This Weeks Menus

IMG_2846This has been an insane week for dinner parties.  Ever since I stopped doing theater cooking and food in general has become my art form of choice.  It’s accessible, always presents new challenges, is mostly rewarding, easy to find an audience for in general far less stressful than writing a play and trying to get it produced.

The above menu was how the week of dinner parties started.  I think after years of trying I finally have fish tacos down.  Which is probably why I made a fancier version of the same menu a few days later:IMG_2922Then there was a pizza party for 12 people, but because it was just pizza, salad and cookies I didn’t take a picture of the menu.  Then tonight I made a four-course meal, that on the face of it seemed straight forward, I always forget how labour intensive curries can be.  Also because I insist on making everything from scratch the dipping sauce that called for mayo and could have been a snap had I just opened a jar was slightly more involved because, well, you know, I had to make my own.IMG_2926Tonight’s meal was a big hit, especially the chicken wings, something I have never made before.  A bit of a pain because you have to twice cook the wings and deep frying is always a challenge, tho in this case well worth the hassle.   If I watch sports I’d say this was the foods food of choice for the big game.  We actually were not watching anything and these spicy, vinegar tinged wings really hit the spot.  Tomorrow I’ll post the recipe, for right now tho I just need to fall over!

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 This Weeks Menus

  1. cbcreates says:

    I’ve been cooking Mexican and tropically-leaning a lot lately as well. Could it be that the return of summer warmth reminds us of our beloved Mexican vacations?

    • urbanfoodguy says:

      I wonder, certainly fish tacos are a very by-the-beach meal! And goodness knows I am always up for a trip to Mexico! Let’s go!
      Tho Asian is a stand by for me – I love the flavors and never seem to tire of them and there are still so many recipes I want to try 😉

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