Armenia: Lamb and Orzo

05. January 2012 Lamb + Veal 0
For 2012, I told myself that I would go back to writing. This week, when I returned from my Christmas-birthday and New Year trip in San Francisco, I immediately got back to cooking. It wasn’t just to eat; it was to start updating this Web site as soon as possible to keep up with that ...

Homemade Pici Pasta with Tripe

22. December 2011 Blood + Offal, Pasta + Noodles + Rice 1
I had to waste four cups of flour before I perfected this recipe. The first recipe I found online did not require eggs nor all-purpose flour, just semolina and water. I thought that was odd, but I gave it a try anyway. I should have trusted my instinct. The “dough” refused to stick together and ...

Goma, Japanese Black Sesame Ice Cream

08. December 2011 Baked Goods + Desserts + Drinks 2
I’m more of a savory dessert fan rather than sweet, and one of my favorites is black sesame ice cream especially after a Japanese dinner. (Green tea and earl gray flavors are included in that list.) The best black sesame I’ve had is from il laboratorio del gelato in Manhattan’s East Village, followed by whatever ...

Masten Lake

30. November 2011 American, Brooklyn, Italian 0
285 Bedford Avenue between South 1st Street and Grand in Williamsburg, Brooklyn 718/599.5565 around $125 for 2, with 3 drinks, with tip ♥ ♥ ♥ I was talking to my friend Stacie about where we’ve both eaten lately and as we went through our list, she said, There really hasn’t been anything exciting since Momofuku ...

Chicken with Caramelized Shallots in Sherry Sauce

15. November 2011 Chicken, Kitchen Gadget Reviews 0
I roast chicken for myself at least once a month because there’s always a lazy, quiet day that’s perfect for a properly roasted chicken. What I didn’t know until this past weekend is that I can roast one and serve it to dinner guests. I always want to impress when I invite guests to my ...