Archive for November, 2011

Little Nibble: Bourdain in the Hood

“You know what’s great about New York? The threshold for citizenship as a New Yorker is actually pretty short. Like, if you come to New York and you still like it two years after you arrive here, and you still think it’s great and you’re having a good time, and you haven’t totally been ground [...]

Happy Thanksgiving! (redux)

Great success! This little ol’ kitchen made it through 24 hours of prep and cooking. Thankful for good food, friends, family, the new apartment and all of you. The Meal: Big Ass Thanksgiving Turkey Legs Vicki’s Sweet Potato Casserole Classic Thanksgiving Stuffing Port Cranberry Sauce  How did your meals turn out?  

Big Ass Thanksgiving Turkey Legs

I was very sad to discover that turkey legs do not fit into the baskets of my deep fryer. NO. Thanksgiving is RUINED! I’ll have to bake these bad boys instead. Ingredients: 2 turkey legs 2 cups chicken broth 1/4 cup oil 1 onion 1 large carrot 2 celery ribs 2 cloves garlic Oregano Pepper [...]

Vicki’s Sweet Potato Casserole

Guys, this is big. Every year, my mom makes the most amazing sweet potato casserole. I was lucky enough to get a hold of her recipe for our Thanksgiving-for-two menu and it came out GREAT. Thanks Vick! Ingredients: 4 sweet potatoes 1 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 eggs 1/2 stick melted butter 1 teaspoon [...]

Classic Thanksgiving Stuffing

When cooking in a small kitchen, it’s important to use your resources and plan ahead. The stuffing will require the most cooking time so I’ll start this first using my crock pot. This is a great alternative to making stuffing in a turkey, which I won’t be able to do since I’m only making 2 [...]

Port Cranberry Sauce (To Make Ahead)

Every Thanksgiving needs some cranberry sauce. This year, I’m cooking for Al and I in our new (very tiny) kitchen. 1 oven that doesn’t fit our cooking pans + only 1 pot at the moment means I’ll need to plan strategically. This cranberry sauce will stay for a few weeks in the fridge so make [...]

Chicken Curry, Pita Na’an and a last minute yogurt sauce

Craving curry, we adapted a recipe I bookmarked from Cooking for Seven to make a delicious chicken curry. Ingredients: A little more than 1/4 cup olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons curry powder 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons paprika 2 bay leaves 1 teaspoon sweetener [...]

Foo Fighters at MSG

WHOA. Holy shit. Dreams coming true. We were on the floor for Foo Fighters last night. Dave Grohl is a beast and Joan Jett’s surprise performance was pretty bad ass. Don’t forget to pack odor counteractant before your next sweaty show. Always a concert staple:

New Neighborhood: Coyi Cafe

Coyi Cafe is another great spot on our new block. My first Vietnamese sandwich! I can’t stand cilantro, so I was skeptical but found, after my first bite, that the cilantro in this sandwich is not overbearing. I still picked some of it out. I enjoyed my pork Bahn Mi. Al got the special, which [...]

Midtown Midweek: Shake Shack

We trekked down to the Shake Shake on 8th Ave (btwn. 44th and 45th) for a co-workers birthday today. WOW. I’ve never been to a Shake Shack without a line. My Shack Burger with fries was perfect. I love how crispy their fries are. I asked for extra shack sauce on the side and discovered [...]