The Simple Spatula

Category: New York

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Pushcart Coffee

“…And for me the skyline’s changed Same old buildings rearranged The sky’s a richer shade of blue And the moon’s my new friend too My new friend too I used to travel in a straight line Now I’m walking on a road that winds…” -Lucy Kaplansky On september 9th I had two interviews. The first [...]

The way I see them.

I’ve never considered myself a very creative person. I try to be but I almost always feel like I come up flat.┬áBoring. I have these grandiose ideas in my head but they just don’t translate into something concrete. I can’t organize the thoughts to come out right, or the pencil to outline the shapes the [...]

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 [...]

Every 500 Years.

In 2006 the Susquehanna River rose to 25 feet in many parts of New York’s Southern Tier Region. Needless to say many areas flooded, many people lost their homes, and many of them had no flood insurance. The flood waters exceeded the 100 year flood plain at that time and in 2010 FEMA revised the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Ultimate Pumpkin Pie

In other words… the pie that will win our pumpkin pie bakeoff. That’s right, there is a battle royale going on in my house over who makes the best pumpkin pie; Nathalie’s boyfriend, Scott or me. Of course I know I have all your votes, faithful readers, but unfortunately, you are not here to vote. [...]