Saturday, November 19, 2011

Gumbo Notes

Made gumbo again.. getting pretty good at it. Especially now with my new stool! This time, making the roux was a little different because from the beginning I put the heat up a little higher than my usual conservative-don't-wanna-burn-it, low level. It went from blond, to caramel to dark caramel much faster, though still about 90 minutes of constant stirring. The hardest part is the anxiety of judging exactly when that color has gone to the perfect "milk-chocolate" tone. 

Friday, November 18, 2011


I'm going to try something new every time I go to the farmer's market. Last time I hit up three new ones. Persimmon, peashoot, and some kind of kale.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


This is the pasta dish that forced me to realize - I have a problem. I don't know if it's called heartburn, or GERD, or acid reflux ... or what. I DO know that I've been in denial for years. Apparently eating a delicious bowl of acid-heavy tomatoey, garlicky pasta does not agree with me anymore. I really should have realized the correlation between dishes like this, and the subsequent three days of misery. Anyway- I'm looking for suggestions/recommendations on what to take, what to do/not do, etc. I am determined to not let this keep me down. I mean, when I go to Chicago, I WILL be eating deep dish and sausage. So, I best find the antidote pronto.

Saturday, November 12, 2011


We ate some great food. And enjoyed. So much so that documenting all of it with good photographs really was secondary to the enjoying (evidently...) Here's a little sunthin' anyway.

I went a couple places with my boss, places that he had been and recommended: the Post House, Patsy's, Carmine's. Then on my own time, with friends or my sweetie, we went to other fun bars/restaurants: Les Halles, Manitoba's, Ray's, Walter Foods, Viniero's, Schnipper's, Joe's Shanghai, PDT... So great. Seriously, when does the cleanse start?

Friday, November 11, 2011


New York State of Mind..... 9 days in New York, you'd think I would have had many great pictures. Apparently not. But here are a few that show the general mood of the city, at least part of the experience that I chose to document.

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Just got back from a work/fun trip to New York City. It was great! Chilly and expensive, fun and tiring and illuminating, inspiring, thought-provoking, and of course too short! Well, actually, I'm glad to be home, so perhaps it was just the right amount of time. Ate a LOT, walked a lot, saw a lot, need to do another cleanse...
Lots of pics, not sure any are great. Here are a few from the High Line. LOVE the high line btw...

Sunday, November 6, 2011

I have so much to say and post about recent NYC trip.. But this first!

We came home with a cocktail book from a super secret cocktail bar in the East Village. First cocktail attempt from this book-- a success! It's called "A Little Bit Country"


We finally saw the Tim Burton exhibit. It was CROWDED! It was great though. If I had the time, I would have loved to go back at an off hour and really look at all the drawings, doodles, and read more of his movie and story notes. The little bit that I read, it reminded me that even though someone is famous and successful and creates fantastic art, they had to start somewhere. I'm only witnessing the end, the result. They had to start somewhere. With an idea, it develops, perhaps over weeks or even years, through several drafts, with other people... Reading his notes made me realize that everyone starts somewhere, and how important it is just to start.