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Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

My good friend Richard was the first person to introduce me to the wonders of coconut oil. Originally from Columbia, Richard is an expert on Latin American cuisine and an all-around mago (that’s wizard to you) in the kitchen. He’s been cooking with coconut oil for...
The Terrace Garden Series: Hunt Them

The Terrace Garden Series: Hunt Them

Time for the hunted to become the hunter. There’s a wide assortment of tools at your disposal. Short range Sometimes the old ways are best. Nothing beats a rolled newspaper. Those of you with digital subscriptions can use your iPads (kidding). Just remember that...
Welcome to the Flavorhood

Welcome to the Flavorhood

It’s hard to beat the convenience of a one-stop supermarket like a Whole Foods or Fairway, where everything is under one roof. But when I have the time I like to visit independant speciality shops that stock the variety of products and flavors from you just can’t find...
Grandma’s Cheesecake

Grandma’s Cheesecake

If I could invite anyone in the world to help me write about cooking and baking as a guest blogger, it would be my grandma. As a child growing up in Brooklyn, visiting grandma was always a special treat because no one cooked like grandma. I can still remember the...
The Terrace Garden Series: Plant Preferences

The Terrace Garden Series: Plant Preferences

Plants have preferences. Just like people. Some plants love the cold. They’re like bros who walk around in board shorts in the middle of winter. Other plants love the heat, like an old man who wears a cardigan to the beach. The point is, plants react differently to...
Podcasts for Foodies

Podcasts for Foodies

When you love something – the way I love good food and great recipes – then you want to tell it to the world. And while I also love to do the talking on my blog, I sometimes like to listen to others. This is where podcasts come in, and luckily for us...
Fresh Herbs Are An Affordable Luxury

Fresh Herbs Are An Affordable Luxury

When I was young, my mom used to buy dry spices in 99 cent bulk-sized containers. They looked like sawdust and tasted worse. I always hated parsley because I only ever knew it as colored dust. When I finally had access to fresh parsley, it was a revelation. It’s like...
The Terrace Garden Series: Plant Party!

The Terrace Garden Series: Plant Party!

Before we can kick this plant party into high gear I’ll need to carefully select the guest list. With 391 thousand known plant species on the planet, this seems like a Herculean task. But the climate of the Northeast US (and the unique microclimate of my terrace)...
The Terrace Garden Series: Escape From New York

The Terrace Garden Series: Escape From New York

Americans have always had a love affair with their cars, and it’s easy to see why. Cars represent the ultimate form of personal freedom – the ability to escape down that open road. Life going nowhere in your one-horse town? Then hop in your Ford and get the heck...