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…

Final Oscar Predictions 2017

I’ll be honest – 2016 was not my favorite year for film. While movies like American Honey, The Edge of Seventeen, Moonlight, and Manchester by the Sea astonished me (and Lion made me cry uncontrollably from the first five minutes until the end of the credits), I find myself less impressed with most of this year’s Oscar…

Recipe: Pistachio-Parmesan Crusted Rabbit

Ah, rabbit. The other other white meat. My partner and I discovered the wonders of rabbit a few months ago, when we bravely decided to buy a frozen one from our local Korean supermarket, H Mart. (Ten bucks, you can’t beat it.) We’d both had it before at restaurants, but each time it was prepared…

Recipe: Pork Braised with Cider and Cherries

One of my favorite kitchen activities is to play a home version of Chopped: I scan the fridge and pantry for leftover ingredients from recent meals and come up with innovative ways to use them. For example, you can make an excellent chimmichurri-inspired pesto from leftover parsley, cilantro, almonds, and parmesan (not to mention a healthy dose…

Top 10 Nontraditional Horror Films

Is it possible to be a horror fan and not really enjoy most capital-h “Horror” movies? Well, let me back up for a second. I actually do love the body horror/splatterpunk genres (think the visceral, frenetic, transformational, oozing nastiness of The Fly, Dead Alive, or even Rosemary’s Baby). I long to be shocked and disgusted,…