Mustard Chicken (Nancy’s or Ina’s?)

I was watching an episode of the “Barefoot Contessa” recently, and she was making a chicken dish that looked rather familiar.   The ingredients were reminiscent of a dish that I was first introduced to in the late 1970’s.   When Ina Garten presented the perfectly cooked chicken on a platter, I immediately recognized it. She had … Continue reading

My Perfect Roast Chicken

How do I roast a chicken? Let me count the ways. I have roasted so many chickens in my lifetime,that I couldn’t begin to count. I’ve tried countless recipes from friends and numerous cookbook renditions, and I have finally decided on what constitutes a “perfect roast chicken” for me. I’ve taken a little bit from … Continue reading

Sauteed Mushrooms

Somewhere in the early 1960s, this dish of sautéed mushrooms made it’s way into our Holiday menu.  I remember watching my Aunt Mary, in her Bronx kitchen, stirring a huge frypan of this weird looking vegetable and wondering if I would like it.  It was Christmas Day, and we already had too much food.  Why … Continue reading

Barbecued Veal Chops

Vegetarians beware.  This post may contain disturbing pictures.  I’m sensitive to the beliefs of vegetarians and always honor their requests when cooking for them.  While I generally follow a Mediterranean diet of mostly vegetables, grains, legumes and fish,  I do desire a piece of meat now and then.  So when given the opportunity to cook … Continue reading

Penne with Roasted Tomato Sauce

2001 was the year of the “cherry tomato.”  When I look through my folder of pasta recipes, I laugh at all the different recipes using cherry tomatoes that my friends and I shared during this period.  We were crazy for these red, juicy, flavorful little tomatoes.  Over the years, we have seen yellow ones, orange … Continue reading