The Simple Spatula

Month: November, 2010

What it was like – a timeline.

Disclaimer: If the topic of hunting upsets you, you may want to stop reading this. No worries though, we’ll catch up next time. In general, I try not to discuss food politics in this space. Just from reading my posts I think it’s pretty obvious where I stand on the whole local, organic, slow food [...]

The Ultimate Pumpkin Pie

In other words… the pie that will win our pumpkin pie bakeoff. That’s right, there is a battle royale going on in my house over who makes the best pumpkin pie; Nathalie’s boyfriend, Scott or me. Of course I know I have all your votes, faithful readers, but unfortunately, you are not here to vote. [...]

Gobble, Gobble.

Happy Thanksgiving from our table to yours.

Homemade Graham Cracker Crust

Every time I make a pie with a graham cracker crust, I discover – too late – that my proportions are wrong and I don’t have enough of the graham cracker mixture. Since it’s pie season I decided to finally fix the proportions. Homemade Graham Cracker Crust Makes 1 10-inch pie crust (or a little [...]

Homemade Graham Crackers

Hey, remember that time when I said I couldn’t bring myself to take the time to make homemade graham crackers only to crush them into a crust? Well, I changed my mind (as I often do) and I did just that. I spent several hours over the course of two separate days mixing, chilling, rolling [...]

For all you southerners out there…

Y’all really like your sugar. Seriously, this pie is diabetic-shock sweet – is that inappropriate for me to say here? Really, I think it’s only apt description. Before you click away from this page thinking I’ve posted a bad recipe, I will say this: every guy who tried this pie LOVED it. I mean really [...]

It’s pie season.

Once upon a time I made an Dutch apple pie – you know the kind with cinnamony, buttery crumbs on top. Then I ate the whole thing in twenty-four hours. I didn’t share very much either. It was that good. Dutch Apple Pie I used winesnap apples because I’ve been bringing them home in mass [...]

Basic Pie Dough.

I have a few pie recipes to share in the next few days but I figured I better start out with a basic dough recipe. I know many of you reach for that frozen crust, we’ve all been there – I prefer Whole Foods brand Whole Wheat or Spelt. In a pinch they really are [...]

11 Reasons Why I Love New York City

There’s nothing like showing a visitor around the area in which you live to remind yourself why you live there. Why you willingly choose to live there. It always seems to bring about a renewed sense of pride in the area – maybe because you are only showing them all the good things but, even so, [...]

It’s grains week!

[Above picture courtesy of Claire Hartten] It’s grains week here in NYC and we kicked it off Sunday at New Amsterdam Market with The Smørrebrød Table. There were more than 10 varieties of smørrebrød created by visiting Danish chef Trina Hahnemann and local chefs Alejandro Alcocer of greenbrownorange; Caroline Fidanza of Saltie; Christophe Hille of [...]