The Simple Spatula

Category: Snacks

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 [...]

Before they’re gone.

I wanted to share this with you last year but time got away from me and before I knew it, prune plums were no longer in season. This year, I almost let that happen again. Just like that, the weather has flipped and we went from a humid 80-something to a cool, breezy, crisp 55. [...]

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 [...]

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Sometimes you just can’t make it through the day without eating banana bread straight from the pan. Today was one of those days. Cinnamon Chocolate-Chip Banana Bread I was wary of the lack of butter and/or oil in this recipe but, since it came from Molly, I decided to trust her and take the leap. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

With eyes toward tomorrow.

“All the bags are checked And the reasons why Yesterday lingers on That’s the piece you keep when you say goodbye”. – Conor Oberst (Monsters of Folk) Just like realizing you’ve out grown snow days, discovering you no longer have a place in a city you previously called home, is a hard pill to swallow. [...]

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 [...]