July 1, 2014

Two Recipes is Moving

Hello friends.

I have big news for you.  Exciting, big, somewhat scary news (that's always the best kind, right?)

The past few months I've been contemplating and reflecting how I want to move forward with Two Recipes.  It's been no secret that I've been absent and lacked inspiration in this space.  I have been racked with guilt over ignoring it and have heard each one of your sweet encouragements to keep writing.  But the bottom line is that I just don't have any words.  

Or more specifically, the words I have don't necessarily fit into the Two Recipes frame anymore.  

I spent many days and nights thinking about what I should do.  

Should I quit blogging altogether?  No!  I enjoy it too much. 

So, why do I blog?  I like to write and I like to tell stories and I like a space where I can share with all of you.

OK, what do I want to write about?  Things that inspire me.

Doesn't cooking and food inspire you anymore?  Not exclusively.

You can see the problem here.  I wanted to tell you about my new home, and about fun outfits I've found, and about the books I'm reading.  I want to tell you about food and life.  And I couldn't figure out how to force that into the Two Recipes point of view, which is obviously two recipes, every week. Which, by the way hasn't been happening for a while now.  

After a lot of soul searching and brainstorming and free-writing and listing, I finally asked myself the central question: If I weren't tied to the Two Recipes name, what would I do?  

Answer: I would write about the things I love, the things that inspire me, and the things I can't wait to share with you.  Most of those things are still food, but it's also going to be so much more.  

So, this will be the last post at TwoRecipesBlog.com.  

From now on, you can find me at www.See-Hatsie.com

Most of the posts from Two Recipes have been moved over, my Facebook page will stay the same, except for the name, and all other social media platforms will be kept up to date.  You can still find everything here at this web address until the first of the year.  

I'll still be the one writing.  It will simply be a new name, a new face, and new content.  Hopefully the things you loved about Two Recipes will be the reason you follow me at See Hatsie.  Hopefully you'll make this transition with me, and if so, I think it will be a fun journey for us both.  

Thank you all for being so supportive in the last four years.  I'm excited to see what's next.  

April 23, 2014

Sriracha + Chicken Shells and Cheese

So far, life as a New Yorker is sublime.  We've visited the City, from which we are just a mere train ride away (see what I did there?  The city), we've taken leisurely drives up and down the Hudson Valley, and we've discovered some great local restaurants and a neighborhood bar called Leo's which we've visited no less than twice a week.  They have a bar and a pizza parlor next door, which makes it way to easy to have a drink after work while waiting for your pizza.

We're settling in.  The trees are finally blooming and look like little wisps of cotton candy.  I'm planning a Cinco de Mayo party next weekend (more on that, promise!) which is forcing me to unpack those last few boxes that always seem to linger, and hang up the last few pieces of art on the walls.  It's also inspiring me to hit up HomeGoods because who doesn't need a few more knick knacks?  (Me.  I don't need them).

I've still been taking it easy with dinners around here; last night we had chips and guacamole and a cheese plate--tonight it's top-your-own baked potatoes (russet for K, sweet for me).  The first few weeks of Spring always make me crave maximum time outdoors, minimum time in the kitchen.  Simplicity.

April 15, 2014

Sausage and Peppers Panini

If you have ever been looking for a cab in Boston at 1am, especially in Faneuil Hall or Fenway, you know what this dinner smells like.  The smell of grilled Italian sausage, peppers, and onions is ubiquitous with that city, late at night.

Smells are always a pretty powerful memory tool for me.  I have a sensitive nose anyway, and I link times in my life to certain smells without even knowing it.  I was 13 years old and heart broken that the love of my life had dumped me.  You know how it goes when you're 13 and know everything.  I was shopping with my mom, walked into an Abercrombie and Fitch, and almost melted because it smelled like him.  Super creepy.  In my defense, it also smelled like every other boy in my class--there was not a lot of cologne variety, but alas, for me it was that guy.  

By the way, they must pump cologne in the vents there or something; should an A&F ever close or move, good luck to the next retailer.  It's going to smell like 14 year old boys dressed up for the movies forever.

When I envisioned this panini, it started with wanting sausage and peppers and also wanting to break out my panini press, which I'm still very much in love with.  What happened, though, was that the peppers and onions did their magic with the sausage and all of a sudden I was back on State Street in Boston waiting in a very long line for a sub with my friend Cecelia at 1am.  That sub was worth every minute we stood out in the cold.  Every single one.  Smell is a powerful thing.

April 2, 2014

Lightened Up Sesame Chicken Rice Bowls

Remember me?  I'm the one who used to write that blog Two Recipes?  I used to sit here behind a screen and shove pictures of food at you and beg you to make whatever delicious thing that had recently rocked my world?  I used to travel some?  Sent some packages to friends in the mail?


Well, that shouldn't surprise me.  This has been the longest hiatus I've taken since the night I decided to go to Blogger.com and write about Caesar salad, and also the night I assumed that you actually wanted to read about Caesar salad.  The last you heard of me was Valentine's day.  That's 47 days of nothing.  Not a single word.  Not a single picture of food on Instagram, not a single click of my camera shutter, not a single post on the Two Recipes Facebook page--nothin'.  I've got nothin'.

February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day Sweet Recipe Round Up

One last Valentine's post; I couldn't leave out the sweetest part of the day…the sweets!  If you've waited until the last minute, I've got solutions for you.  If you want to do something a little more special,  like cake balls, I've got you covered there too.

Here's a short collection of some sweet treats that will help Valentine's Day be the best one ever!

February 13, 2014

Mussels in Tomato and White Wine Broth

Valentine's day is upon us and if you're like me, you're planning a nice, special meal at home.  (Well, if you're really like me you're in the process of packing up your kitchen and are planning a nice special meal at home in a couple of weeks…) 

I've never been one for reservations; I'd rather a nice dinner out on a night when the rest of the world doesn't have the same idea.  For me, this means that a special Valentine's dinner in must be really special--something I don't make often, or ever.  Something reminiscent of a restaurant meal, but instead of white tablecloths, there's our favorite movie, a nice bottle of wine, and a big black cat lurking somewhere close by. 

Mussels are one of my favorite things to order out.  They're intensely flavorful and light and most always come with a huge hunk of crusty bread to sop up all that broth.  I love the garlic and wine flavor of the broth, the vibrant color of the mussels against their black shells, and the feeling of eating with my hands.  

February 11, 2014

Baked Creme Brûlée French Toast

There's an icicle hanging off the eaves outside my window.  Over the past twenty four hours it's doubled in size.  It is in direct sunlight most of the day and so it melts, but it's also -3958 degrees outside (always!) so it refreezes.  Two days ago it wasn't there, and now all I can think about is how I hope no one walks anywhere below because it will, most definitely, impale.

I feel a little bit like that icicle.  Frozen, sure.  Soaking in the sunlight when I can get it, absolutely.  But most of all, in the span of about two days, there was no change, and then, boom, there was all of the change.