Big Crispy Hash Brown

Big Crispy Hash Brown

I like my hash browns to be crispy and ‘fluffy’, not ‘al dente.’ And when making them at home, I like making one ginormous hash brown. It’s easier to make, to serve, and to eat! This recipe is flexible and hash browns are messy by…

Orange Pound Cake

Orange Pound Cake

I had flour, eggs and butter. . . and an orange. I was hankering to bake something. With something snack-y on the brain, I decided upon an orange pound cake. This recipe is inspired by Dorie Greenspan’s “Odile’s Fresh Orange Cake” and Ina Garten’s “Orange…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

Nolita, then MePa and so on and so on. I sometimes get caught flat-footed on new names for Manhattan neighborhoods. I admit not being familiar with Two Bridges, the Lower East Side/Chinatown neighborhood by the East River flanked by the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges before…

Spaghetti with Broccoli “Pesto”

Spaghetti with Broccoli “Pesto”

Looking for a new way to use broccoli that is easy? The color is so bright that I was inspired to mix it in with pasta, like a pesto.  But given the texture of broccoli, I decided not to make it more gritty by adding…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

In my inaugural New & Noteworthy list of 2020, I keep myself honest and prune my list. I also add one new restaurant, which has been receiving coverage for a few months hyping its opening, Verōnika, the latest from restauranteur Stephen Starr and design studio…

Pecan-Raisin Crackers

Pecan-Raisin Crackers

I usually prefer savory crackers but these pecan-raisin crackers are an exception. And pair excellently with cheeses, especially blue cheese. I used Melissa Clark’s Golden Raisin and Pecan Thins recipe (which acknowledges that the recipe comes from”Better Baking” by Genevieve Ko) and made a few…

Caraway Rye Crackers

Caraway Rye Crackers

Crackers are one of my favorite snack foods and a preferred vehicle for cheese. I am always bummed when I spend $8 for a small box of ‘artisanal’ crackers and I find they taste like cardboard or are always stale. I tested this batch of…

“Old-Fashioned” Bundt Cake

“Old-Fashioned” Bundt Cake

When living in Tokyo, I used to stop into Mister Donut and treat myself to an old-fashioned doughnut now and again. I recall there were several types: glazed, sugar and plain. I used to get the plain — not too sweet and the rough texture…

Matcha Shortbread Cookies

Matcha Shortbread Cookies

The holiday brought about a flurry of baking. This recipe for matcha shortbread cookies was chosen for the color, ease and most importantly yumminess. It’s my go-to recipe for shortbread. It’s almost always called out when I pack them up as a gift, and is…

Le Crocodile

Le Crocodile

Observations from my first visit The Grub Street article and lead photo is what had me hustle to make a reservation at Le Crocodile. The piece was about the restaurant opening and the image was of the chicken and fries plate with the headline “Together…

Café Kitsuné

Café Kitsuné

I added Café Kitsuné to the New & Noteworthy list when it opened in the West Village in mid-November. The co-founders of the Maison Kitsuné brand are Masaya Kuroki and Gildas Loaëc, who began their business fusing their loves of fashion and music, and now…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

As we can count down the number of days left in the year on our hands, new restaurants continue to open their doors in NYC. One that caught my eye comes from restaurateur Delores Tronco-DePierro (who has a few James Beard noms for Denver restaurant…

Skillet Corn Bread

Skillet Corn Bread

Recently, I made corn bread in a skillet for the first time. I usually do not want to make so much, so I bake it in a smaller glass dish. That said, I have always wondered if a skillet would make the edges more brown…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

As 2019 draws to a close, so will new openings. I have no new restaurants to add to the New & Noteworthy list this week. The one I had been eying is stalled by a city permit with no hard open date as of yet.…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

Thanksgiving is this week and we have about six more weeks until we start a new decade. Yes, feels like time is running short. In the last week, I visited two more spots on my list– The Jones and Kochi. I am in the process…

Kochi

Observations from my first visit I recently wrote that I was off tasting menus given the recent hefty price tags and time commitment. And I had never made it to Neta, Chef Sungchul Shim’s last kitchen. And I had only read one announcement of Kochi…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

This week, I add another two restaurants to the N&N list, Anton’s and Café Kitsuné. As the end of the year draws close, the holidays usually draw out the ‘old New York’ nostalgia and it looks like Anton’s menu fits the bill. Chef Nick Anderer…

Labneh with Black Olives and Za’atar

Labneh with Black Olives and Za’atar

I recently met with a friend who spied a picture of this dish. I wrote about it in a Weekend Cooking post and said it was inspired from a recipe from Mokonuts on the Saveur site but did not really go into much more detail…

Crispy Pan-Fried Potatoes

Crispy Pan-Fried Potatoes

Potatoes have always been a personal fan-favorite. When I was young, when asked if I could bring one thing to a desert island, my answer was a potato and I would regale over how I could eat french fries, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes and so…

Simple Risotto with Crumbled Sausage

Simple Risotto with Crumbled Sausage

Risotto is a real workhorse dish. It is delicious as a standalone and can also be fortified and easily changed up with simple toppings. You don’t need much of anything so it’s a great way to use up some loose ends in the fridge. This…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

Kochi and Xu’s Public House are added to this week’s New & Noteworthy list and Hutong is coming off as it isn’t so new now. I have been bemused to see that the reviews coming in for Hutong, mainly because the kudos seem to be…

Gussed-Up Instant Ramen

Gussed-Up Instant Ramen

I do enjoy instant ramen noodles. Mind you, that is not to confuse it with cup-o-noodles. My go-to economy brand is Sapporo Ichiban Original flavor; and my splurgy brand is Myojo Chukazanmai Shoyu flavor. The instant noodles themselves give off some starch and oil so…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

Halloween has come and gone and we have gained an hour on the clock so the sun rises at a reasonable time, and the sun sets before we’re ready.  The nightfall helps stimulate my appetite so I feel like I am hungrier when dinner time…

Quinoa and Bean Soup

Quinoa and Bean Soup

This recipe is my twist on the popular Italian soup, pasta e faglioli sans pancetta and using quinoa instead of ditalini. The result is a vegan (or vegetarian if you add cheese rind) soup that is warming and filling. I had been making regular pasta…

Side Bar: Rocco DiSpirito and The Standard Grill Part Ways

My very first post on the Daily Dish was a review of Rocco DiSpirito’s return to a restaurant kitchen in February of this year. Now, he and The Standard Grill have parted ways according to the New York Post and the New York Times. After…

Weekend Cooking

Weekend Cooking

Ah travel! The food, the sights, the food! For me, a holiday abroad is like a culinary tour — morning, noon and night. But I have to admit that it’s nice to return to home cooking. After our holiday in Tokyo, I was looking forward…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

Apologies for last week’s New & Noteworthy list, or more specifically, absence thereof.  I was in Tokyo (more of that in Side Bar). I did keep an eye on happenings and the restaurant I am adding actually opened in September. Somehow I was not so…

New & Noteworthy

New & Noteworthy

The Daily Dish has a new look!  For those who wondered why the food/dining posts had a very serious look, it was because I was a squatter on a site launched focused on tech news.  As of this week, dining and cooking take over the…

Tech posts blog moved

The technology and culture related posts moved to Ghuneim.com. I will be blogging there from now on – this site will stay true to its name and be about food. blog moved to: ghuneim.com

Side Bar: The Best of the Worst

I just read Ryan Sutton’s review of Wild Ink at The Hudson Yards.  The full headline for the Eater piece is “Wild Ink Is an Overwrought Yet Underachieving Fusion Disaster at Hudson Yards:  London-based group Rhubarb’s New York City debut goes wrong at every turn…