By Seth Fera-Schanes Ask any New Yorker to list their favorite foods and inevitably brussels sprouts will keep coming up toward the top of list. It’s a much loved and ordered side dish in restaurants around the city. You can even find full stalks with the sprouts still […]
Description: It is that time of year when squash are everywhere. It’s also New York so people who live here are constantly on the move. So can we take some squash and turn them into a quick snack for a hectic lifestyle. Queue up these roasted squash seeds. […]
You go in your your local grocery store and see a 2 foot long squash. It is thin, green and says “cucuzza.” If you had Italian grandparents growing up you might be familiar with this food. I called my mom for suggestions on preparation and was told when she was a kid her family would dip in a light batter and fry them up. Below is my easy to prepare recipe for Cucuzza squash.
A recent trip to the New Fulton Fish Market yielded a great purchase of an Arctic Char. Not only was the fish incredibly fresh but it cost $5.90/lb. The fish was just over 3 pounds and came to a total of $18. This same fish in a market in the city would cost around $15/lb and in a restaurant could easily be over $20 per plate. (Editors note: I did take a cab to and from the market at 3am and am not factoring in the cost of both those trips.)
By Seth Fera-Schanes I wanted to make a little Mediterranean lunch today and put this dish together. I like the delicate flounder with the hint of lemon of the zest. The Agretti is crisp and adds a nice contrast to the fish. Finally, the tomatoes add a nice […]
By Seth Fera-Schanes I put this dish together to use one of my favorite ingredients: ramps. Ingredients: 1.5 cups of prepared Cannellini Beans. (Or 1 15oz can Cannellini beans – rinsed) 3 fresh ramps, grilled or cooked in a cast iron skillet and chopped. If ramps are not […]
By Seth Fera-Schanes I set out to make a dish that accomplished two goals: have an affordable light lunch or dinner starter and use the fresh cilantro I have been growing in my garden. Check and mate. Cost cutting is always helpful in the city. Dining out multiple […]
I had been thinking about Sloppy Joes (which happens sometimes… or it might be milk shakes, fish tacos, or other food items that I just get a craving for.)
Not only did I want a Sloppy Joe, I wanted a Goat Sloppy Joe. So what did I do? I headed down to the Union Square Greenmarket on a Saturday and found the exact ingredient I was seeking.
By Seth Fera-Schanes Tis the season: Spring that is and fresh ingredients are in full supply. Everything from pheasant, turkey and goose eggs at the local farmers markets to fresh NYC honey (yes, there are apiaries in the city!) It is also the much anticipated start to ramp […]
Fiddlehead ferns are a versatile ingredient, well suited for a range of dishes. They require minimal preparation and offer a fresh taste with a nice crunchy texture.
I put this dish together which first appeared on The Refined Chef website. It is a simple pasta preparation consisting of a light sauce made with blanched fiddleheads and lightly sauteed cherry tomatoes. Lemon zest is added to brighten the dish and grated parmesan rounds everything out.