Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Bits & Morsels

Sweet Corn Ravioli from Café Gray.

"Bits and Morsels" by Jordana Z, is an ongoing collection of information from the world of the foodies and foodblogs:

Park Avenue Potluck is my favorite kind of cookbook. It’s a cookbook for people who don’t cook (like me). I love cooking but I definitely do not cook as often as I would like. Park Avenue Potluck offers a glimpse into the homes of New York’s most chic hostesses who know the ins and outs of planning the perfect party.

In addition to recipes for casseroles and cocktails there are tips for setting up a home and hosting a party. Regardless of whether or not you are a cook you will get a lot out of this book. The recipes are delicious and easy to follow and are written by the gals at The Society of Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center. Park Avenue Potluck is published by Rizzoli and due out in November.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will provide funding for The Society of Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center’s patient care, research and education programs at the hospital. [Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center]

If you've ever wanted to be a cheese maker, this is the perfect recipe to get you started. Check out this smart and simple method for making ricotta cheese. Ricotta, which means re-cooked is one of my favorite cheeses. I love the mild and clean flavor. What's better that serving pasta with home made ricotta cheese? [Serious Eats]

Squirrel is the new chicken. Recently chef Marc Sanders started replacing duck with squirrel in his Peking-style pancakes. The dish has been getting raves. There is a large population of Grey Squirrels and apparently they taste ... like rabbit. It’s only a matter of time before chefs in New York start serving pigeons. [Daily Mail]

Taco Bell is opening up in Mexico. This chain of not-so-authentic Mexican food is going to compete with the genuine taco stands in Mexico. This is like opening an Olive Garden in Italy. I can’t wait to see the results. [CNN]

It is very hard to be a food writer in New York City. Every corner of this city is packed with delicious hidden treasures. Usually when I write the column I think about one great meal or experience, but this week was filled to the brim with good eats. Saturday night I went the New York Film Festival at the Time Warner Center to see “Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.” For a bite before the show I went to Café Gray. I had the sweet Corn Ravioli from the Indian Summer menu. The ravioli was served with roasted corn and it was divine. The dinner and the movie was the perfect New York evening. [Café Gray]
Warm bread and Halibut from Café Gray.
Right now the weather in New York is crisp and perfect. I love that I can walk around and not deal with the subway and especially the taxis. In doing so, I stumbled upon Something Sweet on 11th street and First Avenue. You have to try the banana cookies. It’s a sliced banana on a butter cookie dipped in chocolate. What’s not to like? [Something Sweet]

Another treasure that I found was Café Grumpy on 20th street between 7th and 8th Avenue. All of the people that work there are very affable and far from grumpy. You don’t have to worry about getting burnt-bottom-of-the-pot coffee because every cup of coffee is brewed to order. When you go, try the café latte and the pumpkin banana muffin for the perfect autumn snack. [Café Grumpy]

Till we eat again,
Above: Banana cookies to go from Something Sweet on 11th street and First Avenue.

Clockwise from left: Pumpkin banana muffin from Café Grumpy; Barista Ed with the perfect cup of freshly brewed coffee; Sweet treats; Inside Café Grumpy.

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