Recipe: Lemon Bars
I had a scare. A doctor’s appointment that turned into hushed voices outside the room. Calm facts being rattled away at me, although I heard nothing. The advice that they do surgery in three days “just to be sure”, that it was likely “minor”, and the words that it was, of course, though “up to me”.
And I was one of the lucky ones. A few days post surgery and in a doped up sleep, in the midst of admitting I am only human and sometimes need help, came the news that “probably nothing” had indeed turned out to be “nothing”. Continue reading
Recipe: Gourmet Mac and Cheese
Like everyone and their mother, I’m on a New Years health regime. I’m drinking less, exercising more, and trying to be mildly thoughtful about what I put into my body.
Unlike everyone and their mother though, I’m going to admit I don’t really like it. I know that I’m supposed to say that I feel so much better when consuming lots of kale and chard, that I sleep like a baby, and have skin like a dewy blossom on a summer morning, but I don’t. Continue reading
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Recipes used to be something we treasured; passed down through families, through friends, a small piece of oneself being shared with each scribbled card sent out into the world. And each card became a sort of diary, a chronicle of what was happening over the years. The stain from when someone knocked coffee over on it, the phone number jotted on the back when you couldn’t find anything else to write on.
These little cards, quietly, reminded us of something, of someone, of somewhere. Continue reading
Recipe: Salted Caramel Sauce
Our Elegant Five Course New Years Eve Menu was good. Really good. So good in fact that we never got to the fifth course. It’s not that we didn’t want to…or that we didn’t truly believe that after a brief reprieve by the fire and a round of Cards Against Humanity we would feel ready. We truly did believe. But it never happened.
The Cheese Course that followed the Foie Gras, that was hot on the heels of the Arugula Pear Salad, that burst in after the Canlis Prawns were each more spectacular than the last and left us sitting around, laughing as we shared highlights and lowlights of 2012 (only I would literally force guests to do self evaluations at a dinner party). Continue reading
New Year’s Eve is a tricky holiday if you ask me. You’re either single, in which case you might get all dressed up, go out, spend lots of money, and possibly be left awkwardly checking your phone or having to pretend to go to the bathroom around midnight, or you’re in a relationship in which case after all the holiday mania the thought of staying up until midnight in a crowded bar with a lot of strangers holds little appeal.
2012 has been a year of many firsts for me as it relates to my culinary adventures. There was my first blog redesign, my first column with Seattleite Magazine, my first spin as the Seattle City Editor with the Daily Meal, and my first foray into reality TV as a contestant on Kitchen Circus.
As such, it should come as no surprise, that I will be closing out the year with my first Guest Blog post on one of the first food blogs I fell in love with: KatherineMartinelli.com
Katherine and I went to college together, and though our friend circles often crossed paths it wasn’t until we were half a world apart (with her living in Israel and I in Seattle) that our relationship developed over a shared love of food and writing. Continue reading
It is an interesting practice, getting to know one’s parents as adults. Seemingly innocuous acts become windows into these people, who whether we like it or not, we are often incredibly similar to ourselves.
I possess many traits akin to my father, some good, some bad, and many teetering on the fine line in between. Ambition balances impatience, confidence steadies ego, and hard work fights to find an equilibrium with making time for those people and things that matter most. Continue reading
Recipe: New England Lobster Roll
When one returns to the seaside town of their youth the question is not, “Will you have lobster?”, but “How much lobster will you have?”
Yesterday morning I arrived in Boston and was promptly scooped up by my Mama and brought back to my magical childhood home where life is simpler and just feels right. A delicious breakfast was followed by an even more delicious nap, and the afternoon brought calls from my Big Brother Ben that he would be arriving with lobsters for dinner. Continue reading
Recipe: Toasted Nuts
The Christmas countdown is officially on, and despite it being a wildly busy time of year, it is also one of my favorites. Short days give way to long nights, tucked around a fire with a glass of good wine, and a chance to get together with loved ones, near and far, new and old, to celebrate the changing of the seasons and this year’s solstice.
Christmas crafts have been a part of our family tradition for as long as I can remember, beginning with clothespins turned into reindeer, evolving into melted crayons and wicks, formed into candles mysteriously the shape of the school mini carton’s of milk, and last year some pretty epic English Toffee. Continue reading