Gramma Crucitti’s Meatballs

23 Dec 2015, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in recipes

Meatballs are so much more than food to me. They embody a big piece of my childhood, and dear loved ones whose memory I’m able to keep alive each time I make them. The moment preparation begins, I’m instantly transported to happy memories, and one ritual in particular.

Everyday Indulgences: Olive Oil Facial Scrub

10 May 2013, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in food, indulgences, recipes

Though I would love to be indulgently pampering myself with a spa day right now, the very thought of such a luxury seems sadly far off. Having said that, my soul and skin need a little rejuvenation every now and then to keep the stress at bay. For me, there’s nothing more sensually satisfying than baby-soft skin, and there are lots of ways to achieve this right at home. Here’s a little secret: Chefs swear by olive oil and kosher salt for exfoliating hands. In the same vein, but a bit more delicate, is a scrub I use for my…

My Favorite Ice Cream…

11 Jul 2011, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in recipes

…in the whole wide universe. July is ice cream month, so when I’m feeling overheated and need a little something, I break out my ice cream maker. This recipe was created during our first year of The Gilded Fork, crafted by Donna Marie Desfor. The basil and orange combination is like sunshine screaming in your mouth, so it’s the perfect taste of summer. NOTE: If you are gluten-free, skip the cinnamon tuiles. If you are lactose intolerant or dairy-free, you can substitute the cream with 3 cups of full-fat coconut milk (canned). recipe: basil & orange ice cream with cinnamon…

Spicy Beef Salad

15 May 2010, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in recipes

In my quest for deliciousness via gluten-free goodness, I’ve been experimenting with a lot of international flavors. One of my favorite dishes is laab, a spicy beef dish (a salad, really), so this is my riff on the idea.

Beer-Braised Beef Back Ribs

24 Jan 2010, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in beverages, recipes

I see the mastering of lesser cuts of meat as the mark of a true cook, so I have set out to master the art of braising. Let’s face it: Anyone can serve a decent filet mignon — there isn’t a whole lot of cooking involved. Plus, I wanted to test my new All-Clad pan.

Chanterelle Soup: Sex in a Bowl?

19 Jan 2010, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in recipes

That’s what Hank Shaw says, anyway. I’ve just finished the redesign on his site, Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, and one of the job hazards was to be found in perusing his content whilst re-coding.

Rosemary-Scented Hair

17 Jan 2010, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in indulgences, recipes

I am a big proponent of smelling edible, and I’ve been experimenting with aromatics the past few months to find the scents that really kick my senses into overdrive.

White Pizza with Crab & Asparagus

09 Jan 2010, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in recipes

When my friend Paul started talking about this pizza he prepared, I believe I may have dribbled on my shirt. This combination of flavors is veritably sex on a plate.

Alternatives to French Fries

13 Oct 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in food, recipes

Sometimes one really needs a carb fix, but plain old French fries just aren’t enough. I’ve grown bored with potatoes, but there are times when I love — nay, need — a good crunchy starch with my dinner. I’ve been experimenting with a variety of different ones to keep my palate enthused, and two of my regular favorites are sweet potato fries and yucca fries (thank you, Peru!). Sweet Potato Fries These couldn’t be easier to make. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Peel a sweet potato, cut into fry-size strips, then toss with some olive oil, salt and freshly…

Digital Dads and Sex on a Plate

17 Sep 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in news & buzz, recipes, sensuality

I love that so many people are getting behind my Sex on a Plate mission! I recently sat down with my good friend C.C. Chapman, who is not only a prolific new media entrepreneur, but is also an avid cook, to talk about the link between food and sensuality. His site Digital Dads (for dads, by dads) addresses all sorts of parenting aspects, and he had some questions about how dads might keep things spicy with the wife. He proposed an interesting theory that has turned into “C.C.’s law of the 2 Cs,” and I wholeheartedly agree. I think the…

Herb-Infused Simple Syrups

26 Aug 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in beverages, indulgences, recipes

Simple syrups are one of my favorite ways to perk up a cocktail, a glass of iced tea, or even a fruit salad. They are easy to craft (note the name “simple”), so this is a quickie even for the novice cook.

Afternoon Tea

05 Aug 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in beverages, indulgences, recipes

I spoke a little bit about it the other day, but let’s discuss the dynamic of afternoon tea in greater detail, for it is one of life’s greatest pleasures. The Brits and Scots have mastered the introduction of sweets and a bit of caffeinated refreshment to the afternoon, and for that I thank them. To make a perfect cuppa, however, certain rules must be followed. I’ve been scolded by my mother for not letting my tea infuse, so please don’t be foolish like me, or she might feel it in the air and come find you. Three minutes. Do not…