Creamy Mac & Cheese with Greens

Red Rooster's Mac & Greens

Red Rooster's Mac & Greens

Saturday night we had a festive dinner party for six. I haven’t hosted one for couple months so it was time to get back into practice. Also my cousin was in town so it was a good excuse to have him over and introduce him to some NYC friends. Having this dinner party instead of going out was a last minute decision so I was very pressed for time when I got home three hours before our guests were slated to arrive. The Red Rooster in Harlem

Sunday Brunch with Soul Music at the Red Rooster

Sunday Brunch with Soul Music at the Red Rooster

On the way home I decided to make: black pepper tofu, shrimp with mango and basil,  and sesame/peanut noodles with chicken and red peppers plus chocolate mousse (looking back on it the chocolate mousse was too ambitious).  Once we got back I quickly put together a grocery list and dashed off to the store (thankful the grocery store is only a block away).Creamy Mac, Cheese & Greens IngredientsChopped Swiss Chard for Mac, Cheese & GreensGrated Cheeses for Mac, Cheese & Greens

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Ricotta with Honey, Herbs & Orange Toast

Burnt Orange Toast with Fresh Ricotta and Truffle Honey

I was flipping through the pages of an old issue of New York Magazine at the gym. Generally, I greatly prefer US Weekly or InTouch when I’m on the stair master but my fellow gym goers had already taken all the good stuff.

Locanda Verde at Brunch

When my heart rate is up reading the caption, not even the article mind you, about Kim Kardashian’s latest exploits is all the mental stimulation I can take. Sometimes I pick up a gossip magazine that’s a few months old. Then my celebrity make up/break up knowledge is all messed up and I’m just shocked to learn Jen broke up with that guy she was dating a few months ago again…. when did they get back together?  When my pulse is three times its resting rate, my IQ drops at least as much.

Ingredients for ricotta with honey, herbs, and orange toast

Fresh Ricotta Cheese

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