My first Brooklyn apartment had a distant view of the Chrysler building. You had to climb out the kitchen window and stand on an adjacent roof to see it, but still it was there. Brian and I would sit out there in the evenings, filled with all the optimism that young love and any kind of view of the NYC skyline inspires, and dream our dreams. We planned to take the city by storm. We’d also talk about having kids and all the things we wanted for these potential humans. [Read more…]
One of the avocado’s many alternate names is “butter fruit” and I think that’s a nice way to think of it––as a way to bring a buttery richness to a dish while still keeping it light and healthy. This avocado and spinach salad was my Friday lunch and I loved how the greens and avocado worked with a slightly spicy chili lime vinaigrette and salty toasted pepitas. Such a great combination, and a nice change of pace as the winter wears on. [Read more…]
Every girl says this, I know, but I’ve never been one for Valentine’s pomp. Years ago Brian and I swore off even trying to go out to dinner after a 9:30pm reservation at Prune had us actually sitting down at 11pm on a Tuesday night. Still, we usually exchange a record or two (the standard gift for all occasions) and he’ll get me some Mast Brothers chocolate and flowers (I may be low key in other regards, but flowers are required.). In a gesture I adore, he also gets flowers for our daughters. And I like to surprise him with something sweet, since Valentine’s Day is an excellent excuse to bake up a rich dessert.
Brownies seemed like a good place to begin my Valentine’s baking, especially since, after weeks of healthful eating, treats were necessary. [Read more…]