The Simple Spatula

Month: September, 2011

The state of things.

Odds and Ends

In the last two weeks, I started a new job (more on that later) and signed a lease for an apartment on the Lower East Side. Only for the month of October though, so around this time in one month I’ll have to move all over again. To prevent my October roommates from killing me [...]

Before they’re gone.

I wanted to share this with you last year but time got away from me and before I knew it, prune plums were no longer in season. This year, I almost let that happen again. Just like that, the weather has flipped and we went from a humid 80-something to a cool, breezy, crisp 55. [...]

Duck Leg Confit

So I’m cleaning out my freezer to move (more on that later) and I found some Moulard duck legs lurking around behind the vodka and under the peas. I’ve been meaning to make duck confit and shoved those legs back there because I just didn’t have the time. However, it quickly occurred to me that [...]

To melt August into September

I’ve said before, working near food frequently causes some weird food cravings and lately I find myself eating a lot of steamed broccoli dipped in mustard (not just any mustard, but this one specifically). In general, I’ll go for very plain vegetables or some combination of salt and vinegar (hence the mustard). Or I’ll eat [...]

Black Bean Burgers

Shockingly, I have nothing to say today. Cheers! black bean burgers  I write 15-18 ounces because I had just little bit more beans than I needed and didn’t feel like saving them so I just threw them in there with not trouble. It’s not an exact science. I know I called these burgers, but I [...]

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Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Sometimes you just can’t make it through the day without eating banana bread straight from the pan. Today was one of those days. Cinnamon Chocolate-Chip Banana Bread I was wary of the lack of butter and/or oil in this recipe but, since it came from Molly, I decided to trust her and take the leap. [...]

Every 500 Years.

In 2006 the Susquehanna River rose to 25 feet in many parts of New York’s Southern Tier Region. Needless to say many areas flooded, many people lost their homes, and many of them had no flood insurance. The flood waters exceeded the 100 year flood plain at that time and in 2010 FEMA revised the [...]

Double Peanut Butter Cookies

I’m inclined to call these something other than cookies. Bricks or hockey pucks come to mind, but I’ll call them cookies instead lest you get the idea that I’m less fond of them than I am. You see they are dense, dry, and as heavy as a peanut butter sandwich — and I love them [...]