My Thanksgiving Menu

November 11, 2009

Thought I’d share my Thanksgiving menu because I am getting so excited for Turkey day!

I linked all the recipes if you want to play along at home.  🙂

Spiced nuts

Beet- pickled deviled eggs

Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin

Truffle Mashed Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows

String Beans with Shallots

Cranberry Relish

Chestnut, Prune and Pancetta Stuffing

Alton Brown’s Roast Turkey

Cream Gravy

Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie

Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Vanilla and Apple Cider Panna Cotta

Fresh Pear Pie with Dried Cherries and Streusel Topping

Boy we are going to be stuffed! I promise to include pics once the day arrives. I have been a busy little crafting bee!


Embroidery hoops

November 7, 2009

chalkboard hoop

Bliss in a Teacup



Five Trees via Poppy talk


The Inspired Room

Using embroidery hoops for wall decor: quirky, cost effective and oh so hot right now.

I’m kind of impatient when it comes to crafts, so I don’t think actual embroidery is for me. Yesterday I was working on my napkins for Thanksgiving (I’ll share the whole process very soon!) and I was sewing so fast my machine sounded like it was going to take flight. Needless to say my hems are more than sorta crooked, they would make my Home-Ec teacher hang her head in shame. Ah well.

Wool blanket

October 27, 2009

picnic for two

One glimpse at this pic from This is Glamorous and I was sent into a shopping frenzy. Perhaps it’s the adorable picnic styling but, I know this: I must have that blanket. It is exactly the kind of cozy woolen thing that I want to curl up with this winter. I have spent the better part of the evening searching for something similar on Ebay, Etsy, Toast, even LL Bean to no avail.. thoughts anyone?


Sweet potato gnocchi

September 28, 2009

gnocchi shapes

plate o gnocc'

This month when my Gourmet magazine arrived, I was in the mood for fall eating and was very inspired by this recipe for Sweet potato gnocchi with chestnuts and sage.  Thing is I have never made gnocchi myself and the recipe sounded so good that my expectations were very high. Let’s just say that Gourmet’s photo was much better. But a little disappointment and failed brown butter sauce aside, I was very proud of myself for making the attempt.

And gnocchi- you have not seen the last of me…

Peach tart

September 17, 2009

peach pieces

peaches and cream

One of that saddest parts of summer coming to a close is bidding goodbye to peaches. They are my all time favorite fruit, and though you can eat them year round, who would want to when the flavor they pack in June and July is so astoundingly good?


I came across this recipe for a no-bake peaches and cream tart with a ginger snap crust and fell in love. The blogger who thought it up had a few kitchen snafus which in my book only makes me want to try it out more. 

PEACH CREME WITH GINGERSNAP CRUST // The science of this pie, is that the lemon reacts with the milk products to help the filling firm up. So be sure to give it ample time to do it’s thing before serving.

The Crust //
10 oz. Gingersnap Cookies
3 Tbsp. Butter

The Filling//
1 14 oz. Can Organic Sweetened Condensed Milk, lowfat optional
½ Cup Crème Fraiche
¼ Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
1 tbsp. Cinnamon
1 ¼ Cup Ripe Peaches, Peeled and Diced 

1. In a food processor, grind the gingersnap cookies. Add the butter and pulse to combine.
2. Press the cookie mixture evenly into the sides and bottom of a 9’’ glass pie pan. Pop this in the freezer while preparing the filling.
3. In a bowl, whisk the condensed milk, crème fraiche, lemon juice, and cinnamon together. Give the peach pieces a good squeeze in your fist to crush them up a bit, and add to the cream mixture. Whisk together. Add the filling to the chilled cookie crust.
4. Let the pie firm up in the fridge for at LEAST 4 hours. We put ours in the freezer, and then let it sit for a bit before serving. 

Brother & sister

August 2, 2009

dogsMy pride and joy and the bain of my existence.


July 8, 2009


mussels to share

sterling mussel necklace from etsy

Yesterday I returned from my 8 day excursion/vacation to Cape Ann, Massachusetts. I have a new lease on city life after breathing some fresh ocean air and meeting my summer quota for lobster roll consumption. I also have a bunch of pictures to share and intend on getting my act together blog-wise. My posting has slowed down because I can’t seem to force myself to remain indoors and type away. Luckily I’m on lock down today because I have to wait for Fresh Direct, I just put in a fresh load of laundry and I’m sampling the new Regina Spektor album.

Someone should start a blog “Things I did while waiting for Fresh Direct” because I tend to be quite productive. Like I always think it would be a good idea to clean out my purse while waiting for the subway. Guess thats a testament to the timeliness of the J train cause my purse isn’t all that clean..

Anyway… mmm mussels. I came across this recipe which made me wish I had some in my FD shipment: Mussels with leeks, Pernod and cream. Summer is here!

Parade on the fourth

July 6, 2009

sleeping octopus

It has been awhile since I attended a 4th of July parade in my hometown. My parents gave up on taking us years ago and coming from NYC, I haven’t really wanted to brave the crowds. The parking is impossible, people are squeezed in on every inch of sidewalk and lawn, and then there’s the waiting. Waiting for it to start, waiting for the never-ending throngs of fire trucks to eek slowly past and toot their deafening horns, waiting for it to end… The candy obsessed kids, the drunk adults, the cranky grandmas in their lawn chairs. I love every second of it.

I brought my niece this year to introduce her to one of my favorite childhood traditions and found myself charmed by it all over again. It celebrates all that is great about the fourth in a small town. Most of the floats are kind of half baked and the costumes thrown together, but filled with local kids in red sox tee shirts tossing candy to the crowds. The driver moves slowly because they are so preoccupied with waving hello and small talking with practically every person on the street.

This photo is from one particularly cute “underwater” themed float where the featured octopus had miraculously dozed off amidst the celebrations.

Dog food can

June 25, 2009

Dog food can

Some may look at this can and think it was used for target practice. But I know that it was just a little chew toy for my dogs when I mistakenly left a bag of recycling unattended. They are nuts.

boy dog

Food, glorious food

June 9, 2009

perfect tomate

Instead of boring you with a bunch of separate posts about all the wonderful things we consumed while in Paris, I thought I would just share some of my favorite photos. One of my favorite nights was when we hosted a dinner party at our tiny apartment in the Marais. And by tiny I mean, NYC style. We didn’t have enough chairs or forks and barely enough plates for the seven attendees. Luckily that was easily solved with pulling the dining table up to our couch, local friends volunteering silverware and washing plates between courses. The challenges just made it more charming, and the best part of all was getting to shop at the local specialty stores for provisions. 


veg heaven

green almonds

cheese heaven

who needs a supermarket?

Ahhh, I nearly lost my mind at the vegetable store where piles of ripe ingredients were just begging to be bought. Three different kinds of strawberries!

The best part was that each place specialized in one thing, and they were all lined up on the same block. Veggies, cheese, wine, chocolate store, butcher… what more do you need in life?

If your answer was “seafood” don’t worry, we certainly took care of that elsewhere..


seafood and eat it

Rustic chic

April 14, 2009

While scanning the craft blog at Etsy I came across this picture of my dream kitchen realized.


Its reminds me of the Jamie Oliver show and I love how he’s always scooping things into a chipped bowl that looks a hundred years old. Etsy is great place to find vintage and hand crafted items that still look hip and don’t break the bank. (That sounded like an advertisement, but I dont get any cred for saying this stuff, honestly. I just love it over there. However if they were willing to pay for an advertisment I definitely wouldnt turn my nose up.. ahem. cough. cough..)


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Leek and bacon Fritatta

April 13, 2009

Bacon & Leek Frittata

Since I wasn’t about to bake a whole ham for easter, I tried to stick to tradition by incorporating pork products into dishes whenever possible. Who doesn’t love bacon? Click on the pic above for this yummy and easy-peasy recipe.

Fritatta before the eggs

Blood oranges
I love blood oranges. There’s something about slicing into them and not knowing what speckled design awaits you. I’m always struggling with how to incorporate them into recipes because the flavor is so subtle and if they are too hidden, you don’t really get credit for how beautiful they are. This salad is really simple, even more so than I had planned because I burned the pine nuts I was toasting to put on top:
Arugula, fennel and blood orange salad
Big bunch of baby arugula
2 blood oranges
1 bulb fennel
1/4 C pine nuts lightly toasted and cooled
1/3 C olive oil
6 T Red wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Slice the fennel thinly into little crescents, toss with arugula, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Remove peel and pith from blood oranges with knife. Slice into think half moons and lay atop greens, sprinkle with pine nuts (optional). Scatter top with tender spiny part of fennel greens.
Note: Feel free to omit pine nuts if you happen to get distracted and scorch them into little black kernels. In which case, toss immediately and then curse at the hole they burn in your plastic trash bag.

Carrot cupcakes

April 13, 2009

Mini carrot cupcake

The frosting is so good on these that it caused one of my friends to design a cupcake in her mind made entirely out of cream cheese frosting with a topping of carrot cake. A reverse cupcake if you will… (I have long said that I think she has a fat person’s brain trapped inside a skinny girls body.)

Buncha Cupcakes

I got some ducky sprinkles that were very Easter-y and made them in a mini cupcake pan so they were two bite treats that dissapeared quickly. I halved the recipe I got from Smitten Kitchen and got 24 but I think I could have stuck with the original, because 48 would have done just fine. Did I mention people stayed almost 8 hours?!


April 13, 2009


I find that a bunch of cheery, yellow flowers distracts from dirty floors.