Penne with Vodka Sauce
March 14th, 2011|4 Comments

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As the saying from our childhood goes, first comes love, then comes marriage, right. To that end, Rachel Ray has created a vodka sauce that she guarantees will get you engaged. If only it were that simple. Rachel, have you forsaken your fans in the LGBT community who can’t marry the one they love, vodka sauce potion or not?


Roasted Fennel with Pine Nuts
February 21st, 2011|11 Comments

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February is so hard for me. It’s far enough from January that I’ve already failed at all of my New Year’s resolutions and close enough to summer that I begin to realize I need to lose weight. I feel stuck in limbo. Besides being Black History Month, I also like to call February Vegetable Month — a month where I try to incorporate as many vegetables into my diet as possible and honor all the black people that make music videos, clubs and Chelsea Lately so much fun.


Stracciatella Soup with Veal Meatballs
February 7th, 2011|3 Comments

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Stracciatella Soup with Veal Meatballs: Imagine going home to your Italian mother and telling her you’re going to marry the girl from the True Blue video, Debi Mazar. That’s what Italian farmer Gabriele Corcos had to do when he decided to marry the bitchy publicist from HBO’s Entourage. Like any Italian mother, Corcos’ mama’s main concern was how Mazar would wash, clothe and feed him. Just like she’s been doing for 30 years.


Scarpetta Spaghetti Sauce
January 17th, 2011|9 Comments

Scarpetta Spaghetti Sauce 600x400 Scarpetta Spaghetti SauceWith all the sites such as Yelp, Menu Pages and CitySearch — not to mention apps like Urbanspoon — it’s pretty hard to gauge where to get the best restaurant reviews. Most of the time, the reviews are all over the place, making it really difficult to differentiate from a good restaurant and a bad restaurant.


Capellini with Roasted Red Peppers and Mascarpone Cheese
January 3rd, 2011|1 Comment

Pasta w Roasted Red Peppers and Mascarpone Cheese1 600x427 Capellini with Roasted Red Peppers and Mascarpone CheeseGoodbye, 2010. Thank you for giving me a great year, but fuck you for giving those poor Haitians an earthquake, the Gulf another disaster and Charlie Sheen a bad hooker. (OK, so he probably brought that last one on himself.)


My Ina Garten Inspired Cream Cheese Pound Cake
December 13th, 2010|6 Comments

Ina Garten Inspired Pound Cake 600x400 My Ina Garten Inspired Cream Cheese Pound CakeOver the summer, a colleague invited a few of us to Ina Garten’s house in the Hamptons. My colleague didn’t realize that Ina has been my obsession for the past 7 years. Could this really be happening to me? Up until this point, Ina was just a friend in my head. I felt like a kid about to walk through his television into his favorite TV show. Was Jeffrey going to be reading his books in the study? What about all of Ina’s gays? Were they going to be in the garden making flower arrangements for us? The questions that had been running through my head for years were about to be answered.


Butternut Squash and Crispy Sage Ravioli
October 31st, 2010|3 Comments

Butternut ravioli butter sage my social chef1 600x428 Butternut Squash and Crispy Sage RavioliThe holidays are approaching and that means, gifts, pumpkins, parties and family. Every year once Halloween is over I realize single time is over and now family time begins. I know I know it’s 2 months until New Years, but it goes by fast.


Petulla AKA Fried Dough
October 25th, 2010|11 Comments

petulla fried dough social chef1 600x428 Petulla AKA Fried DoughMany parents pass down the same traditions to their children as their parents did to them. These traditions range from the meaningful (a piece of jewelry worn on your wedding day) to the absurd (putting garlic in your underwear to ward off the evil eye). Not sure why my mom thinks the cure for mental illness and diabetes is marriage, but I digress…

As we mature into adults, we may cast aside some of these traditions. But there is one that we can’t let go of, and that’s food. The smell of a dish can bring you right back to amazing memories of your youth.


Fig, Eggplant and Feta Cheese Salad
October 17th, 2010|5 Comments

Fig Eggplant Feta Salad social chef1 600x399 Fig, Eggplant and Feta Cheese SaladFig Eggplant and Feta Cheese Salad: What is it about airports that turn people into complete lunatics? Whatever happens to someone the moment they enter the revolving door at JFK is completely beyond me. I’ve seen people go from fun-loving families to completely dysfunctional flight risks in a matter of minutes. People, life is only as crazy as you want it to be. If you decide ahead of time to make flying a huge issue, then that’s what you’ll get. Chill out, show up on time, bring your passport — and if all else fails, take a Xanax.


Foie Gras French Toast
October 4th, 2010|10 Comments

Foie Gras my social Chef maple1 600x400 Foie Gras French ToastHave you ever thought about what makes you a good person? You do the occasional charity walk to support your good friend’s cousin/uncle/grandmother to find a cure for whatever ails them. You’ve seen The Blind Side. You think about a career change into the nonprofit sector to “make a difference” — maybe you even dream of adopting a child from a third world country. These are all good things, and I also think about them. But I haven’t quit my job to work for justice or taken in a needy child… at least, not yet. It makes me wonder: What is stopping me from becoming this “good person?” Could it be an addiction to illegally downloading music? Lately, I’ve feared it may have to do with my foie gras obsession.