Friday, February 26, 2010


So, we had just enough things in the house to have a Big Breakfast. My favorite! Dinner, however, was the problem. The power was out in Boiceville, so the market was closed. Our only hope was the convenient store in Phoenicia. It's a dusty, trashy little place that had little more than a gas station mini mart. We were determined to avoid all the prefab packaged food. So, we ended up with Boar's Head Bacon, Kraft 100% Real Grated Parmesan, an Onion and Luigi Vitelli Semolina Pasta to make a poor man's version of Spaghetti Carbonara. Keeps meat on our bones for this long Winter.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


In Swedish Pyttipanna means Small Pieces in a Pan. It's leftover Meat, Potato and Onion cut up into cubes, fried into a hash and served with a fried egg or raw yolk on top. It's super common food in Sweden, but I've even had a 5 star version of it called Biff Rydberg at Teater Grillen in Stockholm. Uptown. Downtown. Good is good.

Monday, February 15, 2010


When I lived in Seattle my friend Joel Metzger made Homemade Popcorn one night when we were going to watch a dvd. I never knew you could make it with just some oil and a pot. It was the best Popcorn I'd ever had and I've made it this way ever since. I use enough Canola Oil to just cover the bottom of the pot. I place one kernel in, turn the flame to high and as soon as the kernel pops it's ready to add the rest. I pour in an equal amount of kernels as I did oil and put the lid on. I shake the contents while keeping the pot on the burner until the popping stops. Add Sea Salt to taste. I think Canola Oil and Sea Salt add enough flavor, but for extra decadence you can pour on some melted Butter. Bam!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Blizzard 2010! It usually takes 2 hours to get from NYC to our house Upstate. In a snow storm it takes twice as long. We didn't eat before we left, so by the time we got half way we were starving. There isn't much to choose from, but Uno Chicago Grill is near Woodbury Commons and it's a better choice than T.G.I. Fridays. Due to the storm we were the only one's in the restaurant which was kinda weird and kinda fun. We got all you can eat soup with our lunch special. Fredrik had like 3 bowls and 5 bags of Oyster Crackers. Just in case we got stranded and weren't rescued for a week.

Sunday, February 7, 2010


So, tonight we all trotted over the hills and through the woods to Bill Hovard's beautiful home in South Kortright, NY. Bill prepared a delicious Mediterranean inspired menu of Roast Chickens, Spinach Pie, Sauteed Whole Red Potatoes, Roast Garlic and Baked Fennel. Before dinner we nibbled on Jalapeno and Lime Glazed Salmon, Olives and Salami courtesy of Michael and his Bill. After dinner we enjoyed a spread of the finest French Cheeses brought by Bill's fine French friend Alexis Gamblin. Michael and Bill's friends and neighbors Michel Dionne and Tim LaFontaine brought a homemade, beautifully decadent chocolate cake. Fredrik and I brought Wesley and Adam who entertained us all night with their love/hate shenanigans. Ha! We spent the night and said our goodbyes over coffee and last minute stories of ventures in real estate and trips to India. It was like the shortest, most fabulous vacation ever.