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Kitchen Talk

Turn up the heat on home cooking

A smokin’ quesadilla from the Border Gals

Bravo TV has launched its second season of “Top Chef Masters,” and so far, the show has managed to whip up our  appetite for spice and heat, from Susan Feniger’s  smokin’  shrimp and scallops to Marcus Samuelsson’s  upscale twist  on soul food. Wait a minute, rumor has it that the  Swedish/Ethiopian chef who trained in Europe and lives in New York is opening a new American restaurant in Harlem called Red Rooster. Could this mean that the show is fixed?… Read More »

The pleasure of leftovers

 One of the pleasures of  an empty-nest household is the home cook’s ability to spin off multiple meals from a limited  amount of raw ingredients. With a little creativity, you can transform a simple dish of Sauteed Shrimp into a shrimp salad the next day, or take a Roast Pork Tenderloin and resurrect it as a Red Flannel Pork Hash or  Pork Stir Fry with Vegetables. This is the philosophy behind Judith Jones’ trusty little cookbook, “The Pleasures of Cooking… Read More »