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Edward Schneider
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Since the late 1970s, Edward Schneider has written on travel, cooking and food -– and sometimes on all three at once -– for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor and The Wall Street Journal, as well as for the journals Petits Propos Culinaires and Gastronomica. His “Cooking Off the Cuff” appears weekly at Huffington Post Taste.

While he takes delight in international travel and while he lived in the UK as a student, he is a native New Yorker, and neither he nor his wife can imagine living anywhere but Manhattan.

He tweets @TimeToCook and his blog is Time to Cook.

Entries by Edward Schneider

Cooking Off the Cuff: Squash Risotto Bisected

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 9:53 AM

I'd cut the neck of a butternut squash into discs and its belly into wedges, and I'd roasted it all with butter and salt. I thought I might puree some of it and make gnocchi or might turn chunks of it into a squash risotto. Then Jackie came into the...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: Lo Mein With Confit Duck -- A Twist on a Chinatown Favorite

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 9:47 AM

When I was a student, a dinner of roast pork lo mein cost 85 cents at Hong Fat restaurant in New York's Chinatown. Even as the price skyrocketed to over a dollar, it remained one of my favorite meals. The term isn't used everywhere in the world, so I ought...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: Leeks, Lemon, Cream, Pasta -- Who Could Ask For Anything More?

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 9:31 AM

When friends come over for dinner, Jackie and I like to serve a small first course that's elegant and a little surprising. That's not to say it needs to be complicated: A thick slice of celery root braised in butter and served on its own (with or without...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: Of Flightless Birds and Red Wine Sauce

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 10:35 AM

For years I've walked past the farmers' market stand selling ostrich meat and eggs, and have peered at its wares without stopping. It is closed-minded of me, but I've always labeled the flesh of creatures not part of the traditional urban diet - alligators, for instance - as some sort...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: It's Winter -- Let's Not Forget Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 11:06 AM

In the winter, sometimes it's nice to eat a seasonless dinner, one that doesn't depend on a chilly trip to the farmers market; pasta often fills that bill. For quite some time now, my go-to no-marketing red-sauce dish has been bucatini or other pasta all'Amatriciana, but a couple...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: Ragout Of Winter Vegetables - An Elegant Soup Without The Soup

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 4:24 PM

Casting an eye at the calendar, I suppose I should start by saying that you can serve this elegant dish, or one like it, to start off a Christmas dinner. Your guests will love you for it, especially if they're not meat-eaters.

Last Wednesday during my walk back from the...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: A Simple Way to Make Winter Squash Even More Versatile

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 10:53 AM

Just this morning, I bought a nice firm butternut squash at the farmers' market and on my way home was thinking of how it could be incorporated into a first course for tonight's dinner party - a dish that could conceivably include already-cooked cannellini beans and perhaps a mixture of...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: Too Many Gnocchi, Yet Not Quite Enough

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 9:17 AM

Last week I carelessly made too many potato gnocchi for a dinner generated by the purchase of half a pound of fresh porcini in uncommonly good condition, so I froze the excess for another occasion. But there weren't really enough for a full meal in which the gnocchi would be...

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Luxury Travel in Venice, Italy: The Rialto Market and a Cooking Lesson at The Gritti Palace Hotel

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 3:02 PM

One of the best things for a vacationing food-lover to do is to set an early alarm, roll out of bed and visit a great market like the Boqueria in Barcelona, Tsukiji in Tokyo or the Rialto market in Venice. It is also one of the most frustrating: As a...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: With Risotto, It's Never Too Late to Learn

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 9:56 AM

I've been making risotto for decades and have written about it for years. In general, my risottos have tasted good, and Jackie and I -- and our guests -- have enjoyed them. But there was one element of a perfect risotto that sometimes eluded me: its creaminess and the way...

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Beyond Guinness in Dublin, Part Two: A Bit of Irish History and a Little Something to Eat

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 1:56 PM

Several weeks ago I wrote about Dublin as a great destination for lovers of literature, theater and art. And it was mainly for those pleasures that we'd initially planned our trip - with a side order of Irish cooking, of course. However, in e-mail conversations on the latter...

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Stylish London Dining: The Colony Grill Room at The Beaumont Hotel

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 9:27 AM

The team of Chris Corbin and Jeremy King are behind some of the best-looking restaurants in London: Whether they're evoking the classic French brasserie (as in Colbert and Brasserie Zédel) or summoning up an Art-Déco-inspired elegance that may have really existed only in the movies (The Wolseley), they and their...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: In Venice, Salsa Doesn't Mean What You May Think

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 9:59 AM

I've got a little to-cook list of things that Jackie and I ate on our recent trip to Italy and London, such as the eggplant/aubergine "meatballs" we had in Rome. Probably because it contained few ingredients, all of which we had in the house, one dish floated right to the...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: The Whole Chard

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 10:08 AM

A dear friend who died a few years ago was a man of unbreakable habits in many areas of life, notably in his food preferences. The moment he retired, he moved to Paris and, when he wasn't trying (in vain) to get French butchers to grind enough fat into his...

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Rome Travel: A Really Good Lunch During a Day Trip to Tivoli

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 12:22 PM

I'm always skeptical - almost scared - of restaurants smack in the middle of tourist areas, but a recent experience in Italy made me wonder whether I've been too cynical.

One of the great day trips from Rome is to the ancient town of Tivoli, where you can see the...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: Hash, Corned Beef's Manifest Destiny

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 10:26 AM

In the days when Jackie and I had more obligations, I'd occasionally be left alone for a few days or a week while Jackie did her duty either to her parents or to her employer (most of my own responsibilities could be discharged right here in New York). I'd cook...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: The Best Dipping Sauce of 2014

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 12:17 PM

Sometimes, I can plan and shop for a meal well in advance and get away with it - usually when we have dinner guests and when the centerpiece is something that needs to be bought a few days ahead of time. But a little while ago, with a friend coming...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: Fresh-Tomato Sauce Freshened With Fresh Tomatoes

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 1:08 PM

When Jackie and I dug into our bowls of pasta with tomato sauce a week ago, there was no plan to write about our dinner. What more does anybody need to know about noodles with tomato sauce?

But there was a little twist to it, and the result was so...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: An Autumnal Risotto Inspired by... Twitter

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 10:32 AM

It's a special treat to go to the farmers' market and see fresh chestnuts, because almost all of those in the supermarket or greengrocer have been imported either from Italy or from China, and who knows when they were gathered. It's tempting to buy lots, but prudence dictates a small...

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Beyond Guinness in Dublin, Part One: The Arts

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 5:59 PM

As my wife and I planned a trip to Dublin this past summer, gloomy words from a friend hung in the air: "Dublin? One day at most." It is hard to imagine any city worthy of the name that doesn't merit far more than a day trip, so we weren't...

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