Wednesday, October 24, 2012


























Yesterday for the first time, I went to Mission Chinese, a Lower East Side hole-in-the-wall that was recently imported from San Francisco. Although all of the meatiest, spiciest dishes came highly recommended, I opted for the "Egg Egg Noodles." I am a sucker for a soft egg sitting on top of a warm, comforting pile of carbohydrates, and these were exactly that -- a bowl of chewy egg noodles, topped with a lightly-cooked hen egg, little bits of fried ginger and garlic, shreds of country ham, a pinch of chives, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. You mix the egg into the noodles with your chopsticks, and the result is a gingery Chinese carbonara.

Less than twenty-four hours later, breakfast time rolled around, and I found myself craving ham, eggs, and ginger. A rice bowl was born, with salty bits of bacon, crunchy pieces of fried ginger and garlic and an egg, of course.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012


























And my FOOD52 series on Azerbaijan and parties, pistachios and apricots, draws to a conclusion. You can read the final installment here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


























At some time or another, I went to Azerbaijan. Here's more on that.

Monday, October 15, 2012


 It's been a while.  I've caught the Instagram bug, and my camera has gotten dusty. But what a Fall.
I've moved into a new apartment with lots of light, and now there's no excuse. I've been baking bread, making bagels, having dinner parties and brunches. I've been collecting small kitchen objects from Housing Works and Pearl River. A Pyrex pie dish exploded in my oven the other night.
 
The weather in New York is getting chillier. It's almost Halloween.






Wednesday, July 11, 2012



I am always suspicious of recipes that involve microwaving for any purpose other than to melt butter. But alas, the microwaved potato chip is here, and after my FOOD52 column featured a recipe by Lara Ferroni, I had to try it.

They're no Kettle Chips, but they're good! And easy, although I wouldn't hate acquiring a mandoline, since my first few batches were made entirely by hand-cutting the potatoes. For a batch that I brought to a barbecue, I ground up some fennel seeds, mustard seeds, salt, pepper, and even a little sugar to sprinkle on top. Which reminds me, I wouldn't hate acquiring a mortar and pestle.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Dinner all the Time

Buy a baguette. Slice it up. Brush some olive oil on those slices. Toast 'em in the oven. Rub garlic all over them. Cover some of them with fluffy, fresh ricotta. Those ones, drizzle with honey and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Lemon zest too, if you want to do it the way that Merrill does.

The rest - cover with thin slices of avocado, and salty roasted radish slices.

Thursday, May 31, 2012



I recently made a trip to California in order to look after my sister's children and deplete her beer, butter, and a snack supplies.
























There was good coffee to be had, after the daily kindergarten drop-offs, and sushi picnics on the porch. And of course, there were baking projects. Do not leave your kids with me unless you want me to make chocolate chip banana bread with them.




Here's a salad I made from things in my sister's refrigerator. Here's the recipe: sugar-roasted carrots and radishes + plus very small lettuces + lemon juice + mint.

But there were fried chicken and pork belly sandwiches too. And plenty of beer.One thing my sister likes to do is have picnics that center around cheese, strawberries, and champagne. We made some rhubarb curd shortbread and brownies to go with these.




Thursday, May 3, 2012

Well here's an odd thing I ate for dinner just now: Honey roasted carrots with grits, blue cheese, avocado, and balsamic glaze. Dinner plan default lately: make grits, and top with anything found in refrigerator.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

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Yesterday was the day of the big ocean birthday party. It went SWIMMINGLY.
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Frances and I made velum-and-plastic-bag jellyfish.
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Josh invented Pin-the-Arm-on-the-Octopus.
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How to make a rectangular cake into a fish-shaped cake:
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Valrhona chocolate wafers make ideal fish scales when cut in half.
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Favors included these wild wind-up scuba divers, found at Pearl River for $1.50.
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Decorations included this giant shark, procured from the Coney Island Aquarium by Sarah.
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Adult snacks included butter-dipped radishes and pea-ricotta crostini.
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Kid snacks included PB&J sandwiches of the sea and goldfish crackers.
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Everyone had a pretty nice time.
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Sunday, April 15, 2012

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This weekend we had visitors, so I made some doughnuts. Lara Ferroni recently wrote about Maple Meringue Filled Doughnuts for the column I edit for FOOD52, so I gave her recipe for yeasted doughnuts a try, and filled some with strawberry jam and some with Nutella.
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These were easier than I thought, and I'm totally sold on doughnut-making. I even dreamed last night that I had instated a try-one-doughnut-recipe-a-week rule, and that the people around me were beginning to get angry at the poor influence I was having on their health. In reality, I just want to have more brunch parties.
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Friday, April 13, 2012

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Today

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Bunny-decorating with Frances. Some with whiskers, some with eyelashes. Deviled eggs - pickled and un-pickled.
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Spicy drinks.
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Glazed ham.
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Asparagus with leeks, pancetta, and lemon zest. FOOD52 recipe.
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The greatest of Easter miracles - this is what the first slice of braided challah looked like.
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Peas with feta, mint, scallions, and lemon juice.
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Sarah's beautiful caramel-y pineapple upside-down cake.
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Festive cupcakes, thanks to Kelly.
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