Hit Up New York’s Little Russia

I’m super proud to be writing for Amuse, Vice’s lifestyle and entertainment guide. Today they published a story on Brighton Beach. I’ve been going to Brighton Beach for as long as I’ve lived in NY-10 years. I take the train every few months with my friend Irena where we spend the day eating and buying…

Thai Coconut Tapioca with Mango

This dessert is sweet with a noticeable hint of salt. It’s addictively yummy and so easy to make–perfect for those lazy summer days.   Mango with Tapioca Pearls serves 4 15 minutes active Ingredients 1 ripe mangos, peeled and cut into small dice ½ cup small dried tapioca pearls 1 can (13.5 oz) coconut milk…

Summertime is for Summer Rolls

Though Thai food is my favorite food to eat, Vietnamese is a close second. Like Thai food, Vietnamese food uses lots of fresh ingredients, a variety of herbs, and fish sauce and lime juice make an appearance in most dishes. Vietnamese food is not only incredibly flavorful, but it’s also healthy. Always a bonus! Here…

Family Meal Time with Salmon and Herbs

Molly and I have been talking about the importance of eating dinner as a family. Molly came up with a few ways to prioritize yourself, which in turn prioritizes the family. Nothing says “my needs come last” like eating cold mac n’ cheese for dinner once the kids are asleep. As parents, we’re inundated with…

Thai Style Butternut Squash Soup

After I get home from Thailand, I’m in a bit of a funk because I’m so dearly missing burning my face off at every meal. I miss every breakfast that leaves me in tears, every lunch that forces me to keep a tissue at the ready, and every dinner that leaves my tender lips inflamed….

Holy Basil!

Basil, it’s that gorgeous herb that’s heady and fragrant, that announces it’s appearance before a dish has even been set upon the table. It turns pasta vibrant green and adds a hint of freshness to a tomato soup. But in Thailand, Basil is often flash cooked, wilting the soft leaves until they are incorporated into…

Pantry Must Haves

How often do you reach into your cupboard scanning for a spice, a salad dressing, or a roaming can of tomato sauce? Molly and I have pulled together a list to keep your pantry stocked so you can quickly whip up a vinaigrette, make a quick pasta or finish a meal without running to the…

Be Mine, Valentine (and Kitchen Twine)

Molly and I thought it could be of help to you and your valentine this year to suggest a few kitchen essentials to make that romantic February 14th even more special. Cue the garlic press… Here is a roundup of some of my necessary kitchen items that will not only help you prepare the perfect…

Mini Trees

I grew up with parents who asked that I eat everything on my plate. That included steamed, mushy yellow squash (I still reflexively gag when I think about it), steamed Brussels sprouts (I only do roasted sprouts, thank you), and limp broccoli. I’d have to close my eyes, and after much protestation, I’d cry and…

Roast Chicken Rules

For our weekly recipe for The Dinner Dance, Molly and I wanted to choose one of the most basic dishes that everyone should know how to cook. My brother has been begging me for years to write down this recipe. It’s so basic it’s crazy I haven’t written about this before. So here it is…

Perfect Softies! (Plus Tips for Mommies)

You may have noticed that I love eggs. I think many many people love eggs too. But not everyone knows how to make eggs that are just perfect. I’ve practiced a lot over the years and I want to share how to make the perfect versions of my favorite ways to eat eggs. In our…

For Billionaires and Babes, the Perfect Pasta Sauce

My most current experience as a private chef was working for one of the wealthiest men in the world, Ron Perelman. He owns Revlon. I no longer buy Revlon products. That’s not the point of my story though. I barely ate pasta until I started cooking for the Perelman family. Pasta has never been a…