All posts by DavidPerlmutter

Brisket Will Improve Your Life

In The Brisket Book: A Love Story with Recipes, author Stephanie Pierson writes, “Some foods will improve your meal, your mood, your day, your buttered noodles. Brisket will improve your life.” Brisket has been a standard at my mom’s house for Jewish holidays. And most good barbecue joints also have a tasty brisket. These are on different ends of the brisket spectrum, but both have a tender, savory, irresistible quality in common. Having just had my mom’s brisket this week at lunch on the first day of  Rosh Hashana, I thought it would be a good idea to have a look at brisket recipes that ReciFoto users have shared, starting of course, with my mom’s! I’ve made her recipe a bunch of times and it is always delicious, but it never comes out as good as hers.

You may be asking yourself, what is brisket? According to Wikipedia: “Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of beef or veal. The beef brisket is one of the nine beef primal cuts, though the precise definition of the cut differs internationally.” So, brisket is what you make of it.

Mom’s recipe – btw, she now gets grass fed brisket at Whole Foods

Barbecued Brisket

Neapolitan Brisket of Beef

Brisket and Wine

Grandma Barbara’s Best Brisket

Best Ever Brisket (the temerity!)

Sweet and Sour Brisket

How about sharing your family’s recipe for brisket on ReciFoto?

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Bonus Recipe!
Kasha Varnishkes (Kasha and Bowties) – It is practically obligatory to serve this with brisket, with the gravy from the brisket ladled on top!

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Mom’s Chicken Recipes

Chicken is the top searched item in ReciFoto. And there are more than 1500 chicken recipes that have been submitted by our users. So why haven’t I used them as the theme of one of these weekly newsletters? I did not know where to start until this morning, when I decided to start in the beginning, with the chicken recipes my mom makes.

Iacono Chicken – The Iacono’s have a poultry farm in East Hampton, NY. This is a simple, delicious roast chicken recipe.

Baked Breaded Chicken

Chicken and Fruit – feel free to use butter instead of margarine!

Chicken Sauté with Oranges and Avocados – I don’t remember her making this but it sure does sound good

Sour Cream Baked Chicken – we call this one Grandma Chicken, and have it often

Chicken Favorite – again, feel free to substitute butter for margarine. I love this sauce.


Cumberland Chicken – another one I can’t resist!

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You Say Tomato, I Say Tomahto

Nice tomatoes! They are one of the few consolations for the end of summer. I love getting grape or cherry tomatoes, cutting them in half, drizzle them with olive oil, a little salt, fresh oregano and basil, and put them in the oven at 225 degrees for hours until they are mostly dehydrated and chewy. Oh man. Buy twice as many as you think and they’ll still be gone really quickly. There are hundreds of recipes with tomato in the title on ReciFoto, and it was really hard to choose what to include. I went for variety and with my usual bias toward old and/or handwritten recipes, with a side of ones with names that caught my attention!

Fire and Ice Tomatoes (serve it at your next Game of Thrones party!)

Tomato Juice Cocktail à la Becker

Tomato Jelly

Sautéed Tomatoes

Fresh Tomato Sauce

Stewed Tomatoes

Cheese and Tomato Salad

Canned Tomatoes

Tomato Catsup (A peck is dry measure of eight quarts (or a quarter of a bushel!)

We didn’t even scrape the surface of all the delicious tomato recipes out there. I hope you dive deep into the tomato recipes and share your favorites on ReciFoto

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Enjoy Labor Day with Friends, Family and Food

It’s Labor Day weekend! Where did the summer go? Did you get to do all of the things you wanted to do this summer? How about half of them? These weekly newsletters usually are built around one ingredient. This week, will instead be what I would love to see at a Labor Day cookout. So, call up a bunch of friends, and usher summer out with fun and style. And with any luck, you’ll have some great leftovers to get you through the week!

Cold Strawberry Soup

Tomato Cilantro Salsa

Corn Salsa

Grilled Marinated Vegetables

Roasted Beets on the Grill

Bruschette with Grilled Eggplant

Bar-b-que Marinated Sliced Steak

Lemon and Rosemary Grilled Shrimp

Apple Pie

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In a Pickle

The phrase in a pickle means you’re in a mess or some kind of problem. However, this time of year, with gardens and farmers markets overflowing with incredible fruits and veggies, the only pickle we’re in is what to do with all that goodness. Why not make pickles? Here are a peck of pickle recipes from ReciFoto users.

Pear Pickles

Spicy Watermelon Pickles

Squash Pickles

Company Pickles

Lady Bird Johnson’s Pickled Okra

Mom’s Dill Pickles

Pickled Cauliflower

Pickled Serrano or Jalapeno Peppers

Bread & Butter Pickles

Green Tomato Pickles

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Bacon Is Proof That God Loves Us and Wants Us To Be Happy


Search the internet for bacon quotes, and you’ll find things like this: “Is this too much bacon?…Said no one ever,” or “Bacon is the best, even the frying of bacon sounds like applause,” and “Bacon is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” It’s good on its own, it’s good crumbled up in anything, and I do mean anything, it’s just good. I’m more than a little suspicious of bottled bacon bits, but as a bacon analog for vegetarians, I’m willing to look the other way.

Here are a selection of recipes with bacon in the title that our users have added to ReciFoto.

Bacon Omelet (does anyone write with a fountain pen anymore?)

Bacon Biscuits

Bacon-Apple Muffins

Crab Meat and Bacon Balls

Crunchy Bacon Coleslaw

Corn with Bacon (think how much better this would be with fresh corn!)

Liver and Bacon (Bacon might make me into a liver eater)

Bacon Casserole

Bacon Covered Turkey – no recipe here, but talk about a happy Thanksgiving!

I know what I’ll be looking for at the farmers’ market today!

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You Can’t Teach a Crab to Walk Straight

We’re spending this weekend at friends’ incredible house on Fire Island. So, I thought I would search ReciFoto for one of my beach favorites, clams. I was surprised to find that many of the clam recipes used canned minced clams. As a result, I called an audible and went searching for crab recipes instead! However I will give you my favorite way to prepare clams first. Soak your clams in a bowl of cold water for twenty minutes to an hour. This will help get the sand out of the clams. I’ve read, but have not tried, that if you put corn meal or black pepper in the water, the clams work a little harder to get the grit out. Once your done soaking your clams, put them on the grill for five to ten minutes until they open up. You can dip them in butter or sprinkle them with lemon juice, but personally, I like them plain. Even if you are on your suburban patio, it tastes like a day at the beach. And now, on to the crabs!

Mrs. George Washington’s Crab Soup

Crab Appetizer

Crab Meat in Ramekins

Sturgeon Balls with Crab Supreme

Sausalito Crab Cakes

Crab Cakes

Meeting Street Crab Meet

Hot Crabmeat Club Cipango

Mr. Peppe’s Crabmeat Peggy – yes, it’s canned crabmeat, but I loved the name and the description. Feel free to substitute fresh crab!

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Summertime, and the Cooking is Easy

Summertime, and the cooking is easy….There’s something about summer that makes you want to do things in the kitchen or on the grill that don’t take much effort. Yesterday, we had a bunch of family over for lunch, and it was fresh mozzarella and tomato with basil, some fairy eggplant grilled with a little soy sauce, grilled shisito peppers, fresh corn and leftovers from the fridge. It came together fast and easy. And, it was all dishes that didn’t need recipes, just fresh ingredients. However, that got me thinking about having a look at recipes our users had put into Recifoto with “easy” in the title, because sometimes you want to make something a little out of the ordinary, but that’s still easy. Here’s a small sample of what I found.

Super Easy Delicious Zucchini Soup

Quick ‘N Easy No Knead Rolls In Muffin Tins

Easy Cheese-topped Beauty Rolls

Easy Spoon Bread

Easy Swedish Meat Balls

Easy Caesar Dressing

Easy Escalloped Potatos

Easy Rice Casserole

Easy Cabbage

Easy Lemon Chicken

Easy Date Pudding

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Say Cheese

According to the USDA, Americans eat over 30 pounds of cheese per year. Mozzarella is the most popular in the US, cheddar the most popular in the UK. Cheese trends go in and out of style, too. Remember baked brie? As you travel the world, or even your own country, there are regional specialties. And today, there are artisanal cheeses being made in every corner of every state. High quality, small batch cow, goat, and sheep cheeses abound, so it’s not just slices of Swiss or American that are topping our sandwiches.

There are hundreds and hundreds of recipes with cheese in the title on ReciFoto. I can’t even begin to tell how many more have cheese in the recipe but not the title. Here’s a morsel of our users cheese recipes. As usual, our bias is toward recipes from decades past.

Escalloped Cheese, Rinktum Diddy, and Welsh Rarebit

Cheese Souffle

Baked Brie with Jalapeno Sauce

Cheese-Tomato-Rice Ensemble

Cheese Straws

Cheese Cloud

Cheese Ring Salad

Cheese Luncheon Dish, Cheese Souffle, Cheese and Rice Souffle

Fresh Mozzarella Baguette

Do you have a favorite cheese recipe? If so, please share it on ReciFoto. Are you a cheesemaker? We’d be happy to share your information with our users!

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Make Room for Mushrooms

I am a huge fan of mushrooms. There aren’t many dessert recipes with mushrooms , but they work in every part of a meal. There are great mushroom hors d’oeuvres, soups, pastas, sides, and entrees. There are hundreds of recipes that ReciFoto users have added, so, I’m not alone in my love of them. You can find an incredible array of mushrooms at your farmers market and even at your grocery store. If you can’t find the type of mushroom called for in a recipe, you can probably find something similar to use instead. Sometimes, the type of mushroom is fungible (sorry, I couldn’t resist). Here’s a sampling from Recifoto.

Caviar on Mushrooms

Marinated Mushrooms Antipasto

Mushroom Potato Pancakes

Mushroom Barley Soup

Chicken Squares with Mushroom Sauce

Mushroom Curry

Baked Shrimp and Mushrooms

Spaghetti with Ham and Mushrooms

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