The Simple Spatula

Category: Breakfast

three years.

There’s a small piece of yellowing newspaper taped to my laptop. The edges of the tape are curling up and there is a slightly discolored outline tracing it where dust and dirt have snuck underneath over the years. On it is my horoscope from whatever day I originally put it there. “Rather than allowing impatience [...]

mostly of pound cakes.

About a month ago I received an invitation to bridal shower for my friend Kait. With it was a card and instructions to write a recipe for the bride to be and drop it in the recipe box at the shower. Since this was the same Kait from this cheesecake story, I wanted to pass [...]

red currant tart

Every once in a while I start to write something to post here. Then I get distracted and forget about it. So, quick let me hit publish so you can have this tart recipe. It’s really good and really easy, I promise. So just make it, okay? Red Currant and Blueberry TartAdapted from Nigel Slater via [...]

My first donut.

I fried my first donut this week. I know, I know I just gave this whole speech about not sharing any real recipes or making anything elaborate and then here I went and fried a donut. Actually, I made 3 different kinds. What can I say, I like to keep you on your toes. Not [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

Egg-Avocado Toast

My current favorite way to eat a hard (or not so hard) boiled egg; sort of like Avocado to toast but better – because there’s an egg on it too. Toast 1 slice of sprouted bread. Top with 1/4 mashed avocado, a few torn leaves of basil, one egg (soft or hard boiled), and salt. [...]

A list for a hurricane in New York.

-a rainy Saturday evening walk through the deserted city -homemade quesadillas (tortilla + shredded monterey and fontina + black beans + guacamole + salsa) -homemade refried beans (pork fat + olive oil + chopped onion + pinto beans + water all in a pot and blended with an immersion blender) -a wet, windy post hurricane [...]

For the rest of us.

I’m a weird combination of over-planning and winging it. I plan, plan, plan, organize organize, organize, then I get lazy and wing it. Sometimes I even plan to wing it. With over-planning comes over thinking. I turn things over and over and over in my mind until I turn out a solution and If I [...]

A list for July

  +lots of pancakes stuffed with blueberries and raspberries +letterpress stationary from here +juicy peaches from jersey and homemade peach ice cream +beautiful butcher blocks handmade in Brooklyn with entirely local materials +Nikole’s wonderful blog and everything in the Herriott Grace Shop. Especially these sleek rolling pins and gorgeous bowls. +fresh berries in whole milk, it’s [...]