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The Bangkok Blush (a color-changing cocktail)

The Bangkok Blush (a color-changing cocktail)

Some recipes start from an idea and just magically come together when the ingredients are in my hands. Others take years of fiddling, research, scrapping the whole idea and starting again, more fiddling, seeking expert advise,  testing and retesting before satisfying results emerge. This recipe is definitely in the latter group. The idea of a...
Step-by-step Making a Braided Racerback Tank From an Old Tshirt

Step-by-step Making a Braided Racerback Tank From an Old Tshirt

If the overview in my visual sewing pattern is a little too vague for you, don’t worry.  Here’s the detailed step-by step to turn an old tshirt into this braided racerback tank. It’s a very simple pattern (just one little seam!), but here I’ve included all the little tips and tricks I’ve figured out on...
Braided Racerback Tank

Braided Racerback Tank

A sewing pattern? Kind of new territory for me, right? But this project seemed to fold in perfectly with the values that I look for most in my more food-centric projects (satisfying results made from humble elements),  I felt I had to share it.  And really it’s a stretch to call this a sewing project–...
Pizza with Egg, Arugula and Chanterelles

Pizza with Egg, Arugula and Chanterelles

Fried eggs and wood oven pizza are two of my all-time favorite foods. So when I first tasted a pizza with an egg cooked right on top, I knew it was the start of a love affair. Two perfect (and simple foods) knit together so artfully in the way that makes you think “now why...
(Almost) Wood-Fired Pizza In Your Kitchen!

(Almost) Wood-Fired Pizza In Your Kitchen!

There are couple of barriers to achieving a wood-fired pizza at home. The two big ones are getting a suitable facsimile of a pizza oven, and getting a decent dough in the right shape at the right place at the right time. I’m happy to say that I’ve worked out a few methods that I...
Gingerbread Block: sneak peek

Gingerbread Block: sneak peek

Whew! Last night we just unveiled the complete gingerbread block! (You can go see it yourself at 61 Local.) There will be many more pictures to come soon, but I couldn’t wait to post a few shots of the completed project. My friend Patrick from Uncommon Caribbean stopped by at the opening last night and...
Gingerbread block workday #1

Gingerbread block workday #1

This Sunday we officially kicked off the construction of the gingerbread block. We managed to get the walls for the first building in the block cut and sculpted. The lovely Jessika Creedon stopped by to help, and she also took some pictures. So here’s a little eye candy for those of you who are eager...
Block Printed Beer Labels

Block Printed Beer Labels

Block Printed Beer Labels I don’t want you to get the wrong impression– I’m definitely not a master at either homebrewing or printmaking. But, I am pretty darn good at figuring out how to make food and beverages look nice. And after relegating my homebrews to plain brown bottles, (yawn) I decided it was time...
Spiced Sweet Potato Blancmange

Spiced Sweet Potato Blancmange

  Blancmange is kind of a curious recipe to pick for a holiday dessert– but hear me out. After a heavy meal, not everyone wants to shovel down a rich dessert packed with eggs and cream. Blancmange, a cooked custard-like dessert traditionally made with spiced almond milk, seemed like the perfect candidate to get a...
Flowchart of Food Pigments

Flowchart of Food Pigments

Remember that time when I spent seven weeks obsessing over the colors of food? Well, this Wednesday (March 7th) I’m teaching a class all about pigments in food. If you’re in New York you can come!  You can sign up at my class listing through skillshare. I will make you tea, talk animatedly about pretty...
Gingerbread House Basics

Gingerbread House Basics

Admittedly my gingerbread house is a bit… involved. (I think it was around four evenings to make everything and put it together). But apart from the garlands (made of thyme and pink peppercorns) I used just three base recipes: gingerbread, royal icing and poured sugar. Gingerbread and royal icing are inescapable,  the poured sugar is...
Build a Gingerbread Brownstone

Build a Gingerbread Brownstone

I can’t write this post without first making a confession: I have been through both architecture school and pastry school. For a long time I tried to avoid the obvious gingerbread-construction shaped overlap in my fields of study. (I was, I think,  afraid of being pigeon-holed into the crafty side of pastry). Sometimes, the shoe...