It snowed prettily in NYC yesterday, big, dusty flakes coming down sporadically over the course of the day. But we were warm inside since the oven was on for about four hours to make this Martha Stewart Shepherd’s Pie with Root Vegetables. I think it took the longest of any recipe I’ve ever made so far so there was time to get started on some New Year’s decorations (free printable Sweet New Year by Eat, Drink Chic).I love pearl onions, parsnips and of course, cheese, and the orange rind gave it a really nice flavor.Then there were the penguins: like these party penguins I saw on Pinterest that I made for our Christmas Eve crudité tray.And Herbert the amigurumi penguin I crocheted for Christmas in 2009 joined some new needle-felted penguinsAnd of course you can always follow Humphrey’s example and a) hang out on the radiator, b) sleep in a tote bag, or c) & d) just cuddle up.
‘Tis the season for great eating and I’m pretty excited. But first a look back at the fabulous vendors who fed me over the last few months at the outdoor markets around Manhattan and Brooklyn. I feel lucky to be in NYC where so many delicious things are popping up in some of my favorite food groups:
ASIAN FOOD:Clockwise from bottom left: Smorgasburg Summer Rolls, Garlic Fried Rice from Bite Size Kitchen and menu from Adobo Shack, Spicy Tuna Onigiri and Peach Bubble Tea from Yaya Tea Garden at Hester Street Fair
MEATS AND CHEESES:Clockwise from top left: Cheese Market and Dairy Fair at New Amsterdam Market, Maple Bacon Stick from Landhaus at Smorgasburg, fruity sodas and (gluten-free) mac and cheese at Hester Nights
THINGS MY CATS ENJOYED:From Scratch Pet Food and Korean BBQ All Natural Grass-Fed Handcrafted Beef Jerky from Kings County Jerky Co., which the cats helped themselves to: the whole package, not leaving me with any, that’s how good it was
MORE (gluten-free) SWEETS:Focaccias from Krumville Bake Shop at Smorgasburg and macarons in Strawberry, Caramel Fleur de Sel and Candied Bacon with Maple Cream Cheese from Macaron Parlour at Hester Street Fair (and now with a new location at 111 St. Marks Place in the East Village)