The Simple Spatula

Month: February, 2010

All Natural Nutella

There really isn’t too much to say about this except that you should be making it right now. Seriously, go get your food processor. I’ll wait. Ready? Good. This is so easy and since the first ingredient is hazelnuts it’s actually pretty healthy. I can’t say the same about store-bought Nutella in which the first [...]

Quinoa Pudding

I finally got my snow day today. I was so excited that I couldn’t even fall back asleep so at 6am I was out of bed watching the soft flakes fall. It was only flurrying lightly but now it’s coming down quite hard. They say we’re supposed to get up to two feet, which is [...]

For what it’s worth

Lately, I find that if I read in the morning, I am more relaxed. My thoughts are less scattered, and I am much more calm throughout the day. Lately, I have started turning off my laptop at night, so that it’s not the first thing I reach for in the morning. Lately, I have started [...]

Some Pictures

Snowshoeing on the Finger Lakes Trail. Danby, New York. I also ate a raw acorn today. It’s not something I recommend.

A Lighter Lemon Curd

Did you know it was possible to get writer’s block even when the only thing you write is a food blog? Well it is. I’ve been trying to write this post since tuesday and I just can’t do it. Usually when I get stuck I put down my laptop, walk away and try again later, [...]

French Baguette

I’ve always been a morning person and I’ve never been one to sit still and “relax”, but when did I become someone who bakes fresh baguettes before my morning class? For that matter, when did I start enjoying writing? If you had told me a year ago that I would be writing voluntarily on a daily basis [...]

French Onion Soup

In the past I may not have expressed my love for Cooks’ Illustrated as much as I should have.  Those six yearly issues might as well be my bible. I love that they don’t just publish a recipe. They test it out over and over using different variables, ingredients and techniques. They walk you through [...]

Homemade Limoncello and Eighteen Bald Lemons

Flashback to September of 2007. Unpasteurized apple cider aplenty at the farmer’s market and me with too much time on my hands. The idea dawned on me to make my own hard apple cider. Why on earth did I want to make 5 gallons of hard cider? I don’t drink very often and I don’t [...]

Some kind of positive connotation

I’ve always been a little (okay, a lot) grossed out by mayo. For starters I grew up thinking I didn’t like the taste of it, because we only had miracle whip in my house. Turns out it was not mayo but miracle whip that I didn’t like. Still I only liked very small amounts of [...]

Forty-Nine for Fifty

I read a lot of other blogs. Daily. My google reader is packed with the ramblings and recipes of over fifty different people from all different corners of the country and world. To spite being from all walks of life, the writers behind the words that I follow so closely all have a few things [...]