Backyard Brunching

The Boy made a New Year’s resolution last year to host a “dinner party” once a month – basically that means we had to have people over and provide food. Preferably that we cooked. Normally, I was far too harried before these events to take a single photo, and then too busy hosting during them, but I did manage to capture a few pictures of a lovely outdoor brunch we hosted in service to this resolution and figured I’d share with you all.

Brunch Table

A friend and attendee (bless her), offered to do the table, which was our dining room table dragged outside under a tree. She put together a gorgeous blue palate, which I’m sorry I didn’t capture before we’d scattered glasses all over it. Oh well. Continue reading


Eating In: Cheesy Cornmeal Pancakes & A “Crumble”

Sometimes, on a weekend (and I’m sure you all can relate), I am inspired to make fancy breakfast. Some might even call it brunch.  However, rarely am I moved to plan ahead for these occasions and even more rarely do I want to do any actual grocery shopping when the mood for fancy breakfast/brunch arises. So, I make do with what we have, which on one particular morning led me here – to Cheesy Cornmeal Pancakes inspired by a recipe from the blog Shutterbean by Tracy Benjamin, and a very improvised thing we’re calling a Balsamic Fruit “Crumble.”

Cornmeal Pancakes and Fruit "Crumble"

This is an adaptation of Tracy’s pancakes, as I did not have many of the things that were supposed to go in the originals, called Cheddar Chive Cornmeal Pancakes. Most importantly, I did not have cheddar or chives. So Cheesy Cornmeal Pancakes it was, made with the Mexican cheese blend that happened to be sitting in my fridge. I know a recipe is good when I can improvise with it, as cooking improvisation is generally not where my skills lie. Continue reading

Eating In: Bagel Bombs

Most of the time when I cook, it’s for a reason. We need dinner or people are coming over or I’m trying to prep some sort of lunch situation for the week ahead. Every so often, however, I get the perfect storm of time + a tempting recipe and cook something just ’cause. And let’s be honest, when something is called Bagel Bombs, it’s happening.

Bagel Bombs

Bagel Bombs, courtesy of the incredible Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar (and brought to my particular attention by the Amateur Gourmet), are exactly what they sound like – little round bagel-esque creatures that explode with cream cheese when you bite into them. I mean, come on. Continue reading