green bean salad with peaches and balsamic bitters vinaigrette

green bean salad with peaches and balsamic bitters vinaigrette // brooklyn supperWe’re sitting down to dinner late again. The girls are genuinely hungry, not to mention exhausted after staying up late the night before for fireworks. Brian’s made flatbread pizzas. Thirty minutes ago, I told him I’d be done taking pictures in 10 minutes, so they’re getting cold. Our littlest, still only three, grows restless and jostles my precarious photo setup just as storm clouds rolling in from the west swallow the evening light faster than usual. In these moments, I’m not at my best. Making a living as a blogger means blending real life with work life. Right now, trying to get the shot – holding my breath as the camera shutter opens and closes, begging my three year-old not to touch anything, fretting about a cold dinner – I need my real life to pause. But life with kids (or even without, really), doesn’t work that way.
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wide lattice peach pie with tarragon butter

wide lattice peach pie with tarragon butter // brooklyn supperOur family started the holiday weekend with pancakes and a walk along the river. Last night, we went to a cookout. Today, July 4th itself, projects to be gloomy, so we’ll enjoy the sun breaks, get some charcoal, and do our best to grill up a feast. This time of year, dinner mostly serves as a way to get to dessert – I live for seasonal fruit and delight in all the delicious summer possibilities.  [Read more…]

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (beginning of july)

weekly summer produce guide to what’s in season right now based on the contents of our CSA share, with CSA and farmer’s market recipes and inspiration.

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (beginning of july) // brooklyn supperI’m currently running about a week behind on everything. Editors aren’t happy, the children aren’t happy, and I’m definitely not happy. But you didn’t come here to hear about my problems. You’ve got illegal fireworks to buy, beers to put on ice, and a stars and stripes salads to make. So let’s get into some great local produce and then peace out for a much-needed weekend of relaxing, grilling, drinking, and sitting in lawn chairs. [Read more…]

blueberry swirl sour cream ice cream

blueberry swirl sour cream ice cream // brooklyn supper

My first job in New York was in Washington Heights, almost at the top of Manhattan and about an hour by train from my place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. That long commute made for a tough morning routine. No time to brew a pot and check the news before I hopped on the subway. So had to settle for a burnt cup of “coffee” from a food cart, a habit that I reluctantly continued later when I worked in the Flatiron District. Then, one day, right there on 6th and 22nd, the Van Leeuwen ice cream truck appeared. My immediate concern wasn’t ice cream, it was coffee, which they also sold and it was good! Not burnt, freshly brewed espresso with quality cream. I was in love.

On weekends, Brian and I would head to the Van Leeuwen ice cream shop in Greenpoint with the kids. Their ice cream is indisputably amazing. [Read more…]

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (late june)

weekly summer produce guide to what’s in season right now based on the contents of our CSA share, with CSA and farmer’s market recipes and inspiration.

summer produce guide: what to eat right now (late june) // brooklyn supper

There’s summer produce and there’s SUMMER PRODUCE! and with the arrival of summer squash, green beans, and cucumbers at this week’s CSA pick-up, we are fully in SUMMER PRODUCE! territory, where we will remain until some time in early September when we start taking tomatoes for granted and dreaming of pumpkins. In addition to the exciting newcomers, cabbage and beets came in our share this week, as well as some more spring onions, potatoes and carrots. And leafy greens are still holing on – we’ve been eating out way through the collards and kale from our garden to clear some space for our tomatoes, peppers, and watermelon to thrive. It all amounts to a true bounty. Five weeks in, and we have all the ingredients we need to make awesome summer meals. [Read more…]

red wine sprizters + seven years of brooklyn supper

red wine sprizters // brooklyn supperred wine sprizters // brooklyn supper

I used to teach drawing at a small Staten Island college. Like all drawing teachers, I knew the funny truth that if you ask the class to make the best possible drawings followed by the worst possible ones, the so-called worst drawings will be superior every time. The lesson, which I’ve somehow failed to take to heart, is that our creative minds don’t respond well to pressure. The idea that we need to make something good opens the door for our analytic minds to jump in and make really terrible decisions.

Brooklyn Supper is now seven years old. Sitting down to write this post, I thought “let me sum up what writing this blog for seven years has meant. Let me tell everyone how it’s all culminated in this really great year. Let me write something brilliant and moving.” But like my students trying to make the best-ever drawing, my urge to make this the best possible marker of a milestone was turning it into a terrible one.

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