Who I AmDina Di Maio, author of Authentic Italian: The Real Story of Italy's Food and Its People; Writer 20+ years; NY lawyer copyright and trademark experience
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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! I’m celebrating with some moon cakes. I got these at an Asian market.
They came in a nice tin with a pretty gift bag.
Aren’t they lovely?
One has salted yolk and one doesn’t. I like the salted yolk one best. It was a bit salty with a peanutty taste (from the peanut oil).
Last year, I tasted one a friend had gotten from a bakery. Of course it was better–much more pronounced peanut flavor, flakier crust and very delicious.
Happy Cinco de Mayo! Today, I’m celebrating Mexican food with a trip to Arriba Arriba, the popular Mexican spot in Hell’s Kitchen. This place is always packed and has outdoor seating if you like to dine al fresco. It can get a little loud inside and with the low lighting and pounding music, it has more of a lounge vibe.
Arriba Arriba makes the best cheese enchiladas mole served with Spanish rice and a salad.
The alambre–marinated shrimp, steak and veggies skewer with rice and sauces.
Do you have some leftover Easter candy and don’t know what to do with it? Well, so did I, so I made some treats with it. First, I had gotten two Reese’s peanut butter eggs and a Reese’s peanut butter bunny. So I made this Easy Easter Pie from Hershey’s website. What I did–Instead of the 20 Reese’s peanut butter cups and 50 Hershey’s Kisses, I used one of the peanut butter eggs and the peanut butter bunny and melted them in a double boiler. I didn’t have a prepared graham cracker crust, but I did have graham cracker crumbs, so I made one.
I also made Rice Krispie Treats from leftover Peeps. I had a pack of five pink and a rainbow stick with four multicolored Peeps. So I added regular mashmallows and made the treats the traditional way.
They had a light pink hue to them that you can see better in the following picture. Here’s a piece of the peanut butter pie too.
How about an Irish breakfast for brunch this coming weekend in honor of St. Patrick’s Day? An Irish breakfast includes eggs, beans, tomatoes, black and white pudding, Irish bacon, Irish sausages (bangers) and potatoes. It’s a great hearty breakfast for the cold weather. For those who don’t know, black pudding is a blood pudding made with oatmeal, spices and pork fat. While it sounds gross, it’s actually pretty tasty. White pudding is similar sans the blood.
Does anyone remember Thady Con’s Irish pub in Midtown East? I used to love that place. They had the best Irish breakfast in the city. It was also a very happening spot on St. Patrick’s Day. I was really sorry to see it close.