Butter Because Every Pie Has Its Day

Guilty confession: I love boxed yellow cake mix. There, I feel better now. The truth is out. It was the first thing I made in an easy bake oven, the package I turned to for last second co-worker treats, and sometimes dinner when I was in college. Shhhhhhh. Even then, I couldn’t stick to the…

That Time Mario Batali Thanked Me For Breakfast

It was the middle of a normal but busy brunch when the host ducked in and whispered into the sous chef’s ear. I wondered what was going on but went back to ladling pancake batter into the pre-warmed and buttered skillet. I pushed the pan into the open-air 800 degree oven, arm hairs sizzling just…

On Wednesdays, We Eat Watermelon

I wore jeans last night. It was weird. And yet the sun came out of hiding and I remembered it was still August and the season for one of my favorite edible treats: watermelon! On Wednesdays, we eat watermelon. It’s also pink so all you Mean Girls fans know what I’m talking about. When I…

Vinaigrette For Days

It’s been a minute since I’ve posted. Sorry, life happens and I got very, very distracted. But I’m back and more determined than ever to inform and shape all those malleable brains into technique loving cooks who trust their instincts and taste buds. This summer I’ve been obsessed with a salad inspired by the talented…

Crispy Chickpea Pasta with a S@#t Ton of Herbs

Spring is here! Well, sort of. The sun is shining and the days are longer. After the last gasp of winter buried the east coast in icy snow last week, I’ll take whatever I can get. This pasta, however, may be a permanent fixture on my dinner rotation. It’s a true pantry situation were every ingredient should already…

Sweet n’ Salty Bacon Bits

Sweet n’ Salty bacon bits! Also radishes but don’t worry, they’re coated in bacon butter. There comes a point where you sort of settle into yourself. Those little quirks that you may have grown into or out of as a kid, well, they’re still there. Except now they’re just you. I will never like chocolate,…

The One You Feed

On a normal day, I check ten to fifteen food blogs for new posts. I scour the big online cooking forums and instagram feeds for the next food trend. I take pictures of my lunch and post with hash tags like #putaneggonit and #brooklynmade. But today I will not stare at pictures of food.  Mounds…

Homemade Takeout: A Sauce Cold Noodles Dream About

Up until a few days ago, summer in Brooklyn felt far from over. The temps were still mid-90’s and yet I couldn’t bear another meal out. Nor was cooking at home very appealing. Enter cold sesame noodles, which always sound great in theory but don’t really deliver in practice. Smitten Kitchen to the rescue! She…

Pizza Tartine: Or How I Saved My Freezer-Burned Bread.

    I owe an apology to Shewolf Bakery: I’m sorry. A loaf of your beautiful miche bread, purchased at the Brooklyn Market, landed in my freezer about 8 months ago. And it stayed there. In my family, all of the good stuff ends up in the freezer. The birthday cakes, the pastries, the spanakopita….

My Beef with Chicken Stock

You’ve seen those home cooking shows on the Food Network. You know the ones, where Rachel Ray breaks out a box of chicken stock to make a quick meal have depth and complexity all within 30 minutes! I have nothing against Rachel Ray but come’n man.. she uses the “Rachel Ray” brand of boxed stock. Look at most soup…

Going Coco-nutty: A Story About Coconut Creamer

Coffee creamer, by definition, is kind of gross. It’s a weird, preservative and sugar filled milk substitute that you use to make your coffee taste like…not coffee. I used to watch my older relatives put those tiny little plastic cups with the paper peal off tabs into their coffee. Upon more recent inspection, I wouldn’t feed…