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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...
A Brunch for Every Borough

A Brunch for Every Borough

In New York City – we brunch like bosses. You can keep your boring omelets and soggy flapjacks. New Yorkers like to mix it up with fresh ingredients and flavors from around the world, served with a bottomless mimosa. Yes, brunch is a beautiful thing in New York....
People of the World, Spice Up Your Rice!

People of the World, Spice Up Your Rice!

Yo, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want. I wanna… I wanna… I wanna… I wanna… I wanna really, really, really wanna talk about rice. It’s boring. Uninspired. But it doesn’t have to be this way. People of the world, you can spice...