The unseasonable 80 degree days that dragged dangerously close to October have finally given way to my favorite kind of days: crisp fall ones. In recent years, fall has become synonymous with trips upstate to Rokeby, and the moment I walk outside and find the cracked sidewalks of Brooklyn dressed in soft yellows and red, find the air’s cold enough to nip at my nose, … Continue reading apple cider donuts & puppets, oh my.
There are few things we relish as much as super sweet corn on a hot day in July. Often, when the corn is good enough (and in New York in July it’s always good enough) we’ll eat an ear, raw, before heading home from the Greenmaket — standing in the park, our bags of produce propped against our legs, the kernels cold and crunchy, sweet … Continue reading corn butter.
Black sesame ice cream — which we first fell for at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (along with pandan coconut ice cream!) — is one of our favorite flavors. Rich and complex, yet dry and never that sweet, it’s the perfect treat when we’re searching for something a little out of the ordinary. When we saw Max’s version on Serious Eats, we just had to make … Continue reading black sesame ice cream.
I spent the fall of 2004 studying in Bologna, and to this day, even so many years later, the mere mention of the city and its mothering region Emilia Romagna makes me slightly weepy. Perhaps Giacomo Leopardi said it best, about the beauty of Bologna: Io sospiro per Bologna…dove non si pensa ad altro che a viver allegramente senze diplomazie, dove i forestieri non trovano … Continue reading sorbetto di limone.
We’re just going to come out and say it: we don’t get the red velvet cake craze. Sure, it’s red. And thus, to some, pretty. But it’s red not because it’s got chocolate (a mere teaspoon in most recipes) but because it calls for an unhealthy dose of food coloring. Otherwise, it’s just plain old white cake. With an unhealthy dose of food coloring. Frankly, … Continue reading saint valentine’s.
Clara’s little brother is headed to Ethiopia for a month, so of course we had to send him off with some sustenance to get him there (it’s a long, long flight from New York), and some extra for his girl who’s been there almost a year. We needed something delicious and, for Julia, a bit nostalgic, but it also had to be sturdy enough to … Continue reading (the best) chocolate chip cookies.
It’s been a week of dinners with friends visiting from far-away places, and as usual it’s a bit bittersweet. Early January’s something of a European pilgrimage to NYC, and it’s hard when it comes to an end to know it will be another year before we see many of our friends again. For our last dinner, we had an extra-special sweet tooth to appease, so, … Continue reading french pear tart.
This week was Serious Eat’s annual cookie swap, a fabulous tradition of serious sharing of sugar and spice. It felt only fitting to bring a sweet that reflected Clara’s presence on the site, and so, in honor of Market Tours, we brought two cookies inspired by December’s posts: German and Spanish. In honor of Stammtisch Pork Store and Imports, we made lebkuchen. We had a … Continue reading serious eats cookie swap.
What do you do when throwing a surprise 30th birthday party for a friend, and her absolute favorite cake in the whole world is funfetti, and you can’t deny her her childhood favorite on a decidedly adult birthday, but you’ve never made cake from a box and as you near 30 yourself you’re not about to start? You make it from scratch of course. And … Continue reading funfetti.
The recently-discovered Bangkok Center Grocery has been an unending source of tasty surprises. First, it carries tamarind candies, which we attempted to make ourselves back in March. And second, it has fresh pandan leaves and frozen coconut milk! Pandan, according to Clara’s former Singaporean roommate, is the “vanilla of the East”, insofar as it’s used in the same way and with the same frequency. But it’s … Continue reading pandan coconut ice cream.