I'm happy to announce that I'm this week's guest blogger at The Whirling Blog this week. Yesterday, a brand new yummy recipe for Strawberry Lychee Sorbet was posted from me, and this coming Friday another one is on its way. I hope you'll come check it out and also explore the lovely, inspirational posts that you can find on the Whirling Blog at any time.Read more →
Normally, we would go away for a long weekend to celebrate our anniversary. This year, because of work schedules, it was simply an impossibility. So what to do? Well throw that money into one kick-ass, over-the-top, sit-down dinner of course! So, we broke out the good china, the wine glasses, and even had a custom table runner made. I arranged the flowers while he vacuumed until he had blisters, and finally it was time to enjoy.Read more →
I have a theory. It’s not ironclad nor is it 100% accurate, but in my experience, it holds true most of the time. The theory is this: everyone is a victim to at least one of the deadly sins. Since I’m not traditionally religious, I’m not taking the ramifications of the “sins” literally. In other words, I don’t think you’ll be punished in another realm for your vices, but you might suffer in the here and now.Read more →
It was my birthday this past weekend and when thinking about it the only thing that came to mind was... cake.Read more →
Welcome to the new home of A Duchess Cooks in Brooklyn and thank you for coming to check it out.Read more →
My Grandmother was a tough woman to love. She made being a participant in her life complicated, often maddening, and difficult… I don’t think she would have had it any other way.Read more →
My Christmas gift to myself was a recipe box - a custom recipe box. My old one was metal and had rusted at the bottom so badly, it stained any surface it was on. I picked up my new one from the post office this past Saturday and tore it open like a kid. I know, I know, it's 2011. It's the age of iPad's and electric cars and why the hell do I need a recipe box? I'm fully aware that I could scan all my recipes into any number of devices I use day-to-day and with the push of a button summon my top secret chocolate chip cookie recipe. But besides the practical issues that include accidental batter dipped smart phones and oil-burned e-readers, there's something to be said about a recipe on 4x6 index card.Read more →
A friend of ours was having a rotten couple of days. Of course, my first instinct was to feed her. So I did. It's been cold, wet, and generally miserable weather-wise in New York - it's the kind of weather that begs for woolen socks, cups of tea, and something hearty. Nothing is heartier, easier, or more economical than Chili.Read more →
You can read part 1 here.Read more →
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Mine was busy and exhausting and wonderful all at the same time. It's been a while since I've posted and since we're still munching on leftovers at our place, I thought of something else to share with everyone besides a recipe. It's that time for gift-giving and if you still don't know what to get your favorite foodie, I have some ideas for you in every shape, size, dollar amount, and color. I'll let you know that given the space, I would own each an every item listed here.Read more →
I believe that given the chance,everyone would press pause. We live in a too-fast world; we interface, we tweet, we text. We walk down the street and close ourselves off with iPods. Instead of taking a breather, we grab what's fastest and easiest for lunch. At night we anesthetize ourselves by watching people on TV with awful fake tans yell and hit each other. We forget that rosemary and thyme make everything smell terrific, sugar and spice makes everything nice, and nothing is as pleasurable as the company of those we love.Read more →
Four friends met at Lady Mendl's Tea Salon this past Saturday wearing their best summer frocks and pearls. After all, it isn't everyday that three of those friends become Aunties! One of my dearest friends is expecting, she emailed me from Japan while on vacation with her family to let me know - I squealed and jumped about. We went to high school together, then college. She met her husband while abroad in Japan, they've been together ever since. She moved to Minnesota and although I don't get to see much of her, email and phones keep us close.Read more →
After weeks of stifling, miserable, all consuming heat, Mother Nature gave us a break.
It was beyond lovely this weekend. We turned off the air conditioners, put in the window fans, and even had to sleep under a blanket at night. Saturday morning I took a walk through the 'hood to get some food for the week - to 5th avenue for olive oil and fresh feta at the Greek market, and also to my favorite fruit and vegetable lady who always has a megawatt smile on. Back to 3rd Avenue to the grocery store and down a street that took my breath away... Everywhere I looked there was something beautiful, charming, or funny to look at. It could have been the lovely weather, the sunshine, or just my general happiness about grocery shopping (a task that I love), but I found myself taking out my phone and clicking away at the shutter button.
I thought they were myths, urban legends... I was wrong.Read more →
My husband turns thirty next week.
In the grand scheme of birthday's, its a biggie, a milestone. For some our age, turning thirty is a terrifying prospect. Its time to buckle down, become a homeowner, a parent, a useful member of society...I feel that pressure too, but somehow, it's not driving me nuts. My husband and I have talked about this quite a bit actually. Somehow, by having each other, thirty doesn't feel like some major event. Instead, it simply feels like another year together - another birthday we get to share.