Blog Spot: Valentina Citadina

My brilliant friend/chef/writer Valentina  has begun documenting her experiences living and, most importantly, eating in New York. Hers is a lovely blog and I encourage you to visit it!

Read about our brunch experience at the Reynard in Brooklyn here…

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Foodie File: White Chocolate Paradiso

Every woman has a PMS monster. Mine is indubitably French. Every month around that time, I consume heavy amounts of red wine and blast Edith Piaf while whipping up high quality desserts (no thank you, Pillsbury boxed cake). Not that any of these activities sound different from any other week…

ANYWAY, I was craving something different yet relatively light, so I opted for a white chocolate lemon glaze cake recommended by David Lebovitz, an expat chef living in Paris and one of my favorite bloggers.


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Foodie File: Am I a Vegetarian?

It’s starting to seem that way, what with the onslaught of vegetarian/vegan recipes in my kitchen lately. I’m not going to give up meat anytime soon, but like I said in a previous entry, I love the creativity and flavor vegetarian recipes tend to have.

This is another take on the homemade veggie burger: a black bean & sweet potato burger. I got the recipe from Cookie & Kate. Instead of millet, I used rice and couscous (and as always, topped with avocado–because life is better that way).


Foodie File: Veggie Burgers to save your life

I’m by no means a vegetarian/vegan, but I’ve found myself dipping into such recipes lately. Because the options are more limited, particularly with protein, they tend to be flavorful and creative, and not to mention healthful.

So when my vegetarian friend Alejandra suggested we make veggie burgers from scratch, I was excited. The recipe came from an award-winning vegetarian blog, The First Mess. We accompanied the lettuce-wrapped burgers with sweet potato fries (and evil-delicious vegan cookies for dessert–we made them pecan/cranberry instead of chocolate chip).


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Sprinkle peaches with cinnamon and toss (rather, gently place) on the grill.

Marvel at how unhealthy it tastes.

Add ice cream to be sure.