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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

(Not) Cooking Off the Cuff: Back From Vacation, Just About

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 4:45 PM

I was over-optimistic to think there would be a cooking post today. We just got back from a trip and, sure, I'm cooking dinner tonight, but I'll be too jet-lagged to write about it, not that it's likely to be anything you need to know about.

So let me describe...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: Turning a Snack Into Dinner - Tapenade and Tomato Pasta Sauce

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 7:22 AM

Last week, Jackie and I took an overnight flight to London. As much as we like British Airways, we'd really rather not eat their food (drinking their wine is another story), so we generally have something like a bowl of pasta at home before leaving for the airport. This time,...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: Mushroom Ragù -- But Not for Vegetarians (At Least Not This Time)

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 9:00 AM

It's not too hard to find cultivated hen-of-the-woods (maitake) mushrooms in shops and at the farmers' market, and they're pretty good, especially when fried or roasted till the edges of their many "petals" get crisp, with the interior remaining juicy. But it's a rarer treat to see gigantic...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: Cabbage and Chestnuts Make an Autumnal Pairing With Pasta

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 9:27 AM

I'm always taken by surprise when I see baskets of New York State chestnuts in my local farmers' market: For years there were none to speak of, but with recent blight-resistant varieties they seem to be coming back. Still, most of the chestnuts sold here are from foreign parts (Italy...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: A Minty Lift for Cauliflower Pasta

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 10:41 AM

Jackie and I often eat pasta with vegetables standing in for sauce: Swiss chard is a favorite, cooked with a little garlic, chili and maybe guanciale. Cauliflower is another, cooked any one of several ways. Left to their own devices, such dishes lack one thing: contrast. The pasta and its...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: Squid! Chorizo! Beans! (You Can even Skip the Squid)

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 9:27 AM

Seeing excellent shelling beans in the market (in this instance the Sorana variety, an expatriate from Italy) always gets me thinking of ways to use them, especially if I can pay extra and buy them already shelled. And for the rest of the walk through the market I'll be shopping...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: Twice-Baked Pastry Again: Just One More Savory Tart

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 9:52 AM

The seasonal gears are changing here in New York: even though there are winter squashes in the market, we're still eating the odd tomato, and I promised I wouldn't write about them for a while. At least not ripe ones: One of the nice things Jackie and I have eaten...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: A Crisp Savory Tart to Start a Meatless Dinner, Delicious Sauce Too!

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 10:09 AM

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about double-baking tart shells to ensure long-lasting crispness. Here's the latest beneficiary of that technique, a vegetarian (not vegan) tart that made a grand first course for a recent dinner with friends, and whose leftovers, still crisp, were a nice snack...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: Glandular Cuisine - Sweetbreads With Salsa Rossa

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 10:53 AM

A few months ago, the farmers' market producer from whom we get milk and other dairy products, as well as veal on occasion, reached into his cooler, pulled out a calf's sweetbread and suggested that I buy it. I did, and it went straight from his freezer into...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: For Crisp Pastry, Bake It Twice

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 9:47 AM

There's not much new going on in our kitchen: Fabulous tomatoes keep showing up at the farmers' market, so I've been cooking variations on the things I've written about for the past several weeks. And I'm determined not to write another Cooking Off the Cuff about tomatoes, at least not...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: Tonight's Dinner, Tomorrow's Sauce

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 9:48 AM

Some time in the 1990s I learned that sauerkraut previously cooked in the style of French choucroute could turn into a combined sauce and vegetable: This was at a London restaurant called l'Oranger, with ace chefs Marcus Wareing and Angela Hartnett in the kitchen. They'd brown a piece of pork...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: Tomato Pie - But Not Pizza

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 10:55 AM

In the days when pizza still needed explaining - not too many decades ago in some parts of the country - it was often referred to as tomato pie. Which is not a bad description so long as it is accompanied by a photograph or, even better, a sample. But...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: For Great Summer Tomato Sauce, Grate Great Summer Tomatoes

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 10:35 AM

For last week's Swiss chard and tomato risotto, I employed a snappy technique to make a chunky near-puree of tomatoes: Using palm and fingers to rub halved (raw) tomatoes through the coarse or medium holes of a box grater, leaving the skin (mine and the tomatoes') behind on...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: Not the Tomato Risotto I'd Planned

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 10:36 AM

During our most recent trip to England - rich in good opera and good food - Jackie and I had a terrific tomato risotto at the new Covent Garden version of our friend Angela Hartnett's Café Murano. I duly put it on my to-cook list but didn't get...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: Cauliflower Parmigiana? Sure, Why Not?

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 10:50 AM

One night last week, Jackie and I really wanted cauliflower for dinner. When that happens, we usually have either crisp bread-crumb-and-parmesan-coated roasted cauliflower florets or cauliflower and cheese. This time, we were pointed in a new direction by the most delicious, ripe August tomatoes and a farmers' market...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: Braising - It's Not Just for Wintertime

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 10:44 AM

One of the axioms for a lower-stress dinner party is "Cook in advance." I don't always do that, but I think I'm calmer when I do. Often, cooking ahead means some sort of braise or, to use a word that is neglected nowadays, stew. Stews - especially those containing meat...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: For a Quick Pasta Dinner, Open a Can of Tuna

(5) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 10:35 AM

There's nothing new about using canned fish to make a flavorful pasta meal, such as sardines for an ersatz but delicious version of the Sicilian pasta con le sarde. And how many bowls of pasta with canned tuna have come to the rescue when the cook is low on energy...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: A Flourless Chocolate-Almond Cake From Naples Via London

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 10:43 AM

Back in May, over at Huffington Post Travel, I made a passing reference to the excellent chocolate-almond cake - torta caprese - on the breakfast buffet at the Hotel Excelsior in Naples. It was in the back of my mind that I might make one for a dinner...

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[Not] Cooking Off the Cuff: My Latest Vacation To-Cook List

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 10:53 AM

Jackie and I are still on vacation, mostly in London, where we're filling up on theater, opera and art. And trying not to fill up too gluttonously at dinner time. So I haven't been cooking. As usual, here are a few things we've eaten that might lend themselves to home...

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Traveling in Britain During a Transit Strike? Log On to Twitter.

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2015 | 2:47 PM

Transit strikes are not unknown in Britain, though they aren't as common as they were in the old days. Jackie and I are vacationing in London at the moment and had planned side trips to Oxford to see friends and to Lewes to attend a couple of opera performances at...

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