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Spanakopita Made Easy

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Last summer, while shooting TV segments on Turkish cuisine, I gained a newfound appreciation for the art of making baklava. Each of those gooey crispy squares are the product of a labor of love, requiring time, patience, skill, a large amount of counter space and […]

Shrimp in Lobster Sauce, Hold the Lobster.

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There’s a great scene in “Midnight Run” – one of the most underrated movie comedies – where the character Jonathan Mardukas, played by a hilariously deadpan Charles Grodin, interrogates a local bar owner.  Here’s the exchange: Jonathan Mardukas: What’s the name of this establishment? Red: […]

Baked Falafel

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe, and I hesitated to post the pics of this one because, well, you’ll see. Basically I screwed up a few things along the way. Didn’t turn out so pretty. The plan was to make falafel, but […]

Dolmas (Stuffed Grape Leaves… and a Few Unstuffed)

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On a warm day in Tarrytown, the sidewalks on the corner of Main St. and N. Broadway are packed with people dining al fresco. They’re at Lefteris, which indisputably owns the prime location of downtown. It’s impossible to walk by without taking a few nosy […]

Tried, But Still Can’t Get Into Gazpacho

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I’d like to start off by saying thank you to all of you who have emailed me this week with well wishes. Even though we’ve never met, we share a connection through our love of food, and that makes us something more than strangers. I’m […]