Post Birthday Detox – Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Tomatoes

What is life without celebrations?  Not a very fun one!  I’m an advocate of adding bows and kittens to everything and anything whenever possible.  While neither bows nor kittens (regrettably) made it to this occasion, a very manly birthday week for Preston finally concluded with #IAmAMan events as follows:

  • Bacon breakfast (aka Classic Pesek Family Brunch) + Mom Pesek’s banana bread
  • Eat like a boss at Red Hook’s Hometown BBQ. This shiz is for realz, they do not mess around with their meat. Get their brisket sandwich, cry a little because it’s so good, proceed to order everything else on their menu to go. DON’T FORGET YOUR SAUCE. I freaked out so much I didn’t even take photos
  • Win IKEA, like a boss. We passed the ultimate couples test and survived our maiden couple voyage to Red Hook IKEA. Our marriage is going to work.
  • Haul reclaimed pine joist from Big Reuse NYC (into BBQ scented ZipCar). Currently being worked (hazardously) on our window ledge / stoop. #YOLO
  • Have minds blown by Tree of Codes with Jamie xx at the Park Avenue Armory. Just because #IAmAMan doesn’t mean modern dance can’t be in the mix, gender is so passé.
  • Eat carrot cake (from Amy’s Bread) & be merry!

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Roasted Peach Ice Cream with Honey & Balsamic Vinegar

That’s it folks, there is no doubt that fall is in the air.  We finally had our first sub-60ºF day yesterday and first harvest apples made their appearance in the market, son of a peach!  The truth is, September / October in New York is actually the best time of year, the air is crisp, everyone’s refreshed from the summer break, and it’s also my husband Preston’s birthday!!!!! 

I for one am not ready to embrace fall harvest just yet even though Preston’s favorite treats are pumpkin punkin and pumpkin… while summer needs to wait for its churn again (how many ice cream and peach puns can I work in a post?!!), I think it needs a last hurrah.  Sunshine and warmth may not be captured in a bottle but peaches are miraculously still in the market, and it can definitely be made into ice cream.

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Yurtin’ for Certain

I can’t believe summer is finally over, what an incredible few months it’s been. We started this season strong with our epic trip to Asia which signified 1. Preston’s first visit to Hong Kong, my birthplace and 2. my first proper visit to Japan, a place I’ve wanted to visit for years. Feeling creatively rejuvenated after after our trip Asia, I finally got motivated to sell everything in my storage unit.  For 2 long years, I was just not ready to let the unit go because that furniture in it represented a significant time of independence but that “stuff” was doing nothing to help us create a home together.  We had to de-clutter our lives and move onward and upward!

To end the summer strong and celebrate “Mission Storage Evacuation”, we spent last weekend yurtin’ / glampin’ on Loomis Hill overlooking 9 mile swamp in Waterville, NY. A farming town 2 hours west of Albany, corn fields, hay bales, and wild goldenrods flowers abound. And since I planned the trip, no backpacking was involved, there were no tears, definitely a bathroom, and … with a charcoal grill at our disposal also meant BBQ’ing like a BOSS! Continue reading


My Blue Apron Experiment

I admit it, I derive a good amount of pride whenever I go to the farmers market or grocery store, see what’s in season, get inspired, and whip up something delicious. Not all experiments are winners, but whenever I strike culinary gold, the feeling (and compliments I make my husband shower me with) is pretty great. So when my friends started raving about this “meal-kit” delivery service called Blue Apron, I didn’t give it much thought until this Groupon for Blue Apron showed up – that made it pretty compelling to at least give it a shot.

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Are you fig-ing out yet?!?!

Homemade Fig Ice Cream

Good news everyone, it’s still August.  Even better news, black mission figs will be in season until late fall, yahoo!  Let’s extend our summer and transform this fruit into some fig-ing delicious ice cream. FIG-ING AMAZING (I had to use that pun, obviously).

We love our fro-yo but… dammit, ice cream is just SO GOOD.  This no egg-tempering recipe from Saveur is a quicker and easier alternative to the traditional French ice-cream. While still delicious, this time-saver recipe is less creamy, a tad icy, but probably better for your cholesterol levels.

Fig Ice Cream

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