The Simple Spatula

Month: January, 2011

In case you were wondering…

…the lake in Central Park is frozen. I know this because I stood right in the middle of it on Friday.

On repeat this week.

Of easy wind and downy flake.

Today I went for a run hobbling through a 4 mile snowy obstacle course trying not to break my neck. (Am I the only one who falls weekly on slippery sidewalks and icy crosswalks?) It was nice anyway. Central Park was peaceful in that way that is only possible when everything is insulated by a [...]

Different reasons, of course.

If you had to stop and count how many times you’ve made a batch of chocolate chip cookies and declared them your favorite or dare you say the best, would you be able to? I wouldn’t. I pretty much have a new favorite every time, for different reasons of course. So for all those times [...]

When days flow methodically.

Good days are busy enough to keep me from getting lazy, but not hectic. They have a reasonable list of things to get done and it’s extra nice when the list MUST be completed otherwise I’ll start procrastinating. Good days tend to be towards the end of the week when the weekend holds something fun [...]

Sunday Soup

A while back I read an article in Edible Brooklyn by a woman named Saskia Cornes. She had just moved to Brooklyn and found it difficult to connect with people; no one smiling on the subway, no one even acknowledging each other in passing. On some level I can understand what she means, people tend [...]

Vermont – Better late than never.

The food… [Cami with her famous and giant chicken pot pie] The fun… [yes, Camtinis count as fun not food] The friends… [Picture courtesy of John Bruno. Look how are group has grown since last year!] And the little mishap involving a car, a ditch and a tractor. I won’t name any names… [yeah, that [...]

In the meantime.

I’m back home. Shhh! don’t tell anyone. I’m pretending that I’m not. I’m sort of hiding (from my blog? eeep). Basically, I’ve just been too busy to update since I got back and now it’s been so long that I feel like a Vermont post wouldn’t be up to date anymore. What do you think? [...]

All this automatic writing I have tried to understand From a psychedelic angel who was tugging on my hand It’s an infinite coincidence but it doesn’t form a plan So I’m headed for New England or the Paris of the South Gonna find myself somewhere to level out. -Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) Things I will [...]

Good Morning 2011

Baked French Toast Adapted from Smitten Kitchen Serves 8 1 loaf Challah bread in 1-inch slices 3 cups milk (I used skim) 3 eggs 3 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Generously grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with salted  butter. Arrange bread in two tightly-packed layers in the pan. [...]