We all have food memories that we may have fabricated, right? They are blurry, gray, distant and vague; they are memories of us eating something not necessarily good or bad, but an imprint of them has remained in the brain nonetheless. Years down the line we try to look back to those memories and there is but a hint of them left - nothing to actually hold on to. Let us refer to those as phantom food memories.I don't remember eating ponchiki (pon-chee-key) often as a child. My mom might have made them for my sister and I once or twice but it wasn't a regular thing - . . .
As one who has spent a considerable amount of time in Paris, studied French for three years of college and seen tons of French films (yes, I am obsessed), I feel qualified - obligated even - to share some essential Paris travel tips.Paris is a truly magical place and it is no surprise that it's been a mecca for artists, writers, dreamers and romantics for centuries. However, since most tourists can only stay for a week or two, if one doesn't know what to expect or doesn't have a vague plan for their stay, one may simply not get it. So here is some useful . . .
Hello, readers! I am back from my glorious 10-day stay in Paris.My first trip to Paris was actually over two years ago when I was taking a class there over the summer with one of my best friends. Not a day has gone by since my return that I didn't dream about going back. Alas, an opportunity presented itself when my cousin Marina invited me to come visit her in Paris, where she lives with her son and French husband. Since I graduated college last month and have not settled into a full-time adult life yet, the timing was perfect for a carefree rendez-vous. Whereas . . .
So it appears that this is my second post in a row in which I'm being the "My boyfriend and I this..." and "My boyfriend and I that..." girl. I know that this can be a little irritating to you, my dear readers, and I hate to do that to you, but there is just no way I can avoid mentioning Rene in this post. You see, empanadas are kind of a special thing for us.There is a little place by Rene's house in Brooklyn called Fiesta Chicken that sells rotisserie chicken and other specialties from the Dominican Republic. Probably more often that we should, we stop by . . .
Neither Rene or I have Christmas day traditions with our families so we decided to take December 25th to be tourists in our own city. We resurfaced from the train station in Times Square and made our way to Rockefeller Center to see the tree - the streets were surprisingly congested for Christmas day. We walked on aimlessly and it wasn't long until we grew hungry and cold, and decided to duck into Grand Central and try to find a snack at the Dining Concourse. Unfortunately, most of the little kiosks were closed and we walked back out into the cold, feeling hungry and . . .
The Brown Betty Cookbook (John Wiley & Sons, 2012) is a collection of dessert recipes from the Brown Betty Dessert Boutique in Philadelphia. The boutique was founded by mother-daughter team, Linda Hinton Brown and Norrinda Brown Hayat, and inspired by Linda's mother Betty's legacy of weekly biscuit, pie and cake feasts. From the cover art and the photos inside, to the family stories told throughout, and even down to the font choices, this book is absolutely beautiful. It features recipes for cookies, pies and cupcakes, but has a definite accent on their famous . . .
So you’re cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year. And it’s your first time. And the in-laws are coming?! Holy s***! …How did you agree to this again?Your palms are sweating, your ears are ringing and you have no freaking idea what to do. Well, the first thing is to calm down – breathe in, breathe out, “Ohmm…”So now that you’re back on earth, let’s take this step by step, shall we?Read my rules for throwing a successful dinner party. Thanksgiving is now ten days away: this is the perfect time to plan your menu. First, finalize the number of guests you’ll . . .