A Succesful Valentine’s Proposal

Tweet Well, the Saturday night Valentine’s Dinner was a success. This one was a surprise proposal, my favorite kind of Dinner to prepare. The lady was quite surprised, in fact, her boyfriend and I were afraid she would hyperventilate when she walked in to the apartment which he had decorated with 10 dozen roses and […]

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Notes on Kuku Sabzi

Tweet Just after posting yesterday’s recipe, I ran across this description from the James Beard Foundation website: Kuku sabzi [kookoo SAHB-zee] WHAT? Iranian frittata. The herbs used to make kuku sabzi symbolize rebirth and the eggs fertility, which is why this Persian omelette is traditionally eaten at Noruz, Persian New Year. The herbs (sabzi), in […]

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Kuku Sabzi

Tweet I spoke about this dish on Podcast #23, when Donna Mintz and I sampled it at a great Persian restaurant. As I mentioned, this is a version that is baked in the oven, and uses much less oil than a traditional stoove-top fried version. Kuku Sabzi(Persian Herb Frittata) 4-6 servings 8 eggs1/4 teaspoon powdered […]

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Tweet Imagine there’s no country….. Avanti! E buona fortuna a tutti! peace Olympics Imagine Torino

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"I’m In The Mood For Love"

Tweet Well, the blizzard of Valentine’s Day dinners is about to hit, and I love being able to help bring pleasure to couples with my meals. I’m cooking the first of several Romantic Dinners of this Valentine’s week on Saturday, and whether we get a foot of snow, or an inch, it will be hot […]

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The Sage of sage

Tweet Check out this GREAT POST about Sage and it’s uses over at Papa Geno’s Herb Blog. Papa Geno is a real genius at growing, and he provides herbs, plants, and vegetables for a variety of uses. Here’s an excerpt from the full article: Most common among the culinary sages is garden sage, known botanically […]

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Podcast #23: Interview with Donna Mintz, Personal Chef and Personal Trainer

Tweet #23: Interview with Chef and Personal Trainer Donna Mintz of Basil and Barbells Personal Chef Service. We discuss her unique approach to business over a fun Persian meal, and talk about the dishes we sample, including Kuku Sabzi, Albalu Polow (Sour Cherry Rice), and Lamb Khoresh. Featured Website: www.basilandbarbells.com Jennifer’s Weekly Meditation: The sensual […]

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Champagne and Caviar and Valentine’s Menus

Tweet This month is not only my birthday, but also the birthday of The Gilded Fork, and we’re celebrating with Champagne and Caviar as the Main Ingredient and the Indulgence. Read all about champagne’s history and production, and check out the unusual recipes we have concocted using bubbly. Also new this month is the Mise […]

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Mon Dieu!

Tweet It seems the French have finally adopted an American culinary innovation! More and more French people are hiring Personal Chefs to cook special dinners in their homes. This article in French Entrée talks about Un Chef Chez Vous: “Employing a Chef to cook all your meals is traditionally the preserve of royalty and the […]

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Creamy Crab Bisque

Tweet Since I’ve recently offered a New Mexican Posole and a Butternut Squash Soup, it only seems fitting to continue the winter soup theme with this New England style classic. This creamy soup is great in the winter, and warms the bones. This version is quite simple and easy to prepare, but still evokes long […]

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