Bella treats eating as an aesthetic endeavor as well as gastronomically rewarding and healthy. So the food looks beautiful and is presented in still-life form. Meals are sacred. Even her child is learning this at an early age. Bella's two year old son knows that the only place to eat is at the table in the kitchen while he is sitting in his high-chair, not while wandering around the house.
Bella and her husband are both great chefs. The only danger is cooking too well and living too well. So, every once in a while, they take do a cleanse together.
Bella's Answers to the Kitchn Questionnaire
What's your cooking style?
Just depends….week days are typically simple and healthy. Eggs, smoothies, and
fruit for breakfast, and vegetables with protein (fish, chicken, tofu) and quinoa are
dinner staples. It’s not very exciting, but we have to be healthy because we kind of
go for it on the weekends. My husband, Jeff, has become an incredible cook and
everything he makes is delicious, but naughty. This summer he’s mastered fried
fish tacos and we do lots of pancakes for the kids. I also gave him a pizza making
class at Pizza a Casa for father’s day and now he’s doing a lot of grilled and oven
cooked pizzas. Our house on the North Fork of LI has a million farm stands so we tend to pick things up and bring them home and use whatever is in season and fresh.
What inspires your kitchen?
We have historically entertained a ton, so the open plan with barstools are key, as is the large cooktop + refrigerator, which holds a ton of food.
What is your favorite kitchen tool or element?
Anything that makes coffee. We have both a Bialetti (my favorite) and a Nespresso machine (his favorite). The Nespresso milk frother is key to getting our lattes made each morning.
Best cooking advice or tip you ever received:
Clean while you cook and the person doing the dishes won’t hate you.
Biggest challenge in your kitchen:
We live in New York…..STORAGE.
Probably the Francis Francis espresso machine. It looks good but works horribly. It
was a wedding gift but I still feel bad that it just sits in the cabinet. As far as things I
actually use: my Kitchen Aid mixer. I love to bake.
Dream tool or splurge:
I’d love a whole set of Le Crueset skillets. I think everything tastes better when cooked in the ones we have. I’d also love to have a full set of copper pots and pans, but only if they came with someone to polish them for me.
What are you cooking this week?
I am doing a lot of fresh fruit and vegetable juices. Summer is definitely my favorite season for eating so I feel like I have to eat up all the goodness while it tastes best. I am going to hit the farmer’s market on my way home and see what looks good for dinner. I am pretty sure it will include basil.
What cookbook has inspired you the most?
Well, I think that if you follow any Ina Garten recipe for a dinner party you will look like a total rockstar to your friends. No one will lose weight, but it will be one tasty meal. Alice Waters has helped me see the beauty in simple ingredients.
What's the most memorable meal you've ever cooked in this kitchen?
For my son’s second bithday party this summer my mom, who was visiting from California, and I rolled 75 dolma and made a ton of Armenian sugar cookies. Not only did everyone love the food + sweets, it was really special to do it with her.
• Sub Zero
• Kitchen Aid
• Sabre cutlery
• Crate and Barrel
• Lots and lots of OXO
• Williams Sonoma
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