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The first snacks from last night’s tasting dinner at Luksus. View high resolution

The first snacks from last night’s tasting dinner at Luksus.

Vegan Tofu Scramble with Vegetables and Breakfast Sausage
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Vegan Tofu Scramble with Vegetables and Breakfast Sausage

I’m halfway through vegan January. Are you guys excited about more vegan recipes? Should I continue to do more vegan-focused recipes after this month? 

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Thanks for reading!! xo Bethany

Do you keep running to-do lists?  I have ones for karaoke, restaurants, NYC, books, wine, art & photography.  Any time I check something off a list, I feel a bit more productive.  My Things to Learn to Make list is growing slowly and I thought I’d cross one off tonight.  At my work I’m constantly asking the chefs how they’re cooking something, why they’re doing something a certain way etc. and it blows my mind that they can remember so many different techniques without constantly messing up like I do.  There are so many basics and classics I feel like I should know.. so I hope to explore some here.  It’s like classical music - ones you have the melody down, you can create all sorts of variations on the theme, right? 
Carbonara with Peas & Parsley1 lb Pasta (I used Bucatini)2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil1 small Onion, chopped1 clove Garlic, minced2/3 cup dry White Wine2 Eggs3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan Cheese (brands like BelGioioso have rennet/enzyme free versions)3/4 cup Peas, cooked 1/4 fresh Parsley, choppedSalt to tasteFresh Cracked PepperIn a sauce pan, heat up olive oil.  Add chopped onion and minced garlic.  Season with salt and saute until soft.  Add white wine and simmer until it thickens slightly.  Set aside.  In a bowl, whisk together egg and cheese.  Set aside. In a large pot, bring salted water to boil.  Add pasta and cook until al dente (about 7-9 minutes).  Reserve about 1/4 cup of pasta liquid and then drain pasta.  Add pasta to a clean bowl and toss with onion and garlic mixture.  While the pasta is still hot, add egg mixture slowly, stirring into the pasta constantly.  The heat from the pasta will cook the egg mixture.  Add in peas and parsley and toss together until incorporated. Salt to taste and add a generous amount of fresh cracked pepper.  Serve immediately with more grated cheese on top. I must admit this didn’t go as smoothly for me as I hoped.  When I’m researching a dish like this, I’ll usually read a bunch of different versions and then pull ideas for each one. I should have picked one and stuck with it!  I will need to give this another run in the future.  In the words of Aaliyah, if at first you don’t succeed, then dust yourself off and try again. 
I’m headed to WA next week (with Chris!) to see my family and meet my new nephew Killian.  After these last uhhh 5 months of crazy amounts of work (btw check out these INCREDIBLE pics that Seattle-based photographer shot for a wedding I planned last month), I’m excited to have a long break and regroup.  A redesign is coming soon as are hopefully more things.. Special shout out to Joan Y for your patience - sorry it’s taken so long for a new post! View high resolution

Do you keep running to-do lists?  I have ones for karaoke, restaurants, NYC, books, wine, art & photography.  Any time I check something off a list, I feel a bit more productive.  My Things to Learn to Make list is growing slowly and I thought I’d cross one off tonight.  At my work I’m constantly asking the chefs how they’re cooking something, why they’re doing something a certain way etc. and it blows my mind that they can remember so many different techniques without constantly messing up like I do.  There are so many basics and classics I feel like I should know.. so I hope to explore some here.  It’s like classical music - ones you have the melody down, you can create all sorts of variations on the theme, right? 

Carbonara with Peas & Parsley

1 lb Pasta (I used Bucatini)
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 small Onion, chopped
1 clove Garlic, minced
2/3 cup dry White Wine
2 Eggs
3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan Cheese (brands like BelGioioso have rennet/enzyme free versions)
3/4 cup Peas, cooked 
1/4 fresh Parsley, chopped
Salt to taste
Fresh Cracked Pepper

In a sauce pan, heat up olive oil.  Add chopped onion and minced garlic.  Season with salt and saute until soft.  Add white wine and simmer until it thickens slightly.  Set aside.  In a bowl, whisk together egg and cheese.  Set aside. In a large pot, bring salted water to boil.  Add pasta and cook until al dente (about 7-9 minutes).  Reserve about 1/4 cup of pasta liquid and then drain pasta.  Add pasta to a clean bowl and toss with onion and garlic mixture.  While the pasta is still hot, add egg mixture slowly, stirring into the pasta constantly.  The heat from the pasta will cook the egg mixture.  Add in peas and parsley and toss together until incorporated. Salt to taste and add a generous amount of fresh cracked pepper.  Serve immediately with more grated cheese on top. 

I must admit this didn’t go as smoothly for me as I hoped.  When I’m researching a dish like this, I’ll usually read a bunch of different versions and then pull ideas for each one. I should have picked one and stuck with it!  I will need to give this another run in the future.  In the words of Aaliyah, if at first you don’t succeed, then dust yourself off and try again. 

I’m headed to WA next week (with Chris!) to see my family and meet my new nephew Killian.  After these last uhhh 5 months of crazy amounts of work (btw check out these INCREDIBLE pics that Seattle-based photographer shot for a wedding I planned last month), I’m excited to have a long break and regroup.  A redesign is coming soon as are hopefully more things.. Special shout out to Joan Y for your patience - sorry it’s taken so long for a new post!

Roasted Cauliflower & Steamed Kale Salad1 small head of Cauliflower, broken into florets3 cups raw Kale, large stems removes, leaves chopped small2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive OilJuice from half of a LemonSalt & Pepper to taste Toasted Sesame Seeds (optional) 
Preheat oven to 350.  On a baking sheet, toss florets in olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes until cauliflower is soft and begins to brown (toss about halfway through to brown on different sides).  Fill a soup pot or large sauce pan with an inch or two of water and place over medium/high heat.  Place a vegetable steamer in the pot and add the kale.  Steam the kale until tender.  Remove cauliflower from oven and let cool until you can handle it.  Chop up cauliflower into very small pieces.  In a bowl, toss with steamed kale and season with salt and pepper.  Add to a serving bowl and squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Can be served warm or room temperature.  
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Roasted Cauliflower & Steamed Kale Salad

1 small head of Cauliflower, broken into florets
3 cups raw Kale, large stems removes, leaves chopped small
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Juice from half of a Lemon
Salt & Pepper to taste 
Toasted Sesame Seeds (optional) 

Preheat oven to 350.  On a baking sheet, toss florets in olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes until cauliflower is soft and begins to brown (toss about halfway through to brown on different sides).  Fill a soup pot or large sauce pan with an inch or two of water and place over medium/high heat.  Place a vegetable steamer in the pot and add the kale.  Steam the kale until tender.  Remove cauliflower from oven and let cool until you can handle it.  Chop up cauliflower into very small pieces.  In a bowl, toss with steamed kale and season with salt and pepper.  Add to a serving bowl and squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Can be served warm or room temperature.  


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I’ll be selling jars of my homemade “Nutella” at the Greenpointers Valentine’s Day Market next Saturday!  I’ll have Original, Bourbon and Spicy for $7 for a 4oz jar.  Come by and pick up something sweet for your sweetie (or for yourself)!

Greenpointers Valentine’s Day MarketSaturday, February 9th, 2013From The Source 69 West St., Greenpoint BrooklynNoon-6pm  View high resolution

I’ll be selling jars of my homemade “Nutella” at the Greenpointers Valentine’s Day Market next Saturday!  I’ll have Original, Bourbon and Spicy for $7 for a 4oz jar.  Come by and pick up something sweet for your sweetie (or for yourself)!

Greenpointers Valentine’s Day Market
Saturday, February 9th, 2013
From The Source 
69 West St., Greenpoint Brooklyn
Noon-6pm
 

Egg-In-A-Hole with Sauteed Kale, Sundried Tomatoes & Goat Cheese There are a few different name variations for “egg-in-a-hole” : Egg in a basket; Bird’s Nest; Frog in a Hole; Moon Eggs; Gas House Eggs.. the list goes on.  What did you call it growing up? 
1 slice good Bread1 Egg1/4 cup Sundried Tomatoes, chopped3 cups fresh Kale, stems removed, leaves choppedJuice from 1/2 Lemon2 Tbsp Crumbled Goat CheeseSalt & Pepper to taste1/2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil1 Tbsp Butter 
In a sautee pan, heat olive oil.  Add kale and toss.  Salt & pepper to taste.  As you continue to cook the kale on low/medium heat, melt butter in another sautee pan.  Cut a round circle in your slice of bread and add to the pan.  As it’s browning, crack an egg into the “hole” in the middle.  Salt & pepper to taste.  Add sundried tomatoes to the sauteed kale and toss.  After a minute or to (or whenever the egg starts to firm) gently flip the egg-in-a-hole to cook the other side.  The goal is not to break the yoke, so take your time.   Let the other side of the egg firm up a little before removing from heat.  Place on a plate, with the yolk side up.   Squeeze lemon juice onto kale & tomato mixture and make sure it’s seasoned to your liking with salt & pepper.  Spoon kale mixture onto the egg-in-a-hole and sprinkle with goat cheese.  Serve hot.  
I’m headed out to LA on Wednesday to visit some friends for a few days and though we have some plans already (Disneyland!!), I would love any advice on where to eat, drink and explore.  I haven’t been to that area since I was a kid, so I have zero idea of what to expect… perhaps I can recreate this 20 years later:

If you have advice, please send me a tumblr message or email theboredvegetarian@gmail.com.  View high resolution

Egg-In-A-Hole with Sauteed Kale, Sundried Tomatoes & Goat Cheese
 
There are a few different name variations for “egg-in-a-hole” : Egg in a basket; Bird’s Nest; Frog in a Hole; Moon Eggs; Gas House Eggs.. the list goes on.  What did you call it growing up? 

1 slice good Bread
1 Egg
1/4 cup Sundried Tomatoes, chopped
3 cups fresh Kale, stems removed, leaves chopped
Juice from 1/2 Lemon
2 Tbsp Crumbled Goat Cheese
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Butter 

In a sautee pan, heat olive oil.  Add kale and toss.  Salt & pepper to taste.  As you continue to cook the kale on low/medium heat, melt butter in another sautee pan.  Cut a round circle in your slice of bread and add to the pan.  As it’s browning, crack an egg into the “hole” in the middle.  Salt & pepper to taste.  Add sundried tomatoes to the sauteed kale and toss.  After a minute or to (or whenever the egg starts to firm) gently flip the egg-in-a-hole to cook the other side.  The goal is not to break the yoke, so take your time.   Let the other side of the egg firm up a little before removing from heat.  Place on a plate, with the yolk side up.   Squeeze lemon juice onto kale & tomato mixture and make sure it’s seasoned to your liking with salt & pepper.  Spoon kale mixture onto the egg-in-a-hole and sprinkle with goat cheese.  Serve hot.  

I’m headed out to LA on Wednesday to visit some friends for a few days and though we have some plans already (Disneyland!!), I would love any advice on where to eat, drink and explore.  I haven’t been to that area since I was a kid, so I have zero idea of what to expect… perhaps I can recreate this 20 years later:

If you have advice, please send me a tumblr message or email theboredvegetarian@gmail.com. 

Kimchi and Scrambled Eggs Sandwich2 Eggs2 Tbsp Whole Milk1/4 cup Vegan Kimchi (like Firefly or Sunja’s) (thanks kitormaybeplato )1 Tbsp Mayonnaise (optional)1/4 cup Arugula1 Roll, sliced (I used a deli roll, but brioche would be preferable…)1/2 Tbsp ButterSalt & Pepper  
Preheat oven to 350 and toast roll slightly.  Crack eggs into a small bowl and whisk until a pale yellow.  Add milk and whisk until incorporated.  While you’re doing this, melt butter in a saute pan on low/medium heat.  Once melted, add eggs to pan.  Allow to set slightly before stirring with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.  Continue to turn until eggs are cooked but not overdone.  Spread mayo onto each side of the rolls. Pile eggs on the bottom half of the roll, followed by the kimchi, arugula and top half of the roll.  Serve hot.
Hurricane Sandy was a bit gentler on the area of Greenpoint that I live in than other parts of the neighborhood.  I took a long walk along the waterfront this morning where thankfully things didn’t look too bad, though I’m sure there are businesses and apartments that are in worse shape nearby.  While standing at the end of India looking out towards Manhattan, staring at thousands of apartments without water or power and a car-less FDR, a stranger remarked that it was “sort of anti-climatic.” Wanted to slap him.  Sandy wreaked havoc on so many people and communities up and down the coast, I feel very fortunate that last night I was able to tell my worried family and friends that I was safe and going to sleep in a warm bed.  I’m still wrapping my head around the impact this has had/will have.  Hope you’re all safe too, you’re on my mind. xo View high resolution

Kimchi and Scrambled Eggs Sandwich

2 Eggs
2 Tbsp Whole Milk
1/4 cup Vegan Kimchi (like Firefly or Sunja’s) (thanks kitormaybeplato )
1 Tbsp Mayonnaise (optional)
1/4 cup Arugula
1 Roll, sliced (I used a deli roll, but brioche would be preferable…)
1/2 Tbsp Butter
Salt & Pepper  

Preheat oven to 350 and toast roll slightly.  Crack eggs into a small bowl and whisk until a pale yellow.  Add milk and whisk until incorporated.  While you’re doing this, melt butter in a saute pan on low/medium heat.  Once melted, add eggs to pan.  Allow to set slightly before stirring with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.  Continue to turn until eggs are cooked but not overdone.  Spread mayo onto each side of the rolls. Pile eggs on the bottom half of the roll, followed by the kimchi, arugula and top half of the roll.  Serve hot.

Hurricane Sandy was a bit gentler on the area of Greenpoint that I live in than other parts of the neighborhood.  I took a long walk along the waterfront this morning where thankfully things didn’t look too bad, though I’m sure there are businesses and apartments that are in worse shape nearby.  While standing at the end of India looking out towards Manhattan, staring at thousands of apartments without water or power and a car-less FDR, a stranger remarked that it was “sort of anti-climatic.” Wanted to slap him.  Sandy wreaked havoc on so many people and communities up and down the coast, I feel very fortunate that last night I was able to tell my worried family and friends that I was safe and going to sleep in a warm bed.  I’m still wrapping my head around the impact this has had/will have.  Hope you’re all safe too, you’re on my mind. xo

Lazy Sunday MigasMigas are traditionally made with pan-fried corn tortillas, but seeing as I’ve been running around all morning putting up Gala Gala Hey! fliers and have to work in a couple of hours, I opted for thin tortilla chips instead.   3 eggs1 handful Tortilla Chips1/2 small Purple Onion, chopped2 small Yellow Peppers, seeds removed, chopped1 Jalapeno Pepper, seeds removed, minced1/3 cup Monterey Jack, shredded 1 Tbsp Half & Half1/2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive OilFresh Cilantro, choppedSalt & Pepper to taste 
Add olive oil, onion and peppers to saute pan on low/medium heat.  Saute until soft.  In a bowl, whisk eggs and half and half together until incorporated.  Add to pan, season with salt and pepper and begin to scramble the eggs.  Break a handful of tortilla chips into the egg mixture and toss together.  Once eggs are close to being done, mix in cheese and cilantro.  Serve hot.
This morning I stopped in Transmitter Park in Greenpoint to catch the amazing view of Manhattan.  Tomorrow will be my 3rd anniversary of living in New York and it was great to have a few quiet minutes to think about how impactful my time here has been.  Without sounding like a big pile of mush, I feel really lucky to have experienced so much over the last few years - both good and bad - and running this blog has been an important part of that.  Thank you from the bottom of my sappy heart for reading!  
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Lazy Sunday Migas

Migas are traditionally made with pan-fried corn tortillas, but seeing as I’ve been running around all morning putting up Gala Gala Hey! fliers and have to work in a couple of hours, I opted for thin tortilla chips instead.   

3 eggs
1 handful Tortilla Chips
1/2 small Purple Onion, chopped
2 small Yellow Peppers, seeds removed, chopped
1 Jalapeno Pepper, seeds removed, minced
1/3 cup Monterey Jack, shredded
1 Tbsp Half & Half
1/2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fresh Cilantro, chopped
Salt & Pepper to taste 

Add olive oil, onion and peppers to saute pan on low/medium heat.  Saute until soft.  In a bowl, whisk eggs and half and half together until incorporated.  Add to pan, season with salt and pepper and begin to scramble the eggs.  Break a handful of tortilla chips into the egg mixture and toss together.  Once eggs are close to being done, mix in cheese and cilantro.  Serve hot.


This morning I stopped in Transmitter Park in Greenpoint to catch the amazing view of Manhattan.  Tomorrow will be my 3rd anniversary of living in New York and it was great to have a few quiet minutes to think about how impactful my time here has been.  Without sounding like a big pile of mush, I feel really lucky to have experienced so much over the last few years - both good and bad - and running this blog has been an important part of that.  Thank you from the bottom of my sappy heart for reading!  

I finally went to Calyer in Greenpoint tonight.  It was delicious and a perfect end to a busy week.  I’ll be dreaming of the parsnips tonight.
Butternut Squash Flanboy choy, rosemary honey, toasted almonds
Broccoli Rabe roasted baby potatoes, celery, spicy aioli, peanuts
Parsnipssmoked yogurt, savory granola, vanilla 

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I finally went to Calyer in Greenpoint tonight.  It was delicious and a perfect end to a busy week.  I’ll be dreaming of the parsnips tonight.

Butternut Squash Flan
boy choy, rosemary honey, toasted almonds

Broccoli Rabe 
roasted baby potatoes, celery, spicy aioli, peanuts

Parsnips
smoked yogurt, savory granola, vanilla 

*logo from Thimali Kodikara  

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