The Simple Spatula

Category: Natural

right back where you left off.

If you’ve ever been a runner you know what it’s like to get into a rhythm and a routine. You run often and it comes easily and you miss it if you don’t run. Then one day you’re a little too busy and you skip your run. A few more days like this go by [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

You may find yourself wondering.

When you’re standing in a walk-in refrigerator surrounded by crates of tomatoes, two crates full seem like nothing. When they are taking up the entire trunk of your not-so-tiny car you may begin to realize 2 crates full of tomatoes is a lot. When you get home and can’t lift them by yourself and have [...]

On Farming

I joke from time to time that I belong in the country somewhere with trees and grass and cows and chickens. Living in a big farmhouse with lots of light and space. Usually the comment is immediately following some frustration of big city life and muttered under my breath accompanied by an exasperated declaration that [...]