"A New York Treasure" --Village Voice
Category: Taster’s Cherce

Taster’s Cherce

reine

The heirloom apple a day is: Reine des Reinettes.

This one has a lovely name, especially when a French-speaking person like my Ma says it.

Taster’s Cherce

apples

My mom visited over the weekend and brought with her a fun treat from up north. A selection of apples. Five different varieties.

esop

And so: An Apple a Day. First up, the Esopus Spitzenburg.

It’s a little tart but not too tart. Not mushy or crisp, somewhere in between.

I’m not expert but it’s a good apple.

Taster’s Cherce

pecanpie

Saveur gives Pecan Pie Ice Cream Pie. Wait–what? D’um, okay!

[Photo Credit: Maxime Iatton]

Taster’s Cherce

15237658247_dcf7a7ee07_o

Alexandra gives roasted acorn squash with maple butter.

Taster’s Cherce

bbribs

Food 52 gives coffee-crusted barbecue beef ribs.

Sounds odd, but I’d try ‘em. Why the hell not?

Taster’s Cherce

roastedpeppers

David Lebowitz gives roasted peppers. 

Taster’s Cherce

lemonsssss

Yeah, I know the summer is over but still, I like the sound of this: cucumber lemonade. 

Taster’s Cherce

ovenfries

Alexandra gives the crispiest oven fries. 

Taster’s Cherce

peppers

From three little halves. 

Taster’s Cherce

cookiechoc

Yes, please.

Taster’s Cherce

beets

Beet Ravioli with Poppy Seed Sauce.

Taster’s Cherce

saladcrave

When it comes to daily food craving there isn’t usually anything I want more than a salad.

Food 52 shows us how to make a nice leafy one without a recipe. 

Tater’s Cherce

health

On a healthy note…

Taster’s Cherce

redfarm

Last night I sat at one of the community tables at Red Farm on the Upper West Side. I had a view of Broadway between 76th and 77th Street, and looked at the west side of the block where Big Nick’s used to be. Thirty years ago my father started dating the woman who’d become my step mother; she lived a block away, so I’m familiar with the vicinity. Or was.

Around me, the restaurant was clean, bright and full. The service was efficient and helpful, the food expensive, the portions small, and the taste, delicious. The crowd was well-scrubbed–the Hamptons, Abercrombie and Fitch, nouveau riche set.  I was reminded of something a friend of mine told me last week. This friend is about 15 years older than me and he grew up on the Upper West Side in the 1960s and ’70s. He hasn’t lived there for years but recently went on a first date at a spot on Amsterdam Avenue. He sat with the woman at an outdoor cafe and she remarked how lovely it was. Knowing what it had once been, disgusted at what it’s become, he told her it was like sitting in the front row of a farting contest.

They didn’t have a second date. At Red Farm, the crowd, prices, and portions might be enough to keep a sensible person away. But the food was damn tasty so I think I’ll go again.

[Photo Credit: The Daily Muse]

Taster’s Cherce

PB-J-Ice-Cream-Sandwiches-HonestlyYUM1

Back to school special: PB & J ice cream sandwiches.

Taster’s Cherce

peachmelba

Saveur gives Peach Melba Pie.

[Photo Credit: Todd Coleman]

feed Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via email
"This ain't football. We do this every day."
--Earl Weaver