put all your egg rolls in my basket

Around St. Patrick’s Day I saw a brilliant blog post for how to turn a Reuben sandwich into an egg roll that got me thinking. Basically, I love egg rolls, but I had never tried to make them before (I have made dumplings before, but they are never quite as good as the gyoza or … Continue reading

super day for soup for supper

At this point, I am hoping for amazing May flowers, because the “wintry mix” weather we’ve been having with only a few, scattered, warm days is really becoming quite tiresome. However, this cold spring weather does mean that making a big batch of soup is a welcome source of sustenance throughout the week. No longer … Continue reading

Don’t worry, have a pinch of curry

One of my best friends (we’ll call her “The Gray Lady” as she is a particularly ardent New York Times devotee) was mourning the end of Mark Bittman’s column, “The Minimalist” with me when we decided to pay him homage and make one of his recipes together. Thankfully Bittman already did us the favor of … Continue reading

go ahead. maki my day.

When I was growing up, we ordered Chinese food from a place around the corner (now closed, sadly) every week. Chinese food will always be a kind of comfort food for me because of that. But once I got a little older, my parents decided it was time to introduce me to the joys of … Continue reading

To Fry For

Several months ago, I had brunch with two friends at Jane where we decided to split an order of “crispy calamari and zucchini” (we made the mistake of also ordering individual dishes, leaving a ton of leftovers). The calamari was the star of brunch for me (and had a surprise ingredient!) and ever since I … Continue reading

Guys dig girls with Mussels

mussel beach, this-a-way

Or at least, that’s what Max told me. Cooking mussels is another one of those nearly foolproof methods of pleasing snobs with simple, and fairly cheap ingredients. In fact, Max spent more on the perfect Belgian beer pairings than I did on the whole dinner! It was kind of a whim to make them, actually, … Continue reading

Duck and Cover (With Pasta)

x-treme closeup

You didn’t think I made duck confit just to eat a delicious confit dinner, did you? The best part of duck confit is the leftovers! I had a recipe in mind from Florence Fabricant of the NY Times (although she says, “Do not even think of making duck confit from scratch. Buy it prepared, from … Continue reading

Penne Garmushallini

Hungry for something that wasn’t leftover from Thanksgiving, Max and I decided to throw together a pasta dish last night that is a standby in our house because we always have the ingredients more-or-less on hand. That’s right, garmushallini! Ahem, that is, garlic, mushrooms, shallots and zucchini. And of course, we tie it together with … Continue reading

pork chop barrel spending at TJ

Thursday, armed with a gift card, Max and I trekked to 14th street and 3rd avenue to check out Trader Joe’s. We definitely arrived before 3pm, but the store was as busy as any SoHo boutique on the weekend! Now, I don’t like crowds much, but I’ve been eager to have a shopping experience at … Continue reading

pomi wonderful

A few weeks ago, Max and I were watching the movie “Wall Street” at home, which I’d never seen. The original from 1987, not the new one that came out more recently. There’s a point in it when the Charlie Sheen character, Bud Fox, walks into his extremely fancy new kitchen and opens the door … Continue reading