The Simple Spatula

Category: Farmer’s Market

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 [...]

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 [...]

A few things to get through first.

“We have so much to remember these days. So we make these lists, filled with hope that they will remind us of all the important things we need to do and buy and mail, all the important calls we need to make, all the ideas we have for short stories or articles. And yet by [...]

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 [...]

Fried Green Tomatoes

Oh, excuse me; is this a food blog? I seem to have forgotten. Chris, Katherine and I tried fried green tomatoes for the first time at a farm-stand near Red Hook last weekend and they were so good I decided to replicate them at home. Fried Green Tomatoes I made 1 enormous tomato for 3 [...]

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 [...]

Blueberry Rhubarb Pie

Last week, I was craving pie. I mean really craving pie. It got so bad that I swear I could smell a pie baking Wednesday evening…while I was in a yoga class. You know it’s bad when you’re going the the motions of Surya Namaskara B and still, there are flashes of peaches and raspberries [...]

Penne with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

I had some trouble gauging how much fruit I would consume in 2 days so after our little experiment last week I had an excessive amount of tomatoes leftover. I wasn’t in the mood for a traditional tomato sauce – it’s too hot out – and the thought of eating another one raw made me [...]

Dear New Jersey…

Dear New Jersey, I’m sorry I rag on you so much but the inability to make left turns and the sheer inevitability that I will get lost when I drive on your roads is maddening. However, you have been giving us berries blueberries and raspberries for weeks now when my home state has just barely [...]