sisters Danielle and Laura Kosann are the charming duo behind foodie site the New Potato, which regularly profiles the eating habits of everyone from fashion editors and bloggers to celebrities. we decided to turn the tables and ask them to cook for us this time around…
Laura (left) wears a J.Crew keeper chambray shirt.
Danielle (right) wears a J.Crew Collection boyfriend sweater. Tell us a bit about the site and how it came about.Laura:
We saw a void in the market for a site that approached food in an editorial way. We thought, “How cool would it be to create a destination where on the one hand you can see what Jessica Alba is having for breakfast, and on the other explore what a restaurateur is doing in Brooklyn?”So, what are we cooking today?Laura:
We’re big Michael White fans. Osteria Morini is our go-to when craving Italian, and he’s perfected the classic meatball—a recipe we’ve featured on our site. So we decided to cook it today because it’s a great cold-weather meal.
What are some of your earliest memories in the kitchen?
Laura: I would insist on making my “famous fruit salad” for my mom’s dinner parties. I would take any fruits in the house (whether they went together or not) —oranges, apples, peaches, pineapples, grapefruits, grapes, bananas—put them all in a big bowl, douse them with apple sauce and cinnamon. It would sort of brown throughout the day. But no matter whom my mom was having over for a dinner party, the fruit salad would be at the center of the table come dessert.
Danielle: The famous fruit salad was the best. My earliest memory was making Linzer torte with our Austrian grandmother.
When it comes to cooking, are you clean-up-as-you-go girls?
Laura: I try to clean up as I go but fail miserably at it. I rarely go by the recipe, so I’m always taking tons of different things out, to the point that, by the end of the process, the kitchen looks more like a scene from Hoarders.
Danielle: I’m lucky that I have a husband who is much better than I am at keeping things neat while we’re in the kitchen.
What do you wear when you cook?
Laura: Boyfriend jeans, barefoot, with a comfy tee or sweater.
Danielle: Anything that isn’t white!
Ultimate comfort food?
Laura: Jonathan Waxman’s roast chicken.
Danielle: Pizza and red wine.
What’s always in your fridge(s)?
Laura: Lemons, white wine, almond milk and a good cheese.
Danielle: Almond milk, almond butter, Sriracha, coconut water, blueberries, cherry tomatoes and white wine.
Favorite places to eat when you’re not cooking?
Laura: It’s always hard to narrow things down to a few places, but here are some of our go-tos for certain things: Barbuto for roast chicken, Osteria Morini for pastas, Empellon for soft tacos, ABC Kitchen for pizzas, the Spotted Pig for a burger, Jeffrey’s Grocery for brunch, Balthazar for steak frites and Blue Ribbon Sushi for sushi.
Recent splurge in the kitchen?
Laura: When I watch old movies, I always love how the wineglasses were much smaller. I came across this cool vintage wineglass set a while back. When I try to use it with friends who come over, though, they look at me like I’m crazy and ask for a “real glass.”
Danielle: A great knife set from Wüsthof. Good knives make such a big difference.
What’s your go-to hostess gift when you’re going to a dinner or cocktail party?Laura:
A great bottle of wine. Danielle:
A Diptyque candle. What’s the last dish you cooked?Laura:
Strip steak with matchstick fries.Danielle:
Chicken curry. It’s supereasy and a perfect one-pot winter dish. Photography by Bryan Derballa. Makeup by Moani Lee (using Hourglass Cosmetics) and Lauren Berrones (using Oribe).
For chef Michael White’s meatball recipe, click here