At Notion, a sprint to the finish

(Second in an occasional series on the birth of Notion)   A perfectionist chef doesn’t get much sleep in the days leading up to the opening of a new restaurant, thanks to the critical and time-consuming task of developing dishes that will delight the eye as much as they thrill the palate. He gets less […]

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What’s for dinner: Cheater chicken curry

No one’s going to blame you if you don’t feel like cooking a big meal after the holidays. This easy recipe starts with a store-bought rotisserie chicken — God’s gift to the busy and/or weary home chef. The original recipe calls for serving it with couscous, but I think it would taste even better with […]

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Stracotto (Pot Roast) with Porcini Mushrooms

Crunched for time? Time to get two meals out of your recipes. I served this delicious pot roast on day one, as Food Network cooking star Giada De Laurentiis suggests, with a cheesy polenta. The next day, I chopped up the leftovers and sprinkled them along with cheese, chopped fresh tomatoes, pickled jalapenos, onion and […]

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What’s For Dinner: Linguine al limone

Not loving the snow and below-freezing temps? There’s nothing like citrus to chase away the winter blues. This velvety, and super-quick, pasta dish is brightened with a liberal dose of lemon zest. Cream-based sauces are supposed to be silky and just fluid enough to coat the pasta, so be sure to plate it immediately, or […]

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Easier holiday entertaining: Yes, it can be done

It just wouldn’t be the season without some sort of festive gathering of family and friends. Usually, bless their generous souls, some brave couple in my neck of the woods takes on the task of hosting a holiday party. This year, it was me who took the reins and ran with it — and very […]

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Priest and his dad bond in the family tradition of hunting

The sun had barely started its creep toward the heavens when the Rev. Father Mike Zavage positioned himself against a tree, his .284 Winchester hanging at the ready on his right shoulder. Gusty winds made the 18-degree air feel more like an ungodly 2 degrees, but the 28-year-old priest was smiling, happy to finally be […]

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Five Diamond chef, Dave Racicot, confident he’ll sparkle in new setting

First in an occasional series on the birth of Notion It’s tough to pigeon-hole Dave Racicot, the self-taught chef who earned Nemacolin Woodlands Resort’s Lautrec restaurant its coveted AAA Five Diamond rating in 2007, when he was but 29 years old. He’s extremely talented, of course. But also cocky. Outspoken. Kind of pig-headed. Almost too […]

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Nonna Lidia Bastianich tells an endearing holiday story

Tradition plays a huge role in most Italian homes during the holidays, both in the family activities that define the season, such as decorating the tree, and the favorite foods that show up without fail on the Christmas Eve and day dining room tables. “Natale con I tuoi; Pasqua conchi vuoi,” goes the popular Italian […]

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What’s for dinner: Sichuan eggplant in garlic sauce

Eggplant is often served as a side dish, but it also makes for a great vegetarian entree. It’s especially delicious when smothered in a flavorful sauce, such as this sweet/hot Sichuan-style garlic sauce. Scallion pancakes or take-out spring rolls round out the meal. Sichuan food is meant to be spicy, so for the proper sting, […]

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