Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
You know how sometimes things are so good that you can't stop eating them, and after a while you wish you had never made them because they just keep calling your name...and even if you made them to give away or take to your future mom-in-law's house for Thanksgiving you just sit there and keep eating them? That's what these cookies are to me. The night I made them I ate 5 of them. The next day two more, and about 10 more over the course of Thanksgiving.


  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (or more, if you're me)


  1. Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil, and egg. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt. Dissolve the baking soda with the milk and stir in. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well.
  2. Add vanilla, chocolate chips and nuts.
  3. Drop by spoonful on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for approximately 10 minutes or until lightly brown and firm.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Airplane FoodWhen Al and I went to LA last weekend for Jon and Corrinne's wedding we flew on Virgin America. It was a pretty great flying experience. Personal tv. Nice seats. You can buy your food from your seat and all that good stuff. I am normally opposed to buying airline food...okay, I'm always opposed to it. You want me to pay how much for something you should be giving me? No thanks. I will buy my food in the airport.
On the way home we got the row of seats with the broken tvs. I'm surprised that Al's little heart didn't break, but he kept it together and got us some free food out of it. Good man.
For airline food it was pretty delicious. Of course you can bribe me with a toblerone bar and I'll say just about anything. Al fell asleep after we ate. I stole his toblerone. Should have been quicker man.
Behold this beautiful sandwich. It was delicious. The best thing is that any deli you go to around here is pretty much guarenteed to be good. I didn't feel like I had enough good sandwiches in my life in CA, but here they are everywhere. I don't think I've had a bad sandwich.
We got this at the bodega around the corner, on Lafayette. Not the one close to the laundry mat, because that place sucks. I've never had a sandwich there, but they did neglect to give me my change one day when I bought a soda there. When I asked for it, the guy behind the counter didn't speak english, but I'm pretty sure that "give me my damn change" is universal.

What I really want to do here in NY is eat the bad for me sandwiches. I mean, if you are into the whole carb thing, all sandwiches are bad for you, but I believe in the healthy sandwich...and yet I find myself pulled toward the rubens and the pastramis of the sandwich world.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Gone are the days when I had countless hours to explore all of my favorite food blogs, read the posts, marvel at the beauty of their culinary creation. Now I just skim. Most days I just hit up TasteSpotting for a few quick seconds of lovely looking food. Remember when I cooked? Remember when I blogged? Remember when I read the blogs of others? Oh, the good old days.
Granny Cart
When I frist moved to NY, I didn't know what a granny cart was, nor did I know how badly I would need one. I feel like it would be impossible to live here without one of these bad-boys. I couldn't get all my laundry to the mat at once, I couldn't get my superfluous food purchases back home...basically I would be lost.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Welcome to my kitchen.
Al took a surprise picture of me cooking. There it is in all its glory.
I know. Impressive.
Today we went to the Fairway Market in Redhook. Even though getting there required a subway and a bus ride, it was totally worth it. It's pretty much the best grocery store ever. The prices are great, and they have everything. I would do all my shopping there, but I'm not sure how I would maneuver my granny cart on the bus. If Al wasn't there and we didn't have to get home for the start of the Pats/Colts game, I think I could have stayed there all day.
One of the best parts is that it is right on the water, and right across the water is the Statue of Liberty. It's the closest I have ever been to the lady, and it was a pretty great view. I don't have a strong desire to actually go out to see her up close, or climb stairs, cause really I already climb enough stairs, so I'm good.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Food Blogs
I like to think that some food blogs are there for the fun reading, and some are there for the pictures...the amazing pictures and recipes that make me drool on my keyboard.
I stumbled upon a new one today: Use Real Butter.