Local Author Launches The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook

In Westchester and Fairfield counties, we have so many delicious resources at our fingertips. Our area is full of knowledgeable, talented experts, and Toby Amidor is a prime example of that. The Westchester-based nutritionist has a long roster of accolades—her ten-year writing relationship with FoodNetwork.com, contributor on MensFitness.com and Today's Dietitian Magazine, and the success of her first cookbook, The Greek Yogurt Kitchen. Toby popped on Fork This with IntoxiKate this week (interview below) to offer her expertise and chat about her new cookbook, The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook, a collection of recipes and tips to help you prep and [...]

Egg Whites + Instagram: What’s Shaking with Eli Brazell of Harper’s Bar

When I first tasted Eli Brazell's cocktails, I didn't know the man behind the mixology at Harper's Restaurant & Bar. I just new craft cocktails were at the finest at the Dobbs Ferry eatery. But recently, I became obsessed with @The-Alcoholist on Instagram, and realized the connection. And I knew in an instant—those tantalizing, high-end photos of bar fare were just as good as they looked. The likes averaging in the hundreds on each photo, looks like I'm not the only one who knows what's good. Eli, who says he is relatively new to the mobile app, is already #instafamous, building a virtual [...]

Latin Cuisine + Mango Margaritas with Arlen Gargagliano

There's lots to love (and laugh about!) in my most recent interview with chef, cookbook author, and mixologist Arlen Gargagliano. While she may have hung up her apron momentarily—fingers crossed—to return to her teaching roots, Arlen still actively hosts cooking classes in her home and partakes in food events. You can catch her spicing it up with her Mango and Roasted Jalapeño Margarita at Siegel Bros. Wine & Spirits shop in Mount Kisco on May 4th (details below), and here, we chat about the event, authoring cookbooks, and her love for Latin American cuisine. [...]

By | 2017-10-04T16:43:03+00:00 April 26th, 2017|chefs, cocktails, eat + drink, Fork This Radio, westchester|0 Comments

Butternut Squash and Cranberry Borlotti Risotto Recipe

Cranberries always remind me of the holiday season—I bake acorn squash stuffed with cranberries and apples for Thanksgiving; Prosecco with Candied Cranberries for Christmas; and this amazing Pinterest-pinned Baked Goat Cheese Roasted Cranberry appetizer for holiday cocktail parties. These ruby red fruit are also fantastic superfoods, boasting a whole host of health benefits. That's why I am a fan of Paradise Meadow Cooking & Baking Cranberries. Newly release to the market, these dried cranberries are prepared with those holiday recipes in mind, allowing them to withstand cooking high temperatures. They are available in two varieties—Julienne and Whole—for a bigger, bolder cranberry flavor. I [...]

By | 2016-12-27T22:16:16+00:00 December 27th, 2016|eat + drink, entertaining, for the kitchen, recipe, savory|0 Comments

The Perfect New Year’s Eve Cocktail Recipe

Sure, you're accustomed to hear a little bubbly pop to ring in the new year, but when you combine Zonin Prosecco with a little Japanese whiskey, you've got a concoction that creates the perfect New Year's Eve cocktail. Zonin Mojito Cocktail Recipe Recipe by Noel Nepomuceno, Head Bartender at Megu Restaurant in New York Ingredients: 2 oz Santory Toki Japanese Whiskey 1.5 oz Fresh Ginger syrup 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice 2 Strawberries 10 Mint Leaves Topped with Zonin Prosecco Directions: In a pint glass, add strawberries and mint leaves. Muddle until leaves and berries are broken down.   Add [...]

By | 2016-12-27T21:49:45+00:00 December 27th, 2016|cocktails, eat + drink, entertaining, holiday|0 Comments

IntoxiKate’s Edible Holiday Gift Guide: Brazi Bites

Brazi Bites: For the Food Lover Who Loves Experiencing Regional Cuisine When creator Junea Rocha couldn’t find her favorite snack—Brazilian cheese bread—in the United States, she tapped her family recipe book to create Brazi Bites. Fast forward to a few years later (and an appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank), and Brazi Bites are in thousands of stores nationwide. These bite-sized, gluten-free goodies are found in the freezer aisle, and are probably one of the few items I’ve tested that taste (and feel) freshly baked. I’m officially obsessed with all four flavors— Cheddar Parmesan, Garlic, Asiago, Zesty Pepper Jack, and the [...]

By | 2016-12-05T10:16:31+00:00 December 2nd, 2016|eat + drink, entertaining, for the kitchen, holiday|0 Comments

Italian Thanksgiving with Cheftini

This is Tina, a.k.a Cheftini! I am a cooking show host and recipe blogger who loves to cook, I’m thrilled and honored to be contributing some of my favorites here with IntoxiKate. It’s hard to believe we are just days away from our most Thankful Holiday … Thanksgiving! I love Thanksgiving for so many reasons, but mostly because it is the one special time of year when we all gather together to celebrate all our blessings. I for one feel blessed to have been handed down so many family recipes and traditions.Growing up in an old fashioned Italian family food was always the center [...]

By | 2016-11-23T18:51:45+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|eat + drink, entertaining, recipe, savory, westchester|0 Comments

Thanksgiving Side Dish: Wild Mushroom Quinoa Recipe

Chef Leslie Lampert of Love Hospitality Group is well-known for her locally-sourced menu—everything from those amazing roasted truffle chickpeas to her homemade soups and flavorful flatbreads. At the Give Back, Give Thanks Chef series at Leiberts Royal Green Appliance Center last month, she shared a little of her love via a cooking demonstration of a wild mushroom quinoa recipe. This dish is not only easy and delicious, but also adds a lighter side dish to the sea of mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and hearty Thanksgiving favorites. This year, wow guests with this dish… […]

By | 2015-11-21T16:34:13+00:00 November 24th, 2015|farm to table, recipe, westchester|0 Comments

Baked Apples Recipe from Judy & Joy

Last week, things got a little uncharacteristically emotional on Fork This with IntoxiKate. Guests Judy Vig and Joy Paoletti (aka Judy & Joy), identical twins who are self-taught Italian American cooks and cookbook authors, popped on the show to promote a campaign near and dear to their hearts—Breast Cancer Awareness. The duo has a unique approach to cooking and life—Judy recently celebrated her third year of being a breast cancer survivor—and their recipes are created two ways: traditionally, and with a twist. The ‘traditional’ way is prepared by Joy and the ‘healthy’ twist created by Judy.  I immediately fell in love with [...]

By | 2015-10-07T21:57:06+00:00 October 7th, 2015|fairfield, recipe|0 Comments

Product Testing: Watch Us Whip with iSi Gourmet Whip and The Dessertist

 We're taking a quick break from the IntoxiKate test kitchen, and met Sandra Spiro (FlashPepper.com and the Pepper Pak) in her Westchester kitchen to check out the iSi Gourmet Whip with local pastry chef Samantha Eichenberg, aka "The Dessertist." While the iSi Gourmet Whip has a range of uses (think everything from light and fluffy Espumas, to warm and cold sauces and whipped soups), we thought we'd put it's whipped cream making to the test. The Dessertist (known for her Desserts After Dark series recently demo'd at the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival this past weekend), combined 2 cups of heavy cream, 1/4 [...]

By | 2015-09-28T12:10:54+00:00 September 28th, 2015|westchester|0 Comments