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Stick a Fork in It: Dad Food

Stick a Fork in It: Dad Food

We all know Father’s Day is this Sunday, but do you know what you are going to feed the dad(s) in your life? Ideally it should be something the kids can help with. Read on for some father- pleasing ideas. Most dad’s drool over the sight of grilled meat, and ironically most women aren’t the […]

Stick a Fork in it: Grand Tasting

Stick a Fork in it: Grand Tasting

This past weekend Westchester Magazine’s Wine and Food Weekend took place at the Ritz Carlton and other venues around White Plains. I was very lucky to have won two tickets to the Grand Tasting on Sunday. I brought my daughter Danielle to celebrate the week of her 21st birthday, and to help her continue to develop […]

Stick a Fork in it: Restaurant Roundup

Stick a Fork in it: Restaurant Roundup

The eateries for the May roundup are great options for casual dining. Both are outposts of restaurant chains, and both offer very good value for the money. HAVANA CENTRAL I attended the opening party for the Yonkers restaurant located in the new Ridge Hill shopping center. The sangria and mojitos were flowing and delicious appetizers were […]

HAVANA CENTRAL OPENS IN WESTCHESTER

HAVANA CENTRAL OPENS IN WESTCHESTER

Cuban Eatery Hosts Special Events, Promotions to Fete New Location Havana Central – the popular Manhattan eatery known for its festive ambiance and high-quality, authentic Cuban comfort food – announced today the April 18, 2012 opening of its newest location in Westchester’s Ridge Hill shopping center (1 Ridge Hill Blvd #A3., Yonkers, N.Y. 10710) in […]

Fiddleheads!

Fiddleheads!

I admit this may sound kind of sad to some, but all year I look forward to seeing fiddlehead ferns at market. Along with ramps and green garlic, they are a spring treat not to be missed. Yes, they have a very unique appearance that may not make your mouth water with anticipation to taste […]

Ceola vs. Barone

Ceola vs. Barone

We in the Yorktown area are lucky to have several catering venues to choose from. Last week I attended events at both Sinapi’s Ceola Manor and Villa Barone Hilltop Manor. Ceola hosted a Benjamin Franklin Elementary School fundraiser (card party). We were seated in the larger room, with the buffet set up in the smaller […]

Wild Fusion

Wild Fusion

Wild Fusion calls itself an “Asian Sushi Grill and Bar”, and it more than lives up to its name.  I met a friend there Thursday night for Martini night, which is a choice of specialty martinis for $5.00.  I tried the French martini which is fruity and yummy, and my friend had a Lemondrop (or 3), which […]

Livin' la Vida Locavore

Livin’ la Vida Locavore

With all the choices we have today, thousands of products in our supermarkets, you might ask why would someone want to live as a locavore? First, let’s define locavore. There is some debate as to what qualifies as locavore behavior. Some would say shopping locally. Ok, that’s a start. Others point to eating at restaurants that serve […]

Wild Mushroom Cavatelli

Wild Mushroom Cavatelli

I created this dish to bring to a party last year. It was made especially to honor the request of my friend Ray Eckerle, who left this earth a week ago today, much too soon. I will always remember the smile on his face when I told him what was in the dish. It was […]

Chef's Tips

Chef’s Tips

In my culinary career I have had the good fortune to have met and gotten cooking tips from some of the best Chefs in the world. Never fear- I’m more than happy to share! Being a graduate of The French Culinary Institute, I got to watch Jacques Pepin (dean of the school) do some amazing things […]

Restaurant Roundup

Restaurant Roundup

I am happy to report that this month’s restaurants are both on my list to visit again. One has a Portuguese/Mediterranean menu, and the other a local, seasonal focus. Taste After having heard so many positive things about this restaurant, I was anxious to try it.  We started with the artisanal cheese board. The presentation was […]

New Market in Mt. Kisco

New Market in Mt. Kisco

Although it uses the same space that last year housed the Community Markets’ managed indoor farmers’ market, this new collaboration between Boys and Girls Club, John Boy’s Farm, and Slow Food MetroNorth bears little resemblance to its predecessor. While you will find vendors selling products common to most markets, the atmosphere of this new venture is most […]

Restaurant Roundup

Restaurant Roundup

Happy 2012 readers and eaters!  Here’s my January Restaurant Roundup: Crabtree’s Kittle House You can now get breakfast every morning from 7:30-10:30am. The yummy menu features a wide array of creative egg dishes, such as made-to-order omelettes,  eggs Benedict, and even scrambled duck eggs as part of the duck,duck,duck meal.  Sweets include malted Belgian waffles, […]