The Simple Spatula

Category: Dairy

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

Harvest Peach Ice Cream (with brownie chunks!)

Until this year, peach ice cream had this sort of mythical feel, like it only exists in country music…and maybe Georgia. But why? We have peaches in New York, we have ice cream, why don’t we have peach ice cream? Us downstaters are deprived. Maybe it’s for the best though. Peach ice cream should be homemade [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A Wednesday Story

Step One: Shake up a batch of homemade salted butter. Step Two: Walk to the market for a pound of jambon bayonne Step Three: Stop at a nearby french bakery for a fresh crusty baguette that is way better than any you’ve ever made. Get distracted by the delicious-looking lemon squares (they aren’t the best you’ve ever had, [...]

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 [...]

What’s Next?

I’ve been getting this question a lot lately. So much so that I just might scream. Obviously the thing to ask someone when they graduate college is what next? If I had a concrete answer, I may not dislike the question so much, but rambling on about lifeguarding, and wishful thinking about a move to [...]