Cheers, govnah

Big news in my life: I’m headed to London tonight to visit my sister and I couldn’t be more excited. Partly because I get a week away from the office, but mostly to see her. Oh, and also because London is great. New York has my heart but like any sane person I enjoy getting…

Mex and the city

I am a Mexican food fanatic. If you don’t already know that about me, you don’t know me at all. I attribute this obsession to a number of reasons. Number 1: My mother is a Texan. Number 2: Mexican food is delicious. Enough said. Honestly, I find it to be restorative. There’s no bad week…

Peanut butter overnight oats

If you’ve read any of my past posts, you’ll know I’ve been on a kick called “Callie discovers breakfast recipes that were popular two or so years ago.” I started with egg muffins. Then I learned about vegan muffins. Today, I’m going to tell you about my recent experiences with overnight oats. Now, I’m not…

Broccoli steaks

A while back, Deb Perelman taught me that it is possible to make vegetables taste like meat, and it’s haunted me ever since. I knew I would not rest until I had tried it. Vegetables far removed from their natural state are a really big thing on restaurant menus these days. Everywhere I go seems…

Sundays at Marta

My mother, a wise woman, believes that pizza and champagne are a perfect combination. I can’t say I disagree. It’s more than just the delightful sensation of breaking the rules by combining something highbrow with something lowbrow. No, what we’re dealing with here is a complementary palette of flavors. Pizza is decidedly heavy–salty cheese, rich tomato sauce,…

“I need to stop eating muffins” muffins

As I’ve mentioned before, I never used to be a sweets person, “used to” being the operative phrase. This has changed recently, for a number of reasons.  One is that at my job we have breakfast provided every morning. It’s a great concept in abstract, except when you consider the options: Monday is bagel day, and while…

Salmon with smoked salmon butter

I’ve recently gotten into perusing the New York Times’ cooking site for recipes. I find they tend to have really good takes on basics, and fully grasp the concept of weeknight cooking. (One pan! 20 minutes! No weird spice requirements!) Two of the recipes I’ve shared on this site so far have come from their…

Pesto and sangria, a recipe for the perfect Friday night

This past Friday night, my book club met for the first time. Really, you only need 3 things to make a good book club: good friends, good wine and good food. Oh-and a book. So 4 things. The good friends part is up to you, but I can help with the food and wine part. It took me no…

Caramelized onion, kale and turkey sausage egg cups

Quick, healthy(ish) breakfasts are hard to come by when you can’t have dairy. Smoothies take time and cleanup, yogurt is out, and eggs require cooking. That’s why most mornings I just throw in the towel and get an almond croissant from Maison Kayser. (Croissants definitely don’t have dairy in the form of pounds of butter…

The artichoke paradox (and a recipe)

It struck me recently that many of the most delicious things I’ve eaten involve artichokes. The paquetitos de jamón at Tía Pol are filled with a purée of artichoke and manchego. Their white asparagus salad is topped with crispy little fried artichoke hearts. At my mother’s Christmas cocktail party she serves these fantastic puff pastry…

Vinegar Hill House: a mixed review

Ok so I’m not afraid of other boroughs or anything but I am primarily a Manhattan person (for now). It’s where I live, it’s where most of my friends live, it’s where I work, and grocery shop, and eat out, etc. But I recently announced excitedly to a group of people that it was my first!…

A brunch concept, poorly executed

Remember when I told you I was too vain to share my cooking failures? Well, I’m mustering the strength this morning to share an exceptionally promising meal gone awry.* This past Saturday, I decided to cook brunch for some friends. I had the menu all picked out: smoked salmon, poached eggs, hollandaise and this beautiful…