Summer Cookin’



It sure has been a summer of cooking. This last week I had two dinner parties, the first one was to welcome our friend Kurt who is here for his annual 10 day August visit.  Tomato season being in full swing I made a simple Tomato Galette, every time I make this I find a new cheese to grate over the dough before adding the tomatoes.  This one was made with a local goat cheese called Chevrotin. Add at least a half pound, the tomatoes are so juicy and acidic that they need that wonderful cheesy balance.  This is a like a fancy pizza.  Only unlike pizza it can be baked in advance and doesn’t heat the kitchen up quite the same way.  Here it is below after coming out of the oven.


For bigger crowds this Summer I’ve been doing a lot of cold platters, the soft cooked hard-boiled eggs have become a standard, along with simple tomato salads and in this case seared yellow fin tuna with a grain mustard potato salad.  I love cooking like this – everything is seasonal and can be made in advance so you can actually sit down and enjoy your guest and the oven is long off leaving the apartment at a livable temperature.




About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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2 Responses to Summer Cookin’

  1. So yummeh! Thank you so much Mark. Just the best birthday anyone could ever have 🙂

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