Category Archives: Snacks

Livin’ the Dream

On Wednesday it will be two months since my last post. I love this blog and it’s readers, and I’m not feeling great about the fact that I’ve neglected it for so long.

Here’s what’s been going on:

- I’m getting married! In just under three weeks. I’ve been trying to play it cool and pretend that wedding planning is no big deal, but IT IS. I’m not having fun with it. It’s really not my bag. I just want the day to come already!

- (Probably more relevant to the blog) I’ve got a (full time) (paying) job at an awesome neighborhood restaurant. I’ve been put in charge of their pastry menu. It’s dizzying. It’s making me bonkers. It’s amazing. It’s exhausting. I can’t wait to tell you about it.

I’m not going to make any bold statements along the lines of “I promise to write” or “watch for the next post on Wednesday”. But know that I miss it here and I miss hearing from the people who take the time to read, and that, more likely than not, will have me coming back again more often, especially after life settles down a bit.

See you soon!

Comments (3)

Key Lime Parfait ~ Graham Cracker Sablè

This post is an installment from the ongoing Dessert FourPlay project, in which I prepare and write about all of the desserts in Dessert FourPlay: Sweet Quartets from a Four-Star Pastry Chef by Johnny Iuzzini. For more on this project, click here.

These photos are almost two months old. That’s about the length of time I’ve been experiencing problems with my website that have kept me from being able to post.

Directly after my big I’M BACK!!! announcement, I began having problems related to a server crashing that continue to plague the site even now. For a while there I was worried that I’d never see the EVK logo again, but thanks to the tech team, it’s back. There are still problems; if you scroll down, you’ll probably notice that I’m missing four whole pages worth of photos. I’m not going to keep talking about it because it makes me emotional, but in a few weeks I hope to have all of those photos back up on the site.

But more to the point, a long long time ago, in my humble kitchen in the East Village of New York City, I make this frozen treat from Dessert FourPlay While citrus was still having its turn at being in season. It was timely, given that I was just learning how to make parfaits in school that very same week.

Read More »

Comments (2)

Tuscan Kale Chips

kale chips

For the past few weeks, I’ve been inching slowly (and sometimes, painfully) back into the robust workout routine that I observed before I got myself involved with all this culinary school business. These new miles of pounded pavement have been making me feel ravenous between meals, and I’ve been on the lookout for snacks that can satisfy, while being tasty, nutritious, and low in calories and fat.

kale chips

Ironically, when I first encountered this healthy, nutritious snack, I was sitting down to a celebratory dinner of epic and caloric proportions at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a restaurant/working farm/theme park for food dorks like me who are into sustainable, farm-to-table cuisine. Tuscan kale chips, artfully suspended above antique wooden blocks by a thin piece of wire, were the first of the parade of amuse bouche that we enjoyed that night. Everyone in our party was delighted by their simple beauty and surprised by how delicious they were. They were the perfect introduction to the flavor and feel of the restaurant.

Read More »

Comments (4)

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa and Roasted Sweet Corn Salsa

CRW_8309

Shorter days and chilly nights be damned, this year I’m just not feeling ready to say goodbye to summer yet. I’m still buying the last ears of corn from the market, no matter how anemic. And I’ll continue buying tomatoes too, even the ugliest, most bruised ones, if it means that I can eat fresh tomatoes for one more meal as we ease into a winter filled with those lackluster replacements we call “hot house” or “canned tomatoes”.

Read More »

Comments (5)

How to Cook Artichokes

 

Summertime cooking can be so beautifully simple.

 

Read More »

Comments Off

Edamame Hummus Recipe

 

How appropo, a green hummus posted, today of all days. And while I had not planned on posting something so strikingly green for St. Patty’s Day, the act of posting something green was calculated and completely deliberate. After madeleines and cake, let’s pause to cleanse our paletes, shall we?

  Read More »

Comments (5)

Baked Artichoke Dip Recipe


 

I kind of hate artichoke dips, and I’ll tell you why. When I hear the words “artichoke dip”, it triggers painful memories of my first job waiting tables during college for a national restaurant chain (that shall remain nameless), where meals often began with a hollowed out boule of white bread filled with glop that can only be described as a melted mass of processed cheese-food and traces of artichoke and spinach and god knows what else.

Read More »

Comments (4)

Delicious Breezes, Indulgent Food at Madame Janette

 

Of the many nighttime pleasures that Aruba offers, Madame Janette embodies all of my favorites and I was so pleased that it was the restaurant where we celebrated our arrival on the happy island. 

Read More »

Comments (2)

Recipe for Relaxation

 

Mix 1 part sand with 2 parts crystal blue water. Heat to approximately 85 degrees with constant sunshine. Gently cool with pleasant breezes. Blend in days of snorkeling, windsurfing, and sun bathing, and a generous helping of napping in the middle of the day. Shake with amazing food and constant laughter and serve in a frosted glass. Garnish with pineapple slice and tiny umbrella. Serve immediately, before I have to spend another day freezing my butt off in New york!

Read More »

Comments (0)

Crisp Rosemary Flatbread Recipe

 

My mom (i.e. the biggest fan of the blog that only a mother could love) feels that people would be more interested in reading my drivel if I discuss recipes that can help them save money in these lean economic times. And while I am not ready to go about re-positioning my blog, there are many times that my recipes just happen to save me money. Here’s a good example, in word problem form:

Read More »

Comments (12)