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Dream Kitchen — Final Days to Enter!

by in View All Posts, February 16th, 2009

Dream Kitchen 2009
With the final week of HGTV’s Dream Home Giveaway here, we must confess that we’ve been DROOLING over this kitchen.
Are you kidding us with this space? AMAZING!

Learn how to enter here.

Sunny’s Last “Ultimate Recipe” Party

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, February 16th, 2009

Sunny Anderson gets the behind-the-scenes dish from the “Hometown Favorites” episode of Ultimate Recipe Showdown.

Do any of you FN Dishers have the ultimate recipe? Food network is now taking submissions for the next season of Ultimate Recipe Showdown, so be sure to ENTER YOUR RECIPE HERE!

My Schmaltzy Valentine

by in View All Posts, February 13th, 2009

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This past Sunday, a group of us were invited to participate in the annual Valentine’s Tea event at the James Beard House.

Among the visiting chefs were Amanda Freitag from The Harrison, as well as pastry chefs Jennifer Giblin of Blue Smoke, Ellen Mirsky of Public, and Melissa Murphy from Sweet Melissa Patisserie.

Katherine, Miriam, our newest team member Leah Brickley, and I prepared an array of tea sandwiches to accompany a tea tasting held by Linda Villano of SerendipitiTea.

Our menu:

  • Cucumber, crab and cress on brioche
  • Hanger steak with shiitake mushrooms and endive jam on sourdough
  • Tea-smoked trout with beets and horseradish on multigrain
  • Grown-up ham and cheese with quince and arugula

Sounds fancy, huh? Well, that was until the Lower East Side egg salad on pumpernickel made its way to the menu. What makes it Lower East Side egg salad? That’d be schmaltz, the key ingredient.

As a virgin schmaltz egg salader but a huge fan of egg salad in general, I was needless to say very curious. The egg salad was not only smooth and luscious, but it took on a chicken flavor that was comforting and familiar. No mayonnaise needed here at all. It is also incredibly rich, making it, in my opinion, perfect for tea-size (that is, smaller) sandwiches.

This Valentine’s Day, I fell in love with something not quite as sexy as chocolate-dipped strawberries but with a lot more heart and soul.

Claudia Sidoti, Recipe Developer

Sunny Coming Up, Part II

by in View All Posts, February 13th, 2009

Now that we’ve uncovered in my Part I interview with Sunny Anderson how she made her way from DJing to plating, we are going dig into some of her scrumptious cooking secrets!

Secretary Confidential: How is it being the “new kid on the block”?

Sunny Anderson: It’s cool, I’m used to it. I moved almost every year growing up and in my adult life, I’ve kept the same pattern. So, being new is old to me. I just hope I’m around long enough for someone else to be the “NKOTB.”

Get more of the Sunny story you never heard, here.

The Milk Foam and the Air Masses as a Hood to Give the Cocktail

by in View All Posts, February 12th, 2009

Food & Finance – Produce

by in View All Posts, February 12th, 2009

Farmers Market

Welcome back readers!

I hope that you are still revved up about getting the most for your food dollars (and leaving more dollars in your bank account). A very special welcome to you if today marks your first encounter with “Food and Finance” – follow the rules and your bank account will thank you. I encourage you to refer back to my “inaugural” column for my basic shopping and budget guidelines.

Last week we talked about where to shop. This week — produce. Click ahead to save money with Roni’s produce secrets.

Cheap-Ash Meals With Ashley Archer: 2

by in View All Posts, February 11th, 2009

Here’s another Cheap-Ash Meal (check out the first one here), just in time for  Valentine’s Day. 4 courses of dinner, then breakfast the next day, for 2 people:

  1. Crispy Shallot and Watercress Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
  2. Warm Green Beans and New Potatoes with a Poached Egg and Bacon Vinaigrette
  3. Grilled Skirt Steak with Roasted Shallot puree
  4. Ricotta, Honey and Pear Tart (with leftovers for breakfast, with remaining bacon)

= $22.73

Click through for recipes and receipt: Read more

Sunny Coming Up, Part I

by in View All Posts, February 11th, 2009


Alrighty, FN Dishers! I am bubbling over with excitement today! I chatted with Sunny Anderson and will be sharing the tasty dish she offered up in Part I of my two-part interview. Get your appetites ready because she is simmering with juicy information.

Get the Sunny story you never heard here.