Saturday, September 30, 2006

Farmer's Market Saturday

A crsip and sunny Fall day today, as we spent some time in the Dog Run prior to doing our weekly shopping run at the market. Since we're celebrating cheese as this month's indulgence at The Gilded Fork, I stopped by the Valley Shepherd Creamery and picked up some caraway seed cheese as well as some truffled sheep's milk cheese. Valley Shepherd is made right on the farm in Morris County, NJ.

Next, I stopped by Captain Rick's Pura Vida Fishery booth and picked up a mackerel fillet for my quick lunch, and a dozen oysters (for only $10!) He also had some more of the lovely pink swordfish I had last week. This was really great. I seasoned it with salt and pepper and a little fennel seed with dried lemon peel, and broiled it for a few minutes, then lay it atop a crusty crouton in a bowl of gazpacho. It was a quick lunch and a great way to use leftovers!

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

ReMARKable Palate Podcast #58

ReMARKable Palate #58: Chef Ming Tsai, Part 2

Jennifer and I sat down with Chef Ming Tsai of Blue Ginger Restaurant and his PBS show Simply Ming. He tells us about running a restaurant with his wife, his work with Chefs for Humanity and FAAN, the Food Allergy and Anaphlaxis Network, and tells us about his new line of East-West products available at Target. Look for more of his Simply Ming Podcasts coming up in October on the Culinary Podcast Network.

You can hear part 1 of the interview on Food Philosophy #22

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Wine From Spain event raises $30,000 for Citymeals-on-Wheels

The Great Match Spanish wine event Jennifer and I attended last Thursday was a huge success, raising $30,000 to help feed the city's elderly homebound. We got so many great interviews for the podcasts, including an exclusive with Famed Food Writer Gael Greene, co-founder of Citymeals-on-Wheels, and Katrin Naelapaa, Director of Wines From Spain, as well as many of the participating chefs. Listen for those on upcoming episodes of both ReMARKable Palate and Food Philosophy. Below is the press release detailing the outcomes of the event:

New York, September 25 - More than 300 Spanish wines served with tapas prepared by 11 New York City restaurants were showcased at Wines from Spain's fourteenth annual Great Match: Wine and Tapas Thursday, September 21, at Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. The evening event was open to the public, with more than 500 attendees. Proceeds from the $60 admission were donated to CITYMEALS-ON-WHEELS, and raised $30,000 for the charity. Participating restaurants included: 809 Sangria Bar & Grill, Christos Steak House, Ditch Plains, Dressler, EN Japanese Brasserie, Pair of 8's, Philippe, Tre Dici, Tíntol Tapas Bar, Tocqueville, and Ureña.

"It is very moving to know that in the middle of great feasting and uninhibited wine tasting, New Yorkers are also thinking of their invisible neighbors. We'll be delivering meals as it gets colder to the people just steps away from where all of us live and work: the needy homebound elderly," said Gael Greene, founder of CITYMEALS-ON-WHEELS.

The Great Match: Wine & Tapas is part of a national tour created by Wines from Spain, a promotional division of the Trade Commission of Spain, to demonstrate the variety and versatility of Spain's wines paired with global cuisines.

"Spanish wines have a larger audience in the U.S. due in part to the innovative winemakers and cutting-edge chefs in Spain who are generating international headlines and enticing more people to learn about and try Spain's wines and food," said Katrin Naelapaa, Director of Wines from Spain. "Events like the Great Match introduce more people in the United States, both consumer and trade, to the latest trends in Spain."

For more information on the Great Match and on Spanish wines visit or


Wines From Spain, a promotional division of the Trade Commission of Spain in New York City, is committed to promoting the awareness of Spanish wines and spirits throughout the United States through education, informational materials, special events and promotions. For further information on specific wine regions and producers, please contact: Wines From Spain, Trade Commission of Spain, 405 Lexington Avenue, 44th Floor, New York, NY 10174-4499.

In 1981, Gael Greene and James Beard founded CITYMEALS-ON-WHEELS, an organization dedicated to hand-delivering meals to the homebound elderly, by raising private funds to supplement the government-funded weekday meal delivery program. Citymeals now funds 100 community-based agencies that bring weekend, holiday, emergency, and weekday meals to homebound elderly New Yorkers who can no longer shop or cook for themselves.

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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Farmer's Market Saturday: First day of Fall

The first full day of fall is here, and the light rain fell this morning, leaving a cool mist on all the grass here in Inwood. The greenmarket was abuzz with shoppers wanting to get at all the great stuff on offer. We're experiencing the changeover from Summer to Fall with the remaining summer fruits and vegetables, and a few of the great variety of fall apples and root vegetables.

Samascott Orchards always has a wonderful variety of fruits on hand, like these precious little prune plums. Look at that great price!

They also had these tiny little seckle pears, which are like "mini-me" pears. As the sign said, they are "sweet and crisp, both hard and soft", and only $1.50 per pound. Because they are great hard, you can dice them up into a fine brunoise, toss them with a splash of sherry vinegar and use them as a last garnish for a salad.

Who doesn't love a nice red radish? You can slice these babies up thin and use as a garnish for an hors d'oeuvre, or just enjoy them quartered in a salad.

Finally, there was a BRISK trade going on at the booth of Heartland Creamery Farms! These people couldn't wait to get at that great artisanal farm-made cheese.

Speaking of cheese, we're exploring the cheese board as our indulgence this month at The Gilded Fork. We'll be bringing you articles about creating a cheese course for your meal, and featuring several recipes we've accumulated over the past couple of years featuring cheese.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

ReMARKable Palate Podcast #57

ReMARKable Palate #57: Pairing Beer and Cheese

Chef Mark speaks with Florian Kuplent, a Brewmaster at Anheuser Busch in St. Louis. He explains the process of making beer, including the distinction between lagers and ales, light and dark, filtered and unfiltered beers, and we taste some barley and smell some hops. Florian then leads us through a tasting which pairs 5 beers with a variety of cheeses.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Wine and Tapas in NYC

You may have already seen this on Jennifer's Daily Meditation, but Jennifer and I are headed to a wonderful event on Thursday in New York to benefit City Meals on Wheels, so we hope you'll join us there for a sip and a snack!

Spanish Wines: Far from Ordinary-Totally Extraordinary!

Please join Wines from Spain at the 13th Annual Great Match: Wine & Tapas to preview more than 300 wines representing many of Spain's 64 denominations of origin, paired with a selection of international tapas from 11 of New York's most creative chefs. See for yourself why Spanish wines are perfect for any occasion and with any type of cuisine.

Thursday, September 21, 2006
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street, New York City

Ricardo Cardona - 809 Sangria Bar & Grill
Helen Park - Pair of 8's
Philippe Chow - Philippe
Cal Elliott & Polo Dobkin - Dressler
Giuseppe Fanelli - Tre Dici
Yasuhiro Honma - EN Japanese Brasserie
Jose Meirelles - Tintol
Marco Moreira / George Mendes - Tocqueville
Marc Murphy - Ditch Plains
Mina Newman - Christos Steak House
Alex Ureña - Ureña

Donation: $60 per person in advance
(IMPORTANT NOTE: No reservations will be taken after 3:00 p.m. on September 21, 2006. Tickets will not be sold at the door.)

100% of proceeds benefit CITYMEALS-ON-WHEELS, an organization dedicated to hand-delivering meals to the homebound elderly.

For easy on-line reservations and directions, visit for additional information, please call 1-866-849-8703. American Express, Visa & MasterCard accepted.

For press inquires, please contact Emily Nordee at 212-620-7027 ext 310.


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Friday, September 15, 2006

Kate Zuckerman in Food and Wine

I guess they just can't help but feature someone right after I do, but Food and Wine Magazine has featured Kate's Mini-Cheesecakes with Wine Gelées as their "last bite" in the October issue. YUM! This is how Kate describes it on her Pastry Chat blog:

"Food & Wine is featuring a version of my goat cheese cakes as “The Last Bite” in the October issue. This version uses three wine gelees, and I think it makes a nice contrast with the recipe in the book, which features a hazelnut brittle crust, quite a different flavor. "

Photograph by Anna Williams for Food and Wine

Thursday, September 14, 2006

FDA warns of E.coli outbreak from bagged fresh spinach

FDA Warning on Serious Foodborne E.coli O157:H7 Outbreak
One Death and Multiple Hospitalizations in Several States
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing an alert to consumers about an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in multiple states that may be associated with the consumption of produce. To date, preliminary epidemiological evidence suggests that bagged fresh spinach may be a possible cause of this outbreak.

Based on the current information, FDA advises that consumers not eat bagged fresh spinach at this time. Individuals who believe they may have experienced symptoms of illness after consuming bagged spinach are urged to contact their health care provider.

“Given the severity of this illness and the seriousness of the outbreak, FDA believes that a warning to consumers is needed. We are working closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local agencies to determine the cause and scope of the problem,” said Dr. Robert Brackett, Director of FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN).

E. coli O157:H7 causes diarrhea, often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death. To date, 50 cases of illness have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including 8 cases of HUS and one death.

At this time, the investigation is ongoing and states that have reported illnesses to date include: Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin.

FDA will keep consumers informed of the investigation as more information becomes available.

See the warning at:

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

ReMARKable Palate Podcast #56

ReMARKable Palate #56: Kate Zuckerman on The Sweet Life

Chef Mark speaks with Kate Zuckerman, the award winning pastry chef at Chanterelle in TriBeCa about her upcoming cookbook "The Sweet Life: Desserts from Chanterelle". She tells us about her inspirations, her seasonal approach, and how she balances career and raising a family, and we talk about our personal connection through her husband, who conducted me in musicals at Yale!

See her Pastry Chat blog at

Plus, we conclude our Sweet Indulgences series by hearing from some more folks about their favorite guilt-free indulgences. Share yours or read about more at

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Saturday, September 09, 2006

Farmer's Market Saturday

Most people may already be in Fall mode, with the return to school and work that is brought on by Labor Day, but it's still late summer around here, and after the prodigious rain we've had in New York over the past couple of weeks, there is an abundance of late summer produce on the stands

With these huge carrots, you could make our great Gilded Fork Carrot and Ginger Soup recipe.

These fresh strawberries would make the perfect Champagne Sabayon with Roasted Strawberries and Honey Pecan Twists

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

ReMARKable Palate Podcast #55

ReMARKable Palate #55: The Cheese and Wine of Cyprus

Tim Mavrelus, the "Halloumi Man" speaks to us about the food products of Cyprus. Halloumi cheese is known worldwide as "the cheese that grills", and Tim describes the process of making Halloumi. He and Aristos Constantine introduce me to Commandaria, an amber colored fortified wine made from the Mavro grape. It gained fame in Europe when Richard the Lionhearted drank it at his wedding in Cyprus, pronouncing it "The wine of kings and the king of wines". We also taste Zivania, a high alcohol spirit distilled from grape must.

We also share some more Sweet Indulgences. Share yours at A Life Much Sweeter.

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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Farmer's Market Saturday

It looks like Ernesto brought us some rain and wind all the way up here in NYC! The farmer's market was pretty miserable today, so no pictures. Many of the vendors were not able to make it in the heavy rain. And it's a good thing, because when I got there, the few that held out were trying to keep their tents from flying away!

So I picked up some lovely white peaches from Samoscott Farms and some organic yogurt from Hawthorne Valley Biodynamic Farm and made an indulgent dessert tonight. I simply sliced up the peaches and mixed with the yogurt, and topped with a sprinkle of Sweet Simplicity Sweetener. It was the perfect Sweet Indulgence on a rainy day!

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