Brooklyn Shrimp
August 3rd, 2011|3 Comments

Brooklyn Shrimp Salad 600x400 Brooklyn ShrimpThis recipe is named after my least favourite borough of New York City: Brooklyn! It may be the home of Lil’ Kim, but I just can’t bring myself to move there. I avoid it as much as I can. But for some reason, all the cool, good-looking smokers have inhabited it.


Cold Pea and Edamame Soup
June 28th, 2011|1 Comment

Cold Pea Soup 600x427 Cold Pea and Edamame SoupGrowing up, my parents didn’t see a need for children to go to the doctor. My mom thought soaking a broken ankle in salt water would realign the bones and my dad’s remedy for everything was a little whiskey (the alcohol kills any germs that are making you sick, right?). And my mom’s cure for a stomachache? 7-Up. She said it would put the fire out. I actually believe my mother thought there was a real fire in my belly.


Grouper with Mango
May 24th, 2011|1 Comment

Grouper with Mango 600x428 Grouper with Mango

I recently went to the land of retired doormen, elevator men and porters: Puerto Rico! Nothing like what I had expected. Growing up, the only Puerto Ricans I knew were either in gangs, worked in my building or came out of hiding on a random Sunday in June for a parade. OK, OK… not all of them, but enough for me to make a statement like that without worrying about a serious challenge. It is one of the most absolutely beautiful and tranquil places I have ever been.


Linguini with Clam Sauce
May 17th, 2011|2 Comments

linguini clam sauce social chef 600x400 Linguini with Clam Sauce

Cooking with clams makes me nervous — almost as nervous as I felt for Star Jones when Nene Leakes delivered her verbal beat down on Celebrity Apprentice. It was so intense that Obama went and nabbed Osama bin Laden in order to interrupt The Donald’s show. Props to the President for sparing us watching three black contestants leave the show in one episode. I see a trend at NBC. Watch your back Al Roker!!!!


Chicken Milanese
April 25th, 2011|2 Comments

Chicken Milanese Jennifer Katz Gallery 600x400 Chicken MilaneseAs you get older, you make certain upgrades in your life. You go from a twin bed to a full/queen, a Swatch watch to a Rolex, Aqua Net to Consort and Chicken Parmesan to Chicken Milanese. This is just the evolution of becoming an adult.


Bean & Lamb Soup
April 19th, 2011|6 Comments

Bean and Lamb Soup Pasul Grosh 600x400 Bean & Lamb SoupLike people, sometimes food looks ugly. At first you don’t even want to go there, but then you decide to give it a chance and it turns out to be not so bad. Just like your ugliest friend, sometimes an ugly dish will make you feel fabulous in comparison.


Hummus with Feta Cheese
March 22nd, 2011|4 Comments

Homemade Hummus Social Chef 600x429 Hummus with Feta Cheese

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been conscious of the struggle for peace in the Middle East. As a kid seeing it, I never really understood what was going on. As I got older, I heard about peace talks, but they only seemed to result in more violence followed by another round of peace talks. Now it’s become such a constant thing that it seems as if war is a foregone conclusion. Have people just accepted war as the status quo?


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

Not Rachel Rays vodka sauce 600x400 Penne with Vodka Sauce

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

Roasted Fennel Pine Nuts Social Chef 600x428 Roasted Fennel with Pine NutsFebruary 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

Stracciatella Soup Veal 600x400 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.