breakfast triathlon

Each year for the past 3 years, my guy Tony has participated in the NYC Triathlon. And each year, I go to watch. Being a triathlon spectator is a lot of fun, but it includes long stretches of time when the object of your spectating is out of sight. During this stretch of time, I have begun my own tradition of going out for a nice big diner breakfast. This year, I was joined by Julia for the second year in a row, in what we have come to consider our "Breakfast Triathlon" (this year at EJ's Luncheonette on Amsterdam & 81st).

I give you the Lumberjack Breakfast: pancakes, bacon and sausage, eggs, and home fries (I guess that's more than 3 items, but whatever).

I've eaten a lot of diner breakfasts in my life, but I'd have to rank this as one of the very best. Every single thing on the plate was cooked perfectly.

And before you start thinking that I'm cruel for waving this decadent meal under the nose of someone who missed it because he was out completing a grueling athletic endeavor, I will say in my defense that I did buy him a beer and giant cheeseburger with fries afterward, at what has become our favorite post-race Irish bar (P.D. O'Hurley's on 72nd & Amsterdam).

Of course, I also treated myself to kind of a ridiculous "snack" as well... a plate of "disco fries" (fries with mozzarella cheese melted on top, and a side of gravy).

When I requested it (this not being a standard menu item, but one that any respectable Irish bar has the ingredients for), the bartender gave me a look of bemused disgust, the likes of which I've never gotten. If only he knew what I'd eaten a few short hours earlier... but this triathlon spectating is hard work!

This post is in honor of Tony: awesome and dedicated triathlete. 
Well done, you :-)


quesos flameados

This is one of my favorite dishes at one of my new favorite Mexican restaurants in NYC called Crema. It's this amazing little skillet of melted cheese, with delicious things hiding underneath (chorizo, chicken, etc), served with a bundle of small, warm tortillas and guacamole. I've sampled a bunch of different dishes at Crema, and everything has been top-notch. Wonderful flavors, and gorgeous presentation as well.

111 W 17th St. (between 6th & 7th Aves)


fudge marble cookies

These are awesome... light, cakey, and delicious!


sage & walnut pasta

Dinner #2 from my stash of herbs from Bob's garden: sage & walnut pasta, with a white wine & brown butter sauce.

On medium heat, I reduced some white wine until it was nearly evaporated, then added about 2 TBSP butter (then turned heat to low). When the butter melted, I added some chopped walnuts and a minced garlic clove. After a couple minutes, I added some sage (cut into thin strips). When it "looked done," I tossed the pasta in to coat. Served with some shaved parmesan.



The inspiration behind tonight's dinner was the big bag of fresh herbs that greeted me this morning on my desk at work (thanks, Bob!)

The bounty, fresh from Bob's garden, included basil, sage, rosemary, and marjoram.
I used some of the basil for my caprese salad. Then used the rest to make a basil simple syrup (1-1/2 cups water + 3/4 cup sugar + a big bunch of basil, brought to a boil and simmered for a few minutes). It makes a fantastic addition to lemonade or summer cocktails (see my 6/30 mint lemonade post).

Don't you worry, sage, rosemary & marjoram... 
I'll be back for you, my pretties.


summer salads

A cold meal for a hot summer night.

Fruit salad: nectarines, plums, apricots, pear & raspberries. Dressed with the juice of an orange with a little honey mixed in, and chopped fresh mint leaves.

Pasta salad: cold pasta, shrimp (cooked and cooled), baby spinach, thinly-sliced yellow squash & kalamata olives. Dressed with some olive oil mixed with fresh lemon juice, and seasoned with salt, pepper & lemon zest.

(Both recipes from Everyday Food magazine.)