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“david chang’s 21st century take on grits”

“david chang’s 21st century take on grits”

October 5, 2008 |  Category:   cooking

Back in late July our friends invited us over for brunch to try out a recipe from David Chang of Momofuko fame, which was going to be included in Esquire Magazine’s 75th anniversary issue where our friend was working at the time. This breakfast of grits, fried farm eggs, pickled scallions, radish and salted ham scraps delivered a nice contrast of textures, and sour and salty flavors. The 75th issue of Esquire is out on news stands now and the recipe is also online. As I recall, Mia might have been the only kid at the brunch to eat the dish with soft eggs, which was really a key component to the dish, but she is fond of soft eggs… CONTINUE READING

breakfast and blueberry nostalgia

breakfast and blueberry nostalgia

June 4, 2008 |  Category:   life

>We’ve finished up the last of the blueberries with pancakes this morning. Not many people know that I spent one summer picking blueberries in Maine when I was 19. Not recreational blueberry picking, but seasonal farm labor. It was hard work, way too hard for someone like me with a bad back because the shrubs are low to the ground. You use a special rake to scoop up blueberries from the hardy bushes and deposit them in buckets, so it’s constant bending for many many hours, not to mention carrying heavy buckets when you’re done. I don’t even remember why or how I ended up picking blueberries that summer, but I do remember the vast blueberry fields, a hazy landscape… CONTINUE READING

breakfast…and monday

breakfast…and monday

May 19, 2008 |  Category:   life

One of my favorite breakfasts – eggs with salsa, rolled in a tortilla. I used to love ordering huevos rancheros at a cafe down the street, but it closed a few months ago so I haven’t had it in a while. Leftovers from the previous dinner’s Mexican food night makes for tasty fixings for breakfast the next day. I just love the combo so much (and yeah, I’m one of those people who eat eggs with ketchup). Yesterday started out to be a sunny day, but it got increasingly cloudy so we came inside from the annual 5th Avenue Street Fair here in the neighborhood. 5th is half a block away from where we live, so you have no choice… CONTINUE READING

breakfast from leftovers

breakfast from leftovers

May 14, 2008 |  Category:   cooking life

We had a rare treat of take out last night and Lani, my mother-in-law, had the excellent idea of making poached eggs with leftover saag paneer this morning. Soooo good. It’s been quite a while since we’ve had Indian food. There is a fairly decent place for take out in the neighborhood, but I know it doesn’t hold up for true Indian food enthusiasts. When I lived in the East Village during my art school years, dinner on 6th street was a staple – again, I do realize that Indian food on “Indian row” doesn’t quite cut it, but back in those days, it was cheap and so good, especially if you were a vegetarian. A few years later when… CONTINUE READING

whole wheat banana muffins

whole wheat banana muffins

April 29, 2008 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts recipes

You may already know this, but our daughter Miss C has evolved into quite the picky eater. It has gotten to the point where I now have to disguise some of her previously favored foods – she is that fickle. Her major food groups have narrowed down to plain pasta, rice, apples, and cheese-flavored snacks. Breakfast, however, is her favorite meal of the day so I do my best to cram as much nutrition into her breakfast as possible. She has not been liking bananas lately, but I always buy them anyway, so I made muffins with some overripe bananas the other morning. Muffins almost never get rejected by Claudine and with the addition of some whole wheat flour I… CONTINUE READING

a quiet Easter morning

a quiet Easter morning

March 23, 2008 |  Category:   cooking

I admit I don’t cook all that often these days. There was a time when I used to cook much more, but Mark can do it better and quicker so the household roles had been cast early on: I clean and he cooks. There are a few dishes that I still make every once in awhile – spaghetti with fresh tomatoes, salty black olives and capers, and soft, fluffy scrambled eggs in the morning. Last year, my mother-in-law showed me how to poach eggs since I do love a nice, soft poached egg over toast. Mark claims that the way I do it is not technically poached since the egg isn’t completely submerged in water and the yolk is visible… CONTINUE READING

breakfast muffins

breakfast muffins

March 20, 2008 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts

Mark started making muffins every few days when his work schedule changed late last year. Instead of waking up at 4:30 am to get on the train, he’d wake up with the kids, start the coffee and bake muffins or pancakes. When the kids were with me every morning, breakfast would consist of a rotation of cereal, yogurt, or frozen waffles, with an occasional poached egg. Getting up at 6 am and making breakfast first thing in the morning is not my idea of fun, but Mark’s used to it and it comes naturally for him. This morning was all about using up the over-ripe bananas to make banana muffins. Miss C polished up 2 in one sitting.… CONTINUE READING

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