Recipe: Roast Leg of Lamb with an Herb, Mustard, and Red Wine Crust

Tangy. That is the word for this fantastic lamb marinade that will wow you and your guests alike. The combination of rich flavors – slivers of fresh garlic, sweet onion, sharp lemon juice, piquant mustard, and fruity red wine – becomes the perfect tenderizing bath for the succulent lamb and provides a beautiful caramelized crust while roasting….

Recipe: Spanish-Inspired Stew with Ham, Chorizo, and Shrimp

Not sure what to do with all that leftover ham/ham bone from a holiday feast? Well, let me tell you a story. A couple months ago my fiancee went over to our friends’ house for our regular bi-monthly dinner with them. Aaron and Sarah are close buddies of mine from college (both are in our wedding party)…

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: 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…

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…

Recipe: Lime-n-Thyme Chicken (Or How I Perfected the Roast)

I once heard that you can tell a great chef by how well he or she can prepare a simple roast chicken. It’s always fun to play around with haute ingredients, global influences, and esoteric spices, but if you can’t master the simplicity of a crisp-on-the-outside, juicy-on-the-inside roast, then you’re toast. You guys, I think I’ve…

Recipe: Peach-Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

I hear the gasps. I know what you’re thinking. “What is PORK doing on a website called ‘Yentavision’?! Yentas are not supposed to eat PORK.” It’s true, we’re not. And yet, it is so delicious. When I was growing up, my family had some perplexing rules regarding treif – chicken parmigiana, the sporadic ham sandwich without…