They do have good Italian stuff here which makes up for the lack of good Mexican.  I wasn’t sure how to…

My Beloved Bolognese Sauce

A good Bolognese Sauce is such a comfort food for me!  I found this recipe in The Book of Pasta by Lesley Mackley back in the early 90s.  It was so delicious that I made it all the time and doubled, tripled and quadrupled the recipe, would save it in tupperware containers and pull it out to make lasagna or…

Lasagna

This lasagna isn’t particularly special other than it created a string of events that led to some other amazing discoveries in the kitchen.  This is the lasagna I made before going to see Wicked with my friend Elizabeth Muirbrook when she was in town during Easter break last year.  I had to hurry so I used jarred tomato sauce with…

Homemade Pizza

This was pizza improvisation night.  No recipes here.  I just bought some really good nitrate free smoked salami and pepperoni.  The dough for the crust came from Trader Joes. Put a lot of olive oil over the crust.  The mozzarella was freshly made at Fairway.  Some Parmesan Reggiano grated on top.  Garnished with some fresh arugula and balsamic vinegar to…

Beef Tacos and Shishito Peppers

Roger started cooking up some ground beef with an onion and some bell pepper for tacos.  It was my job to figure out how to make it taste like taco beef.  I added some salt and pepper and cumin and oregano and garlic but it didn’t taste right yet.  I was trying to figure out what it was missing and…

Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes and Mushrooms

I bought this super long pasta that looked interesting.  I searched for a recipe for a sauce to go with it.  The sauce was good but nothing out of the ordinary.  The pictures give a pretty good idea of what is going on here.  I still prefer a bolognese type sauce with more carrots, celery and onion in the mix.…

Huevos Rancheros

Roger and I had brunch at a place in the village called Macondo and had the best Huevos Rancheros I have ever had!  It was in a little ceramic pot with eggs cooked and drenched both a red and green sauce.  There was a tortilla and some beans in there, too.  Unfortunately, we went again and ordered the same thing…

Dolma & Tabbouleh

I met an Armenian girl at a vertical farming tour in Brooklyn.  She told me about her national dish and it reminded me of the cabbage rolls my mom made when I was young.  This took a while to research to figure out some consensus on the internet on how to make these.  I found this recipe on a site…

Orecchiette with Basil Pesto, Cauliflower and Bacon

Henry and I learned how to make this in a Sur La Table cooking class together and have made this at least 4 times now.  Love this stuff! Orecchiette with Basil Pesto, Cauliflower and Bacon Basil Pesto: 2 cloves garlic 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted 2 large bunches basil, stems removed about 2 ounces 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil…

Lemon Coleslaw for Fish Tacos

Once the fish was gone I cooked up some chicken tenders.  The fish is better I think.   I love this coleslaw!  This is an old recipe of mine that I found in a 1991 issue of Bon Appetit.  It is the recipe from the Pine Avenue Fish House in Long Beach, California that the magazine tracked down for a…