Archive for April, 2011

Pickled Pub Eggs Revisited

This evening couldn’t get more perfect. The spring weather has finally hit here in New York, and the windows are all open. Besides the kitchen being a little hot and sticky, the rest of the apartment feels fresh and crisp with spring air. I’m writing this post as I stand in the kitchen (sweating), stirring my pot of caramelized red onion relish, while listening to Nouvelle Vague, and loving every minute of it. Almost ready for filling jars, and then into the hot water bath they go for processing. But the best part? The pickled eggs I made a little over a week ago are ready for munching, which I am also indulging in. They came out fantastic! Better than I ever imagined. They bring me back to many a dinner last summer at Northern Spy Food Co., chowing down on some season friendly eats and drinking summery suds. So if you’ve still got some leftover Easter eggs, what are you waiting for? And watch for the onion relish, soon to post sometime this weekend.

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Urban Herb Gardening in Small Spaces

One of the downsides to living in an urban area is the lack of outdoor space. If you are one of the few urbanites out there to have a little green space, well, you already know how lucky you are. Unfortunately, I am not one of those lucky people, and only have my tiny fire escape and roof for outdoor living. Impossible to plant some green, though? Never.

Container gardening is a great solution for all you urban dwellers, and non urban dwellers alike, as it is an easy way to put your green thumbs to work.

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The Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking Book Giveaway!

I first discovered The Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking blog about a year ago when I was looking for some good homesteading literature to read up on. When I came across Kate Payne’s blog I was instantly crushing. The prefect mix of DIY, design, and yummy foods. What more could a boy ask for?

Fast forward a year later and now she’s got herself a book, appropriately titled, The Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking. When I received my copy of the book last Friday I began anxiously flipping through the pages and fell instantly in love. The book is split up into three sections: A guide to building a “homey” house, DIY home projects, and cooking in the home (including a fantastic chapter on canning and preserving). It’s now Tuesday, and I’ve just about read the book from cover to cover. It’s fabulously written, and almost makes you feel as if you are kicking back over a cup of coffee with Kate Payne herself.

The best part is, the wonderful people at Harper Collins have generously given me a copy of the book to do a giveaway. That’s right, you too can own a copy of The Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking, and learn to be just as awesome as Kate.

The rules are simple. Just share your favorite household tip in the comments below for a chance to win. All comments must be entered before Sunday, April 30th 12:00am EST. Good luck, and I look forward to hearing all your hip tips!

Italian Polenta and Eggs

Polenta and eggs are quickly becoming one of my favorite breakfast staples. Growing up, I never ate polenta–we were more a milk and cereal sort of family. It wasn’t until I first moved to New York and lived with a southern girl who ate grits for breakfast almost everyday that I first tried them. Now, I’m not a huge fan of grits because I find them a bit too soupy (plus they just sort of remind me of bad summer camp breakfasts). But cooked a little longer and with some cheese they’re fabulously delicious. Top them with a poached egg, and you’ve got yourself breakfast perfection!

If you aren’t sick of eggs yet, then give this recipe a shot. It’s absolutely fantastic.

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Pickled Pub Eggs

Pickled food is one of the many pleasures in life. I love it. Simply put, if it’s pickled, I’ll try it. And if you think you’re not a fan of pickled foods, you may want to think about that again. Not everything pickled needs to be a cucumber. A few weeks ago I pickled asparagus. And today we’re crossing the pickling boundary even further, beyond fruits or vegetables. That’s right, kids, we’re making pickled eggs—perfect for egg week. And boy are they yummy.  This is a great recipe for all those leftover Easter eggs. Continue reading ‘Pickled Pub Eggs’

Easter Eggs!

This is a long one, so you may want to grab a cup of coffee and a piece of Easter candy (there’s no shame if you’ve got some hiding in the kitchen) and sit tight for some delectable reading…

That being said, nothing gets me in the mood for Easter more than eating Easter candy. Well, nothing aside from coloring eggs. Coloring Easter eggs combine two of my favorite things—eggs and pastels. Not to mention the fact that it’s super fun and crafty. This year, though, I wanted to do something different than the crayon colored eggs I remember from my childhood. So I put the waxy sticks back into the closet and instead reached for my ink pad. That’s right, ink pad.

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Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

There is nothing worse than a bad hard boiled egg. You know the kind. Gray yolks, rubbery whites, and a shell that’s impossible to peel–yuck. But hard boiled eggs really aren’t all that difficult to make. In fact, they are quite simple. There are just a few tips you should follow for getting perfect hard boiled eggs every time. Check them out after the jump! Continue reading ‘Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs’


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