Monthly Archives: September 2010

Hello, Autumn. Lovely to see you again.

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that it legitimately feels like fall, that I have a brand spanking new stove (I think I will name her Bertha?), and that I feel a crazy intense desire to be back in the kitchen. All is right with the world! Okay, so I could use a tiny bit more money. Details.

On the menu:
Mom’s tomato soup

1 cup celery, chopped
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
2 medium sized carrots, grated
1/2 large green pepper, chopped
1/4 cup butter
4 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 quart tomatoes, peeled* and chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
4 tsp sugar
1/4 cup flour

Saute celery, onion, carrots, and green pepper in butter in a large, heavy pan until they are slightly softened. Add 4 cups of the chicken broth, tomatoes, salt, pepper, and sugar. Bring heat up to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Blend flour with the remaining 1/4 cup of chicken broth. Gradually add flour mixture to soup. Simmer for another 15 minutes, or until the soup thickens and the vegetables are tender. I like to serve this soup with tiny grilled cheese sandwiches, cause frankly, everything is cuter in miniature.

Note: the key to this soup is making sure all of the vegetables are chopped to relatively the same size.

*To peel a tomato: boil a pot of water. Make a small X in the top of the tomato, barely piercing the skin. Drop the tomato into the boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove it and immediately drop it in icy water. The skin will peel right off.

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Out with the old…

Dear friends: this is the reason I have been MIA. This is my stove. But today (drum roll pleeeeease) I’m getting a new one! A BRAND new one! And I can’t wait to bake up some delicious delights in the brand new love of my life. Stay tuned.

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Inedible Delights

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted something completely self-indulgent, so I figured what better day than Friday to post such frivolity?

I don't want to know what it means that this peanut-hiding-a-knife speaks to my soul, but I think I have to own this.

Or you could wear a plaque that says, "I grew up in suburbia and if you have a block of Helluva Good I'm yours for life"

Who needs a Tiffany diamond? I'm hoping my future husband pops the question with this beauty.

Click the pictures to buy me these things! I mean… to find out where you can buy them for yourself. Ahem.

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Mid-Week Comfort Food

Sometimes when things are stressful in life, in work, whatever, I come home and I want to cook but then I see the loaf of potato bread, the jar of peanut butter, and the ripe banana and I think, “Mom would totally let me have this for dinner right now.” This sandwich is a glorified and indulgent take on your standard PB&B (that’s peanut butter and banana for those of you not so quick on the uptake) and is more dessert than dinner but why the heck not?

The recipe is simple and the results are faaaantastic. Just make your standard peanut butter and banana sandwich to start.
Next, melt 2 Tbsp of butter in a frying pan and fry the sandwich on both sides for around 4 minutes, or until the bread browns.
In a shallow plate, mix together 2 Tbsp of sugar and 1 tsp of ground cinnamon. Once your sandwich is fried, dip it in the cinnamon sugar so both sides are coated.

And voila. Now… isn’t that better?

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Do Gooder

I’ve posted about my not-so-exciting-but-maybe-inspiring dinners before, but this time I have an ulterior motive. This post is a dedication! To the woman who could look into the fridge and whip up something that looked restaurant quality; the woman who taught me to trust my eye and write my own instructions down in the cookbook next to the typed ones; the woman who showed me that roasting a chicken with lemon and herbs is easy as pie; and most importantly, the woman who introduced me to popcorn with Sno-caps. My lovely friend, Joelle.

Joelle is currently traveling through Mozambique and South Africa, working with charities along the way, and chronicling her amazing adventures here at Afternoon Tea Comes Early. She’s one of the most inspiring people I know, and when I look into my fridge and pull out something like this, I always think of her. Safe returns, J!

Fried eggs over romaine hearts and sauteed mushrooms and grape tomatoes, with parmesan cheese and fresh cracked pepper


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Bon weekend!

Happy weekend, friends! Good riddance to this week. It was hot, it was long, it was busy, and I can’t wait for a beautiful three day weekend.

Dill and yogurt chicken salad c/o The Kitchn

If you’re bored on Sunday, head over to Parked, a food truck festival on Governor’s Island. Admission is free and you pay for the food as you go. Participating vendors include Rickshaw Dumpling, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, Joyride Truck, Red Hood Lobster Pound, and sooooo many more.

A few weeks ago I had an ugly mishap with a jalapeno (wear gloves when you cut these!!!) but if you enjoy a spicy pepper, try this chocolate jalapeno cake! It’s such an unexpected flavor combination but so very delicious. (c/o my lovely friend, Nina from What We Ate)

Eataly opened this week, and while I can not bring myself to brave the crowds yet, you should! I’ll be all about it next week.

Sleeping in on Monday? Make these pancakes with this lemon curd for your hunny and soak up the last unofficial day of summer.

Attending a Labor Day picnic? Lounging in your apartment avoiding Hurricane Earl? These dishes from The Kitchn will work in either scenario.

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Long Week

Happy Thursday! This has been the longest, slowest week ever and I’ve been a terrible food blogger. Last night I made a pasta dish that I can HIGHLY recommend, seeing as the person who joined me in eating it cleaned his plate and asked, “Is there more of this?” Sold.

If you’ve never read The Pioneer Woman Cooking, go now! The pictures are incredible and the recipes are even better.

Pasta with Pancetta and Leeks

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