Archive for December, 2008

Alta (visit #2)

Friday, December 26, 2008

Can I pay a bigger compliment than to visit a restaurant again? Well, I guess, bringing a friend (my childhood best friend, Yumiko, is visiting from Japan) is yet another notch up.
So, obviously, I enjoyed my first visit to Alta, but I think we enjoyed it even more this time. Right off the bat, their […]

Rosemary Porcini Rubbed Short Ribs

Thursday, December 25, 2008

It’s Christmas Day! (This post was intended for early in the day but our hosting company is having problems.) If you need one more thing to add to your menu, this one is easy and will impress. I happened upon this interesting way of using dried porcini mushrooms ground into a powder. The recipe was […]

Numero 28 with Pics

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays!

For a full review of Numero 28, read my first review (more comprehensive) and my second (a confirmation). We’ve been back several times, and I don’t have much to add, but the old posts don’t have good pics of the food, so I thought you’d appreciate having some.
They have fresh salads covered in copious […]

Fish Head Soup

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

As a holiday gift, I’m giving you the recipe for one of my all time favorite things to eat in the winter: Fish Head Soup. I asked my mom to teach me how to make it the other day. Unfortunately, that means some of the measurements are not exact. I did my best to catch […]

Caribbean Shrimp over Coconut Mango Rice

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

On the coldest day of the Winter so far, 0 degrees F (-18 C), what better way is there to make yourself feel warm then by pretending you’re in the Caribbean, eating some tropical food? Yes, insanity is our friend. Well, what really happened was Olivia brought us some Fresh Coconut and a […]

When You’re Given Coconuts…

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Olivia surprised us with a visit yesterday, bringing some very interesting fruit from Florida (we’ll write about those in another post). But also brought us something we had never eaten — fresh coconut right off the tree!

There’s two reasons Jessica and I hadn’t tried fresh coconut: first we don’t live near palm […]

Payard… Panned!

Monday, December 22, 2008

We celebrated the holidays with family at Payard Payard NY. Named after famed French pastry Chef Francois Payard, the restaurant is notable for dessert. Reservations, however, are reserved (pun, sorry) for those who eat non-dessert food. Kasi and Stephen gave a super generous gift certificate to Payard for my birthday, so we […]

Gingerbread Designs

Monday, December 22, 2008

After our Gingerbread Station was made, we had some gingerbread left-over, tons of candy, and tons of royal icing. In this house, nothing can go to waste, so I asked my brother, Justin, and his girlfriend, Sophia, if they wanted to come make some gingerbread creations of their own. I baked off the gingerbread in […]

Gingerbread Station Part 3: Decorating

Sunday, December 21, 2008

For Gingerbread construction, read Part 1 and Part 2.
DecoratingBecause of the weather, we limited ourselves to whatever candy we could find at the Duane Reade across the street. Twizzlers ended up being perfect for roof shingles, but they were a pain to cut, first lengthwise and then in segments.

It was worth it. I love the […]

Gingerbread Station Part 2: Baking & Assembly

Sunday, December 21, 2008

I hope you read through part 1 and it didn’t exhaust you.
We started building the base with the Cheerios Marshmallow Treats and some granola bars.

We used this gingerbread recipe for the structural walls. Our gingerbread looks very dark because we used black strap molasses.

While the gingerbread cooled, I made a batch of this royal […]