Main Dishes

Beef Pot Pie

Makes one 9-inch deep-dish potpie Ingredients All-Butter Pie Dough (single crust) Egg wash, as needed 8 oz red potatoes, cubed 3 tablespoons canola oil 12 to 16 ounces beef sirloin, cubed 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons sherry 1 3/4 cups beef stock 3 carrots, peeled and cut into ¼-inch […]

Pies & Tarts

Erin McDowell’s Double-Crust Berry Galette

Makes one 10-by-5-inch galette This recipe comes from friend-of-the-CIA, Erin McDowell, a 2009 graduate of our Hyde Park, NY campus. Erin is now a food writer, recipe developer, and talented food stylist, especially well known for her beautiful pies! She has shared this amazing summer berry recipe from her first […]

Beverages & Cocktails

Frozen Aperol Spritz

Makes 8 to 10 servings Come summertime, we think any cocktail can be made better by freezing, and the Aperol Spritz is no exception. Though it is perfect just the way it is, experiment with this recipe to make it just right for you! Add fruit juice, berries, or a […]

Side Dishes

German Potato Salad

Makes 4 to 6 servings German potato salad is a bit tangier than traditional mayo-based versions. Though it’s typically served warm, you can make this ahead and let it come to room temperature before serving. Omit the bacon and sub vegetable broth for a vegetarian version. Ingredients 1 1/2 lb […]


Kale, Cashew, and Cranberry Pasta Salad

Makes 4 to 6 portions This pasta salad is great cold or at room temperature (a gift from the meal prep fairies), but it’s just as good hot, if you don’t have time to give it a good chill. Ingredients 12 oz whole wheat penne 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 […]

Main Dishes

Potato Salad With Tuna, Olives & Red Peppers

Makes 4 to 6 servings Ingredients 1 lb new potatoes Salt to taste 2 large red bell peppers, seeded and diced 1 cup pitted green olives, halved One 8-oz can oil-packed tuna, drained 1/4 cup olive oil 6 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon mild paprika […]

Sauces, Dressings & Condiments

Raw Tomatillo & Avocado Salsa

Makes 2 pints (1 cup) Ingredients 2 jalapeños, stems removed, halved lengthwise 10 tomatillos (about 1 lb 8 oz), husked, rinsed & quartered 1 clove garlic, peeled 1 small white onion, peeled 3/4 cup (1 oz) coarsely chopped cilantro leaves & stems 1 small avocado, pitted, peeled & cut into […]

Chef's Notes Plus

What I’m Cooking: Green Bean and Potato Salad

The main course is sort of the easy part. We can all grill chicken or roast a pork loin, but with limited ingredients, it can be the sides that throw us off. You can only eat boxed macaroni and cheese so many times, even during a global pandemic. Veggie sides […]