The Simple Spatula

Month: December, 2010

When my brilliance eludes me.

On Sunday night I drove back to Manhattan in the middle of this little “blizzard” and considered myself lucky when I found a parking spot literally directly in front of my apartment. It didn’t quite occur to me that come Monday morning it would be buried. Of course it could have been worse, it actually [...]

Snow days have always meant nachos.

There are some foods I associate with certain days or times of the year and wouldn’t dare make otherwise – like the cookies your grandmother refused to make anytime other than Christmas. Snow days have always meant nachos. I’m really not sure how the habit started but my mom used to make them for me [...]

Warm light, on a winter’s day.

Snowy Day Oats

I haven’t seen this much snow downstate since high school! This morning I woke up to 2 feet of snow and this… [I would just like to point out that one of the main reasons we didn't move to Williamsburg or Greenpoint is because they are only accessible by the L and G trains which [...]

Last Sunday was our last New Amsterdam Market for the season and, as we all said our goodbyes to farmers, vendors and new friends I realized something:  This market is just like a crew team.  We spend an immense amount of time together outside, in the freezing cold, early in the morning, wearing a hundred [...]

Lisa’s Santa Cookies

This time last year Viktorija showed me how to make her favorite Christmas cookies. She called them Santa Cookies but some of you may also know them as magic bars or seven layer bars. If you’ve ever had one you know they are delicious, addictive, full of butter and a major sugar rush. This year [...]

Fettuccine with Pickled Mushrooms and Parmesan

When I first tasted the pickled mushrooms Tuesday night, I wanted to run off with the jar and find a stove to cook some pasta and toss them both with parmesan cheese. They were that good. However, that probably wouldn’t have gone over well so instead I controlled myself and went out for dinner – [...]

Pickled Cremini Mushrooms with Garlic and Thyme

Last night I went to a pickling class taught by Scott of BrooklynCured. We learned how to make several things including his jardiniere, and my favorite- pickled mushrooms. There was some ebate over whether they are really pickled or actually just marinated since they are packed in oil but whatever you call them, I was [...]

Cocoa Brownies

New favorite brownies; trust me, just make them. You won’t even miss the melted chocolate that I used to insist belongs in every brownie. Fudgey Cocoa Brownies Adapted from Alice Medrich’s Chocolate and the Art of Low Fat Desserts I basically never wait for brownies too cool so I just scooped some out into a [...]

Christmas tree, Manhattan style.

I should have cut down a tree when I was upstate last weekend – but I didn’t. I kicked myself when I got home and then I walked to one of the seven pop-up, sidewalk christmas tree stores within one block of my apartment. Since I’m in denial about not having space for a proper [...]