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Sautéed chickpeas and spinach cooked with coconut milk, cumin, garlic, onions and tumeric. A healthy vegetarian lunch for my Dad!

Sautéed chickpeas and spinach cooked with coconut milk, cumin, garlic, onions and tumeric. A healthy vegetarian lunch for my Dad!

I pan seared red tuna and served with a simple dipping sauce of mirin, soy sauce, coconut vinegar and a bit of fish sauce.  So delicious!

I pan seared red tuna and served with a simple dipping sauce of mirin, soy sauce, coconut vinegar and a bit of fish sauce. So delicious!

Yummy lunch at MoMA: plate of charcuterie, beet salad and tiramisu. Yummy lunch at MoMA: plate of charcuterie, beet salad and tiramisu. Yummy lunch at MoMA: plate of charcuterie, beet salad and tiramisu.
Yummy lunch at MoMA: plate of charcuterie, beet salad and tiramisu.
Yummy lunch at MoMA: plate of charcuterie, beet salad and tiramisu.
Yummy lunch at MoMA: plate of charcuterie, beet salad and tiramisu.

Yummy lunch at MoMA: plate of charcuterie, beet salad and tiramisu.

My secrets to scrumptious mac ‘n cheese: 1.) A good combination of solid quality cheeses (monterey jack, cheddar, fontina, mozzarella) whipped in a béchamel sauce. 2.)  Using a pasta that can scoop up the sauce like orrecchetti shells or gnocchi shape. 3.) A crunchy top. This one was made with crushed potato chips mixed with herbes de provence and grated mozzarella. 4.) A bit of heat from red pepper flakes. 5.) Truffle oil.

My secrets to scrumptious mac ‘n cheese: 1.) A good combination of solid quality cheeses (monterey jack, cheddar, fontina, mozzarella) whipped in a béchamel sauce. 2.) Using a pasta that can scoop up the sauce like orrecchetti shells or gnocchi shape. 3.) A crunchy top. This one was made with crushed potato chips mixed with herbes de provence and grated mozzarella. 4.) A bit of heat from red pepper flakes. 5.) Truffle oil.

A fish sandwich made with snapper, butter head lettuce, tomatoes, radishes, mayonnaise, scallions and some good squeezes of lemon.

A fish sandwich made with snapper, butter head lettuce, tomatoes, radishes, mayonnaise, scallions and some good squeezes of lemon.

Himomaru noodle house in Astoria is my favorite ramen place — much more so than Ivan’s slurp shop and Ippudo, the more famous places in Manhattan. The shoyu ramen here has a rich broth that is not too salty, the texture of the noodles are perfect. This is the ultimate comfort food, even on a July evening. Slurping joyously away!

Himomaru noodle house in Astoria is my favorite ramen place — much more so than Ivan’s slurp shop and Ippudo, the more famous places in Manhattan. The shoyu ramen here has a rich broth that is not too salty, the texture of the noodles are perfect. This is the ultimate comfort food, even on a July evening. Slurping joyously away!

Sunday breakfast! Sunday breakfast! Sunday breakfast!
Sunday breakfast!
Sunday breakfast!
Sunday breakfast!

Sunday breakfast!

It is good to be home on a Saturday with garlic fried rice, crispy bacon, sausage and a soft boiled egg with chives and sea salt.

It is good to be home on a Saturday with garlic fried rice, crispy bacon, sausage and a soft boiled egg with chives and sea salt.

Ground bacon and sirloin combined in this burger patty from my local butcher, Harlem Shambles.

Ground bacon and sirloin combined in this burger patty from my local butcher, Harlem Shambles.

My butcher had some beautiful beef bones which I baked for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. I scooped out the scrumptious marrow, spread it out on some toasted ciabatta bread with fleur de sel and chopped chives.

My butcher had some beautiful beef bones which I baked for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. I scooped out the scrumptious marrow, spread it out on some toasted ciabatta bread with fleur de sel and chopped chives.

Snapper stuffed with garlic, cilantro and lots of fresh lemon. Baked in a foil envelope at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Snapper stuffed with garlic, cilantro and lots of fresh lemon. Baked in a foil envelope at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

My local fish market had some live blue crabs. So I steamed these pinchy suckers over beer, coconut vinegar and garlic for 30 minutes until they were bright orange. My local fish market had some live blue crabs. So I steamed these pinchy suckers over beer, coconut vinegar and garlic for 30 minutes until they were bright orange.
My local fish market had some live blue crabs. So I steamed these pinchy suckers over beer, coconut vinegar and garlic for 30 minutes until they were bright orange.
My local fish market had some live blue crabs. So I steamed these pinchy suckers over beer, coconut vinegar and garlic for 30 minutes until they were bright orange.

My local fish market had some live blue crabs. So I steamed these pinchy suckers over beer, coconut vinegar and garlic for 30 minutes until they were bright orange.

This is a recipe I have carried with me since college, a discovery from my freshman year roommate, Beth: black bean and rice salad. We would make it on the floor of our dorm room and during Spring breaks by the lake. It is my favorite summer dish and I think of those happy times as I dice and toss: jasmine rice, red and green peppers, cucumber, tomatoes, garlic, red onion, fresh cilantro and a can of black beans. Dressed with fresh lime, olive oil, cumin, dashes of Worcester sauce and hot sauce, honey, salt and pepper.

This is a recipe I have carried with me since college, a discovery from my freshman year roommate, Beth: black bean and rice salad. We would make it on the floor of our dorm room and during Spring breaks by the lake. It is my favorite summer dish and I think of those happy times as I dice and toss: jasmine rice, red and green peppers, cucumber, tomatoes, garlic, red onion, fresh cilantro and a can of black beans. Dressed with fresh lime, olive oil, cumin, dashes of Worcester sauce and hot sauce, honey, salt and pepper.

A healthy lunch for Dad: whole wheat lo mein noodles with garlic, chicken, Chinese broccoli, baby spinach, roasted carrots, sesame oil, fresh lemon and a tiny bit of soy sauce.

A healthy lunch for Dad: whole wheat lo mein noodles with garlic, chicken, Chinese broccoli, baby spinach, roasted carrots, sesame oil, fresh lemon and a tiny bit of soy sauce.

Chicken roasted with lemon and hard apple cider, sweet roasted carrots with chives, a spinach and arugula salad with a honey balsamic vinaigrette and a few simply baked potatoes.

Chicken roasted with lemon and hard apple cider, sweet roasted carrots with chives, a spinach and arugula salad with a honey balsamic vinaigrette and a few simply baked potatoes.

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