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Becco: All You Can Eat Fresh Pasta

November 19, 2014 12:02 pm

When you need a hearty meal of comfort food, Becco will deliver. The creation of best-selling cookbook author and renowned restaurateur Lidia Bastianich and her son Joe, Becco opened in 1993 and has been pleasing customers ever since.

Located along the Theater District's Restaurant Row, this is a popular spot for tourists, but New Yorkers happily indulge in spoonfuls of fresh pasta, the house specialty. Most go for the Sinfonia di Paste, an all-you-can-eat trio of the day's pasta dishes. It comes with your choice of Caesar salad or mixed antipasto, and servers bring out pans straight from the kitchen and dish out portions table-side.

Unlike many other establishments of this caliper, Becco is reasonably priced. Many diners elect to enjoy a bottle of wine from the extensive list at $25. It's a busy restaurant and can get loud, so avoid it for a romantic date. Reservations are recommended, and times can be limited during peak days, so try to plan your visit a week or so in advance.

355 W. 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 397-7597


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How to Keep Wooden Cutting Boards in Tip-Top Shape

November 12, 2014 1:37 pm

Whether you’re a newbie in the kitchen or you simply aren’t up to date on your culinary skills, caring for delicate wood cutting boards can be tricky for many home cooks. These sturdy, wooden blocks can take quite a beating when it comes to chopping and pounding, but the slightest soak in soapy water can cause them to crack and weaken. Here are a few simple tips to help keep your cutting boards in top working condition.

  1. Always wash them in hot, soapy water. While soaking a wooden cutting board can inflict major damage, it’s still important to wash it thoroughly after using (especially when you work with raw meat). Simply scrub the surface of the board with very hot water and dishwashing soap, but don’t let it soak into the wood.
  2. Scrub every so often. About once a week or so, give your cutting board a good scrubbing by sprinkling coarse salt all over and rubbing it in with a sliced lemon. This will remove any caked-on food particles and deep oil stains.
  3. Oil the surface. To keep the board from drying out, oil it about once per month. Use a food-grade oil that’s won’t become rancid, such as mineral oil or a store-bought cutting board treatment.

How to Oil and Maintain Wood Cutting Boards in 5 Minutes a Month [The Kitchn]
How to Purchase Wood Cutting Boards [What’s Cooking America]
The Best Way to Clean and Care For Wood Cutting Boards? [The Kitchn]

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Clever Cooking With Fresh Oregano

November 6, 2014 12:01 pm

Outside of Italian fare, many home cooks are at a loss when it comes to cooking with oregano. This warm, aromatic herb is actually much more versatile than you might think, however, and it can be added to dishes ranging from meats to pastas and even to sweet desserts. Check out these creative recipes for ideas that will have you craving oregano.

Blackberry-Oregano Pie [Martha Stewart]
You’ve tasted sweet blackberries and you’ve likely used oregano, but you’ve probably never had the two seemingly opposite ingredients together in one dish. This sweet and flavorful pie combines fresh blackberries and tart lemon juice with finely chopped fresh oregano to create a traditional berry pie with just the right amount of savory flavor. Add an intricate pattern in the crust and this sweet treat makes an impressive dessert for your next gathering!

Charcoal-Grilled Pork Shoulder with Fresh Herbs and Roasted Garlic [MyRecipes]
Grilling juicy, tender pork shoulder over hot charcoal gives the meat a perfectly crispy exterior that’s well worth the extra effort. The addition of a thoughtful blend of herbs, including oregano, bay leaves, and parsley, makes a perfect seasoning that really completes this main course. Because the recipe calls for both a brine and a garlic herb rub, you can feel confident that this pork shoulder will be full of flavor.

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