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A year of breakfasts

A year of breakfasts

April 9, 2018 |  Category:   cooking life

I love breakfast, what about you? I mean, normally, I have yogurt with some berries and/or granola during the weekdays with my coffee every morning, but weekends…those are the mornings when breakfasts tend to be more elaborate spreads and savored leisurely over a big cup of coffee. I started posting weekend breakfasts on Instagram about a year or two ago and thought it would be fun to see some of them together on a post here (I see that hash browns from Trader Joe’s is featured more than once, ha). As much as I love a good brunch, we rarely go out for it. I think the last time we went out for brunch a while ago and paid a… CONTINUE READING

sunday dinners and kids who cook

sunday dinners and kids who cook

October 5, 2016 |  Category:   cooking family parenting

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Mark’s been cooking with the girls for years. As soon as they took an interest and was old enough to stir a bowl of batter or de-stem a sprig of herbs, they’ve been sitting on barstools at the kitchen counter watching and learning how to cook. It’s nerve-racking the first time you let your child handle a knife on their own, but it is a culinary milestone when it happens. When I was regularly broadcasting live video on Periscope this past year, we’d sometimes do these “cooking with kids” videos where the girls would assist Mark on a cooking show style broadcast. I only reference this because it wasn’t long ago that the… CONTINUE READING

Cheesecake with a Blackberry Lavender Sauce

Cheesecake with a Blackberry Lavender Sauce

September 30, 2016 |  Category:   cooking recipes

Mark recently remarked to me that I was lucky because sometimes I can wish for cake and it will magically appear the next day. If I’m really lucky, he’ll whip one up in a few hours. I know not everyone is a cake person, but if you are, there’s something about a cake craving that can be so intense that nothing else – not ice cream, or a pastry, or even a cupcake – can satiate it. It’s true that these cravings often come when I’m super stressed (and can I tell you right now that my stress level is through the roof this month?), but that fragrant smell of cake baking in the oven is so comforting. While it… CONTINUE READING

desserts, lately

desserts, lately

July 25, 2016 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts cooking life

Mark and I have been making desserts almost weekly this summer, most of which we’ll create stories for on Snapchat and then post on Instagram. The seasonal fruits and flowers found at the markets these days are hard to resist! And I’ve taken advantage of my free(er) time to work on photo and food styling skills. We’re not food bloggers – every project takes a long time to set up, style and document – and we’ve quickly realized that you could just do this full time if food blogging was your thing. But it’s been fun to devote some time every week to fun food and Mark gets to make something other than cookies (ha!). The camomile that we bought… CONTINUE READING

Sunday breakfasts

Sunday breakfasts

March 9, 2015 |  Category:   cooking life

With the weather being so cold during February, we’ve been mostly hibernating inside on Sundays instead of venturing out on weekend outings. This means Sundays have often been filled with cooking projects which often start at our neighborhood farmer’s market in the morning and end with the girls helping out in the kitchen. You may have seen the photos of some of these Sunday cooking projects on Instagram. The kids really enjoy cooking with Mark and have become pretty good prep cooks now that they’re old enough to handle knives and other tools. They even made pancakes one Sunday entirely on their own after Mark pulled out the ingredients for them on the kitchen counter. Since they’ve always been early… CONTINUE READING

Pizza night

Pizza night

February 3, 2015 |  Category:   cooking life recipes

We’ve been getting more creative with our homemade pizzas and experimenting with all kinds of toppings lately. It’s one of those casual dishes that’s good for grazing all day on New Year’s Day or a Superbowl Sunday, and one where the kids can help and build whichever kind of pizza they want. It’s easy once you have a solid crust to build on and lately, Mark’s been using the recipe from Roberta’s Pizza in Bushwick. The key here is to use flour ideal for pizza dough. Caputo or Tipo 00 flour is generally known to be the best kind of flour for pizza because it’s finely ground, and we’ve noticed a difference in the taste and texture of the pizza… CONTINUE READING

a birthday on orcas island

a birthday on orcas island

August 22, 2014 |  Category:   cooking family life Seattle & the NW travels

These are the sort of vacations that the girls will have fond memories of when they look back on their childhoods: a house full of family, meals eaten outside. This is a 70th birthday to remember – surrounded by family, a surprise Hawaiian dinner cooked by a son and a birthday cake baked in Seattle and transported 100 miles by car and ferry. Deer wandered into our backyard in the evenings and we saw the full spectrum of stars at night. Orcas Island was the first island I visited in the San Juans and it’s still magical 21 years later. It remains one of my favorite places on earth.… CONTINUE READING

Bhindi Masala and Chana Dal

Bhindi Masala and Chana Dal

June 28, 2013 |  Category:   cooking recipes

Thank you all for the recipe suggestions, especially to those readers who took the time to type out whole recipes in comments. We actually do rotate quite a number of dishes that were mentioned. Once a week we have a taco night, a pasta night, a burger night (Claudine and I eat vegetarian Chicken burgers from Morningstar most of the time). These often end up happening on evenings when time is tight. When Mark does have more time to prepare dinner, he often will make other dishes like a steamed fish, a roast chicken, Cuban sandwiches, an Asian noodle dish, a curry, Thai or Indian food.   I’m trying to find my own go-to dishes that will add variety to… CONTINUE READING

the daily dinner conundrum and some thoughts on cooking

the daily dinner conundrum and some thoughts on cooking

June 27, 2013 |  Category:   cooking life

I think most people assume that we eat really well just by the pure fact that we have a chef in the house – and for the most part we do, but we’ve gotten into a food rut lately. Maybe you can relate? We suffer from a lack of dinner inspiration sometimes, which is to be expected if you’re cooking 98% of all meals at home. As you might be able to tell from the lack of recipe posts, we aren’t exactly cooking elaborate dinners. Truth is, a lot of times dinner is thrown together because of our busy schedules and I’ve since realized that I don’t have the patience to style and fuss with food; at the end of… CONTINUE READING

The Big Apple Barbeque Block Party

The Big Apple Barbeque Block Party

June 11, 2013 |  Category:   cooking life nyc

This was our first time at the Big Apple Barbeque Block Party which takes over the streets surrounding Madison Square Park for 2 days with pitmasters from all over the country. This is one of those events in the past that would have seemed like a horrendous idea to us with small kids (long, long lines and huge crowds), but we were graciously invited by Southern Living, who sponsors the event, to check it out this year and we’re so glad we did.   We were a bit disoriented when we first got there because it was so crowded and we didn’t have a plan, not to mention we didn’t really know who any of the Pitmasters were. BBQ is… CONTINUE READING

eat, pay, leave. it’s not that complicated.

eat, pay, leave. it’s not that complicated.

January 11, 2013 |  Category:   cooking dining out favorite posts growing up half life nyc remembering

I don’t know why we don’t eat in Chinatown more often. Believe it or not, it’s been well over a year since we’ve eaten at any Chinatown restaurant which seems so utterly crazy since dumplings and dim sum are probably Mia’s favorite food (Claudine, not so much). We do eat plenty of dumplings and have even made our own quite a few times, but dim sum only seems to be a once a year thing for us. Why is that?   But sometimes when you have a craving there is no stopping it, which is what happened last weekend with soup dumplings. We decided to go to Shanghai Cafe again on Mott Street above Canal because we almost always get… CONTINUE READING

We ate here travel edition, Northwest restaurant guide

We ate here travel edition, Northwest restaurant guide

September 17, 2012 |  Category:   cooking dining out life Seattle & the NW travels

We ate out a lot on our NW trip this year which is not always the case; we usually do a lot more cooking. Don’t know why it was different this time around, but since I’ve received emails from readers in the past asking about places to go in Seattle, I thought I would put together a list of places we ate. I’m not listing all the places we grabbed food at Pike Place Market or any of the other food trucks and farmer’s markets because I just can’t remember them all, but the joy in that is really just walking around and discovering what grabs you anyway.   Oh, and coffee. Yes, lots and lots of coffee. Not surprisingly… CONTINUE READING

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