The Ultimate Sunday Brunch

You know, when I lived in NY, I used to go crazy on Sunday mornings waiting in huge lines to eat mediocre brunches for way too much money. That’s when I took it upon myself to learn how to make brunch at home. Today’s video features some of my favorite tricks and techniques: slowly caramelizing onions while you get on with the blueberry muffins, baking the bacon in the oven to save you time and clean-up. In just 45 minutes, you can have the dreamiest brunch on the table for your guests and you won’t get elbowed in the head by a waitress with a tray of Belgian waffles. Be sure to like and subscribe!

Homemade Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Who doesn’t love a yellow cake with chocolate frosting? For most of us, it evokes a sense of childhood and birthday parties and coming home from school and eating a slice with a cold glass of milk (okay, in my family it was more like a slice of Entenmann’s and a glass of Crystal Light Lemonade, but stick with me here). In this week’s episode of The Amateur Gourmet Show, I show you how to make this beloved cake from scratch. And even if there are a few hiccups along the way, the end cake is well worth it. Be sure to like and subscribe while you’re there!

My Favorite Healthy Soup

I’ve really become obsessed with ribollita lately. It’s such a simple soup to make: carrots, onions, celery (check!), cabbage and kale (check!), then a bunch of flavoring agents (garlic, Parmesan rind, bay leaves, chili flakes). Watch the video above to see how easy it is and if you enjoy it, please like and subscribe. You’ll find the recipe under the description. Bon appetit!

It’s All Happening on Substack

Hi everyone, did you know I’ve been writing TWO Amateur Gourmet newsletters a week, filled with recipes, restaurant reviews, and links? The Monday one is totally free and if you find yourself loving it, you can get the Thursday one for just a small fee. Enter your e-mail address above and join the fun! Or click here to see what it’s all about before you sign-up. Either way, I’ll see you over on Substack.

We Sold a Cookbook!

If you know anything about me you know that I love two things more than anything else: (1) cooking and (2) Broadway musicals. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to become friends with one of my favorite Broadway actors, Gideon Glick (we met up at The Russian Tea Room), and over the pandemic we jokingly sent each other funny Broadway-themed dishes for a potential Broadway cookbook: Sunday in the Pork with George. Bundts on this Island. The Sound of Moussaka. At some point, I pitched this idea to my brilliant cookbook agent Alison Fargis at Stonesong and she loved it. Then we hit the jackpot and convinced renowned Broadway illustrator Justin “Squigs” Robertson to illustrate the book for us and guess what? We just sold the book to an incredible publisher: Countryman Press! So look out for GIVE MY SWISS CHARDS TO BROADWAY, coming Fall 2022. 🎩👯‍♀️📚🍴💫

Lunch Therapy is Back

Hey fans of Lunch Therapy! The podcast that you know and love is back.

When the pandemic started, I figured I couldn’t do the podcast anymore because I was interviewing everyone face-to-face. But a year later, I realized that I was an idiot: not only is Zoom a totally valid way to do these interviews, it’s an even better way because (a) I can interview anyone in the world!: and (b) I can record the video as well as the audio, so there’s two ways to experience Lunch Therapy.

So, if you’re someone who loves to listen to podcasts on your headphones or in the kitchen or in your car, listen to the new episodes of Lunch Therapy on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. And if you’re more of a visual person, watch my recent Lunch Therapy sessions on my new YouTube Channel. (Be sure to subscribe.) Recent guests include the founder of Serious Eats, Ed Levine (see above); San Francisco Chronicle food critic Soleil Ho (no video there, for anonymity reasons); artist-in-residence at Joe’s Pub and author of Intimacy Idiot, Isaac Oliver; and comedian/TV/film star (Search Party, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) Kate Berlant. Be sure to leave some comments/reviews if you get a chance… it’ll help things along. Enjoy and don’t forget to eat lunch!

The Ultimate Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

I’m a terrible dancer, though I enjoy dancing. In college, I was in a production of A Funny Thing Happened to the Way to the Forum (I played Hysterium; such typecasting) and learned the box step. That’s the extent of my dancing prowess. Give me a bouncy Sondheim score and a solid square of dance floor, and I’m there.

Pie-making is a bit like dancing for me. I’m enthusiastic, but often limited in my capabilities. There was that patched-together rhubarb pie from 2010; and that blueberry disaster from 2007. Things have gotten much better since then: the last pie I posted about, Nicole Rucker’s Nectarine Plum Pie with a Brown Sugar Crust, was a bonafide hit. And then there was this strawberry-rhubarb pie that I made for the Oscars. No longer was I a goofy Hysterium bouncing around a college theater; for one brief moment in time, I was Anna Pavlova… except instead of a dying swan, I was a soaring bird!

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