I’m not a big fan of Christmas shopping and I really hate present shopping – I’d rather make a dinner or buy a bottle of wine or give money (if I had any) so I greatly appreciate this article. Lemon curd is a great idea, but look for my very lemony full on butter recipe – the one linked to is made from cornstarch, which may taste perfectly fine but it’s not lemon curd in my mind. Also I was surprise such a PC blog wouldn’t have mentioned the importance of using ONLY Organic Corn Starch otherwise you are supporting GMO production and Monsanto when you buy regular old corn starch as 95 percent of all corn grown in the good old u s of a is GMO. And giving GMO tainted christmas present is kind of akin to a piece of coal in your stocking if you ask me.


Tired of Christmas cookies and jam? I try to give something edible every year, and here are some of my recent faves.


A few years back I was given some homemade granola and it changed my relationship with this cliché hippie food once and for all. Since then I’ve made it for myself and for friends and it’s always unique; sometimes I go really simple with nothing but oats, coconut, and pumpkin seeds. Sometimes I go for ginger and macadamias. And have you seen the cost of artisan granola these days? (I saw a jar for sale for $20 just last week. I kid you not.) Be warned: Once you get really good at making your own granola, you might find yourself craving it at odd hours and opting out of other meals.

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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: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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