Spice-Crusted Salmon: A Holiday Dinner That's As Impressive As It Is Quick

December 22, 2014 | Posted by Christine Sanchez

Holiday season is well underway, and you know what that means: people are BUSY! With that in mind, I developed a festive recipe that's quick enough to serve on a weeknight (with some make-aheads), and beautiful and impressive enough to serve as the centerpiece for a holiday meal.

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Laurence's Latkes

December 19, 2014 | Posted by Sally Jackson

It seems there are a million variations on the humble latke, from the outlandish to the old school. The one thing that everyone seems to agree on: you can’t celebrate Hanukkah without them (that and that their grandmother’s latkes were the best around…).

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Sweet Memories (aka IT'S COOKIE TIME)

December 17, 2014 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas

When I was growing up, Christmastime was cookie time. At about six years old, I became my mother’s baking sous chef -- and my love of baking has only grown since then. While I was way too young to actually bake the cookies, I got to help with most of the prep: chopping the nuts for Italian Horns and Thumbprints in one of those old fashioned nut choppers, removing the Hershey’s Kisses wrappers for Peanut Butter Blossoms, and mixing the colored icings for the rolled sugar cookies.

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The Perfect Fruitcake

December 15, 2014 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas

The poor, maligned fruit cake…probably one of the most hated cakes in the existence of baking. Is it any wonder? Would you want an incredibly dense, overly sweet, horribly boozy “cake” chock-full of fluorescent-colored candied fruit pieces?

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Get Your Holiday Braise On

December 12, 2014 | Posted by Christine Sanchez

Let’s talk about the braise, baby! This festive, wintry dish of braised lamb shanks with toasted orzo, roasted garlic and slow-roasted tomatoes is a beloved Bobby classic from his former New York restaurant, Bolo. I worked in the kitchen and absolutely loved this dish -- but you certainly don't need to be a restaurant cook to make it!

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Shrimp Cocktail Goes Green

December 11, 2014 | Posted by Elyse Tirrell

In December, with holiday parties filling up every weekend, I thought it would be a great idea to reintroduce Bobby’s take on the perfect party hors d’oeuvre: shrimp cocktail. Next time you have a craving for this well-loved appetizer, why not mix it up? Trade in the familiar red stuff for some tomatillo-horseradish cocktail sauce, Bobby's addictively zesty take on the classic.

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Party Animal Gift Guide: West Coast Edition

December 9, 2014 | Posted by Charlotte March

'Tis the season for holiday parties (hallelujah!). I put together this gift guide with the spirit of holiday entertaining in mind -- entertaining with some West Coast flair, that is. These cocktail party finds from across my home coast will add a little more cheer (and cheers!) to your holiday gift-giving. And don't miss our New York gift guide, full of goodness from The Empire State!

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New York's Finest (Gifts, That Is)

December 5, 2014 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas

There are gorgeous artisan and handmade products coming out of every city in the good ol' USA...but we decided to play favorites this year and feature gift picks from our home state, the one and only New York! There's something for everyone on our list below, which highlights beautiful, small-batch products from across the state. Happy gifting!

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Our Favorite New Gift Giving Tool: Where to Get

December 4, 2014 | Posted by Elyse Tirrell

‘Tis the season for shopping, for sure… Secret Santa, 8 days of Hanukkah, a week of Kwanzaa, holiday parties, Christmas morning, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-LA! But how to please everyone on your list?

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Holiday Baking Essentials

December 2, 2014 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas

Come December, I've got one thing on the brain: BAKING! This is the one month that I get to indulge my intense love for making desserts (and my unrelenting sweet tooth) to the fullest. I've spent decades making every cookie, cake, muffin and tart under the sun -- not to mention some bettys, buckles, cobblers and crisps -- and learned quite a bit about kitchen tools along the way. I've compiled my list of favorites and essentials below, just in time for the sweetest part of the year.

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Let's Get Festive!

December 1, 2014 | Posted by The B-Team

We don't know about you, but the moment Thanksgiving was over, we started daydreaming about the feasts soon to come: holiday parties, holiday dinners, cozy meals in front of the fire, edible gifts to give (and hopefully receive!), and more cookies than our wildest sugar-high dreams.

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Turkey Leftovers, B-Team-Style: Posole

November 27, 2014 | Posted by Sally Jackson

Leftovers might just be the best part of Thanksgiving dinner. Once the food coma has lifted and the those words “I’ll never eat again!” are long forgotten, a secret trip to the fridge for just one more serving of poached pears, or just a teeny sliver of gratin is always in order. And Bobby’s favorite Thanksgiving sandwich (see below)? It's enough to send you into a sweet tryptophan oblivion.

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'Tis the Season for…Pumpkin Lattes!

November 26, 2014 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas

Growing up, I got my first taste of pumpkin each year at the Thanksgiving table and not a moment before. I waited all year for my Mom’s famous pie to be served, my (rather large) slice piled high with freshly whipped cream. Fast forward many years later, and pumpkin spice flavored everything is everywhere!

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Apples, Bar Americain-Style

November 24, 2014 | Posted by Elyse Tirrell

Before I was lucky enough to work out of Bobby’s office with my fellow B-Teamers, I was running the front door at his restaurant, Bar Americain, on West 52nd Street in New York City. I got to know the food really well, and of course had MANY favorite items on the Amercain brasserie-style menu. I often go back to eat those perfect mussels in a green chile broth (and will always order extra bread just for dipping), and the crab coconut cocktail. YUM! But I digress…Today I need to tell you about an incredible Bar Americain salad whose recipe I “stole” to contribute to my family Thanksgiving dinner last year.

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All-American Dessert x 4

November 21, 2014 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas

Crisps, Cobbler, Buckles and Bettys! Do you know the difference between these delicious fruit desserts?

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Throwback Fitness: Everything Old Is New Again!

November 20, 2014 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas

I admit it: When I was in high school, I did everything to get out of gym class. And, I mean everything, from forgetting my gym clothes at home to convincing my family doctor to write me a medical excuse to get me out of PE class (for my entire senior year). Yes, I was a shallow cranky, out of shape teenager.

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Grill the Bird!

November 19, 2014 | Posted by Charlotte March

Thanksgiving is always a bit of a juggling act when it comes to getting everything on the table at the exact same time. Oven space is beyond scarce -- but can you imagine a world where you don’t have to tie up the oven by roasting the all-important bird? Welcome to it! This year, try grilling your turkey.

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Infatuated with The Infatuation

November 18, 2014 | Posted by Elyse Tirrell

What happened when two food-obsessed guys working in the music industry decided to get together share their restaurant adventures with the world? The Infatuation was born! Bobby introduced me to this restaurant review website last year with only wonderful things to say. If you're looking for a perfect spot for dinner...say, with family or friends in town for Thanksgiving...you'll definitely want to read on!

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Up Your Cranberry Game

November 17, 2014 | Posted by Sally Jackson

Every year, about this time, I take part in The Great Cranberry Debate. It goes something like this (and it’s entirely in my head): Do I stick with my favorite simple sauce or branch out? Bobby makes a clementine cranberry sauce that’s so good, it has inspired me to try something new this year (while still making the classic, of course).

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The True Spirit of Thanksgiving

November 16, 2014 | Posted by Sally Jackson

Thanksgiving: we talk a lot of turkey (or not), but it’s not just about the food. Thanksgiving is about showing gratitude for our good fortune -- and while one way to do that may be over a feast with our family, another is by extending a hand to those who may be less fortunate than we. Why not then take some time this holiday season to express our thanks by volunteering and spreading goodwill?

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