Recipes, Snacks & Condiments

Green Eggs, No Ham

Avocado Deviled Eggs 2

Quite possibly my favorite part of doing a Whole30 is the mandatory encouraged consumption of avocados. Smashed up into guacamole, chopped up in a salad or scooped right from the shell, I’ll take them any way I can get them. Lately my go to breakfast has become scrambled or soft-boiled eggs, a piece of fruit and depending on what kind of day it is, a quarter or half sliced avocado. There have been days where avocado has appeared in all three meals–sliced for breakfast, guacamole on carnitas for lunch and diced in a salsa for dinner. Excessive, maybe, but I don’t ever regret it.

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Main Dishes, Pasta & Risottos, Recipes, Vegetarian

Meatless Mondays: Coconut Fried Rice

Coconut Fried Rice

Fried rice used to be an old standby for us. Have a lot of veggies? Chop it up and saute with a bit of egg and soy sauce. Add some chicken or beef if you’re out for more protein. And one of the best parts about dishes like fried rice is you can easily make double or triple the batch, enough for leftovers and lunches for the week ahead. But at some point the fried rice stopped. I’m not really sure why; I guess we just got tired of eating it. And sometimes (ok, most of the time), takeout was easier, despite the less healthy version.

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Jams & Jellies, Preserving, Recipes

Canning Project: Sticky Figgy Jam

Brooklyn Fig Tree

From the moment I realized a fig tree grows in Brooklyn, I’ve been dreaming of Brooklyn-grown figgy jam. I’ve stalked the greenmarkets, traveled to Williamsburg where I know the Brooklyn Kitchen often carries them and tried to forage for my own in trees around Brooklyn. All fruitless ventures. Last year, I thought I finally figured it out. We moved from a 6-story apartment building to a two family rowhouse. While the new apartment doesn’t give us backyard access, our landlord’s luscious garden has a pear tree and not one, but two fig trees. I finally had access to my very own figs. Then winter came.

I’m sure you’ve seen the news about the fig trees dying out all over Brooklyn. The winter was a bit harsh for these Mediterranean plants. Back in April and May when every other tree was sprouting it’s greens, fig trees around the borough remained bare. Luckily the rumors of them completely dying off aren’t true. Eventually the leaves started coming back and just a few weeks ago I saw some green fruit hanging off a few dozen recovering branches. But still a bit too late to harvest any ripe fruit this year.

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Beverages, Recipes, Uncategorized

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for EGG CREAM!

Vanilla Egg Cream

I had my first egg cream at 26. Don’t laugh. I didn’t actually even know what it was until probably a few months before that first sip. In fact, I actually thought it involved a real egg. Eww. I mean really, egg cream? How does that at all sound inviting? But one sip at the Lexington Candy Shop and I was in love. I’ve had dozens, maybe over a hundred, always seeking perfection. It was only a few weeks ago that I finally attempted to make my own.

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Recipes, Secret Recipe Club, Snacks & Condiments

Not So Perfect (But Delicious) Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs

One of my favorite things about being part of the Secret Recipe Club is getting to know new blogs. When I was assigned to The Egg Farm, I knew I found a new favorite blog. Mary is an amazing person. Over a decade ago she was diagnosed with a terminal illness that has since been upgraded to incurable and progressive. Yet, even still Mary knows how to enjoy life. Four years ago she bought a 5 acre farm in California and has been living there ever since.

With a blog called the egg farm, a lot of her recipes involve, of course, eggs! One of my favorite food groups. As always I had more ambitious plans. Mary’s Potatoes O’Brien and Eggs looks amazing and I’ve yet to attempt hash, like Mary’s Homemade Corned Beef Hash. Sadly, as with most best intentions, life gets in the way. The past few weeks have been a bit hectic and it doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon. All good things of course–vacation, family visits, weddings–but less time to spend trying new things in the kitchen. For quick and easy I was instantly drawn to Mary’s Perfect Deviled Eggs.

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