At Home: Matzo Brei and Chremslach

May 1, 2016

In our house, you know it’s Passover when we’re eating matzo brei and chremslach. They are quintessential Passover foods. So, even though matzo is available year round, Passover is the only time I make them.

Michael likes his brei savory with onions, red and green peppers, and lots of freshly ground black pepper.

At Home: Matzo Brei (Savory)

I like mine sweet with apples, cinnamon, and sugar.

At Home: Matzo Brei (Sweet)

Chremslach is the Yiddish word for what are essentially pancakes. The basic batter is just eggs and matzo meal. I add a bit of sugar and a dash of peanut oil.

At Home: Matzo Chremslach

Passover ends today. We’ll have matzo breis for brunch, and then “Good-bye!” to matzo brei and chremslach until next year.

Passover 2016

April 22, 2016

Passover 2016

Begins this evening and ends on Saturday, April 30th. A Zeisen Pesach!

At Home: Flowering Japanese Cherry Tree

April 19, 2016

At Home: Flowering Japanese Cherry Tree

Always the first real signal on our property that spring has arrived. Planted in 1970, it’s the lone survivor of our original landscaping.

A “Care Package” for Me from Our EMP and NoMad Family

April 17, 2016

In this previous post, I mentioned that I’d had periodontal surgery at the end of January. It was actually the first of two procedures. The second took place (as did the first) in NYC on Monday, April 4th, at which point, I was back on the same restricted diet.

In early March, we had impromptu drinks and food in EMP’s bar area after attending the C-CAP benefit honoring Chef Daniel Humm and chaired by Will Guidara. Though I wasn’t going to say anything, Michael insisted on telling Will and G.M. Billy Peelle that we wouldn’t be back to EMP for quite some time because of my upcoming surgery and the ensuing dietary restrictions. He had also mentioned it to the NoMad’s E.C. James Kent when we saw him at the fundraiser. They all made note of the date and said that they intended to send a “care package” of soft foods to our apartment.

The surgery went very well. We had originally planned to remain in the city a day or two longer.  But since I was feeling fine, we decided to go back to NJ that evening. Another reason for that decision was that the following day there was not going to be any water in our building for several hours because the rooftop water tank was being cleaned. This would have been a huge hindrance with regard to following the necessary post-surgery instructions.

Michael didn’t check his email until Tuesday morning. He discovered that Billy had sent him an email the previous evening asking how I was doing. He also asked how long we’d in the city because they wanted to send over the care package. I immediately emailed him that I very much appreciated his concern and that we were back in NJ. On Thursday, he emailed that they’d be sending the package to NJ the next day. I was a bit stunned. Sending it to our apartment was one thing as we are conveniently located a few blocks from EMP. But sending it out to our house?! Really?!

Sure enough, at 9:45 p.m. on Friday, our doorbell rang.  The special messenger said he was so late because he had run into traffic.  So typical in NJ.  But my care package was here!

"Care Package" for Me from EMP & NoMad

There was a card…

"Care Package" for Me from EMP & NoMad

And all of these jars:

"Care Package" for Me from EMP & NoMad

"Care Package" for Me from EMP & NoMad

"Care Package" for Me from EMP & NoMad

And at the bottom buried in ice packs were these containers:

"Care Package for Me from EMP & NoMad

I sent Billy this email:

“WOW! You all have really gone way beyond above and beyond!

Since the surgery, we’ve been starting all our lunches and dinners with puréed soup. And, as I mentioned in a previous email, I’ve been eating quite a bit of ice cream because my periodontist encourages its consumption as it helps to curtail swelling. Thus, the contents of the package couldn’t be more perfect!

It actually came at just the right moment. Since we’d had our main meal in the afternoon, we were just about to have a light supper. So, it was great to be able to begin with the always fantastic chicken velouté and end with scoops of the luscious ice creams and sorbet.

Please extend my sincerest thanks and deep appreciation to everyone at EMP and NoMad who had a hand in putting this package together.”

They truly are THE BEST!

"Care Package" for Me from EMP & NoMad

Dining Out: January – March 2016

April 10, 2016

The Modern Dining Room

New York City
The Clocktower – 2
La Chine
The NoMad
Eleven Madison Park

Blue Smoke
The Clocktower
The Modern Dining Room

Rocky Slims

New York City
Blue Smoke

2nd Ave. Deli
Turkish Kitchen

Late Supper:
The NoMad Bar

New Jersey

New York City
Indian Accent
Il Gattopardo
Le Coq Rico

Smorgas Chef
Gabriel Kreuther
Impero Caffè by Scott Conant

Late Supper:
Eleven Madison Park Bar
Salvation Burger
Natsumi Tapas

C-CAP Benefit

New Jersey
Surf BBQ

McDonagh’s Pub

Purim 2016: Dinner for Two at Home

March 24, 2016

Purim dinner last night for Michael and me.

Started with Vegetarian Chopped Liver.

At Home: Purim 2016

I make Holiptches* (Stuffed Cabbage) once each winter.  It’s been the Purim dinner main course the past few years, so it’s become a tradition. Yes, it’s now spring, but Purim is very late this year.

At Home: Purim 2016

Dessert was Friendly’s Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Michael likes his ice cream straight.

At Home: Purim 2016

I prefer mine gussied up, so I crumbled an Oreo and poured on some heated Fox’s U-Bet Chocolate Syrup.

At Home: Purim 2016

And, of course, as usual I baked Prune and Apricot Hamantaschen.

At Home: Purim 2016

Happy Purim!

*You can find the Holiptches recipe on my blog here.


March 21, 2016

The vernal equinox arrived in our parts yesterday. Evidently, winter didn’t get the message since this morning, we awoke to this!

At Home: Spring!

That was round 8 a.m. Fortunately, it was just a coating which did not include the roads and driveways. About two hours later, with the sun out and temperatures beginning to rise to around 50 degrees….

At Home: Spring!

There’s a warming trend for the rest of this week into the 60’s. Digits crossed that this will be the last we’ll see of snow. However, in the past, there have been major snowstorms in March, so you never can tell.

First Sign of Spring in Our Backyard

March 15, 2016

At Home:  First Sign of Spring in Our Backyard

At Home: Crustless Quiche

February 15, 2016

After having periodontal surgery a couple of weeks ago, I was faced with certain dietary restrictions. As I mulled over what things I could prepare that would meet the restrictions, the idea of making a quiche popped up. I think it occurred to me because a week before the surgery when Michael and I had lunch at Upland, one of our favorite NYC spots, we’d had an excellent Quiche Lorraine. (Yes, real men do eat quiche!) I’ve made quiches before though the last time was ages ago. So, a good idea, but…. Since a major no-no on the post-op diet was anything crunchy, anything with a crust was out. Well, I thought, why not make a quiche sans crust? And so I did! In a word: Delicious!

At Home: Onion Bacon Crustless Quiche

At Home: Onion & Bacon Crustless Quiche

Here’s the recipe:

1 small onion
2 strips of bacon
3 eggs
½ cup heavy cream
1 cup grated Gruyère
½ cup grated Parmesan Reggiano
Freshly ground black pepper

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8” pie plate.

Slice the onion. Sauté in butter. Fry the bacon (I didn’t make it crispy but you can) and cut the strips into very small pieces.

Whisk together the eggs, heavy cream, and cheeses. Add the onions, bacon, a bit of salt, and several grindings of pepper. Mix well. Pour into prepared pie plate. Bake for about 25 minutes.

I Hate Winter!!

February 14, 2016

7:42 a.m.

Winter 2016

Winter 2016


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