Posts Categorized: Project Pantry Purpose

Pantry Pasta, Fruit Cobbler, Gin & Tonic in a Can

Good morning! Tomorrow we are heading up to Maine for eight days, which I tell you for two reasons. 1) I will most likely not be posting here next week (instagram, another story) and 2) Today’s PPP entry is dedicated to my favorite kind of cooking — using up every possible perishable item in the fridge pre-vacation. Before I get… Read more »

Strawberry Salad, More Burrata, Attn: Book Lovers

I wish I took pics of the dinner we had on Sunday night, but on the other hand, I’m not sure what I loved so much about it had anything to do with the food, or even if the night could’ve been captured in a tangible way. It was the early evening — a hot one, we’re in the middle… Read more »

Bánh Mì, Brothy Clams, Sangria, More Recs

Good morning! I’m going straight old-school today with a few quick, easy, heavenly summer dinners we’ve eaten in the past week: Andrea Nguyen’s tofu bánh mì sandwich (from her gorgeous 2019 book Vietnamese Food Any Day; recipe over on Cup of Jo) and Steamed Clams, which longtime DALS readers might find familiar. Weirdly, neither of which call for grilling, but… Read more »

NYC Food, Salad Learning, Humanity

Good morning! Hope everyone is staying healthy and safe. Last week, we went to the city for the first time since the pandemic hit in mid-March. Phoebe had a doctor’s appointment and we figured we’d use it as an excuse to grab some good pizza (since I know you’ll ask: that rainbow piece is cheese striped with marinara, pesto, and… Read more »

Pickled Onions, Creole-Style Shrimp, Pre-Made Cocktails

Good morning! It’s the weekend, which means I will spend at least a small part of today trying to figure out which cocktail I’ll be sipping tonight as the sun slips over the yardarm. (Currently in the lead: Paper Planes.) Over at Life and Money, I wrote about a few things you can do on the weekend to get ahead… Read more »

Zucchini Blossoms, Niçoise-ish, Three Follows

Good morning! I hope everybody had a nice weekend. It was another hot one here in New York and if we squinted really hard, it almost felt like a normal July, even as we followed the grim news from Florida and California and the Midwest. (Stay safe, everyone.) Our local pool is open, I played tennis with Abby, and we… Read more »

Matar Paneer, Potatoes with Fava Beans and Mint, Food Drives

Good morning! I hadn’t meant to take a whole week off but I hope everyone had a nice Fourth of July, however (or if) you celebrated. In summation: We did a round-trip drive to northern Virginia to check in on Andy’s parents, had some friends over on Saturday night for socially-distant Negronis, watched Hamilton like the rest of the world,… Read more »

A Grilled Cheese Upgrade, Campfire Potatoes, You!

Good morning! Sorry for the radio silence. I am thisclose to turning in a first draft of my manuscript and it’s all I’ve been spending time on during my waking working hours. Not a ton of other stuff happening — since we last spoke, I’ve walked over the newly opened pathway on the Mario Cuomo Bridge (above, though it will… Read more »

Fried Fish Sandwiches, Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies, A New-to-Me App

Good morning, I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I went to my first virtual bat mitzvah on Saturday and was surprised to find it as moving as an in-person service. (Big Mazels, Maylie!) I also did my first training session with Vote Save America for Wisconsin and I learned a lot, including what Culver’s is — Midwesterners don’t laugh!… Read more »

Spritzes, Easy Grilled Fish, Online Food Gifts

Good morning! I spent a good part of yesterday writing, walking…and fuming about the new John Bolton book, which I refuse to link to because I don’t want anyone to buy it. Where was Trump’s former national security adviser when it actually mattered? And I still can’t believe his offer to testify in the impeachment trial — apparently confirming every… Read more »

Green Hummus, Greek-Style Shrimp, Bakers Against Racism

Good morning everyone! I think my kids are looking forward to me getting out of the latest bean testing phase of my book, though I did notice that this green hummus above disappeared very fast. Yesterday I watched the first episode of Quiz (really loving it so far, thank you for the rec Caroline!) and caged my tomato plants which… Read more »

Picnic Chicken, Pesto Pizza, Parenting Through Protest

Good morning! Welcome to Week 14 of Pantry, Project, Purpose. Our section of New York hit Phase 2 of re-opening last week, and it was so heartening to see restaurants set up outdoor dining in the street. (Leave it to today’s Daily, though, to scare me all the way back to March.) We spent as much time as possible outdoors… Read more »

A Summer Spaghetti, Limeade, Book Recs

Good morning. Yesterday we got some good news from school: Cuomo cleared the way for “limited graduations” to proceed after June 26, so there will be an in-person ceremony for my daughter’s senior class. We are thrilled. In other news, I spent yesterday rewriting the intro to my book (again); I started an assignment that I’ve been putting off for… Read more »

Maque Choux, Pinwheel Cookies, Black Women in Food

Welcome back to the Project, Pantry, Purpose series, everyone. I hope you all had a safe, enlightening week. My family attended a local protest (above) this past Sunday which reinforced all the lessons I’ve been learning over the last few weeks, and, to be clear, learning way too late. The big takeaways for me, though, as it relates to what… Read more »

Things We Can Do

Back in March, I started the Pantry Project Purpose series to help keep everybody sane and connected during quarantine, and also because it felt good to offer a little escapist comfort from what is playing out in the world and the front pages every day. But the events of the last week have reminded me how privileged I am to… Read more »

The World’s Best Beans, Smoothies, Cereal Necklaces

Good morning and welcome to Thursday. Yesterday I wrote recipe headnotes for a chapter of my book. (Headnotes are the little descriptions that introduce the recipe, or tell a story, or give some context and instruction); I went for a long walk; I started a novel I was assigned to review. Lastly, the unsettling news from Minneapolis and Central Park… Read more »

The Best Way to Eat Yogurt, Shrimp Rolls, Hephaistos

Good morning, it’s Wednesday already! Not a whole lot to report. Yesterday, I went for a bike ride; listened to the first episode of this crazy new podcast; started Season 5 of The Wire; and read a chapter in a book about Tolstoy (!) that Andy is editing and obsessing over. This photo is from last week when we decided… Read more »

Potato Salad, Buttermilk Berry Cake, Grad Gift

Good morning! I hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend. We got great news on Saturday: Bean is going to be just fine! Thank you again to everyone who sent good puppy energy her way. In other news, Andy and I got antibody tests (don’t have results yet) after hearing a local hospital had easy-to-book appointments; We started the Chicago… Read more »

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