I wrote this post 14 hours ago, went to NYC on the Vamoose Bus, expecting wifi and intending to get this out to you this morning. No wifi. None. Until this moment. Amazing how dependent I’ve become on technology. Have to say, it was kind of refreshing to daydream (and watch Season 1 of Dexter!) for a few hours. It’s two weeks until the Dead Poultry party, and just ten days until our houseguests arrive, expecting dinner, drinks and a warm bed. As part of my plan for Thanksgiving, I took yesterday to run some errands and take care of other business. It’s a stroll, not a sprint, remember? Getting a great massage (ask for Dana) may have been the best thing I did for […]
I had a busy day and could only get one small task accomplished on the road to Thanksgiving. I started curing gravlax. Once it’s finished, in 2 days, I’ll pop it in the freezer until Tuesday before Thanksgiving, when houseguests arrive, and this gravlax will be an elegant, simple appetizer to offer up with cocktails that first night. Gravlax is delicious for appetizers, but also perfect for breakfast. Or even seductively draped over a beet salad, as I recently tasted at a thrilling Artisa Kitchen dinner.
Working to get things ready for Thanksgiving, today, I focused on the stuffing. I don’t know about you, but stuffing is integral to my Thanksgiving plate. It’s what catches the gravy. It’s what you snack on, right out of the fridge, while you stare at the contents wondering what to eat next. Stuffing the morning after, fried up a little, with an egg on top? Oh lordy. Right around a year ago, Food52 had a contest for “Your Best Thanksgiving Stuffing.” and I entered my challah stuffing – it’s vegetarian, buttery and herb-filled. While it was selected as a finalist, another meatier stuffing prevailed. Nevertheless, the most exciting part of this whole contest? Definitely when Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs – the founders of Food52 […]
I’m getting ready for Thanksgiving. It’s official. Invitations went out yesterday and now it’s time for testing, cooking, menu planning, table decorating and general household tidying to begin. We’ll have houseguests for four days, a small Thanksgiving dinner for 4 (possibly a couple more, we often take in strays) and an open house party for 50 the day after Thanksgiving, aptly named The Dead Poultry Society. We’ve been having this party for years and, if you’ve been following along, you might remember the 2009 event. Preparing for the holiday should be a nice stroll, not a sprint – just a few things done ahead will really help. Today in the kitchen, I’m making two big batches of chicken stock. Hopefully, about 7 quarts will be […]
For the last three days, I’ve been in the company of two of my favorite people. And at the same time, I’ve been virtually surrounded by some of my new “friends.” When I was 22, back in the early ’80s, I had a business. I was a sales representative for a number of newly minted, or recently imported, kitchenware and housewares manufacturers. I was in Pittsburgh and Catherine, who had a similar, more established, much larger, business in New York taught me everything about running a business and being productive working from home. She was a few years older, and so glamorous and cosmopolitan. Catherine and her husband, Jerry, a big personality, smart as a whip, real live Mad Man, hosted long weekends at their […]
Spending a four day weekend on Marthas Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts, is always delightful. On a sparkling cool and beautiful October weekend, surrounded by your best friends, it’s nearly perfect. A glorious weekend. Great food. Great friends. Great times. I always am the one who does the cooking, and somehow I know you won’t be surprised to hear that. And while this past weekend had many culinary high points (boudin blanc, chicken and dumplings, spaghetti carbonara), the one dish I’m not likely to forget soon was made on a whim, simply because I hate waste. Cider doughnuts are a New England fall staple. In my memory, they’re served on a chilly morning, as you set off to pick apples at an orchard or […]