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Sunday breakfasts

Sunday breakfasts

March 9, 2015 |  Category:   life we ate this

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:   life recipes we ate this

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:   family life Seattle & the NW travels we ate this

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:   recipes we ate this

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:   life we ate this

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:   life nyc we ate this

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:   dining out favorite posts growing up half life nyc remembering we ate this

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:   dining out life Seattle & the NW travels we ate this

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

sushi at home

sushi at home

July 24, 2012 |  Category:   life we ate this

I think the first time we made sushi ourselves was when we lived in Portland. Mark and I and a fellow roommate had emerged out of our long time vegetarianism to include fish and we started going out to eat sushi like we were making up for lost time. It quickly became expensive. So one day we went to this little Japanese market that sold sushi grade fish near our house and we read up on how to correctly make sushi rice. People, the rice is the key, because if you don’t prepare it right the sushi won’t taste right. It took us a couple of times, but the trick is to fan the rice as you carefully fold in… CONTINUE READING

We ate this

We ate this

June 20, 2012 |  Category:   life we ate this

Remember last’s year’s “We ate this” post? Might have to bring it back. Not that we were exactly bombarding you with recipes all year, but we do have a different reason – an experiment that I’m hoping to reveal later on in the Fall. We’ll see. I just hope that we retain the motivation and steam that this project requires. In the meantime, you might get some sneak peeks on Instagram. My friend Anna correctly observed that Instagram is like a giant spoiler for blog posts. So true!   And so…we ate this the other night. Clams with a lemongrass coconut mint broth. And yeah, that is totally an Ikea toy frying pan that the spaghetti is in. Oh and… CONTINUE READING

vegetarian shepherd’s pie

vegetarian shepherd’s pie

March 13, 2012 |  Category:   recipes we ate this

Influenced by Jenna’s decision to cut meat way down from her diet, I’ve been cooking a lot more meatless meals in the past month. It hasn’t been hard since we were both vegetarians for so long and I probably have a database of recipes, if only in my head. This vegetarian shepherd’s pie, which is also vegan, is super filling, flavorful and makes a nice hearty, well rounded meal served with a salad.   Mushroom & Root Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie (serves 4-6)   1/4 ounce packet of dried porcini mushrooms 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1 pound button mushrooms, quartered 4 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped 2 parsnips, peeled and cut into medium-sized chunks 2 turnips,ย peeled and cut into medium-sized… CONTINUE READING

chicken pot pie

chicken pot pie

November 9, 2011 |  Category:   recipes we ate this

I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for awhile…and yes, judging from the clothes that we are wearing in the photos, I made these pot pies a few months ago when it was still warm, but made them recently again, perfect for a Fall meal. Chicken Pot Pie (makes 4 individual pies)   Ingredients for Dough: 8 ounces butter, cut into small pieces 8 ounces cream cheese, cut into small pieces 4 cups flour   Ingredients for filling: 2 Tablespoons butter 1/2 cup diced onion 1/3 cup diced celery 1/3 cup diced carrots 2 teaspoons finely chopped rosemary 1/2 teaspoon sage 2 Tablespoons flour 2 cups chicken stock 1 pound chicken, diced and cut into bite sized pieces 1/2 cup… CONTINUE READING

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