To say that I love the Upper East Side of Manhattan is an understatement. I don’t hate living in Queens, but I adored John’s old neighborhood. Despite the fact that he lived in a 5th floor walk up (torture), I was completely smitten with the area. Of course, the moment he moved, it got even better.
Shake Shack, 16 Handles, Sephora, H&M, a new and improved Barnes & Noble... all recent additions to the place he used to call home. That’s in addition to the already wonderful shopping the old ‘hood provided.
As of two weeks ago, Fairway, our favorite market, opened it’s doors on 86th St. Are you kidding me?!
Naturally, I was there for opening day. When I spotted some fresh seasonal figs, I had to have them. And thus, dinner began to come together.
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A few weeks ago, my best friend’s father passed away suddenly. It was a horrible situation, but I’m incredibly thankful that I could be there for her. I picked her up in Pennsylvania and brought her back to NY, where she stayed with me for the week. I can’t even begin to imagine how hard this has been for her, but I offer comfort in the best way I know how: through food.
We took a day trip to my favorite market, ate cupcakes and brownies in Brooklyn, made brisket for her extended family, stuffed ourselves silly with Greek food, and then… we made pizza.
May I present to you our caramelized onion, pear, and gorgonzola pizza. With arugula. And a drizzle of light ranch dressing.
When we get together, we always end up cooking or baking or.. talking about cooking and baking. Her dad was a baker, and I’m convinced she inherited his good fortune with food.
For dinner one night, we decided to make pizza. I’ve used the same pizza dough recipe for the last few months, and I always enjoy it. While I was lying on the couch taking a nap, she whipped up a batch. (Sadly, I’m not joking.) We were making two pizzas, and for some reason I thought the recipe made enough dough for two large pies. I was wrong. Very, very wrong. At the last minute, we asked John to go to a pizza shop around the corner and pick up some dough. Within minutes, he was back, and we could make our second pizza.
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Anyone familiar with California Pizza Kitchen has probably tried (or at least heard of) their original claim to fame: Barbecue Chicken pizza. CPK specializes in gourmet pizzas, attracting both classic pie lovers (Pepperoni or Margherita) and those who are more adventurous (see other pizza flavors here).
We eat here maybe once a year, but when we do I’m always tempted to order this pizza.
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Happy belated Thanksgiving! I hope your day was filled with family, friends, and of course, an abundance of food.
Mine was wonderful, thanks for asking. I spent the majority of Wednesday and Thursday morning cooking with my mom, then consumed copious amounts of food as John and I devoured two holiday feasts (Thanksgiving lunch with my fam in the early afternoon, then a second helping of everything with John’s fam later that day). Ah, gluttony – now I understand why you’re a deadly sin. Let’s just say the turkey wasn’t the only thing stuffed.
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There are some people who hate sharing recipes. No matter how persistently you ask, they won’t budge. That recipe is their pride and joy, and ain’t no one making them share it.
Those people are not my friends. A friend would give me that gnocchi recipe I’ve longed for. A friend would instruct me on the proper ratio of peanut butter and cream cheese in that delicious peanut butter pie. A friend would not hold a recipe hostage!
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