archives: food

in which i lose my sense of taste

chicken-soup_preview

This is the saddest post I will ever write. Because guys, I have no sense of taste right now. None. Actually, that’s an overstatement—I can just barely discern sweetness. Which means that at least the expensive Savannah Bee Company honey that I polished off wasn’t completely wasted as I loaded it into mugfuls of tea. See, I got a cold. A bad cold. I’m calling it the TNNA flu, because I came down with it on the last day of The National Needle Arts Association’s Winter show, which I was working all last weekend. I honestly cannot remember the last time I was this sick. I’ve had colds, sure, but not like this.

giving thanks


I’m thankful for this bounty of food, my dearest friends who make up my New York family, and this precious time we can spend together. I love that we’re all taking time out of our week to be with people we love and celebrate food! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

upside-down pear almond torte

pear-almond_preview

It’s no secret ’round the internet that my almond torte is my favorite thing in the world. When I was in college, it was the cake that my mom would make me and send up as a treat. When I got my first apartment and mom made me a little cookbook of my favorite family recipes, the almond torte is the first one in the book. It’s one of the easiest recipes around, so I make it often, but sometimes I want to mess with a good thing. This upside-down pear version is definitely a good thing.

slow-cooked chinese short ribs

short ribs

I only have one picture of this dinner, but I think it’s all you need. My mom’s Chinese short ribs are a family favorite: she makes a giant batch whenever there’s a crowd to feed, and even when it’s just our nuclear family. She simmers them on the stovetop, but I thought they might be a good candidate for the slow cooker. A steaming bowlful is perfect on a chilly day, and the weather has JUST turned cool here in New York City.

When I saw that Fresh Direct now sells short ribs cut into thirds, the way my mom says is best for this dish, I immediately bought some and called mom in Norway to ask her how to make them. Of course, it was vague in the way that mom recipes are, but I tried to quantify it a bit. It’s so dead easy, you’re going to laugh.

grandaisy zucchini–olive tapenade sandwich

grandaisy sandwiches

Grandaisy is a fantastic little bakery here in New York, with three locations in the city. I’m spoiled enough to now work near the one in SoHo, which has made quite a dent in my wallet since I started last October! The flatbreads are all delicious (my favorite is the roasted cauliflower), but I recently started trying out the sandwiches. They have a basic beet, arugula, & goat cheese, which I’ve gotten many times, but I just tried a different one and have fallen completely in love.