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Yes We Can!

7 Oct

Today, like a squirrel gathering nuts, I joined some friends to can for the wintertime. Frozen roasted tomatoes, canned pepper jelly, canned pickles. I probably need some freeze dried ice cream to round out my emergency storage of food. Or I need to start sewing homemade potholders to round out my Brooklyn-made, artisan products made in one’s kitchen.

Hot Pepper Jelly (via Katie)
5 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
1 green pepper — finely chopped
5 jalapeno peppers — minced
6 ounces liquid fruit pectin
Combine sugar and vinegar in a large pot and bring to a boil. Add
both peppers and return to a boil. Stir in pectin and boil one
minute. Strain liquid into a large bowl. Pour into hot, sterilized jars
and seal.
Yield: 6 half pints.
Spiced (not Spicy) Pickles (via Food and Wine)
3 pounds kirby cucumbers, halved lengthwise
6 whole cloves
4 bay leaves
2 to 3 dried red chiles
2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
2 tablespoons coriander seeds
2 tablespoons mustard seeds
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
2 cups white vinegar, plus more if needed
1 cup water
10 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons sugar
  1. In one 2-quart heatproof jar or a few smaller jars,pack the cucumbers, cloves, bay leaves, chiles, peppercorns, coriander, mustard, fennel and cumin.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar with the water, garlic, salt and sugar. Bring to a boil. Simmer until the salt and sugar dissolve. Ladle the pickling liquid into the jar; if necessary, add more vinegar to cover the cucumbers. Let the pickles cool, then cover with a lid and refrigerate until flavorful, about 3 weeks.



“Down Under Smorgasburg”

17 Sep

Today the fam headed to the part of the Brooklyn Bridge Park that’s between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge to eat local, delicious, small bites at Smorgasburg. We tried doughnuts, pork buns, arepas, bubble tea, and homemade pop tarts. We sat in the grass, watched the Manhattan Skyline and even ran into some of dad’s friends. We had a blast. As always, I’m pooped.

Can you tell which bridge is which?








To Do: NYC #5

27 Jul

#5. Attend a free concert at the Prospect Park bandshell. Or, Better yet, attend one that requires a ticket and just sit outside the fence.

The Head and the Heart post Bierkraft:


To Do: NYC #4

5 Jul

#4. Go to an outdoor movie over the summer at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

What a killer view. And, always a good excuse for a barefooted picnic!


All Ears on Deck: The Alabama Shakes

28 Jan

Ladies and gentlemen, this band (hailing from Athens, AL) has sold out their upcoming concerts in London, England.  And where have I gotten all my favorite recommendations?  Sophie and Max in London, England.  Now, I thank NPR for also doing a good bit of musical research.  Let me pause to thank Sophie and Max for their contributions to my “My Favorite Things” list – Flight of the Conchords, Friday Night Lights, a killer list of music, and now Brooklyn’s own Superhero Store).  

Anyways, you won’t find their album on itunes yet (coming April 3!), so listen up to their NPR performance/interview.  Their southern responses to the questions, both simple and soothing, will make you (or me) wish you were back among the pine trees moving at a slower pace.  Then, that simplicity jolts you into soulful oomph once the band plugs in.  I think I’ll throw on my red-clay-stained boots, dust-encrusted Carhartt overalls, and have a PBR.  Ironically, the hipsters in Williamsburg may have beat me to the punch.

(Another pause)  Speaking of, the other day, I overheard someone praising Fette Sau (BBQ in W’burg) for serving potato rolls with their pulled pork.  Oh, New Yorkers and your inflated sense of self!  If only you knew that such was not a culinary invention of the center of the world, but came from the land of bow ties and handshakes.

My new fave.  You will love them too.  I promise.

To Do: NYC #3

7 Nov

#3. Watch (or better yet, participate in) the ING NYC Marathon.

47,000 people running 26.2 miles. Some setting marathon records.  Some handicapped.  Some dressed up as the Blue Brothers.  Some running for a son with cancer.  Some accompanying their aging father.  All pushing themselves farther than they have probably ever had to push themselves in their lives.  I cannot watch a marathon without crying.  Today I only walked a block to watch the focus, the smiles, the cheers, and the tears of the New York City Marathon.

The leaders (around mile 7).  The last guy in this pic ended up winning and setting a new NYC marathon record.

The long stretch of runners coming from the Verrazano Bridge into Brooklyn.

More Brooklyn.  And more good vibes.  A future marathoner.

The band that put so many of the smiles on the faces.

“First Frost”

29 Oct


First, we had an earthquake.  Next, we got a hurricane.  Now, we get 2-4 inches of snow in October.  Record setting.  My memory of Halloween is being too hot in my bunny costume to even continue asking for candy.  The fur was just too much.  Not this year.  I think I’ll try to pull out that old costume.