Joule Has Arrived / Kabocha Creme Brulee Test

Testing Kabocha Squash Creme Brulee with ChefSteps Joule

We’ve been waiting on Joule to arrive for the last few months. One of our circulators didn’t make it out of Steve’s Deli alive, and Ed’s fairly convincing when he believes the latest gadget will make us overall better human beings. The little guy came in the mail last week, and we decided to test…

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Chestnut Sage Stuffed Squash

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I’ve been willfully ignoring the alarmingly warm November and going all in on squash season. Ed’s been working some late nights, and while my inclination is to crack open a box of mac n cheese and binge watch Netflix with cats, I’m hanging onto some of my pride with squashes full of grains. Nearly as…

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Taking Comfort

chicken tikka masala, indian food, comfort food, food photography, indian recipe, homemade indian, cooking

If there was ever a time for comfort food, it was yesterday. When I’m feeling particularly sad or vulnerable or weak, I always fall back on trying to replicate the feeling of trekking through Long Island City in the rain and gorging myself on $5 worth of Indian tomato soup and samosas. Tuesday ended with a…

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Living Room Update | All White Everything

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Aside from a down and dirty paint job on a super spooky small bedroom, the third floor was the first room we tackled when renovating the house. Originally, we decided to save our efforts (and dollars) to put towards moving forward on the deli. As we realized that timeline was becoming more and more abstract,…

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Blackberry Neufchatel Cheesecake with Chocolate Crust

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Last week, we did a major kitchen reorganize and finally re-opened a pantry cabinet that we had painted shut a few months ago (oops!). Rediscovering a slew of baking pans, and not to be outdone by Ed’s tiny cinnamon loaves, I decided to welcome the springform pan back into the family with cheesecake. I’ve never…

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Cinnamon Swirl Mini Loaves

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I went through a bit of a bread phase years ago.  It’s been something that I’ve missed since we moved into the new house and I went from having a fairly nice oven to cooking everything in a toaster oven. I was planning on doing a tiny Pate en Croute for a picnic, which ended…

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Mushroom Barley Soup with Ramps

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While we’re stuck in Steve’s Deli limbo, we’ve been trying to enjoy the freedom of living without a constant stream of nearly-expired sandwich fixings. Turns out that you can go wild at the grocery store without breaking the bank if you barricade yourself in the produce aisle and pretend that cheese doesn’t exist. After scooping up a…

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Springtime BBQ

chicken wings, corn, easy, food photography, fresh ingredients, grill, pennsylvania, pittsburgh, sous vide, spring

Sometimes it’s funny how things work out.  Not really here, though. We just started thinking that we should introduce a new outdoor space and instead decided to fix up an underutilized one. There’re two things you need to know about outdoor furniture. It’s expensive and, it’s generally pretty ugly. We drove around last Saturday trying…

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