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“It costs as little as 40¢ for two life-saving pills that, when taken daily, can prevent an HIV+ mom from passing the virus to her unborn baby, still, 650 babies are needlessly born with the virus every day. EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES rallies the culinary world to help get that number nearer to…

Swing Session 2015

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OTTO = RangersTown

  Earlier this month, OTTO turned into RangersTown to celebrate the Rangers’ Presidents’ Trophy. Now they’re onto the second round, baby!!   Throughout the Rangers’ run, OTTO is offering a special pizza called the “Go Rangers.” The pie is topped with tomato sauce, Joe’s Dairy fresh and smoked mozzarella, D’Artagnan Uncured Duck Hot Dogs, caramelized onions, poppy seeds, a drizzle…

FAVAS AND SUGAR SNAP PEAS WITH POTATOES AND TARRAGON

A Veggie Dish That’s True to Season

Though they freeze better than most vegetables, peas are at their best during spring, pulled straight from the pod.   At this time of year in my restaurants, shelling peas is almost a full-time job.   Favas have been around for longer than any other bean we know of today. And like many now-revered Italian…

WATCH THIS COOK THIS!

WATCH THIS: HOW TO FRY AN EGG   COOK THIS: UOVO D’ANATRA WITH SABA

EARTH DAY 2015

In America, 40% of the food we produce is lost to waste. 40%!!   So to celebrate Earth Day this year, we challenged our chefs to create dishes using the “undesirable” parts of produce that are commonly sent to the landfill: from asparagus bottoms to kohlrabi greens.   We then compiled their creations into a collection of…

The Zing of Spring

It’s easy to forget about asparagus’ seasonality because it’s available year-round. But local asparagus has a freshness unlike that available in November. There is nothing better than seeing the first piles of these beautiful vegetables at the local market. Trees are in blossom. Spring is here.   Asparagus has been known as a sign of spring since the…

Asparagus with Walnut-Orange Pesto

  This recipe makes about 3 cups of the thick, foamy walnut-orange pesto. Keep any leftovers covered in the refrigerator for several days. Use on other vegetables, or simply prepared chicken or fish.  

2015 CAN DO AWARDS DINNER

  Food Bank For New York City’s 2015 Can Do Awards Dinner Join Mario in an evening honoring our partners in the fight against hunger. Get your tickets here!   WHEN: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 WHERE: Cipriani Wall Street   2015 HONOREES Tom Colicchio & Lori Silverbush Sandra Lee, Simply Living Publishing Stavros Niarchos Foundation   HONORARY…

‘Nawlins meets Italia

My youngest son, Leo, and I made our way down to the glorious city of New Orleans about this time last year. I do recognize we live in New York City, where you can virtually get anything you’d ever crave in the world. But there’s something about that slow, southern drawl and unbeatable hospitality that’s…

Marinated Fish with Vinegar and Mint