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Homemade Bacon

Smoked meat and dads go together in my family, which is why homemade bacon to celebrate Father’s Day just makes sense. Making bacon at home takes a little time, but once you try your own, you’ll only use commercial bacon when you’re in a pinch. You can change the spice profile any way you’d like—just…

Radishes Al Cartoccio

I’ve been grilling tons of fruits and vegetables as spring fades and summer approaches — figs, asparagus, plums, you name it. I’ll grill anything that affords the opportunity to break out a prized bottle of saba. Made from the same grape must as that used in vin cotto or balsamic vinegar, saba is the sweet reduction…

Pea Greens with Toasted Garlic and Almonds

Pea shoots, a newer ingredient showing up in farmer’s markets across America, have long been prominent in other cultures, like Asian cuisine. With tendrils in the shape of curly-cues and leaves soft like potherbs, watery-stemmed pea shoots ensure the promise of spring peas to come.   Offering the flavor of peas, their edible shoots are…

Every Mother Counts

Every Mother Counts is an organization founded by Christy Turlington Burns to address the barriers to maternal health around the world and at home. Every year 303,000 women die every year as a result of complications during pregnancy and childbirth: that’s one woman every two minutes. And 98% of those deaths are preventable.   By…

SUPER BOWL 2016

If my favorite team isn’t playing in Super Bowl 50, you best believe I’m going to at least have all of my favorite people over for all of my favorite snacks representing the two opposing teams. This year we lucked out…   Here’s what my family will be eating on Sunday night!!     NFL SUPER…

LET’S HAVE A COCKTAIL PARTY!

“This is a handbook for living well and appreciating life with joyous abandon.”   Mario Batali   We admit we’re a bit biased when it comes to our friend, celebrity caterer Mary Giuliani. She’s sweet, she’s smart and she’s cute as a button.   But all that aside, what really made us fall in love with…

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Dreaming of Mexico All Summer Long

One thing you may not know about me is that I admire classic Mexican preparation in cooking. While I may not be able to recreate the most perfect carne asada street taco I’ve ever experienced when visiting La Merced Market, I can whip out my own version I mastered a few years back. My skirt steak…

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…

SUPER BOWL 2015

The Big Game may not be hosted in New York (or more accurately, Jersey) this year, but the Batalis’ tried and true Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs means it’s still close to home. (Click here for a video of me and fellow Seattle-native Chris Cornell on the uniqueness of the Seattle experience.)   As always, I designed a…

New York, New York…

Mario never hesitates to expound on his love of Northern Michigan, but his other home of New York City is also pretty magical, especially during this time of year. So in a nod to all of the folks visiting between now and New Year’s Eve, here’s a short list of some things WE LOVE IN NY right…

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