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Category Archives: Feeding Friends
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
My mom is the queen of April Fool’s. Sometimes I think we might as well skip the Mother’s Day festivities, since she already got so much joy at our expense the month prior. I’ve inheriting this sadistic love of pranks to some extent, along with my father’s perverse love of watching people fall, preferably repeatedly. He sent me this video a few weeks ago and I could just picture him sitting at his computer giggling like a 5th grader. But my mom takes sick pleasures to a whole other level on April Fool’s Day.
One year she told me that the closet in my childhood bedroom had flooded and all my clothes were covered in mold, so would probably be ruined.… Continue Reading
I dish up tacos so often at dinner parties, sometimes I worry that my friends will think I’m a one trick pony. So I love it when Cinco de Mayo rolls around and I actually have an excuse to serve margaritas next to troughs of mashed avocado.
Besides the avocados, Mexican-themed ingredients tend to be cheap as can be. Black beans? Homemade tortilla chips? Fatty cuts of meat slow cooked for hours? Yes please. I love having my friends over. But it does tend to add up over time. Unless, of course, I’m testing recipes and “dinner” becomes a strange mélange of casseroles.… Continue Reading
A few weeks ago I had my friend Rachel over for dinner. Her book Cooking Up a Business recently hit stands and is a must read for anyone who’s ever dreamed of launching their own food brand.
Since I didn’t go to culinary school and have never held an official food-related job outside the confines of my apartment, I don’t have a ton of friends in the industry. So I always look forward to getting together with my few food soul sisters and talking shop.
Rachel and I met a few years ago right before my cookbook came out. I was doing the editor circuit trying to pitch concepts like “how to throw a semi-adult spring bread party” for magazine coverage.… Continue Reading
Ever since an unfortunate night of mistranslations and failed ordering in Majorca, I’ve had a hard time looking at a gin martini without turning green. But that’s a story to be told over a different kind of cocktail…
I’m always reminded at my friend Adam’s Super Bowl party how much I like vodka martinis with a twist. Every year his family friend Eddie wears corduroy pants with little martini glasses all over them and plays bartender for the night. One year, he bought Adam a matching smoking jacket for his birthday. So basically, this is the best possible person to get you back on the martini bandwagon.… Continue Reading