Recipe: Shrimp Parmesan

I did not know that shrimp parmesan was a region-specific delicacy¬†until I moved out of the New York metro area. It was a dish I had grown up on, almost¬†as common as chicken, eggplant, or veal parmesan: pretty much every pizza joint on Long Island has it on the menu, either in platter or sandwich…

Recipe: Lemon Raspberry Cake with Mascarpone Buttercream Frosting

I have a confession to make: I don’t generally like lemon desserts. Give me your creamy, your chocolate, your vanilla-based confections – I’ll take anything soft, buttery, and caramelized. Lemon can so often overpower, it vanquishes all other flavor, from cheesecakes to sugar cookies. Bleh. But not this time. A few weeks ago, my friend…

“Toni Erdmann” and the Burdens of Womanhood

You were lied to. Toni Erdmann is not a comedy. Sure, German director Maren Ade’s Oscar-nominated ode to fatherhood (and daughterhood) is hilarious. I laughed my heart out at its quotidian absurdity. The log line primes us for funny: “Goofy older music teacher plays pranks on his upright, workaholic kid to spark a little life…

Recipe: Coconut Lime Chicken

Did you ever cook something that required only HALF a can of coconut milk? Annoying. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve scrambled to figure out what to do with the other half of that can. Use it to frost a carrot cake? Uh, sure. Whip up a mini Thai curry? Been there, done…