Spicy Saffron Heirloom Tomato Sauce with Clams and Shrimp

Spicy Saffron Heirloom Tomato Sauce with Clams and Shrimp over Spaghetti
Spicy Saffron Heirloom Tomato Sauce with Clams and Shrimp over Spaghetti

There was a “to do” list written for a productive, busy day. There’s a design proposal that needs to be delivered to a client. The food blog needs a new post. Pictures need to be downloaded. Work beckons my creative-thinking skills. All I want to do is lie down and sleep. I admire all my coworkers and friends who were able to leave out of town for at least a week this summer for a real vacation. New York City has been my vacation hot spot for years.

Despite being stressed from all of life’s beauties and fiascoes, the boyfriend casually announced he was going to the beach. He coyly smiled, “You can come, too.” He knew there was a slight chance, a break or a second option of me saying yes. Beating the odds, I said, “I’m getting my swimsuit.” I needed a break. Some rest. Splashy fun. This was my only chance of escaping from this summer’s excessive heat for a few salty airs of change. Read more

To Cure a Sweet Tooth with Honey

Tasting a honeycomb
Tasting a honeycomb

Left work exactly on time to pay some dear respect to the Union Square Farmer’s Market in New York City. When it comes to seasonal produce, early summer is the perennial favorite. Originally, I came to the market to cure a sweet tooth. This time, Andrew’s Honey booth caught my attention among the other vendor’s half hour super discounts on unsold sweets and bakery items (hint, hint). The honey vendor offered a free one-eighth a teaspoon sample of honeycomb. It killed a sweet tooth craving. Five dollars later, an eight ounce jar of gold sugar was purchased. Read more

A Farmer’s Market Find: Crosnes

A Farmer's Market Find: Cosnes
A Farmer’s Market Find: Cosnes

Getting up early last Saturday was the opportunity to go to the farmer’s market in the city. It was a nice winter warm day of walking pass stalls and creating a menu in my head for next week. Before it became too crowded, I was exiting the market with a heavy bag of Savoy cabbage, spicy turkey sausage, a smoked turkey wing to be placed in the freezer for Southern-style collard greens, gold rush apples, freshly baked pretzels as a low-fat snack, apple cider, and crosnes. Read more