Archive for December, 2011

Turkmen Tacos {Beet Tacos with Arugula and Crunchy Tofu}

December 29, 2011

If greens are the new black then tacos are the new cupcakes. You remember. That seminal “Sex and the City” episode with Magnolia Bakery was an auspicious moment in cupcake history. Spawning ultra-expensive designer cupcake stores culminating in Babycakes – which in itself is a vortex of food trends (Cupcakes! Vegan! Gluten-free! Indie film stars!) I remember the lines snaking around the block at 10…PM on Fridays – who knew cupcakes would ever be a legitimate stop on a weekend night crawl? I was a participant. A lemming paying $3 for a sugar high. And I look back with the same swell of pride I get when I remember my hair in the 80s.  Food trends can be absurd.

And now, riding side saddle to the food truck mania are “modern” tacos. Japanese tacos. Adobo tacos. Spaghetti tacos. Beer battered avocado tacos. Jackfruit tacos. I could go on.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Eggnog Pie {Nuff Said}

December 20, 2011


You need no more words.

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Celery Root Soup {Antidote for Alleged Chinese Curses}

December 8, 2011

“May you live in interesting times.” So goes the [allegedly] Chinese curse. This adage leaves me constantly vacillating between clarity and skepticism. Is it really a curse? Is it truly better to live a life of measured mellowness? Or will I expire from boredom? I feel like ever since I tore out a map of Manhattan from my dad’s National Geographic way back in high school 8000 miles away, promising myself I would make a beeline for it as soon as I can – I’ve sought out “interesting times.” True, it should not be quite so literal but …
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