The Simple Spatula

Category: Extras

Meyer Lemon Curd

I can’t stop making lemon curd. And eating it on everything. Recipe

Pickled Cremini Mushrooms with Garlic and Thyme

Last night I went to a pickling class taught by Scott of BrooklynCured. We learned how to make several things including his jardiniere, and my favorite- pickled mushrooms. There was some ebate over whether they are really pickled or actually just marinated since they are packed in oil but whatever you call them, I was [...]

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 [...]

On the topic of favorites.

rus┬Ětic  adj. 1. Of, relating to, or typical of country life or country people. 2. a. Lacking refinement or elegance; coarse.      b. Charmingly simple or unsophisticated. 3. Made of unfinished or roughly finished wood 4. Having a rough or textured appearance I’m happy the summer is almost done. There I said it. I know there are summer-lovers everywhere shaking their [...]

Pickle Failure

It seems like everyone has pickle story. Some have long been singing the praises of all-things-fermented or brined and some are just learning to like them but never-the-less, recipes are popping up everywhere. If you follow me on flickr, you saw my pickles in their early stages. Plump, kirby cucumbers – nestled together with spices [...]

Fresh Butter

I debated whether or not I would share this with you. There really isn’t much to it and it’s definitely not a recipe. I didn’t measure anything at all and I don’t know how much it made. There are only two ingredients and it takes about 15 minutes. My friends made faces at me, while [...]

A Lighter Lemon Curd

Did you know it was possible to get writer’s block even when the only thing you write is a food blog? Well it is. I’ve been trying to write this post since tuesday and I just can’t do it. Usually when I get stuck I put down my laptop, walk away and try again later, [...]

Some kind of positive connotation

I’ve always been a little (okay, a lot) grossed out by mayo. For starters I grew up thinking I didn’t like the taste of it, because we only had miracle whip in my house. Turns out it was not mayo but miracle whip that I didn’t like. Still I only liked very small amounts of [...]