Bagged Lunch Bounty #allthevegetables
Working at a desk all day necessitates eating well. Keeping grandmas sacred Corelle lunch plate in my desk drawer reminds me to take time out and plate food - even during the work day - like a human being should. 

Bagged Lunch Bounty
#allthevegetables

Working at a desk all day necessitates eating well. Keeping grandmas sacred Corelle lunch plate in my desk drawer reminds me to take time out and plate food - even during the work day - like a human being should. 

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Sunday Cooking/Weekly Meal Prep #happykitchen
Roasted broccoli + cauliflower with garlic, lemon, olive oil and shaved ricotta salataZucchini, eggplant, mushroom + tomato caponataEscarole + Broccolirabe  (two veggie staples - as they always pair well with weeknight cast iron/skillet chicken, steaks, pork chops, all the sausages and fishes)Yellow + red spiced lentils: coconut oil, onions, garlic, cumin, turmeric, fresh ginger, cherry tomatoes, veggie stock + coconut water, fresh cilantro + basil - boom. Serve with sliced avocado or bake in the oven w/ an egg

Sunday Cooking/Weekly Meal Prep
#happykitchen

Roasted broccoli + cauliflower with garlic, lemon, olive oil and shaved ricotta salata
Zucchini, eggplant, mushroom + tomato caponata
Escarole + Broccolirabe  (two veggie staples - as they always pair well with weeknight cast iron/skillet chicken, steaks, pork chops, all the sausages and fishes)
Yellow + red spiced lentils: coconut oil, onions, garlic, cumin, turmeric, fresh ginger, cherry tomatoes, veggie stock + coconut water, fresh cilantro + basil - boom. Serve with sliced avocado or bake in the oven w/ an egg

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Apartment Roasting: The Pepper Edition
My grandma taught me well.Not to mention, she and I think your yard and grill game is so overrated.

Apartment Roasting: The Pepper Edition

My grandma taught me well.
Not to mention, she and I think your yard and grill game is so overrated.

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Fire Escape Herb Garden
Here’s who’s sleeping with whom:
Oregano + Cilantro (you’d never imagine it, right?)Thyme + Sage (a likely pair)The Basil sleeps alone

Fire Escape Herb Garden

Here’s who’s sleeping with whom:

Oregano + Cilantro (you’d never imagine it, right?)
Thyme + Sage (a likely pair)
The Basil sleeps alone

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Jackson Heights Farmers Market
Spoils include:
Yellow flesh peachesTomatoes Red potatoesTuscan kaleYellow/Green zucchiniString beansGolden beets

Jackson Heights Farmers Market

Spoils include:

Yellow flesh peaches
Tomatoes 
Red potatoes
Tuscan kale
Yellow/Green zucchini
String beans
Golden beets

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Sunday Cooking Marathon

Included in today’s race:

String Bean, chickpea, tomato salad
Braised tuscan kale
Roasted butternut squash with brown sugar, butter and sage
Roasted golden beets with brown sugar and spiced almonds
Warm lentil salad
Broccolirabe with roasted garlic, red pepper and lemon
Braised escarole with walnuts and olives
Cast iron/skillet lemon + herb chicken 

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New Year, New You … New Me … I Don’t Know, Titles Can Be the Hardest Part

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*Recipes follow story 

The amount of meals I’ve made and photographed but not written about over the past few months are numerous.  There was a time when I couldn’t stop cooking, taking photos and writing, but over the course of the past few months, I came to the conclusion that I do not need to write about food all the time and document all that I do in my kitchen on a regular basis –  to prove to myself that I’m productive. What I need to do is cook, be healthy and conscious of it (most of the time) and take the time to enjoy doing it because it makes me happy. I’m working towards a little more balance and a little less beating myself up because I did, didn’t or thought I should’ve done something.  I was also gifted an Apple TV for Christmas, so splitting my time between writing/cooking and HBOGO is going to prove challenging, I already know this.    

Last night my friend Eve and I were texting one another and in response to my: I’d like to get back to updating my blog -she said, no one is judging you but you. How true.  

When I made brunch for Nan and Su, I forgot about frittatas and food combinations, and thought more about warmth and comfort. Frittatas are comforting, don’t get me wrong, but soft polenta screams happy belly.  Topped with spinach and mushrooms, I took a look at theKitchn and referred to their method and Marcella Hazan’s tips for proper polenta preparation. Instead of individual ramekins, I made one big bodacious egg bake (although ramekins are on my list of needs) and paired it with fresh fruit cups topped with dollop of orange yogurt, slivered almonds and cranberries. Huddled around the dining set I bought 12 years ago, we enjoyed not only the food we ate - but one another’s company.  Sharing the experience of a meal really is shit without the proper companions. 

So, here’s to all things good in the year to come; delicious food, a satisfied heart and stomach, love, balance, sharing and being present. Cook to make yourself or someone else smile, because it’s properly combined, gluten free, easily digestible - because it satisfies a craving, a curiosity to try something new - or just because you imagine it will taste really fucking good. 

Cook and eat with intent.

xo

Orange Yogurt with fresh fruit
Serves 4

1 small container of Greek yogurt
1/2 Mineola orange + zest (or whatever is juicy and in season)
2 T. honey 
1-2 T. slivered almonds
1-2 T. dried cranberries
Fruit of your choice (I chose pineapple and bananas and sliced the remaining half of my Mineola orange

-Mix yogurt with juice of orange, scraping out some of the flesh so you’re left with chunky yogurt - yum
-Drizzle with honey, mix, top with zest/peel, cover and refrigerate
-When ready to serve, assemble fruit bowls, topping with yogurt and sprinkling with almonds + cranberries  

Baked Eggs with Creamy Polenta, Spinach and Mushrooms
*I made a few tweaks

-Added mushrooms, sauteing first and then folding in spinach
-Polenta recipe was halved, adding pecorino to the polenta instead of using to top the eggs
-Whole milk in the polenta was substituted with fat-free half and half. I’m sorry if I broke your rules Marcella Hazan
-I was preparing brunch for three, so the polenta recipe was halved and I did make 2 eggs per person.  There was more than enough polenta for three people and 6 eggs
-Prepared in one dish, I found the eggs needed a little more time than noted on the site.  Follow the instructions re: hot water bath but you’ll no longer need a cloth to set your one pan.  20 minutes uncovered and 7 minutes covered with foil gave me perfectly set egg whites with delightfully soft and slightly gooey yolks

Check out this wonderful NYT article and video piece on Marcella Hazan.  I hope I’m still going and cooking into my old age too.

Monday, January 6, 2014   ()

Giving Thanks

I made a list of the things I’m thankful for.  That’s all I have to say.  

On that note, and in no particular order:  

  1. There once was a broad suffering from a two year no sex dry spell, but it was officially broken as of August.  The ban on my crotch has been lifted and, for this, I am thankful.
  2. Chocolate.  Dark is preferred but Belgian is best.
  3. Friends that I could not imagine a life without. Not only do these most beautiful band of fools love me, but they accept me for the emotionally jacked up and inappropriate bitch that I am. 
  4. Gluten, I know we broke up- kinda – but when you pass my big ass lips in biscuit form – goddamn. Just Christ give thanks. Just praise be to God. 
  5. Family.  All of you.  I mean it. Even when I’m a pain in the ass.  I can be rotten, I know.  But you’re my light.  
  6. My soon to be born goddaughter.  I have a sneaking suspicion that she and I are going to read a lot of Shel Silverstein, cook, eat snacks and save this world when we get together.    
  7. A good rack. As of late the occasional stray gray is creeping up in my hair, but my knockers are doing just fine.
  8. Netflix, blanket forts, Scrabble, weeknight pork chop dinners and my couch.
  9. Good literature, book recommendations from friends and the Queens Public Library.  I’m also really excited about their new chat system where you can talk to a librarian and receive email notifications when books are ready.  
  10. A healthy body that I’ve grown to love because although imperfect - she’s strong and allows me to work-out, aimlessly walk city streets and hike up and down canyons and mountains and shit. Who knew I was crunchy?
  11. A healthy mind and outlook.  
  12. Music, from the Nelson twins to Justin, Queen and Stevie - you’re the reason this white woman dances while she gets ready for work every morning.  
  13. Weekend mornings when I can slip back in to bed with my robe, coffee, quiet and sunlight.
  14. A happy home with a grand kitchen and ample counter space to create nommy noms.
  15. Employment, without which I wouldn’t have the means to travel, dine on fine food and continue grow.

I think 15 is enough, and I’m sure you do too.

Some food photos for fun.  I’m too lazy to type recipes right now. Making that list really kicked my ass. 

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Sides of stuffing, brussels sprouts, parsnips, carrots and stuffed mushrooms

imageMy biscuits bring all the boys to the yard … 

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Sunday, December 1, 2013   ()