Monday, November 19, 2012

Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Cookies- Food Network Recipe Review

3 days until Thanksgiving, my second favorite holiday (Christmas naturally being #1) . Here I am testing away at recipes so you don't have to. I'm reviewing the Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Cookies from Food Network. The recipe sounded like it would work perfectly but it didn't. I consider myself an expert baker, I followed all the steps but these cookies turned out crispy, more like Frisbees than cookies. The recipe makes a huge batch and I refuse to throw out good food. SO naturally I fixed them, I placed the cookies in an airtight container overnight with a few pieces of white bread. Sure enough the cookies turned out nice and soft the next day. I'm sad to say that even though now they were soft they just lacked good flavor. Oh well back to the drawing board. Do you have a favorite cookie recipe you'd like to share?

Friday, November 9, 2012

Loopy Jello Shots- TGIF

It's Friday and here's my fave low cal recipe to celebrate- Loopy Jello Shots, I use Three Olives Loopy Vodka and Strawberry sugar free, fat free Jello- top it off with Whip Cream and Cheers!

Pumpkin Soup- Thanksgiving

NY is a mess. First Hurricane Sandy, then gas shortages and the Nor'easter. It's hard to think of celebrating anything even Holidays right now. The show must go on. I'm posting my favorite Pumpkin Soup recipe, it's  great dish to drop off to your local food shelter- I'm sure our friends staying in warming shelters can use a cup of cheer. My Pumpkin Soup is a Thanksgiving staple, it's easy, healthy and cheap to make. If you're on a Weight Watchers this is a 2 point soup!

Jen's Pumpkin Soup
(1) 16oz can of Libby's Pumpkin Puree
4 cups of Low sodium, fat free chicken broth
1 small yellow onion chopped
1 small apple, peeled and diced
2 tsp of organic coconut oil
2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
2 tbsp of honey

Saute onion and apple in coconut oil
Add in pumpkin and broth- cook 15 minutes
Season with salt, pepper and pumpkin pie spice
Puree in Blender, adjust seasoning - Add in Honey
Top with a spoonful of greek yougurt or low fat sour cream and drizzle more honey to desired taste
* WW Members (Extra Honey and Sour cream will add points)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Nor'easter Meals - Shrimp Marinara and Spaghetti

A Nor'easter is hitting NYC right now, just a week  after Hurricane Sandy. How much more can we take? There's over 19,000 homes in Brooklyn alone without power tonight! This post is dedicated to all the people out there tonight sleeping on a friend's sofa cause they have no power in their home. During Hurricane Sandy we all ran to my mom's in Brooklyn for safety. A total of 14 people under 1 roof! Talk about cooking for a crowd! Here's a recipe I cooked one night when we wanted to cheer up the crowd. I give to you my Shrimp Marinara & Spaghetti, it's a great way to stretch a little shrimp. Recipe feeds 12 because 2 out of our 14 house guests do not eat shrimp. Stay safe, Stay warm,Stay Strong-God Bless!

Jen DePalma's Shrimp Marinara & Spaghetti
1 1/2lbs medium shrimp
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cans crushed tomato sauce
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 bunch basil hand torn
2lbs spaghetti
Cook Pasta according to directions, drain& set aside
Add oil to a large saucepan
Add in garlic, lightly saute till lightly golden
Add in shrimp , cook halfway remove and set aside
Add 1/2 of basil to pan and 2 cans of sauce
Season with salt and pepper, simmer 20 minutes
Add shrimp back to sauce simmer 5 minutes until cooked through
Toss in basil and Serve!
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Cheesy Bacon and Broccoli Quiche

To celebrate our Free Ticket Giveaway to 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, here's my favorite quiche recipe: Cheesy Bacon and Broccoli Quiche, the secret ingredient fingerling potatoes.This recipe has everything a loaded baked potato should and more! It's a quiche- the most perfect party finger food.

Jen's Cheesy Bacon and Broccoli Quiche
1 recipe for Jen's Secret Pie Crust (email me at
4 cups of half and half
6 Eggs
2 cups of Cheddar Cheese
1 cup of Fontina Cheese
1 cup of Parmesan Cheese
1 cup of frozen broccoli
1lb of bacon,cooked crispy & chopped
2 cups of cooked fingerling potatoes sliced


1.    Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2.    Combine eggs and heavy cream, beat lightly.
3.    Add cheese, broccoli and bacon to pie shell
4.    Pour Egg mixture over cheese..
5.    Sprinkle in salt and pepper
6.    Cook 35 minutes or until set- cool, slice and enjoy!

Remember to submit your favorite quiche recipe to by November 12th to win!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Win Free Tickets to 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

Listen up Readers, NY needs some cheer and here at NYC COOKS we are giving away (2) FREE TICKETS (yes free) to the off -broadway smash 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche. send me your best quiche recipe to include picture and recipe. Our winner receives 2 Free tickets and bragging rights on the NYC Cooks sight! Contest Ends Monday November 12th at 10pm. Winner will be announced Tuesday, November 13th. Get Cookin!


“Frolicsome!” – New York Times
“The audience just eats it up!”  Examiner
“Hysterically Funny!” – Gothamist

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche … It's 1956 and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are having their annual quiche breakfast. But when Communists threaten their idyllic town and long held secrets come to light, will the sisters be able to keep their cool... or will they sacrifice everything in the name of quiche?

SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street, NYC)

CONTEST RESTRICTIONS: Winner receives a voucher redeemable for two tickets to a performance in October or November.  Blackout dates apply.  Voucher expires November 19, 2012.

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens’ Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts - Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens’ Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts - Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens

Friday, November 2, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Relief

Hurricane Sandy hit NY hard, in this crisis lives have been lost, homes destroyed and families devasted. Below is a list of Meal Distribution centers from the 311 website, bring bags to stock up- no eligibility requirements needed: I will be posting donation centers as Im updated.

Updated: 11/2/2012 at 8:30 AM

Additional sites will be added as information becomes available. Times for distribution this weekend will also be added shortly. Please check back for updates.
LocationBoroughFriday Time
Coffey Park at Richards StreetBrooklyn1 PM - 5 PM
West 25th Street and Surf AvenueBrooklyn1 PM - 5 PM
Mill Road and New Dorp LaneStaten Island1 PM - 5 PM
Hunter Avenue and Father Capadanno BoulevardStaten Island1 PM - 5 PM
Beach 51st Street and Rockaway Beach BoulevardQueens1 PM - 5 PM
Red Fern Avenue and Beach 12th StreetQueens1 PM - 5 PM
Beach 84th Street and Rockaway Beach BoulevardQueens1 PM - 5 PM
West 27th Street between 9th and 10th AvenuesManhattan1 PM - 5 PM
East 10th Street between Avenues C & DManhattan1 PM - 5 PM
Catherine Street between Cherry and Monroe StreetsManhattan1 PM - 5 PM
Pitt Street and East Houston StreetManhattan1 PM - 5 PM
Confucius Plaza on Division StreetManhattan1 PM - 5 PM
413 Grand Street (Water Only)Manhattan1 PM - 5 PM