The Simple Spatula

Category: Cheese

dinner for four.

On a cool August evening. All served with brown rice and white wine, on the deck of course. Duck Breast with a cherry reduction Serves 4 2 1lb Moulard or Magret Duck Breasts 1/4 cups red or white wine 1/3 cup tart cherry jam 2 tsp light colored honey salt and pepper Using a sharp [...]

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.┬áIt’s really good and really easy, I promise. So just make it, okay? Red Currant and Blueberry TartAdapted from Nigel Slater via [...]

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 [...]

Only on your birthday.

In a perfect world I could serve a cake with one slice missing. I could make a cake in the daylight hours, cut a slice out and spend 20 minutes taking pictures, changing settings, creating the scene around the plate. In this way I could photograph properly; in the right light, at my leisure, before [...]

The act of cooking.

Although I eat my fair share of pizza and can’t resist a good Chinese dumpling, I’m adamant about avoiding takeout when I move. It’s never really been intentional but I realized that I pretty much never order food or go out to eat in the days that I spend unpacking. I don’t think it really [...]

Brussel Sprouts with Romano Cheese and Lentils

This is the only thing I’ve cooked in at least a week and I’m not sure it really counts as cooking. Just a little steaming, boiling and grating and lunch (or dinner) is ready. You see, I have a new job. Have I told you about my new job? WHAT!? I haven’t? Oh my. I’m also [...]

Walnut Pesto

There were giant bunches of basil staring me down at the farm stand. They said:“My only desire in my short basil-y life is to be pesto.”And so I acquiesced.Basil can be very persuasive.  Walnut Pesto Makes about 6oz A couple roasted garlic cloves, more or less to taste 1 ounce fresh basil leaves 1 ounce [...]

An August Sun.

Have you ever noticed how the sun feels different in different seasons or even during the same one. Sometimes it’s a gradual change and sometimes it’s a quick flip flop. You go to bed one night exhausted from the humidity and wake up the next morning to the forgiving dry heat of late summer. The [...]

Something new to me.

I’m not sure how I feel about raw asparagus. I love them cooked and always have; blanched, steamed, roasted, bar-b-qued until they’re blackened and carmelized with balsamic vinegar. But raw? Raw was something new to me, something I hadn’t thought of. But, as with anything else, food is susceptible to trends and when one person in [...]

Always, always strain the ricotta.

Cooking and baking in my Dad’s house is taking a little bit of getting used to. He has a pretty large, absolutely gorgeous kitchen with a fantastic gas stove, but nothing is set up my way and I’ve been tripping and stumbling my way through even basic day to day cooking. I’ve gotten so used [...]