A Pinch About: Dutch Ovens

Stewed White Beans with Farro | apinchofthis.nyc

I was at the beach last weekend for a wedding, when the topic of Dutch ovens came up. My friend Laura, the bride, asked me what she should make in her new Le Creuset when we were at the afterparty. In that particular setting I didn’t quite have a list of recipes to rattle off to her, but right away I shouted, “Ricotta! Ya gotta make ricotta, it’s so easy….but uhhhh, remind me tomorrow,” and I went back to my prosecco split and totally not embarrassing Snapchat story.

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A Pinch of Summer: Tomato, Cucumber & Ricotta Crostini

Tomato, Cucumber & Ricotta Crostini | apinchofthis.nyc

I did that thing again where I just disappear from my blog because I lack focus and also go to the beach a lot. I guess we’ll all just have to accept that I’m a big ole flake at the end of summer. Continue reading

Maple Oat Bread

A Pinch of This | Maple Oat Bread

There are so many wonderful smells in the world. Fresh lilacs. Dried lavender. Warm laundry. New cars. Chicken roasting. Bacon frying. Brisk autumn air. These are all beautiful and evocative smells that make life so sweet. But bread baking? That might be my raison d’être. Or at least, that’s what I thought to myself two weekends in a row, each time I made maple oat bread. If I could have bread baking in my apartment at all times without even eating the bread, I would be content. It smells that good.

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Say “Birthday Cheese!”

all cheese from murray's cheese shop. meats from murray's cheese and brooklyn kitchen.

all cheese from murray’s cheese shop. meats from murray’s cheese and brooklyn kitchen.

Dang, it’s been a busy couple of weeks. As soon as everyone came out of hibernation, social schedules across the city exploded. So, I fell off the face of the internet and into the real world full of birthday parties, spring cleaning, and Mother’s Day. I’ve taken pictures of more humans than food lately and most of what has come out of my kitchen has been vegetable salads because, ya know, health, and summer is coming. (Hahaha, do you get it? Game of Thrones joke! Do you get it now? Ok, good.)

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Warm Bread Salad with Peas and Bacon

Warm Bread Salad with Peas and Bacon

What kind of food do you make when you want to appear virtuous and wholesome after a rather hedonistic start to the weekend? You make panzanella. “What is panzanella?” some of you may be asking. It’s bread salad. A salad…based around bread. Um, YOU’RE WELCOME, EVERYONE.

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