Cooking in the Digital Age: Sara Jenkins’ New Italian Pantry

Our former photo editor Michael Harlan Turkell spent the past year photographing rustic Italian dishes with the wonderfully talented Sara Jenkins, chef/owner of both Porchetta and Porsena restaurants in NYC. The result is a gorgeous app for iPad packed with recipes for simple, delicious food that’s easy to make based on 16 basic pantry items, plus loads of beautiful photography (why are we not surprised?).

The Feast of the Seven Fishes

Ask an Italian about the Feast of the Seven Fishes and you’re likely to get a lot of blank stares. But ask them what they eat on Christmas eve and the answer will be a resounding, “Seafood!” This meatless meal varies from family to family and village to village, but as per tradition, there is always a lot of fish.

DIY Sustainable Sushi

As an enlightened eater, going out for sushi–once a weekly indulgence–has become a guilt-inducing task I try to avoid. Gone are the days of blindly consuming shrimp tempura and eel avocado rolls. Spicy tuna? Forget it. But this week, with a little help from my local Greenmarket, we made a sushi feast even a locavore could be proud of.

FROM OUR RECIPE ARCHIVES: 5-Cheese Mac ‘n’ Cheese from the Jean-Georges Vongerichten Family

Brrr…it’s cold outside. We’ve barely started on our lunch, but already we’re dreaming about what to put in the oven for dinner tonight. Here’s a recipe that will do just fine: rich and creamy 5-cheese mac and cheese from Home Cooking with Jean-Georges: My Favorite Simple Recipes (his wife, Marja, actually created it).