Coq Au Vin

Before I begin, a shout-out is warranted for the kitchen skills performed by my Sous-chef for this dish. “The Croc” did an amazing job when it came time to “Feed The Beast”. If you ever saw the film “Donnie Brasco”, this is the dish that Lefty Ruggiero is making for Christmas dinner. Lefty says to…

Pastavino Reopens!

With all the Covid restrictions placed on the food industry in New York City, many restaurants were forced to close. Some never recovered and their doors will not open again. Gratefully earlier this month Pastavino beat all odds and reopened in full force. This upscale Italian restaurant is located on the north shore of Staten…

Beast Braised Short Ribs

“The Beast” goes crazy over braised short ribs. The way the beef just falls apart and melts in your mouth is so satisfying. But what is braising? Braising is a combination cooking techniques. The two methods used are wet and dry heat. Generally you would first sear or sauté your food over a high heat….