American Cheese Month with Whole Foods + GIVEAWAY!

October 21, 2014 By: Serena

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Happy Tuesday, Noshers!  I know, Tuesday is often a much-maligned day (definitely not the weekend, not Friday, not even the accepted-with-resignation Hump Day.  But there are indeed two reasons to be happy – 1. October is American Cheese Month and 2.  Whole Foods Market and I are helping you celebrate with a GIVEAWAY!!

American Cheese is so much more than the orange slices of youth and yore.  In celebration of this month of cheesy celebration, my friends at Whole Foods asked if I’d be open to checking out several cheeses that they carry from some American cheese makers.  Um, I’m sure you can my answer to that question.  Within the minute (okay, the hour), I rushed over to my closest Whole Foods to check out my American Cheese options.

If you want a quick indication of the variety and diversity of American cheeses, just stop by your local cheesemonger at Whole Foods.  Texture! (soft, crumbly, hard, creamy). Milk! (cow, goat, sheep). Aroma! I could go on and on.   After much discussion with the Columbus Circle location’s cheesemonger, and some generous sampling, I decided on five luscious cheeses to sample.

I began my journey around the cheese plate with an old favorite – Humboldt Fog by Cypress Grove Chevre.   Continue reading »

Event Alert: NYC Wine & Food Festival – NOW!

October 17, 2014 By: Serena

I’ll be doing my thing this year again at the NYC Wine & Food Festival!

Happy FRIDAY, Noshers! It is looking absolutely gorgeous out today here in NYC! What plans do you have for the weekend? I have a pretty fun weekend planned – due in a big part to the New York City Wine & Food Festival, taking place RIGHT THIS MINUTE!!!

This is the seventh year of the NYCWFF, and once again the schedule looks amazing!!  The festival features restauranteurs from around the world, legendary chefs, and a smorgasbord of TV chef-lebrities.  All of the proceeds from the four-day event benefit the Food Bank for NYC and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.  There are a kerbillion (give or take a few) events packed into the four days of the festival, and you can buy tickets for individual events.  This year, you can find me at the Grand Tasting.  I’ve attended the Grand Tasting in 2013 and 2011, and it is a ton of fun!

While the ticket prices vary pretty widely, there is a pretty extensive list of events at $100 and under.  So check out the events, pick up a few tickets, and definitely stop me and say hello if you see me! :)

My previous visits to the NYC W&FF:

Gratuitous John Legend pic ;)

Ice Cream: Vanilla Bean

October 08, 2014 By: Serena

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Happy  Wednesday, Noshers! Today I’m excited to share a recipe for an old reliable (and personal favorite) ice cream flavor – vanilla bean.  You may have read about my previous ice cream experiments with David Lebovitz’s recipes for roasted banana ice cream and basil ice cream – delish! While I absolutely loved these two flavors (especially the basil, YUM), vanilla bean is perfect standby ice cream to go with everything – whether it’s apple pie, hot fudge sundaes, or my personal favorite of just digging in with a spoon.

There were a few recipes for vanilla ice cream in my go-to book, The Perfect Scoop, but I chose the simplest one – “Philadelphia style” (no eggs). This makes for a less complicated recipe and also a lighter, “chewier” finished product.  But
don’t take my word for it; check out this super-simple, 5 ingredient recipe for yourself!

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Re-cap: Plate by Plate New York 2014!

October 06, 2014 By: Serena

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Happy Monday, Noshers!  I’m doing everything I can to combat this no-longer-summer weather with some mouth-watering recaps!  Today, I’m super excited to share some pictures from  Project by Project NY‘s Plate by Plate Annual Tasting Event that I attended recently.  Tables and tables of food galore, a cool DJ, a good-looking crowd, and lil’ ol’ me!  As I mentioned previously, the proceeds of this event went to benefit the Asian Bi-Cultural Mental Health Services at Henry Street Settlement.

I stuffed myself silly, took awkward selfies in the photobooth, and snapped pics to share with you – so without further ado, let’s get to it!

I HAD to start with dessert first, especially when this cutest little snow cloud ever was beckoning me: Continue reading »

Recipe: Roasted Peach Parfait

October 01, 2014 By: Serena

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It’s the end of summer – time to break out the puffer vests and sweaters!  Or at least, it should be.  It appears that Mother Nature didn’t get the memo, as this past weekend was in the 80s here in NYC (not that I’m complaining AT ALL).  One of the benefits of this late summer is seeing produce that would usually be long gone by now at the farmer’s market.  I recently picked up some white peaches and decided to roast and parfait them up.  As a certain loveable donkey in Shrek once said, parfaits are delicious!   This parfait is great for a lazy weekend brunch, or even a “healthy” dessert (not gonna lie, the butter and sugar isn’t exactly super healthy but it sure makes it amazing).

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