Working with family doesn’t always spark the most aspirational images: think the insanity of the Osbournes, Kardashians, Trumps (gasp), and Lohans. But when it comes to making chocolate-covered toffee for Laurie Freeman Pauker, keeping business in the family is sweet. Laurie & Sons started in 2013 when the New York Department of Economic Development opened kitchen incubator spaces in Harlem’s La Marqueta. Neither Pauker nor her three sons — Mike (24), Johnny (21), and Andrew (19) — had ever worked with […]
Chef Michael Laiskonis has scores of accolades for his kitchen chops: awards fromPastry Art and Design, Bon Appetit, the James Beard Foundation, and the IACP. While he was the executive pastry chef of Le Bernardin, the restaurant achieved three Michelin stars and four stars from the New York Times, along with high praise for his innovative, delicious desserts. But it’s his kitchen at the Institute of Culinary Education that has us excited right now. Laiskonis took the creative director position […]
Cooking in the Ground Family and Feasting in Furnas Sao Miguel, Azores by Jacqueline Raposo – photos by Brent Herrig I remember being mesmerized as a child the first time I saw the little town of Furnas, one over from my father’s hometown of Povoação on the Azorean island of Sao Miguel. The open hot springs billowed white smoke furiously into the air, then dove indefinitely into the volcanic ground below. They permeated everything with an intoxicating smell of spoiled eggs so strong […]
Pastry Chef Ron Ben-Israel is beloved by brides all over the world, Martha Steward locally, and anyone in the sugar flower trade. But we discovered that, most importantly, he is a particularly sweet kind of genius.
Chef Lisa Giffen’s background is deliciously mixed; adopted by American parents, she spent many childhood years living in Germany and eating very grown-up meals all over Europe. A stage at Prune and stints at Blue Hill, Daniel and Adour led her toMaison Premiere, where she helped with the opening menu and recently took over as executive chef of the fish-heavy kitchen and constantly packed oyster bar. And while the transfer wasn’t completely out of the blue, the spotlight shift has […]
In my adult quest I’ve never found the “perfect” recipe for hot chocolate. Instead, I’ve found several. From celebrated chefs I’ve gleamed tricks that make that relatively simple combination – chocolate and milk – into something almost magical, like the hot cocoas I’d daydream about as a child during frigid New England winters. A far cry from shaking out the contents of a packet into a plastic mug of warm water, these recipes elevate the cocoa concept: hand-blending emulsifies the […]
The Romeria “Inside us… it is very beautiful.” Sao Miguel, Azores by Jacqueline Raposo – photos by Brent Herrig It’s five thirty in the morning and a group of Romeros – men on their first of a seven-day pilgrimage around the Azorean island of Sao Miguel – are walking a clipped pace. Their voices sing rounds of the Hail Mary in a fisherman’s monastic chant, lifting sound up through the empty, dark streets. At a church they stop. Huddled, their […]