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Wave Your Five Fingers Goodbye!

…and hello!

I am temporarily/possibly permanently retiring this blog. I have not updated it in months, and it is not a mistake.

For the past two and a half months, I have gone and done something crazy for a chef, and become totally vegan. A lot of people in the food world don’t understand why or how, but it is working for me…REALLY working for me, right now.

So a lot of the recipes, discoveries, and things I have been the most excited about lately don’t really go with the theme of this here blog. SO…I started a new one 🙂

I am still working on the name, logistics, etc…but for now you can check it out at http://www.verdantkitchen.wordpress.com.

XOXO and thanks for bearing with me! I am really excited about this new chapter in my culinary life. Expect a lot of innovative new baking recipes, and adventures.

How Adorable is This Knife?

For cutting Hello Kitty shapes out of strawberries or chopping heads off tiny animals.

Seriously though, I have been on the market for a non-$5-Chinatown-knife (nothing against those…my kitchen is stocked with them). But I figured it was time to move on to the next level. Yesterday I saw a more serious cousin of the knife pictured above, a Shun Santoku, on sale at Macy’s…for $123.00. The pink one is only 20 bucks but doesn’t seem very practical for me…I am not really into coatings of any kind–be they resins, silicones, teflons, etc.

The best deal I’ve found yet is this 7″ Santoku knife on sale at Zabar’s for $36.00. Any thoughts?

Happy New Year

strawberry mousse cakes

snowflakes

metropolitan_fish

moon

Williamsburg Bridge New Year's Day 2009

View from Williamsburg Bridge New Year's Day 2009

Flavor Fiend

I have put Seitenbacher’s Vegetarian Vegetable Seasoning in everything I have made this week including:

  • orzo
  • soup
  • omelet
  • tuna sandwich
  • rice
  • salad
  • leftover take out

Vegetable Seasoning

HELP!!!

Juanes and Pretzel Nachos…who knew?

Either there is something seriously wrong with me or this random drunk recipe is totally amusing.

BREAKING NEWS: M.I.A. Says Soup is ‘Lovely.’ Cook/Fan Swoons.

I walked into Phoebe’s today (it’s 6:49am and I’ve been up all night baking, so what I mean is yesterday) and who is sitting there but my favorite girl-superhero Ms. Maya Arulpragasam…dressed in black and chatting with a Japanese journalist. Crazy!..she is one of my “any three people, living or dead” to come to dinner. And I had just bought tickets for her McCarren Pool show.

Though I’ve been a long time fan, I got a hold of her newest album waaaay after everyone else did (through my boyfriend) — around the same time I started staying up late late to bake bake. The impact her music had on my ability to do that was monumental. The hours flew by and my kitchen saw more booty-shakin’ action than a Sir Mixalot video.

When I finally worked up the nerve to go over and introduce myself, the first thing I noticed was that she was having my tortilla soup! And she said it was “lovely.” Did you get that?

Happy day.

*UPDATE* Who else is going to the M.I.A. McCarren Pool show on June 6th!? And more importantly, is there really going to be a slip ‘n’ slide??