Easter brunching

We have a lot of meal traditions in my family. Christmas Eve means honey baked ham, mashed potatoes, green beans and my mother’s sour cream dinner rolls, followed by church, followed by Stilton cheese and pears. Christmas morning means orange glazed sweet rolls while we open presents, followed by a sit-down breakfast of some sort…

Salmon marinade & sesame noodles

When it feels like I haven’t cooked anything new in ages, I start to feel the pressure to pull out all the stops and whip up something amazing. Maybe it’s something that’s been on my bucket list for a while, or the latest thing I’ve seen on Instagram, or something seasonally fabulous. (It’s spring people…

Ode to my favorite restaurant in NYC (and possibly the world)

I have a secret. I’ve been a so-called blogger for over a month now and I still haven’t told you about my favorite restaurant in New York City. It’s not because I want to keep it from you. I don’t, even though it’s minuscule and couldn’t handle the influx of traffic from my myriad readers…

Lebanese pizza(ish)

On my list of things to cook has been a series of what we shall call “chickpea and egg on toasts.” Exhibit A: Ottolenghi’s slow-cooked chickpeas on toast with poached eggs. I asked for Plenty More for Christmas not because I think I could actually pull off anything in his cookbooks, let alone find the…

Weekly Roundup: New York institutions old & new

This is truly a fantastic time to be eating in New York City. Every week there are fabulous restaurants opening, some trying old things in a new way, others starting completely from scratch. All I know is that figuring out where to eat is harder than it should be, but at the end of the day…

Carbs are the key to my heart

Also known as Valentine’s Day 2K16. In New York City, restaurants see Valentine’s Day as another opportunity to scam us out of our money, via a steeply priced prix fixe menu. We tolerate this on New Year’s Eve because eating your way through a set menu of tapas or steak seems like a much better…

Signature salsa

When I turned 16, my mother told me to pick out a signature scent. The idea was that I would identify a perfume to wear for the rest of my life. Telling a 16-year-old she can pick out any perfume she wants is one thing. Telling a 16-year-old she’s locked into one smell for the…

Weekly Roundup: 18 hours in culinary heaven

I’m a big planner. It’s the only way to be if you live in a city where reservations at popular restaurants have to be made weeks in advance, and a trip to Trader Joe’s means waiting outside in the snow to get in. So a few weeks ago, I planned my way into a reservation at Rubirosa, New…

Dark chocolate and lavender pancakes

I’m not much of a sweets person. If you dangle a piece of cake in front of me, I’ll probably eat it but usually I save my stomach space for savory things. Like on Thanksgiving, I don’t get the people who save room for pie. Why save room for pie when you could stuff yourself…

Things I’ve cooked in 2016 so far

My 2016 New Year’s resolution was to start a cooking blog. Since you’re reading this right now, it means I actually fulfilled a resolution for once!* And really, isn’t cooking for the internet a much more enjoyable undertaking than say, working out three times a week or taking on a clean eating regimen? At the very least it’s…