TIP OF THE DAY: Turning Bland Foods Into Flavorful Foods

Two days ago we showed how to give international flair to poke, the Hawaiian spin on sashimi salad. Today, our colleague Hannah Kaminsky transforms one of the blandest foods in America (via Italy): gnocchi. Here, she makes a fusion dish of potato gnocchi and Indian spices (photo #1), to create “samosa* gnocchi,” inspired by the…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Olive Oil Polenta Cake

We have advocated olive oil cake before. But this is a variation with polenta (cornmeal) instead of white flour. Olive oil cake is a standard in some parts of Italy, substituting olive oil for butter as the fat. So is polenta cake, with a hearty crumb. Both are rustic, uniced cakes. When we first tried…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Think Inside The Sub

Diane is a personal favorite, filled with radicchio, grilled onions, roasted tomato, roasted zucchini, goat cheese, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Photo courtesy City Sandwich | NYC.   We recently wandered into City Sandwich, a New York City sub shop with a different perspective: top-quality ingredients sandwiched without any mayonnaise or fatty sauces. Chef Michael…
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GOURMET GIVEAWAY #2 ~ Cookbook From Patsy’s Italian Restaurant

Make the delicious recipes from Patsy’s Italian restaurant at home. Only one New York City restaurant can claim to be Frank Sinatra’s favorite: Patsy’s Italian restaurant on West 56th Street, featuring Neapolitan cuisine. Five lucky winners will win the cookbook from the restaurant, to cook the cuisine that Sinatra loved. Patsy’s Cookbook: Classic Italian Recipes…
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