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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

A Good Dinner in a Paris Railway Station: Restaurant Lazare

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 10:22 AM

When I first read about Lazare, a new breakfast-to-supper brasserie-restaurant in the (mostly) renovated Gare Saint-Lazare in Paris, I imagined a vast space seating hundreds of diners. I was wrong. Yes, it is bustling and buzzy, but with 110 covers -- including at a communal table and at...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: Waiting for Spring With a Triple-Carrot Risotto

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 9:43 AM

I'm not sure whether the expression "tripling down" exists, but that's what I seem to have done with one of the more flavorful vegetables still hanging around in the farmers' market pending the arrival of spring produce: carrots. And I brought them into a risotto in three forms, all of...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: A Horseradish Sauce That (Probably) Won't Make Your Eyes Tear

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 9:51 AM

A Monday or two ago there was a new vendor at New York's Union Square Greenmarket: Holy Schmitt's Horseradish from Riverhead, Long Island. They mostly sell prepared horseradish made from their own produce, but they also had a pile of nice firm horseradish roots for four bucks apiece....

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Luxe Chinese Dining and Blissful Swimming at the Shangri-La Paris

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 2:20 PM

In December 2012, Jackie and I had an excellent dinner at the restaurant l'Abeille in the Shangri-La Paris. As I wrote at the time, the hotel was not yet quite complete. A number of additional guest rooms have since been added, along with a handsome garden beside the...

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Les Etangs de Corot: A "Country" Hotel/Spa Between Paris and Versailles

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 10:51 AM

When visiting Paris, lots of people take a day trip to Versailles, and if they're not in any hurry they may even spend the night. There are good reasons for adopting that more leisurely approach: First, it really does take more than an afternoon to see the château, its allied...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: Potato Pizza? Tarte Flambee? You Be the Judge

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 9:31 AM

This delicious and versatile thing came about a couple of months ago in a confluence of leftovers and email. The leftovers were of a creamy potato gratin. The email exchange related to New York restaurant recommendations, specifically to the irresistible Alsatian-style tarte flambée served in the bar room...

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Snacking in Paris: Can Eclairs Please Be the New Macaroons?

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 9:38 AM

Am I allowed to say that I'm just about sick of macaroons, or as too many English-speaking people will insist on saying, macarons? I get it that the modern French kind with their unexpected flavors and gaudy colors have a lot of appeal -- and that when someone brilliant like...

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[Not] Cooking Off the Cuff: Two New Flavors

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 9:41 AM

Jackie and I are away for a couple of weeks in Paris and (mostly) in London, so there's been no home cooking to report on. As usual, though, there have been plenty of new, sometimes exciting, flavors, two of which were particularly unexpected.

The first was a salami-like sausage that...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: Don't Forget to Forget That Celery Root!

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 8:59 AM

One of the crisp lamb dishes I described a few weeks ago included a version of the so-called forgotten carrots Jackie and I had last year in London at Merchants Tavern, a restaurant that over three visits and counting has given me a number of good...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: Kale Ravioli -- Elegant, Not Faddish

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 9:48 AM

Google the phrase "is the new kale" and you'll get nearly 140,000 hits, or at least I did a few days ago. The "new kale" can be anything from turmeric to steak tartare, though cauliflower comes up a lot. That reduces a whole family of stalwart leafy green vegetables to...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: The Return of the Potato Fritter -- Welcome Back!

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 8:41 AM

Quite a few years ago, a staple of my pre-dinner finger-food repertoire was a crunchy, eggy, savory potato fritter. I don't remember where I picked up the recipe and I certainly don't know why I stopped making these things: they're delicious and fun, and they perform a magic act when...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: Crisp(y) Lamb

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 11:18 AM

Yes, I know: Lovers of pure language say that there's no such word as crispy (as opposed to crisp) except in the special vocabulary of menu-, advertising- and recipe-writing. I agree with them; it's a term I avoid. But even non-words can convey something, in this case the command, "Order...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: A Warming Risotto -- With Cabbage

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 8:49 AM

Traditional rice dishes can hold surprises in the form of unexpected ingredients. When I made a paella using snails left over from last week's dish I wasn't being innovative at all: They're a venerable part of the Valencian repertoire. Nor was I breaking new ground when I saw...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: Forget the Shells -- A Better Way to Eat Snails

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 10:37 AM

An old friend on a visit to New York recently expressed the wish to eat snails -- the classic French way, with garlic-parsley butter. My first thought was that we'd take him and his wife out to an old-fashioned restaurant that still served escargots sizzling in their shells, but when...

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Opera Tavern and The Ape & Bird in London: Two Informal, Bustling Restaurants With Good Food

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 8:44 AM

Here's a quick look at a couple of lively and friendly London bar-restaurants within spitting distance of Covent Garden and the West End theater district. Jackie and I visited them for light suppers in the late evening, one after the opera and one after a play, but they're also nice,...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: Lessons Learned From a Kitchen Failure

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 8:39 AM

The other day, new friends were coming over for a drink before they went out for a sushi dinner. My usual snacks of salami, olives, cheese straws and so forth might have started their evening on strong flavors that would blunt their appreciation for the delicate meal ahead of them,...

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London Dining: Cafe Murano -- A New Neighbor on a Changing Street

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 8:56 AM

Changes are under way in the St. James's area of London. A single mega-landlord owns around half the property there: the Crown Estate, which manages its portfolio not for the queen as an individual but for the monarchy as an institution, and its plan is to buttress the...

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Not Cooking Off the Cuff: Top Vacation Tastes in London and Munich

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 9:06 AM

Jackie and I are away at the moment and are having a wonderful time. I'd thought I might cook with London friends last weekend and thus have a new dish to describe, but by the time we got to their house all the cooking had been done; all I can...

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London Dining (and Lodging) Review: Hélène Darroze at the Connaught

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 11:11 AM

There are restaurants I really want to love, and Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, in London's Mayfair, is one of them. It is a beautiful, comfortable place where they make diners feel happy and special, and to get there you have the joy of walking through the lobby...

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Cooking Off the Cuff: That's One Big Stuffed Cabbage

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 8:21 AM

Most winters, Jackie and I eat stuffed cabbage at least once (plus a few more times for the leftovers). The way I make it has changed over the decades, moving from something like my mother's version with raisins in the sauce to variations on the one given in George Lang's...

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