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Category Archives: Feeding Friends
The first time I ate blistered shishito peppers was at Sushi Samba circa 2001. It was one of the few venues that dragged me and my high school friends below 14th street, and that’s because it was one of the few venues that would look from my fake Michigan driver’s license to my Theory tube top and not laugh in my face.
Before trying our luck ordering green apple saketinis like the best of the brace-faced Carrie Bradshaw wannabes, we would order a few nibbles for the table, including these peppers. While shishito peppers are now just as commonplace as edamame on menus, at the time this was a revelation.… Continue Reading
Last week, despite my jetlag from Jackson Hole, I spent my Monday preparing vegetarian shepherd’s pie and playing hostess. Usually, the idea of getting friends together over good food is enough to motivate me beyond the worst post-wedding weekend fatigue. And this gathering was extra energizing in that the occasion was not just that I had 10 types of casseroles to test that day, but to raise money for a good cause.
A few months ago I was asked to help spread the word about Lauren Bush Lauren’s new FEED Supper initiative. Over the course of one month, leading up to World Food Day on October 16th, the initiative is trying to raise money for 1 million meals.… Continue Reading
Last year around Labor Day, you may remember a smattering of instagram pictures that included homemade friendship bracelets, temporary peace sign tattoos, sweaty neon crop tops, and a lot of bug juice in the woods. Well, I decided to double down again this year and attend what is now an official entity: Camp No Counselors.
Here’s a little taste of what happened at camp last time. Unfortunately, I’m currently sitting in the woods trying to live down either the shame or awesomeness of last night’s talent show performance, so I can’t give you the full details just yet on what transpired over this holiday weekend.… Continue Reading
While most food items tend to look prettier in food magazines than they ever do when prepared in my kitchen, there are a few dishes that take the cake (expertly styled with self-tanning spray, of course). I’ve intimately come to realize that skewers and kebabs are at the top of this list.
Usually on Martha’s Vineyard, my mother and I cave to my dad’s pescatarian ways and put our cravings for Kobe hot dogs and roast chicken on the back burner…at least until lunch the next day. But since Charlie was coming to visit, I figured it was as good a time as any to indulge in our carne cravings.… Continue Reading
After our epic July 4th in Rhode Island, in addition to a rosacea flair up on my forehead from too much rosé, I came home with lots of leftovers. There was the readily edible sort like Charlie’s pull and eat shrimp and my flank steak. But then there was the annoying sort, like random half bunches of herbs, a quarter head of cabbage, and enough limes for 500 coronas.
A side effect of a full weekend of host duty and the subsequent following week of full body exhaustion is that the last thing you want to do is cook.… Continue Reading
I had a lot of influence from Ina Garten in the early stages of my cooking career, assuming I can count the times I was sous-chefing for my mom as official culinary experience. One of the dishes I became obsessed with for feeding a crowd was her Indonesian Ginger Chicken. I don’t remember when I tried the recipe for the first time. But I do remember the time I forced my mom to make it for 40 people.
In high school I was a much more enthusiastic host than I was a cook. And my mom was the opposite. But somehow I roped her into letting me invite over all my nerdy horse friends (and their parents) to the apartment we were renting in Lake Placid.… Continue Reading