A Taste of Russia

January 22, 2012

Last weekend while up in Washington Heights we made a stop to a Russian specialty food shop, Moscow on the Hudson, to prepare for a dinner in celebration of the traditional Russian Old New Year. A friendly small shop, the cashier and a customer were chatting at the counter when they gave us all the insider tips needed to have a successful meal. After I explained I was going to photograph the dinner, they even gave me a traditional Russian cuisine calendar as a gift, and made sure I left with everything I needed. Top on the list was Pelmeni Sibirian, Russian style ravioli with Lithuanian sour cream, and Vareniki stuffed with cheese, similar to the Polish pierogi. They also recommended we get a side of the Russian beet salad, sausage and their milk cookies for dessert. Приятного аппетита!

Russian raviolis, ring pretzels and sausage

Pretzels and Russia's version of salsa

Beet Salad

Vareniki and sour cream

Beet salad and ring pretzels

Raviolis and pickles

Sausage

Cookies

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‘Tis the Season

December 24, 2011

I’ve been meaning to share these delicious looking brunch shots from a Sunday afternoon spent at Tipsy Parson recently. Tucked in a bay window seat on a cold but sunny Sunday afternoon, a friend and I enjoyed their comfort American menu with a southern flair. If you happen to be around New York for the holidays, I highly recommend stopping in. Closed for the weekend, they re-open on Monday.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday, and I look forward to bringing you some festive feasts I’ll be partaking in throughout the week in Syracuse!

Flaxseed & nut granola, berry compote, berries

 

Pigs in a Poke-- stone ground grits, andouille sausage, poached eggs, toast soldiers

 

Side of eggs

I Heart NY

November 11, 2011

This morning was one of those, “I love NY” moments while I was walking to work. The sun was out, the fall colors at their peak, and I just finished shooting last night’s dinner. Part II of my autumn pasta is finally here. I tossed together the pasta with olive oil, some seasonal herbs and goat cheese, adding in arugula, almonds, raisins, apple chardonnay chicken sausage and topped it with asiago cheese.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Fresh arugula

Salted almonds

Pasta with Apple Chardonnay Chicken Sausage and Arugula

Salted almonds and raisins

Indian Summer

October 14, 2011

The afternoons of rooftop brunches may be coming to an end for the season, but we snuck one last day in with the July-like heat. My father was kind enough to prepare a brunch for my roommates and friends in the building. After a morning at Zabar’s and Fairway to get all the goods, he prepared all sorts of delicious plates. We had three styles of crepes– apple cinnamon, fresh berries and ham and cheese, scrambled eggs on rosemary toasted bread, home fries, bacon and two varieties of organic sausage– Italian herb and spinach feta. For a special dessert treat, my friend Leslie’s mother was kind enough to give us a loaf of amazing chocolate challah bread for Yom Kippur, so we took that out to enjoy.

Ham & Cheese crepes

Chocolate Challah Bread

Cinnamon Apple crepe filling and Home fries

Spinach Feta Sausage and Cinnamon Apples

Kex

September 14, 2011

Kex, unlike your traditional Icelandic dining or bar establishments, is the new and trendy place to go. Reminding me of home, and a place I’d frequent around the Lower East Side, I couldn’t resist making this my go-to place for the weekend. It’s an old biscuit factory turned hostel and bar, but more taking on the resemblance of Ace Hotel than your typical first impression of bunk beds in an old, unwelcoming building. The photos speak for themselves on the impeccably cool style of the place, as their concept is a vintage industrial feel with an eclectic, contemporary touch. The kitchen offers a range of dishes, like the Kex Platter with a sampling of meats, to the vegetable quiche, and their beer selection far surpasses the standard Viking lager that is found elsewhere.

Kex Platter with potatoes, salami and olives

Lounge area

Salad with Icelandic vegetables

French Press coffee and good books

Sitronukjuklingur med Klettasalati or simply Lemon Chicken with Ruccola

Salami on the Kex Platter

Pylsur med Kartoflumauki og Sterku Sinnepi ... aka Pan Fried Sausages with Potato puree and mustard

Eggs & Toast

March 13, 2011

For me, nothing quite beats spending a morning in the city eating eggs and toast in the comfort of a bright and sunny apartment. My friends invited me over to Roosevelt Island while they used some fresh farmer’s market ingredients to cook up breakfast.

Sausage, Eggs, Toast and Tomatoes

Italian Comfort

December 1, 2010

My father’s homemade Italian sauce, meatballs and sausage.

Spaghetti & Meatballs