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A look at Grove Court in NYC where my grandfather once lived.

Here is a cozy spot tucked away in Greenwich Village – Grove Court. My artsy grandfather lived there for a short while when I was a kid. I loved visiting him there. The downstairs bathroom was entered through a door in the bookshelf. Everything was sort of small, maybe that…

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My mom’s dollhouse all decked out for Christmas!

Sending good thoughts to everyone during this crazy time we are in. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

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Now, here is a splendid sweet idea for New Years!

Ok, so now you are all set for Christmas, let’s focus on what delicious things we might want to eat on New Years and here is a splendid sweet idea: cookies from the Salty Heifer, one of my favorite cookie places. I mean how can you resist something called the…

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Need a gift idea for the foodie in your family?

Well, how about a subscription to the online series of short cooking videos called Cook with Jacques Pépin & Friends? Volume 3 is just out with 50 new recipes. The teachers in this series are all accomplished chefs and friends of Jacques Pepin. It is a gift guaranteed to improve any budding…

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Hey New Yorkers! If you still need stocking stuffers, here is the place to find them!

Still looking for stocking stuffers? If you live in New York City do I have the place for you! KK discount at 78 Mulberry Street. Look what I picked up there during a recent visit. They have EVERYTHING and at a spectacular price. (wondering what that tool is on the…

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Looking for a unique holiday gift for your food friends? Look here.

Here is the perfect affordable unique holiday gift for your food friends – spice mixes from Airis Johnson. She made the best jambalaya I had ever tasted. The secret? Her Cajun Spice blend. Now you too can make the perfect jambalaya.

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Oh the places you will go, and the food you will eat on an Oceania cruise!

Oh the places you will go – and the food you will eat – not to mention the pastries made fresh every day – on an Oceania cruise. And the cooking classes offered are simply amazing. I can’t wait to get back on board in the new year!! Thank you…

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In Episode 1010 of Sara’s Weeknight Meals I visit Brazil and Puerto Rico by way of their kitchens.

On this show I tour Latin America by way of it’s kitchens when I cook with two amazing Latin American cooks. First up, Chef Letitia Morenos Schwartz takes me to a Brazilian café to taste some of the unique flavors of her native country; then we shop for some ‘only…

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Fried Plantains (Tostones)

1 to 2 large green plantains 5 tablespoons canola or other vegetable oil or enough to reach ¼ -inch up the side of a large skillet Kosher salt Peel the plantain and slice it on the diagonal ½ – 1-inch thick. Heat the oil in a large skillet over high…

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Pigeon Peas with Rice (Arroz Con Gandules)

Note: you can make this dish without the meat for a vegetarian version Hands-On Time: 30 minutes Total Preparation Time: 1 hour Serves 4 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 pound pork, cut into ½-inch pieces (optional) 1 ounce of pancetta (optional) 1 tablespoon annatto oil (see note below) Carmen’s Sofrito:…

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