Archive for March, 2008

Utensils with Love

Heart Kitchen Utensils by Ben

Heart Kitchen Utensils by Ben

Aren’t these heart kitchen utensils so cute? They were part of my annual spring present from my dear friend Aja, who generally starts a present before Christmas and continues adding to it until I come to visit her in March. It winds up working out really well for me. There were many things in the package, including some handmade goodies by her, but that’s for another time. Her sweet other half is an industrial designer and actually designed all of these, for everything made with love. I used them just last night when making this Smoky Corn Chowder recipe. Everything was heart-shaped!

City Bakery

This is a snapshot I took while sitting and eating the most delicious chocolate chip cookie in the world at City Bakery in NYC last week. I just love how they decorated the place, and mostly how they arrange the baked goods.

4 comments March 29th, 2008

Most Delicious “Chicken” Salad Ever

Joanie’s Curried “Chicken” Salad

2 T. pineapple juice
2/3 c. mayonnaise
1 T. dijon
3/4 t. curry
1/8 t. salt
1 sm can chunk pineapple
4 c. room-temperature fake chicken or smokes tofu, cubed
2 T. thin sliced green onion
1/3 c. slivered toasted almonds
1/3 c. raisins

Mix first five ingredients in a medium bowl until combined. Add remaining ingredients. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Serve with challah raisin bread.

1 comment March 28th, 2008

Smoky Corn Chowder

Adapted from a Real Simple recipe

3 c. vegetable stock
10 pieces veggie bacon
1 c. cream
20 oz. frozen corn
1/2 tsp. smoky paprika
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 small, sweet onion, diced
2 tbsp. butter

In a large pan, saute the diced onions in the butter for about 5 minutes, until translucent. Add the paprika and pepper flakes, and saute for another 2 minutes. Add in the corn, cream, and stock, and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, and then reduce heat to medium low. Add salt and pepper to taste, and cook for another 15 minutes. As an optional step, before cooking for another 15 minutes, take half of the mixture and puree it in a blender. Return the pureed soup to the pot and then cook for the remaining 15 minutes.

Serve with large chunks of sourdough bread and an arugula salad.

2 comments March 28th, 2008

Truffle Cheese and Mushroom Pizza

This is a delicious recipe I made up after tasting a pizza at Serious Pie. It’s super simple and will wow all your friends.

1 pizza dough
1 tbsp good olive oil
2 c. shredded Italian truffle cheese (I found it at Trader Joe’s)
1.5 c. thinly sliced mushrooms (use at least two varieties from the following list: chanterelle, shitake, morel porcini, oyster)
sea salt (preferably fumee de sel or fleur de sel)

Roll pizza dough in cornmeal and flatten to fit on a pizza stone, or baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and spread to coat the dough. Sprinkle cheese evenly over the top, followed by the mushrooms. Bake at 450 for 8 to 10 minutes, or following the instructions on the dough if purchased. Remove and top with sea salt, to taste.

Serve with a large salad.

Yumm!

Add comment March 26th, 2008

A Breather

Okay, okay, I know. It’s been a while, and a while before that. But, I’m back! And refreshed! We had a lovely time in pastoral Connecticut and then in NYC. It was a tad surreal to be in two places we had once lived, all within the span of a week. But, what a lovely trip. I can’t remember a trip going more smoothly. We had fabulous hosts in Connecticut who fed us delicious meals and we even had a spontaneous dance party. That was followed by a few days in New York, where we ate more delicious food, went to the MoMA, did some shopping, and stayed at The W. The weather was chilly, but sunny, and seriously it was perfect. I snapped some shots of my favorites at the MoMA. They had three very interesting exhibits, one on modern art since the 70s; one on color studies; and one that was basically a grown-up science contest–strange futuristic projects from MIT and the like. There were leather jackets growing in vats and smelling costumes for dating in the future (let your genes pick your mate!).

MoMA

MoMA

DMoMA

3 comments March 26th, 2008

Felt Embroidery

Felt EMbroidery

I started on this little embroidery project a few weeks ago. It’s nice to have something to work on while sitting on the couch–and it’s a lot less messy than a sewing project. I copied the little figures from a Japanese craft magazine I found on Flickr.

Ryan and I are headed off to New York this morning–it’s early and my stomach’s upset from not enough sleep. It’s part business, part pleasure for me. The best of it is, I get to see my dear friend Aja! I’m hoping to have a chance to post while I’m there, and not let this blog sit empty for so long.

5 comments March 15th, 2008

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