Shakshuka

Brunch is the ultimate utility meal. Think about it: one meal covers breakfast and lunch, and sometimes, if you’ve particularly overindulged, you can stretch it to dinner. Not to mention it’s usually made up of dishes that combine protein, starch and veggies into one. And also that when hosting brunch for a group, almost all the work can…

Boozy baked french toast

Is there anything not to love about that phrase? Today is a Wednesday and we need something to get us through the rest of the week. That something is the promise of boozy baked french toast Saturday morning. Or Thursday morning if that’s your style! I knew today was going to be a weird one when I…

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…

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…

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 eaten in 2016 so far

I want to do a weekly round up of everything I’ve eaten in the past 7 days that’s worth sharing. I’ve been negligent. So for now, let me round up everything I’ve eaten in the past two months and judge them. Why would anyone want to read this? Why am I doing this? All valid…

My favorite Christmas Eve Tradition

I’m about to say something that I realize may make me very unpopular. I’m totally over brunch. Brunch, especially across the island of Manhattan, has become a predictable, cholesterol-laden affair. Open any menu at any pseudo-trendy spot across town and you’re sure to find the usual suspects: smoked salmon Benedict, bacon cheeseburger with an egg…