Matzo Ball Soup (With a Twist)

Passover has always been a favorite holiday of mine, and I think that is at least 50% due to matzo ball soup. Every year, for days, my mom would have a pot boiling on the stove – preparing her stock for the matzo ball soup that was to come. The light and fluffy balls mixed with her delicious broth made for the perfect comfort food. Read More

Kitchen Confidential: Vegan White Elf & Chia Seed Salad

This week in kitchen confidential we caught up with one of our many talented 543 chefs as he put together a delightful grilled white elf mushroom and chia seed salad. Sprinkled with quinoa and chia seeds, the dish is packed with vitamins, protein, and anti-oxidants. Read More

Kitchen Confidential: Crab Stuffed Zucchini Flowers

This week’s Kitchen Confidential comes from Adrian, a cook at our 543 cafeteria who hails from Harlem, New York. Adrian grew up with a diverse group of friends and neighbors who all taught him a little something about food. This week he’s making a tempura battered zucchini flower, stuffed with crab and laid over a bed of mixed greens with orange and fennel, all dressed in red wine vinaigrette. Read More

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Allison Narofsky (Round 2)

Last week, Allison and I showed you all how to make homemade babaganoush and pita chips. For our second round in healthy snacks for the New Year, we put together Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps. These are a great healthy option, so long as you use a hot sauce that is not butter based (we used Frank’s Red Hot). For those of you who are vegetarian like me, you can easily make this with tofu as well. =) Read More

Grilled Cheese?

I was raised in an Italian family with real Italian cooks, so I have a tendency give anything an Italian spin in the kitchen. Hence this week’s recipe – my favorite grilled cheese sandwich – is nothing short of delicioso. It’s crazy easy to make and tastes just as good as any fancy Panini.


2 Slices of bread (I like wholegrain, but if you want the traditional thing, go for ciabatta bread)

1tbsp Pesto

1 Canned artichoke – quartered

1 roasted red pepper – cut into 3 pieces

2 slices of fresh mozzarella (Mozzarella is traditional, but I didn’t have any when I made the sandwich, so I substituted a blend of jack cheeses. You can experiment with whatever cheeses you like. I highly recommend it.)

Spread pesto on both halves of your bread


Place roasted red pepper on one half


Place artichoke pieces on top of the roasted red pepper


Place cheese on top of the artichokes & then toast both sandwich halves in the toaster oven – or regular oven at 350F if you don’t have a toaster oven – until cheese melts (approx 5 minutes).


Place the top slice of bread on top, cut in half, and you’re done!