Good news for those living in Chelsea…Stick & Pop just opened on 19th Street. This adorable, whimsical shop is home to the cake on a stick, a unique Valentine’s gift for the cake-lover in your life. Not only do these little morsels taste amazing, but they’re also almost too pretty to eat. ALMOST.
I relish in a good weekend brunch but sometimes the struggle to find a reservation, battle the weather, or even worse… wait an hour, makes hunkering down to a comfy, conversation-friendly meal at home way more appealing.
Strata is a layered casserole, usually including eggs, cheese and bread. Although it requires a little planning ahead, it’s an easy crowd-pleaser. Prepared ahead of time and baked in the oven, it requires no fussy juggling between entertaining and cooking.
Exactly one year ago today, I started this blog. I decided to greet 2011 as a vegan and wanted to record my experience. I’d just finished watching Food, Inc. and was so grossed out by eating meat, poultry, fish, and dairy, being vegan seemed like a cinch. Staying vegan at home was easy, but dining out felt so hard and often complicated. I slowly transitioned to a mostly vegetarian diet with occasional fish and ate this way the rest of the year. And then December came…
The holidays are inevitably stressful at some point. Whether you’re doing last minute shopping, can’t find the perfect gift, or are spread too thin with work and family commitments, it’s a hectic time that I have a love/hate relationship with. That’s why this post is now called “Last Minute Holiday Entertaining Recipes”, versus the “Holiday Entertaining” title it had about a week ago. But there’s one thing I always love and appreciate – the gathering of friends around tons of food and drinks, laughing and enjoying each other’s company. This year, we entertained a few of Mr.K’s colleagues for an evening of thanks and appreciation for all their hard work. Of course, I couldn’t let everyone survive on pretzels and beer. Here are some simple and delicious recipes that inspired a little home-cooked touch to our holiday party.
I love to travel. My “bucket list” has all the places/cities/countries I want to see before I kick it. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to check off much from our hit list this year, so when I was invited to attend “Celebrate the Distinctive Flavors of South Africa” at DeGustibus Cooking School I couldn’t be more excited for a taste of escape. If you’re like me, and are more familiar with South African wines than with the food, this event hosted by South Africa Tourism promised an opportunity to experience both!
I’m particular about muffins. Not too big, more top/less bottom, no nuts, no enriched flours – I like them how I like them. So, when I get the hankering for pumpkin muffins, I prefer to bake them at home so I can control the ingredients and customize. It’s easy to make almost any recipe healthier simply by using the highest quality, pure, organic, unprocessed ingredients.
As some of you know, I’ve been writing for Clean Plates, a healthy eating guide to restaurants in Manhattan and Brooklyn (Los Angeles and other cities coming soon). If you love dining out like I do, but are looking to eat healthier, the book and website are the perfect tools. From fine dining, to casual corner restaurants, you’ll find the right spot whether you’re a carnivore dining with a vegan, or an omnivore just looking to eat healthier or try someplace new.
We are very fortunate to have specialty food stores, gourmet ingredients, farmers markets, and organic/natural health food stores here in NYC. My friends and family often ask for recommendations on how to get local, fresh food, or how to find a CSA. So I’ve compiled Tips for Farm-to-Table Eating on the Clean Plates blog. OH and the pic is by moi too.
Please feel free to add comments here and on the CP blog, and share to Facebook and Twitter. Let’s spread the word and get more people eating in a healthful way!
For farmer’s market newbies, I’ve also created a Beginner’s Guide to Farmer’s Markets. Remember, not everything at the farmer’s market is organic so if you’re not sure, ask.
Thanks as always for your support! I’m so proud to be working on something I believe in. You can buy the book here.