Pasta Tuesdays

by Priya on January 28, 2015


Now that’s what I call a TV Dinner!

A few years back, my dear friend Meg came up with this idea to make Tuesdays special. Monday is the start of the week and by Wednesday, you’re half way there. Thursday almost feels like it’s  Friday but Tuesday sort of gets lost amongst the week days. Even KLG & Hoda decided to make it special by creating Boozeday Tuesdays. It gives you something to look forward to on a day that’s otherwise unremarkable. Rob and I try to stick to our tradition of Pasta Tuesdays as often as we can and last night was one of those days. Thought I would take a sec to share our recipe. Now bear in mind that Pasta Tuesdays isn’t about opening up a box of spaghetti and topping it was sauce. It’s an opportunity to create something more special. Usually we use fresh pasta or make it from scratch. Sometimes it’s veg and sometimes it’s not. Last night we had just received some awesome ground beef and other fresh produce from Quinciple so we let our inspiration/ingredients come from that.

1. I started by browning the ground beef. It usually take about 8-10 mins. I didn’t add any extra oil. Then I spooned it from the pan and set it to the side.

2. Using the beef fat in the pan, I then browned 5-6 small diced Cipollini onions until translucent and golden, about 8-10 mins


3. Then I added about 10-11 thinly sliced Cremini Mushrooms and sautéed for another 6-7 mins after which time I added 2 small garlic cloves finely chopped.


4. Once the mushrooms started releasing their natural liquid, I added a few sprigs of thyme leaves and 1 cup of red wine to deglaze. This helps with the bits of onion and mushroom that are probably stuck to the pan. Using a wooden spoon, they should come up easily.


5. I added back the ground beef back to the pan and mixed together with the other ingredients.


6. I’ve been really psyched about this gravy called Jersey Italian Gravy. I bought a couple at Christmas for family and friends and it was such a hit. It only has 5 NATURAL ingredients which make it the perfect tomato based canvas to flavor however you’d like. So when I’m in a pinch, I also have a few extra on hand to use. In this case, I since I was doing everything else from scratch, I took a little help from Jersey Italian Gravy for the sauce. One jar went in next.


7. Separately, in a large pot of salted/boiling water, I added 10 oz of fresh Sfoglini Spaghetti. It cooks literally instantly, so give it a quick stir for 15-20 seconds and then immediately remove (with tongs) to the sauce pan.



8. That’s pretty much it. You can season to taste. I added black pepper and basil on top, I really didn’t feel it needed salt especially since we topped it with some pecorino romano. That gave it all the salt it needed. Hope you enjoy! Please share your Pasta Tuesday creations if you choose to adopt the tradition. It’s always such a delicious night to look forward to!



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The One Diet That Works

by Priya on November 24, 2014

“Eat anything you want…just cook it yourself.”

Love this guy. He’s got so much good wisdom including what he’s learned from other leading experts like Harry Balzer.

If we only ate things like french fries if we cooked them at home, we probably wouldn’t eat them as often because they aren’t so easy to make. That means we probably would eat them less often. Maybe that’s how it’s supposed to be…

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by Priya on July 15, 2014


If you haven’t yet been to Khe-yo, you NEED to get yourself there asap! My sister had been bugging me to check it out and I can’t believe I waited as long as I did (6 days)….ha… here’s the run down of what Rob and I ordered:

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One of my favorite flavor tricks when making cous cous is to replace the oil with salad dressing. Usually a box of NearEast will require 2 tablespoons of oil, but swap it with a homemade or store bought salad dressing and the flavor profile of the dish will change completely! You can use an organic, non-gmo or low fat variety in keeping with your food preferences.

I made this dish for company and it was really tasty. I marinated the lamb kebabs a day ahead as follows:
1 lb Ground Lamb
2 small Shallots – finely chopped

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Date night: Bar Boulud & Carla Bruni

by Priya on April 25, 2014


I am Indian by birth, Italian at heart and French in my dreams. Who wouldn’t want to have an innate sense of fashion, a sultry accent, endless access to the best wines & cheese and a romantic existential approach to life? Although I’ve only visited Paris, I am convinced that France is the answer to all one’s problems in life <3

When singer/songwriter and former first-lady of France announced the tour schedule for her 4th album: Little French Songs, my darling husband, Rob, promptly scooped us up two tickets and planned a soirée détendue à deux.

Just a stone’s throw away from Town Hall NY where she performed last night, we began the evening at Bar Boulud near Lincoln Center. We’d been meaning to check it out for some time now and this seemed as good a time as any. I’ve been to a few of Chef Boulud’s other restaurants including Boulud Sud, DBGB Kitchen & db Bistro Moderne. Recently, my husband had been researching his favorite pastime (wine, what else?) and came across the name Michael Madrigale, the Sommelier at Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud known for his laid back, un-intimidating approach in the restaurant.

One of the things he’s known for is pouring from rare DOUBLE magnums – each night he selects & serves a new bottle by the glass at a very affordable price, who does that?! So, twist my arm, we ordered a glass and lucky for us, Michael was working last night. He came over to our table and in his casual style, began to tell us about the wine we were ordering. A rare pinot, considered one of the top 5 from the Burgundy Region. Excellent…I’m no wine snob but it was clear this wine was a cut above the rest – needless to say, we ordered a second round.


On to the food – We started with half a dozen oysters from Plymouth, MA. They were medium-sized and a perfect balance of briny and sweet – divine with just a touch of lemon juice. We shared the small Charcuterie board, my favorite meat was the Saucisson Sec (red wine and pepper pork sausage). SO good! Next, we ordered the Aïoli de Homard (Lobster, Mussels, Quail Egg, and Crudité), fresh and seasoned to perfection. The aïoli was so light and perfect for dipping the lobster. We ended with the Sundae, because I never order sundaes and why not? It was almond ice cream, with candied almond crumble, white, milk and dark chocolate pieces, fresh whipped cream and a caramel sauce – umm…heaven.






Rob got a photo with his wine idol:



Fully satisfied on fabulous wine and fare, we made our way to the Town Hall Theatre at 43rd and 6th. The commotion inside was nothing but the former French President, Sarkozy, making his way to his seat. We got up close and snapped a shot and I’m almost positive he winked at me.


Carla Bruni was in full form – I had been hyping this night in my mind for over 2 months so I had no clue how it would all go down. For the next two hours she did not disappoint. Favorite after favorite, she sang, cracked a few jokes (in english, in french and in Frenglish, as she calls it) and in general was just too awesome for words.


Check out Bar Boulud if you’re in Manhattan or when you visit and I think it goes without saying, but definitely check out Carla Bruni’s new album: Little French Songs. I’ve posted a few of my favorite songs below for you – Enjoy!

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Happy Happy Happy! This time of year feels so rejuvenating…

It’s been a very busy Winter, filled with lots of fun on the slopes, aprés ski, making new friends, an engagement and lots of yummy food! I thought we should take a moment to catch up :)

For starters, I hit a record number of the days on the slopes this year at 25 days!! Almost doubling my previous record! It was a great season up in Killington…made some new friends, hung out with some old friends and thank goodness, no major injuries to report…I did happen to take out a snow fence on my 3rd to last day which left me with a pretty sore neck for a week or so. Really wish someone caught it on video but alas, I am not a Kardashian and my entire life is not being filmed.

One of our favorite things to have up at the ski house are homemade paninis. They are so satisfying after a day on the slopes. I made 3 different types one weekend, cut them into tapas portions and served them on a platter along side some pipping hot French Onion Soup.


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Shrimp & Sausage Paella

January 22, 2014

This was such a fabulous dish that I threw together so last minute that I definitely surprised myself! Paella seems so fancy and intimidating but I can tell you that it’s not! It’s beautiful to present at a dinner party of even to surprise your spouse with a quick, easy and healthy dinner.


Brussels Sprouts Hash

January 18, 2014

It was a Saturday morning not unlike today and Rob was craving hash browns but I only had one small potato. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention and my man needed hash browns! So armed with a bag of brussels sprouts and a few slices of Canadian bacon from my much beloved […]