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Superbowl Junkies

Congratulations to all the Giants fans tonight! I’m not a huge sports fanatic, but it does give me a great excuse to experiment with junk-food madness style treats like the Chicken & Waffle Cupcake:

Inspired by Robicelli’s and turned into reality by The Novice Chef – thank you ready made waffles, and Burger King nuggets – the only hard part was piping icing onto the cupcake and not onto my hands!

The Pre-Chicken Version : almost too pretty to eat.

Another junkfood treat prepared for tonight’s superbowl party – Compost Cookies. Yum!


The Best of 2010

New Year, new eats. Aleady off to a amazing start: New Years Day, as we were checking out of the Ace Hotel, as we were polishing off our first breakfast of 2011 at The Breslin, as we licked the last couple crumbs of croissant off our fingers, we decided — ROAD TRIP!! To Rhode Island!

But before I post the photos taken on the trip with Kel and Randal and myself (as the 3rd wheel), I wanted to recap the most memorable dishes I’ve had towards the end of 2010…

Since I am nearly in love with all things uni.. first there was the fattiest, most decadently prepared piece of uni I’ve ever had – uni, resting on a slice of crunchy toast, peeking out from under a warm and melting blanket of glistening lardo.

Uni and Lardo Crostini at Marea

And then there was the roast suckling pig dinner at The Breslin for Kel’s birthday – juicy with crackly skin, we tore that sucker apart.

Everyone knows what a roast pig looks like… this is what a delicious roast pig looks like.

This is what the most beautiful (and delicious) piece of oyster sushi looks like at Sushi Yasuda.

You know a savory dish has to be good in order for me to get that in lieu of the usual sweet breakfast/brunch I prefer. The pasta at Michael White’s new place Osteria Morini is that exception. Gramigna – photo taken when there was actual light in the place!

Something I can eat over and over again… if I could get a table at ABC Kitchen at a decent hour! Crab on toast.

Did you think I’d forget dessert? The best one – a pear cake studded with chocolate chips at Al Di La in Park Slope. It’s a good thing that this restaurant is all the way in Brooklyn and up a steep hill that used to have me breaking out a sweat in the dead of winter.

And homemade – a tiramisu cupcake that was just as amazing on day 4 in the fridge as it was hot out of the oven. I’d make this more often, but baking up more than a dozen at a time, when I am hardly in the mood for sharing, is a bad idea.

Wrapping up October

The last warm weekend before Father Frost decided to visit, we went to the Brooklyn Bridge Park for some Calexico treats.

Carne Asada Quesadilla

Pulled Pork Burrito

Then, in a blink of an eye, it was Halloween again. No longer the exciting and much hyped holiday I used to celebrate in college, this year masks were hastily purchased 4 days earlier, and more effort was put into preparing sweets than in putting together an awesome costume.

I baked in my pajamas. In fact, I spent most of the day in pajamas.

Red Velvet Brain Cupcakes

and “Not Dressed for Halloween” Brownies

Patrick’s party decorations

Peter was a scary Norman Bates’s version of Mama Bates.

Jeff Superman laughs at a very sad clown Patrick.

The creepy Burger King gets down.

Whose baby is that? (Awesomest shirt ever. I want one.)

Where’s the masquerade party?

Mid-Autumn Festival

Or otherwise known to the gluttonous as the mooncake festival… I usually celebrate by going to the bakeries to stare at tins of mooncakes, marvelling at how pricey they are compared to everything else the Chinese sell, and trying to decipher the Chinese to figure out which ones have yolks (yuck) and which are filled with lotus seed paste (my favorite). I’d never buy any, though. Overwhelmed by price, quantity, and the possibility of gagging mid-cake on salty egg, I usually leave defeated and empty handed.

But today, as I grabbed a quick bite at my parents’s place, I was surprised by a small box of Hong Kong style snow skin mooncakes. Unlike the traditional golden baked kinds, these were more like little mochi cakes, and filled with what seems like a very untraditional blueberry and cheese filling. I was skeptical of the taste, but they sure were pretty.

(picture source)

And it tasted amazing.

got a bit squished on the way home

S’mores Pie, sponsored by Coors Light

This was officially the summer of Beach BBQs for me. Never in an entire summer have I had so many hotdogs (with skin! Thanks to Kel I’ve discovered hot dogs with casings and I’ll never settle for anything less again!), burgers (Queenie made hers with BACON in the patties!), wings (Dave’s Mom’s famous wings are better than the hype), and skirt steak (marinated in Brennan’s mysteriously green sauce). So many food-skilled friends, its fantastic.


Close to the end of summer, this past weekend we had another. And to prove myself worthy of being in such great meaty presence, I brought a s’mores pie.

This pie was originally going to attend Deb’s rooftop housewarming party on Saturday night, but after summerstreets exhaustion, I started making it way too late and halfway through.. realized by the time I’d be done… I’d miss the party entirely! Not to worry, it was not missed, though it would have been in happy company with the plates of homemade cookies by Ada and carrot cheesecake. (I think that’s what I’d overheard it was!)

The s’mores pie arrived bright and early at the beach on Sunday… earlier than the plates and utensils. Luckily, our scrappy friends fashioned a quick plate from a Coors box, and we wiped off and recycled the “grill fork” (a plastic one Mike finagled from the food stand).

BBQ sponsored by Coors Light.
Eating pie off a Coors Light plate.

Flipping Q’s burgers with a nifty Coors Light spatula.

Don’t worry, we didn’t ghetto-bbq the entire afternoon. A hot dog, burger, slice of pie divided, and 2 rounds of beers later, the rest of our group arrived with real utensils.

S’mores Pie, a cross section

S’mores Pie (Adapted from smitten kitchen)

  • 1-1/2 cups of crushed graham crackers
  • 5 tbsp of butter
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 1/8 tsp of salt
  • 7 oz of bittersweet chocolate, chips or chopped
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 1 egg (room temp)
  • 1 jar of marshmallow fluff

Preheat oven to 350. Combine the crushed crackers with the sugar and salt, pour in butter, mix well and pat into the bottom and sides of a greased 9″ pie pan. Bake for 15 minutes.

While waiting for the crust to cool, warm the milk to gently boiling and pour over the chocolate to melt. Stir until the chocolate has completely melted, and then add the egg and a pinch of salt. Whisk.

After the crust is at room temp (about 45 minutes), pour chocolate into the pie crust. Cover the edges with foil to avoid burning the sides of the pie. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, until the center is gently set. Cool for at least an hour.

I didn’t have the time, energy, nor patience to make my own marshmallow topping so at Kel’s suggestion I used a jar of marshmallow fluff. The day of the BBQ, I took the pie out of the fridge (where it sat overnight) and spooned on the fluff. Using a culinary torch, I browned the top. Then I left the room to avoid drooling all over it.