Spiced Chocolate Cookies and Cape Weather

Freezer Cookies

Spring arrives intermittently, it seems. One moment it’s all daffodils and salad, the next, snow warnings and pork chili and corn bread and Jon “borrowing” the scarf he gave me for Christmas because it’s a Boy Color.

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Pisco Veuve Ambal cocktail, and a challenge

Champagne Cocktails

Here’s the thing: a week or two ago a very nice sounding PR person contacted me and asked me to come up with a cocktail featuring Veuve Ambal and Hella Bitters. This does not happen to me a whole lot.

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Rhubarb Fool

Rhubarb

There was rhubarb on Fresh Direct this week. Ruinously expensive, but still, rhubarb. I bought it. Because I am terribly extravagant.

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Banana Chocolate Espresso Muffins to cope with Daylight Savings

Chocolate Banana Muffin Illustration for muffin recipe

Daylight savings is always a blessing and a curse in my house.

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Snow, and Warm Bourbon and Spiced Apple

Bourbon Spiced Apple

Although we are currently experiencing something of a lull in the weather, the snow, endless snow, great drifts of it blackening on the sidewalks, slicking the pavements, filling the cross-walks with sloppy black puddles, has been pulling on peoples’ spirits.

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Randomness, Oscars and Truffle Butter Popcorn

Truffle butter popcorn

Sometimes life takes you on non-sequiturs, embracing the random.

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Nom Wah Tea Parlor

Nom Wah Tea Parlor

There are many excellent reasons to go to Nom Wah Tea Parlor. Off the top of my head? Celebrating Chinese New year with Sara and Mike, for example.  Continue reading

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Snakes and Horses and Pomelo Sea Breezes

Sea Breeze

Last year my mother in law captured my imagination by describing the Chinese New Year of the Snake that we were entering, as a year of twists and turns, some for good, and some for bad. Though she is no more Chinese than I am, it turns out, she felt that if such a thing as a new year could be defined, the Luna calendar would be a more logical way to do it, and she was prepared to go with that.

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Superbowl Chili

Pork Shoulder Ragu with pomegranates and linguini

It turns out, that pretty much none of my friends has any interest in the Superbowl whatsoever, outside the context of commercials, guacamole and chocolate krispie cakes shaped into footballs. Even Carrie, who understands the rules, lost interest when her team ignominiously lost a few weeks ago. Sure, Times Square is filled with Football Fun Times and a huge plastic slide, but mostly, well, meh.  Continue reading

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Salvation Taco

Salvation Taco Review

Salvation Taco is where you go to eat amazing lamb, in a bar that reminds you of the common room at college – all mismatched furniture, paper lanterns, ping pong tables and lanky dudes wearing backpacks. This latter, accounted for by the fact that you are in the lobby of the Pod Hotel.

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