Toni Marie Ricci got the surpise of her life when she found out she was married to a mobster. Michael 'Mikey Scars' DiLeonardo wooed her in, but forgot to metion that he was a Gambino capo working for John Gotti, Jr. After discovering that her husband had an illegitimate child with his mistress, Toni Marie did not get mad - instead, she got even - by testifying against her ex-husband at his trial. Toni Marie was recently on the hit show, I Married a Mobster, which features a different woman each episode, who shares her story about the rise and fall of their marraige. We chat with Toni Marie about her reasons for doing the show, what she's up to now, and the importance of advocating for women who have suffered abuse.
For some men cooking dinner involves a roasting pan and a spice rack, but sometimes they need a manly dose of cooking to really beef them up. Esquire food editor Ryan D'Agostino is here to provide that with his unapologetically male-centric "Eat Like a Man" cookbook.
It’s D'Agostino's repertoire of perfect recipes, essays on how food figures into the moments that define a man’s life, and all the useful kitchen points every man needs to know. He employed the help of chef friends Daniel Boulud, Tom Colicchio, Eric Ripert and Michael White, who shortlisted a selection of recipes for the man who loves to eat, read, dream and cook food. Amongst the golden nuggets of foodie knowledge the book features a definitive step-by-step, do's and don’ts guide to hosting a dinner party.
Brother Jimmy's fans rejoice! The wildly popular Southern style BBQ has just released their first cookbook containing over 100 finger-licking-good recipes; including Hush Puppies with Maple Butter, Frickles, Smoked Brisket, Deep-Fried Mac & Cheese, Pecan Pie. There's also instructions on how to whip up their signature Southern style drinks such as Swamp Water, Palmetto Punch and Carolina Coolers! Additionally the cookbook shares tips on how to make homemade seasoning, how to properly smoke meats, as well as "recipe music playlists," drinking games, and even decorating tips!
Since becoming First Lady, Michelle Obama has stood as a passionate advocate for healthful eating and exercise. In her first year as the President's wife, Mrs. Obama planted a Kitchen Garden on the White House's south lawn that inspired a new conversation all across the country. Now you can read all about it in her first-ever cookbook, American Grown.
In American Grown, Mrs. Obama shares her personal journey of becoming the nation's best-known child health advocate as she recounts the many achievements of the 27-month-old Let's Move! childhood obesity initiative. It also includes a comprehensive gardening guide by the chief White House horticulturalist; 16 recipes and essays from the White House chefs; and a peek inside community and school gardening projects from Hawaii to New Jersey.
Yesterday, award winning chef Seamus Mullen of Tertulia released his first cookbook, Hero Food: How Cooking with Delicious Things Can Make Us Feel Better. The book demonstrates how to turn key ingredients into delicious dishes.
Seamus was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis a few years ago and has since discovered that basing his cooking on 18 key ingredient has vastly improved his quality of life. In his cookbook, he demonstrates how to prepare over 80 recipes featuring his 18 hero ingredients. What are these mysterious ingredients? Olive oil, dried beans, almonds, grains, anchovies, good eggs, good birds, sweet peas, parsley, berries, carrots, corn, stone fruit, good fish, squash, mushrooms, greens, and good meat.
Due to an overwhelming response, I have extended the special offers for cookbook, My Husband is NOT a Vegetarian. Before the cookbook release date, there were many phone calls and emails requesting information about the cookbook. I felt very humbled being that I just love to cook and promote healthy living while improving our planet. The outcome and buzz that I received was not, at all, anticipated, but was a major blessing.
The release of my cookbook is a little bitter sweet to me. Don’t get me wrong, I am excited with the outcome and the buzz of the cookbook, My Husband is NOT a Vegetarian, but the realization that there are personal stories of my life in this cookbook is a little unsettling. The bitter feeling is recognizing that many of my family and friends will be reading stories that have never been revealed. Some may be asking, why put stories into your cookbook that you do not want revealed? Well, being that this is my first cookbook, I wanted my readers to know my journey and understand who I am. I also want readers to feel connected to me as I would when reading about an author. The BIO in my cookbook was one of the hardest parts to write for reasons of fear of exposing my life. I tried to suppress information, but realized quickly that restraining certain information is just not going to work. So I wrote my BIO as it was intended to be written.
They really have thought of everything, haven't they?
It was announced today that Rovio, the company behind the popular timewaster app Angry Birds, was releasing a family cookbook centered around a variety of egg recipes. Rovio plans on publishing the book independently as both a book and an app, and will be collecting 90% of the profits.
Young entrepreneurs Ben Goldberg and Jacob Davenport will be premiering their highly anticipated fry truck The Frying Dutchmen to the streets of Manhattan on May 20th. The gourmet fry truck will feature both Belgian-style fries and sweet potato fries along with a unique line-up of specialty sauces and dips.
Joonbug caught up with Dave Martin, who is The Frying Dutchmen’s Consulting Executive Chef, famously known as Top Chef's Season One Finalist, cookbook author and former Executive Chef of Lola, Crave (42nd Street) and VYNL Restaurants. Chef Dave Martin shares some insights on what New Yorkers can look forward to if they pay a visit to The Frying Dutchmen truck.
Looking for a great place for Indian food but don't know which place to try?
Why not all of them!
At The Varli Food Festival on April 7th, 35 Indian restaurants across NY are offering samples of their best dishes and desserts to all festival-goers. Restaurants include Tamarind, Devi, Junoon, Tulsi, Baluchi's and more.
Celebrate Indian food with cooking demonstrations by 13 Award-Winning Celebrity Chefs, a live cooking show , a documentary on Indian food, and even a picture with your favorite celebrity chef in the photobooth.
One fateful day, Neil Kleinberg met DeDe Lahman in a fish & chip shop in the West Village. This meeting launched a great affair of love (and butter), the restaurant Clinton St. Baking Company (dubbed “New York’s number one breakfast spot") and now a cookbook!
Celebrate Pancake Month with Lahman and Kleinberg's Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook! Read recipes that will make your mouth water, gaze at the gorgeous photographs by Michael Harlan Turkell, and follow the simple step-by-step instructions.
makes 18 to 20 three-inch pancakes
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder, plus 1 teaspoon
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
6 large eggs separated
3 cups whole milk
3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted, plus 2 teaspoons unmelted for the griddle
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups blueberries or sliced bananas and 1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar or cinnamon sugar for dusting
Maple Butter (recipe below)
1. Measure and sift all the dry ingredients into a large (preferably stainless steel) mixing bowl: flour, baking powder, sugar, salt.
2. In another bowl, whisk together the yolks, milk, melted butter, and vanilla until combined. Whisk the wet mixture into the dry mixture. The result should be slightly lumpy, yet combined to form a batter.
3. Whip the egg whites in a medium mixing bowl until they reach medium peaks (soft in the middle). You can either whip them by hand with a whisk or put them in the bowl of an electric mixer to whip. Be careful, you don’t want to overwhip the egg whites.
4. Gently mix half of the whipped whites into the batter with a large rubber spatula. Then gently fold the remaining half into the batter. Remember: this batter should be slightly lumpy and have large parts of egg whites not fully incorporated; it should look like whitecaps in the ocean with foam on top. (The batter will last a few hours in the fridge without deflating too much.)
5. Heat griddle — either an electric griddle, a stovetop griddle or a big flat pan — to 350 to 375 degrees F. Grease the hot griddle with the remaining butter. Drop 1/4 cup (approximately 4 tablespoons) of pancake batter on the griddle and cook to set. Add 1 tablespoon blueberries or sliced ananas and 1 teaspoon walnuts before turning the pancakes. Never add the fruit to the mix; always add the fruit to the pancakes once they’re on the griddle. When you see bubbles start to form on top, lift the pancake halfway up to see if it’s golden brown and crispy on the edges. If ready, flip the pancake.
6. When the pancake is golden brown on both sides, remove with a spatula. Repeat with the remaining batter and filling, cooking several pancakes at a time. Garnish with confectioner’s sugar for the blueberry pancakes, cinnamon sugar for the banana-walnut. Serve warm with Maple Butter.
common mistake: Many cooks don’t heat the griddle enough, which is why the first pancake is usually a dud. Make sure it’s very hot, then put the butter on A teaspoon or tablespoon is fine. Use just enough so that the pancake doesn’t stick.
To ensure that the whites whip up to maximum height, clean and dry all of your utensils. Also, when separating, be careful not to get an yolk into the whites.
about peaks: Peaks are “soft” when you put your finger in the whites and they fall over. Peaks are “medium” when you put your finger in and they drip over a bit and stand up. “Stiff” peaks develop when you whip the whites longer and they stay up.
makes 2 cups
1 cup real maple syrup
2 sticks unsalted butter cut into small cubes
1. Heat syrup, but not until boiling
2. Add butter bit by bit, using a whisk to combine
3. Never boil, keep on stove to stay warm
Can be stored for up to 3 months.
Enjoy a pancake everyday of the month!