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Dolce Neve (one of the best ice cream places in the country) Uchi (go at Happy Hour for reasonably priced and excellent sushi) la Barbecue (I think this place is better than Franklin Barbecue, but feel free to try both) Turf N Surf Po’ Boy (terrific fish) Waltons Fancy and Staple (go have a golden […]

Investments

A series of financial disclosures, both previous and current holdings, with my thoughts. Updated August 10th 2018 Tesla (2010)— First stock I ever bought. Also the most successful. Also the only reason why there’s the list below. Microsoft (2011)— I’m a big fan of the innovation at Microsoft over the past five years. Seems like they’re investing […]

The Internet’s Banana Nut Bread

The Internet’s Banana Nut Bread 1 cup (128g) all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 stick of butter OR 100g coconut oil 3/4 cup (150g) brown sugar 1/4 cup (50g) white sugar 1 cup (300g) mashed overripe bananas 2 eggs beaten 1/2 cup (60g) chopped walnuts 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 […]

Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies 4 ounces/113 grams unsalted butter at room temperature 3/4 cup (120ml) tahini, well stirred 1 cup/200 grams granulated sugar (or half brown, half white) 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 150 grams all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 ¾ cups/230 grams bittersweet chocolate chips Flaky salt, like fleur de sel or Maldon Directions In the bowl of an electric mixer […]

Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies 133g coconut oil OR 3/4 cup butter 200 g sugar 1/4 cup (85g) molasses 1 egg (possibly another if dough isn’t coming together) 270g all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon cloves 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ginger Directions Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with parchment. […]

Mom’s Apple Pie

Mom’s Apple Pie 2 1/2 cups (300g) AP flour 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, cut in chunks and kept very cold the whole time 1/4-1/2 cup ice water Directions Peel, chop up roughly ten apples of varying types. Enough to fill two large Pyrex glass bowls with lids. Put in with […]

Chocolate Cake

Samin’s Chocolate Cake 1 oz Dutch-process cocoa powder, preferably Valrhona 5.25 oz sugar 1 teaspoon kosher salt 4.6 oz all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoons vanilla extract 50 grams neutral-tasting oil 3/4 cup boiling water 1 large egg at room temperature, lightly whisked Directions Preheat the oven to 350°F. Set a rack in […]

Flan

Mom’s Flan 1/2 cup sugar 3 eggs 14oz can of condensed milk 28 oz of regular milk Directions Put a larger glass Pyrex bowl on the counter. Take about 1/2-2/3 cup of white sugar. Put it in a nonstick pan. With a wooden spoon, and don’t use something else, stir the sugar over the heat. […]

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies 241 grams cake flour 241 grams bread flour 1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder 1 ½ teaspoons coarse salt 284 grams unsalted butter 284 grams light brown sugar 227 grams granulated sugar 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract 680 grams bittersweet chocolate chopped (at least 60%) […]

Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla Ice Cream 1 cup (250ml) whole milk A pinch of salt 3/4 cup (150g) sugar 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise 2 cups (500ml) heavy cream (or heavy whipping cream) 5 large egg yolks 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Directions Heat the milk, salt, and sugar in a saucepan. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the milk with a paring knife, then add the bean pod […]

Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies 1 stick butter 1/4 cup powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 3/4 cup flour 1/4 cup rice flour 1/8 teaspoon baking powder 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon Directions Cream 1 stick of butter with 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Work in 3/4 cup flour with 1/4 cup rice flour, 1/8 […]

Ben Ellman’s Guide to Sourcing Music

  The following is quoted verbatim for posterity, and easy linking. via publicradioNYC Here are a few suggestions: FreeMusicArchive – I have to admit, I was wary about FreeMusicArchive for really silly reasons. My opinion was colored by the countless evenings I spent in middle school searching the rough, honestly pretty crappy sound effects library websites […]

Slow Roast Salmon

Slow Roast Salmon salmon salt & pepper olive oil Directions Preheat oven to 225°. Season both sides of the fish with salt and tuck it into an optional bed of herbs. Drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil onto the fish and rub it in evenly with your hands (Peachy’s note: ew). Slide the pan into […]

Kenji’s Garlic Focaccia

Kenji’s Garlic Focaccia 5 tablespoons (75ml) extra-virgin olive oil, divided Kosher salt, for seasoning 500g all-purpose or bread flour (17 1/2 ounces; about 3 1/4 cups) 15g kosher salt (1/2 ounce; about 1 tablespoon) 4g instant yeast (0.15 ounce; about 1/2 teaspoon) 325g water (11 1/2 ounces; about 1 1/2 cups minus 1 tablespoon) 1 […]

Chicken

Sautéed Chicken chicken breasts salt & pepper soy sauce Directions Marinate the chicken breasts in salt, pepper, and soy sauce. Heat up the pan on medium high heat, usually in a Le Creuset pot. Put olive oil in hot pan. Cook the chicken breasts for 1 minute without moving. Turn the heat to medium. Add the […]

Beets

Beets beets olive oil salt Beets are best when roasted, whole and unpeeled. Rinse the beets and put them in a small baking pan with ¼ inch of water and a sprinkling of salt. Cover the pan with foil and roast in a 450˚ oven until a knife meets very little resistance when slipped into […]

Leek Soup

Leek Soup 4-6 potatoes 3-4 shallots olive oil chicken stock Directions Peel and slice potatoes, about 4-6.  Chop up a few shallots in the food processor. In a large soup pot, put the chopped shallots and some olive oil, just enough to cover most of the bottom of the pot.  Stir and add the sliced […]

Tomato Onion Crostata

Tomato Onion Crostata baby tomatoes 2-3 onions 1.25 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon sugar 1 stick butter 1/8-1/4 ice water depending texture Directions Slice in half cherry tomatoes, lay on paper towel and sprinkle with salt. Let rest for one hour. Rinse after to get off salt. Now make the dough. Mix the […]

rachel rolls

rachel rolls 1 packet (2 1/4 tsp) yeast 1.5 cup warm water 3 cups flour (white + whole wheat) 1/2 teaspoon salt various seeds directions dissolve yeast in warm water with pinch of sugar and wait for foam. stir gently with spoon put under lamp for 5 minutes and wait for burst of yeast to […]

Ravioli Filling

Ravioli Filling 2.5 cups of ricotta 1/2 cup of Parmesan 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 2 teaspoons lemon juice Directions Put towel on baking sheet. Spread ricotta over surface. Sit for 5 minutes. Transfer to bowl and add the Parmesan, nutmeg and lemon juice. Sautéed onion and garlic in olive oil, add the washed spinach only after […]

Pasta

Pasta 2 whole eggs 4 yolks 2 cups of flour (maybe a little less) a small pinch of salt Directions Mix everything together. Knead for 10 minutes. Rest for 30 minutes. Cook for a minute and a half in boiling water. Put salt in the water. For ravioli, get the machine up to #7 Adapted […]

Focaccia

Max’s Focaccia 6g // 12g yeast 5g // 10g sugar 4.25oz // 8.5oz warm water 25g // 50g olive oil 200g // 400g flour 2.5g // 5g salt Directions Dissolve 12 grams of yeast and 10 grams of sugar in 8.5 oz of warm water. Stir in 50 grams of olive oil. Put it all, […]

Challah

Challah 3 3/4 teaspoons active dry yeast 1 tablespoon (13 grams) granulated sugar 1 3/4 cups (412ml) lukewarm water 1/2 cup (118 ml) olive or vegetable oil 5 large eggs 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar 1 tablespoon (14 grams) table salt 8 to 8 1/2 cups (1000 to 1063 grams) all-purpose flour Directions In […]

Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons 4 large egg whites 1 1/4 cups (250g) sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon honey 2 1/2 cups (200g) unsweetened shredded coconut (see note) 1/4 cup (35g) flour 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste Directions In a large skillet or wide saucepan, mix together the egg whites, sugar, salt, and honey. […]

Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake Filling 1/2 cup (100g) sugar 1 cup walnuts (chopped) 1 teaspoon cinnamon Dough 1 teaspoon baking soda 2.5 cups cake flour (300g) 2 sticks butter 1 cup (200g) sugar 3 eggs 1/2 pint sour cream OR 8oz plain yogurt 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice Directions Sift baking soda and flour. Cream the butter and […]

Chocolate Sorbet

Chocolate Sorbet 1.5 cups (12oz) water 130 g sugar 75 g cocoa pinch of salt ~~~ 170 grams of bittersweet chocolate (broken to bits) 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 cup (177ml) water pinch of salt Directions Bring to a boil and whisk while heating. Let it boil for 45 seconds. Keep whisking while you’re boiling. […]

Eric Snorkel Cookies

Eric Snorkel Cookies 4 cups all-purpose flour (+additional for rolling) 4 extra-large eggs (3 for batter, 1 for decoration) 8 tablespoons of butter at room temperature 3 ½ teaspoons of baking powder The grated peel of 1 large lemon 1 cup of sugar ¼ cup of whole milk 7 tablespoons of apricot jam 7 tablespoons of semisweet chocolate chips […]

Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate Cookies 2 cups (256g) all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon baking powder 1½ sticks (¾ cup) unsalted butter softened 1 cup (200g) sugar 1 large egg ½ teaspoon vanilla ½ cup (50g) Dutch-process unsweetened cocoa powder ½ teaspoon baking soda 10 ½ oz fine quality bittersweet chocolate, melted Directions Whisk together flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, […]

Fruit Tatin

Fruit Tatin 1 egg 1 cup (128g) AP flour sifted 1/2 cup (100g) sugar 1/4 cup (60g) milk lemon zest from one or two lemons 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup melted butter (salted or unsalted) 2 cups of blueberries or sliced peaches some sugar and cinnamon for mixing with fruit Directions Mix batter in […]