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Dry Aging with Michael Schulson
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A dry aging room is one of my favorite restaurant tools. The process is ideal for tenderizing and removing moisture from meat. As we prepare to open Alpen Rose, a steak boutique in Philadelphia, we chose this technique to serve the highest quality meats.

Pro Tip: Use a charcoal grill when cooking dry aged meat at home; it will help burn off the fat and boost flavor.

Nina Tinari
NYC Wine and Food Festival with Michael Schulson
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I had the pleasure of kicking off this year’s NYC Wine and Food Festival at Food Talk with Geoffrey Zakarian on Sirius XM. I also had the opportunity to meet The Kitchen cohost Jeff Mauro and Cake Boss Buddy Valastro. It was wonderful to meet all of you!…

Nina Tinari
Whipped Ricotta with Michael Schulson
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Whipped ricotta is one of my favorite spreads. It pairs well with fruit, bread, vegetables and other cheeses. A simple, but delicious combination is whipped ricotta and grilled bread. This dish is served daily at my restaurant, Harp & Crown, in Philadelphia. Easy to make and even easier to enjoy….

Nina Tinari
Mental Health Matters with Michael Schulson
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It was an honor to participate in Michael’s Giving Hand Golf Outing. This important foundation is dedicated to bringing awareness to anxiety and depression in teens and supports community outreach programs. Thank you to Tony Peressini, James D. Schultz and Ira Greenberg for golfing with me and to Nina Tinari for finding such a great cause.......

Nina Tinari
Michael Schulson Celebrates 10 Years in Business
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It has officially been 10 years since the opening of my very first restaurant, Izakaya at Borgata in Atlantic City. The journey has been long and exciting, but one I wouldn’t trade for the world. Nina Tinari and I are thrilled about our upcoming ventures and look forward to the months ahead......

Nina Tinari
Making Spicy Tuna Rolls with Michael Schulson
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Sushi has always been a passion of mine, one that launched my career as a chef. I quickly fell in love with the versatility of this dish, as rolls can be as simple or extravagant as you’d like. One of my favorite dishes to make at home is the Spicy Tuna Roll from my Philadelphia restaurant, Double Knot. Ingredients include nori sheet with sushi rice, tuna, wasabi and optional avocado. To make the perfect roll, here are a few things to keep in mind......

  •  When working with rice, wet your hands to avoid stickiness.

  •  Wrap your tuna in paper towels to remove any unwanted fishy taste.

  •   Stick to high quality nori, as inexpensive nori is bound to have a chewy quality.

  •  Always add a little extra something for more texture.

 I hope you enjoy creating, serving and eating this dish as much as I do.

Nina Tinari
Monkitail Menu Items by Michael Schulson
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It is always great to be back with my talented team, creating new menu items. This time we came up with a delicious dumpling recipe for Monkitail. This restaurant is a contemporary take on the classic Izakaya featuring small plates, sushi and specialty cocktails. We hope you enjoy it!

Nina Tinari
Making Edamame Dumplings with Michael Schulson
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Edamame Dumplings are one of the most popular menu items at Izakaya. To make them we use truffle pea shoot, sake broth and edamame. If you’re interested in making them at home, keep these important things in mind. When creating the filling, make sure it’s over seasoned as the wrapper will balance everything out. Always use a high-intensity steamer to keep the dumpling from turning out gummy. Lastly, never forget to top it off with great sauce. After that, it’s up to you to enjoy!

Nina Tinari
Menu Development with Michael Schulson
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Developing a menu is one of my favorite parts of the process. One look at these incredible steaks and you’d probably agree. Be sure to keep an eye out for our new steak boutique!

Nina Tinari
Robatayaki with Michael Schulson
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Robatayaki is one of my favorite dishes. It’s a simple dish that’s fun to prepare in a variety of ways. My best piece of advice for putting this meal together? Never take your eye off the grill. Light it up two or three minutes before grilling, then leave a few inches between the fire and the skewers. After that, enjoy with friends and family. Bon Appetit!

Nina Tinari
Giuseppe & Sons by Schulson Collective
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I am so very excited to give an update on Giuseppe & Sons. We are getting closer to bringing this exciting, new eatery to life in Philadelphia! This all-day ristorante will be a place where classic Italian tradition meets sophisticated, Roman style cuisine. Stay tuned. Also, a big thank you for all your hard work, Nina! Couldn’t do it without you.

Nina Tinari