“You already got sick once,” they said. “There’s no way that you’ll get sick twice in one winter!” they said. Well, thankfully I’m now on the mend, but you heard it right: sick twice in as many months. I guess it’s the cold weather? Who knows. I am not letting anybody near me going forward. We can do that old timey plague handshake where we bump forearms – I’m not shaking your hand or getting near you if you so much as get a tickle in your throat. I’m over it! I’m this close to being one of those crazies who wears a surgical mask on the subway. I saw a lady wearing one last week and thought, “What a dummy.” Who’s laughing now? Her, under her weird surgical mask, while I sit here dying. Well played, lady, well played. Anyway, I didn’t say too much in my last post because I wanted you all to take in the beauty that is our new pancake video. Kramer and I made it all on our own and I’m very proud of it, so please check it out and send it to your friends and family (but beware: they will ask you to make them some pancakes). Other than being sick, Kramer and I have just been watching the snow slowly melt since last Friday. We considered going out to dinner that night, then decided to just order a pizza and watch as many episodes of House of Cards before all of the pizza and bourbon we consumed while doing absolutely nothing other than sitting on the couch did us in. I don’t understand Netflix’s business plan (why release all of the episodes at once?), but I really love Kevin Spacey, so I’m also in love with the show. He plays such a good villan…although villan probably isn’t the right word for his character. Neither is sleazy politician…but that’s a bit closer, I suppose. Robin Wright is lovely in it, too. If you’ve got Netflix, do yourself a favor and watch! They’re all already up, so there’s no waiting required. Plus, David Fincher directed the first two episodes, so you can’t go wrong.
Other than being snowed in, Kramer’s sister Rachel has her final photography exhibition for school going on this week, so I spent the weekend baking loaf after loaf of ciabatta bread, which were then turned into pressed picnic sandwiches. I think we ended up with about 100 salami sandwiches and 50 vegan sandwiches; not too bad! I also made about 200 Jacques Torres chocolate chip cookies. I could never cater. I barely had room for just three different items in my kitchen and I couldn’t imagine doing more. It was fun to see how much I could really do, though, and making so many loaves of bread was definitely a learning experience. Saturday night, we also grabbed dinner with our friends Matt and Amanda at a favorite spot, Le Barricou (where they make excellent escargot), followed by drinks at The Shanty, which is a great little bar as long as you can keep your 1/3-full drink away from the staff (all of us had our almost-but-not-quite-done drinks taken when we weren’t looking by the busser…I have a feeling that we were playing some sort of game that I intend to win next time). Speaking of winning…I’m in third place in the finals for the 2013 Homies Awards, so please go vote for me if you can! I am so honored to have been nominated and I’ve met so many new, wonderful people as a result, so thank you for being there for me and supporting me throughout this process!
So, after a cold weekend that ended in my sore throat and coughing, there’s nothing better than rich, fatty bone marrow to make me feel better. If you’ve ever had bone marrow, then you are probably salivating right now, and if you haven’t, do yourself a favor and make it ASAP! Just ask the butcher at your grocery store or deli for some, because I promise you they have ‘em. It may seem like some kind of fancy restaurant dish that isn’t worth making at home, but that is a completely incorrect assumption. They couldn’t be easier to make. You just put them all in a large, oven-proof pan (preferably cast iron), then roast at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes. That’s it. If you’re so inclined, you can wrap a head of garlic in a foil packet, drizzled in olive oil, and pop it in a bit beforehand to roast for 40 minutes or so – this will give you caramelized roasted garlic that you can spread on toast before slathering your bone marrow on top. Add just a light squeeze of lemon, and you’re on cloud nine, I’m telling you. Bone marrow is so delicious, it’s like if they made meat into butter…well, I guess it’s not like that, it is that. Vegetarians and vegans, beware ye who enter here, because we’re in fatty, beefy territory, and once you’ve had a bite, there’s no turning back. When there’s snow on the ground and you’re feeling a bit under the weather, this will put some color back in your cheeks, I promise. When I eat bone marrow, I can feel little hearts floating up above my head like I’m in some sort of cartoon. It’s just pure heaven.
A bit of my weekend: snow on top of The Warwick Hotel outside of my office, after-storm breakfast of leftover pizza with a fried egg on top, a delicious deli sandwich from around the corner, and some of the 200 chocolate chip cookies I made for my sister-in-law Rachel’s photography exhibition.
I also made pressed vegan sandwiches of roasted garlic and scallion hummus, roasted red peppers, cucumbers, and celery sprouts all on vegan ciabatta bread.
I also made my favorite pressed picnic sandwiches.
Jesus take the wheel.
- 8-10 pieces/cuts of beef bones, marrow in tact
- 1 head of garlic, top cut off
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1-2 lemons, for squeezing
- sea salt, for sprinkling
- chives, for garnish
- toast, for serving
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Cut off the top of a head of garlic, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and wrap in a foil packet. Put the garlic in the oven and roast for 40 minutes or so, until golden and caramelized.
- After the garlic has been in the oven for 20 minutes, place your bone marrow in a heavy-bottomed skillet so they all stand upward, and roast them in the oven for 20 minutes, until the fat is soft and melty, but not completely melted (which will happen, so keep an eye on it or you will just have pools of fat in your pan, which is no good).
- Serve the bone marrow hot, with small spoons or forks, alongside the garlic for spreading, lemon for squeezing, and salt and chives for sprinkling. Enjoy!
And, one last time as the contest ends today, I am honored to be in the finals for the 2013 Homies Awards – if you are able and think I deserve it, please go vote for me! Thank you for all of your support.