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!

Cookfight! Kim Severson vs. Julia Moskin

The concept of COOKFIGHT is incredibly fresh. New York Times journalists Kim Severson and Julia Moskin, who also happen to be best friends, choose a theme (dinner on a budget, for example) and then compete to see who can make the best meal. The results of their efforts fill the pages of this book; a book so chock-full of winning recipes, I’m not sure which one I want to make first. Ok, that’s a lie, I know which one I want to make first but it means I’m choosing sides in the Cookfight. (Don’t tell Kim, but it’s Julia’s pasta with roast chicken, currants and pine nuts.)

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be invited to the New York Times building (my first time!) to interview Kim and Julia about their book. Instead of a lengthy 20 minute interview that meanders in all directions, I decided to pose various Cookfights to them to watch them duke it out. Coke vs. Pepsi, Mounds vs. Almond Joy, etc. The results are in the video below; but if you have a job where you can’t watch videos at work, I’ve broken it all down for you underneath it with comic book speech balloons that recreate the conversation.

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Amanda Cohen’s Dirt Candy Cookbook (A Video Interview)

My friend Amanda Cohen, chef at Dirt Candy in New York’s East Village, has a pretty incredible cookbook out right now called, appropriately enough, Dirt Candy. The remarkable thing about the book is that it’s in a graphic novel format, so there are drawings and speech balloons and little boxes and exclamations and all of that good stuff you expect to see in a graphic novel. What’s great is how this format enhances the experience of reading a cookbook…the combination of text and imagery carries the points home further so the various techniques described (sweating, reducing, etc.) are made incredibly clear. Today I popped into Dirt Candy to sit down with Amanda to chat about the book, how it came about, how she wrote it in this format, and to get the dirt on some of the stories she tells (about Iron Chef, for example). Thanks Amanda for taking the time to talk to me and congrats on your awesome new book!

Waiter, Don’t Take My Plate Away

Back in the old days of my blog, I used to write Thursday Night Dinner Songs. Those files went missing, I got older and more self-conscious, and the days of food related songs on my blog were over. But tonight I Tweeted that I wanted to write a country song called: “Waiter, Don’t Take My Plate Away” (because so many servers take our plates away before we’re finished) and was surprised to see it get ReTweeted many, many times. So then I thought: “What if I actually write it?” I sat down at the piano, took out a notepad, and created the song you can hear up above. A few notes: (1) sorry that you can see up my nostrils; (2) sorry that I turn blue every few seconds; (3) yes, it sounds like Dolly Parton’s “Why’d You Come In Here Looking Like That?”; and (4) I know I’m not a great singer, which is why I’d love for you to record your own version of the song….

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