Emma Haberman

Seafood Paella with Chicken and Hot Sausage Recipe

By Emma Haberman | May 24, 2012


This delectable seafood paella is a regional Valencian dish, originating from the mid-19th century. Traditional Valencian paella consists of white rice, vegetables, meat (chicken, duck or rabbit), land snails and beans. Though the ingredients are interchangeable, the one necessity is that the bottom layer of rice must be toasted to form a crust, called socarrat. When cooked over an open flame, as traditional paella is, the socarrat forms naturally.

This paella includes seafood, chicken and hot sausage. Many paellas are made with chorizo yet hot turkey sausage to be an excellent low-cholesterol substitute. Pair with a nice crisp Verdejo wine and you have a dinner party in an hour.


Chipotle Sweet Potato Tacos Recipe

By Emma Haberman | May 24, 2012

sweet potato tacos

As we often see meat in Mexican cuisine, it was a deliciously worthy challenge to create a vegetarian option for this year’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. Part of the beauty of modern Mexican cuisine is its adaptability, the ease with which it fuses with other ethnic traditions, and the freedom that it lends the home chef to experiment – take advantage!

These tacos are filled with layers of smoky, spicy and sweet flavors. Begin with a cooling avocado mash that bursts with refreshing citrus that culminates in a layer of smoky-sweet chipotle yams and these vegetarian tacos are beyond satisfying. The rainbow chard is so hearty and juicy that you won’t miss the carnitas for one bite. Top with queso fresco and serve alongside a salt-rim margarita to kick off your Cinco de Mayo celebration. Salud!

Prosciutto and Caramelized Onion Pizza Recipe

By Emma Haberman | May 24, 2012


This recipe is inspired from a field trip to famed Brooklyn pizza joint Di Fara. Di Fara is known for its hours-long line of patrons patiently waiting for their pies, each handmade lovingly by restaurant owner Dom DeMarco. Their reward? A steaming pizza pie topped with a drizzle of olive oil and freshly cut basil leaves that add brightness to each bite.
Inspired to try my own pizzaiola skills, I brought Dom’s philosophy to my kitchen. As you will quickly discover, a homemade pizza is extremely gratifying, and plain old fun. This sauceless pizza combines the sweetness of caramelized onions and the saltiness of prosciutto, all topped with refreshing chopped basil. A good crust can be a challenge, but the recipe below is pretty straightforward as long as you make sure to pull the crust thin.

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Cobb Salad Wrap Recipe

By Emma Haberman | April 18, 2012

cobb salad wrap

A day comes along every now and then when you look in your fridge and ask yourself “what am I supposed to do with this?” On these days, dinner can feel like a chore, but it’s a great excuse to raid your fridge and test your kitchen improv skills.

Keeping good staples in your fridge will make these days less painful. There are a few ingredients that are always in my pantry, fridge or freezer: tomatoes, eggs, mustard, chicken broth, and bacon. Adding one of these ingredients to a dish of leftovers almost always boosts the dish. Putting them together gives you almost all the fixings for a Cobb salad, my favorite hearty salad. Chopped into tiny pieces and tucked into a soft flour wrap, these leftovers make a fresh and tasty lunch.


Strawberry-Rhubarb Bellini Recipe

By Emma Haberman | April 13, 2012

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Photo: Emma Haberman

For many brunch eaters nationwide, myself included, Easter Sunday marked the first of many hours-long outdoor brunches that will define their spring weekends. In New York City, where personal outdoor space is scarce, springtime revelers squeeze onto rooftops, balconies and courtyards and bask in the warm rays of sunshine, bacon, and breakfast cocktails. Spring is a great time to branch out from the usual Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas and serve your guests something new.

Though rhubarb can grow year-round, it flourishes when warm weather returns, particularly in April or May. Rhubarb’s unique tart flavor is tasty on its own, but it’s especially delicious paired with sweet strawberries. This cocktail evokes the classic strawberry-rhubarb pie, but with a fizzy kick to start your weekend off right. Read More


Twice-Baked Sweet Potato with Blue Cheese Recipe

By Emma Haberman | April 3, 2012

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Photo: Emma Haberman

Even though Easter is still days away, I’ve been on a steady snack diet of miniature Reese’s cups, jelly beans and Cadbury Creme Eggs for weeks. I know I should reach for healthier options, but when those tantalizing brightly colored bags are lining every supermarket and drugstore aisle – and the kitchen in my office – how can I resist? Fortunately candy season will subside on Monday, and I’ll turn over a new leaf. When my sweet tooth starts rumbling, I’ll go the healthy route and snack on a baked sweet potato instead.

Sweet potatoes are nature’s candy, full of sugary, buttery flavor, and are low-sodium sources of many vitamins, especially beta-Carotene and vitamin A. They can be prepared in many different ways Read More


Pesto, Goat Cheese and Tomato Quiche Recipe

By Emma Haberman | March 27, 2012


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I know I’m antsy for summer when all I can think about are tomatoes. Tomatoes are the quintessential symbol of summer – sweet, red, juicy, the perfect addition to practically any dish. Though I’m fortunate to live in New York where most fruits and vegetables are accessible even out of season, there’s nothing like a summer tomato fresh from the vine.

Raw tomatoes may be out of the question for the next few months, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cook with them. Cooking tomatoes can help bring out their natural sweetness, even in the off-season; well-roasted tomatoes caramelize and develop a new unique flavor. In this quiche, tomatoes add freshness to a tart and tangy goat cheese and pesto base. If you have a few eggs on hand, quiche is a quick and easy way to use leftover vegetables. It also keeps well and makes an excellent next day lunch. Read More


Malaysian-Style Chicken and Chickpea Curry Recipe

By Emma Haberman | March 20, 2012

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Photo: Emma Haberman

Chicken Kapitan is a popular Malaysian curry developed by the Peranakan, the descendants of early Chinese immigrants to Malaysia. The Kapitans were the chiefs of various ethnic communities in present-day Indonesia and Malaysia; Kapitan China, for example, was the title for the representative who linked the Malay rulers to the country’s Chinese enclave. True to its name, Chicken Kapitan mingles Chinese and Malaysian cooking tradition, resulting in a unique sweet and spicy flavor.

Kapitan is a thick, spicy curry whose base is a chili pepper paste – much spicier than traditional Chinese dishes. Traditional Kapitan uses lemongrass and coconut milk to balance the intense spiciness and deepen the flavor. Other key ingredients include “belacan”, a shrimp paste that enhances the curry’s flavor, dried chilies, and a turmeric powder marinade. The curry is usually served with crispy shallots, which add texture as well as cutting a bit of the spice. Read More


Irish Soda Bread with Salted Maple Butter Recipe

By Emma Haberman | March 14, 2012

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Photo: Emma Haberman

Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day – probably either your favorite or least favorite day of the year. If you like rowdy parades and bar crawls, you’re already planning your best green outfit and practicing your shamrock face paint. If you’re the rest of America, you’re praying for rain so that you have an excuse to stay quietly at home until March 18th.

Yes, St. Patrick’s Day in the United States has become synonymous with Irish coffee and green beer, but the holiday actually has a deep-rooted religious origin. It recognizes St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, who is considered largely responsible for spreading Catholicism in the country. St. Patrick used the three-leaf shamrock clover to explain Catholic concepts, and has so come to be associated with the color green.

Sipping on whiskey and Guinness is as fine a way to celebrate as any, but let’s not forget about the great tradition of the St. Patrick’s Day feast. Soda bread is a delicious Irish tradition that requires less kitchen commitment than the classic corned beef and potatoes. A form of “quick bread”, soda bread is leavened without yeast. Baking soda acts as the rising agent here, and gives the bread a unique tart flavor. Read More


BLT Benedict Recipe

By Emma Haberman | March 6, 2012

BLT Benedict

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If I could eat one meal for the rest of my life, it would be a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. Crispy bacon, sweet tomatoes and crunchy lettuce make a BLT ideal for any meal, but I’ve adapted it for those who don’t gravitate towards sandwiches for breakfast.

A BLT folds nicely into this version of Eggs Benedict, with lentils subbing in for lettuce to avoid sogginess. Since tomatoes aren’t quite in season, I cut them into thick slices and roasted them to enhance their sweetness. The earthy lentils nicely complement the salty bacon, and buttery, lemony Hollandaise sauce drizzled over the whole thing makes for a filling and decadent brunch. Read More

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