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Family Meals 155 – 150

Family meals from last week – on time for once!

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Tuesday: mushroom and eggplant pasta with a sesame salad and tahini dressing.

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Wednesday: mushroom parts with broccoli and a plain old salad with carrots and cucumbers (because we always have carrots and cucumbers in house).

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Thursday: carrot and cucumber salad again (sigh) and a Jesus special – baked tofu with ketchup, mustard, tabasco, onions, sugar, thyme and reduced balsamic. Surprisingly better than it sounds.

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Friday: salad with carrot and cucumber (again), sundried tomato oil, grilled grapes and ricotta salata. Deep fried mushroom parts and a broccoli stem and tomato paste thing over on the side.

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Saturday: portobello and egg sandwiches with hoisin sauce and peach, mint and soy milk shakes.

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Family Meals 160 – 155

Welcome to the rundown of last week’s family meals.

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Tuesday: rice, salad and broccoli with way too chewy mushroom centers.

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Wednesday: almond Salad with eggs, smoked tofu and tomato sauce and mushroom centers. We eat a lot of mushroom centers.

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Thursday: grilled tofu, onions. mushroom centers and broccoli. This was actually pretty good. And rice.

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Friday: fried egg and cheddar sandwiches(yummy) with dehydrated wasabi pea leaf salad (not so yummy).

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Saturday: broccoli Pad Thai. Here we learned that Danielle should never be allowed to make Pad Thai.  Or at least someone else has to be in charge of the noodle cooking. She forgot about them. They pretty much dissolved into a pile of mush.

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Another New Friend

Sometimes things happen in kitchens. Things go wrong. Experiments don’t work out the way you planned. You get horrifying and unexpected results. Just ask Dr. Frankenstein. It happened to me yesterday when I was experimenting with kale and suddenly, as if from out of nowhere, this…thing materialized.

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KaleBlob

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It was horrible. But kind of cute. But mostly horrible. But sort of lovable, too. It’s made of kale, weighs about five pounds, has absolutely no smell and the texture of human flesh. Jesus tried to make it better by giving it little eyes and antenna. And it almost worked.

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Almost.


A New Friend

In the war against the hegemonic patriarchy, Dirt Candy has a new friend: Feminist Hulk.

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Hulk smash gender discrimination!

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Truly inspiring tweets from the world’s only truly feminist superhero.

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DC on the Martha Stewart Radio Show

I’m going to be on Martha Stewart’s Sirius radio show tomorrow (Friday) morning. The show is called “Morning Living” and I’m going to be talking about the Dirt Candy beet pasta.

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Check it out if you can.

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PS 122 Strips for Summer

Ever since I started building Dirt Candy, PS 122, the performance space that sits at the end of the block, has been covered up by scaffolding. I had begun to think that it was permanent. After all, it was up for almost two years, hanging over the end of the block like a big, gloomy bat. And then yesterday, while walking to work, I noticed that it had taken off all its scaffolding and was totally naked and ready for summer.

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PS122

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Don’t know why, but this made me really happy.


Blog slowness

Sorry to be such a negligent poster this week. It’s been a bit crazy here but I’m hoping to have one more post up before the end of the week, and then be back to more regular posting starting on Monday.


Family Meals 165 – 160

Welcome to last week’s family meal round-up. Late. As usual.

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Tuesday: peanut salad, eggplant and pumpkin stew with blue cheese crostinis on the side and some dehydrated cheddar.

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Wednesday: rice with onion, eggplant and tofu fry up. Raw cucumbers and white carrots on the side.

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Thursday: grits (with red peppers) and eggs with a raspberry drink.

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Friday: giant noodle stir fry with way too many noodles.

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Saturday: leftover noodles with tofu and tomato paste soup and a salad.

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Family Meals 170-165

This week, tragedy struck the family meals. Read on, brave readers!

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Tuesday: eggplant, zucchini and mushroom ratatouille, salad and rice.

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Wednesday: Cinco de Mayo fiesta! Avocado and tomato salsa, fried tofu salad (not very Mexican, sorry), cheese quesadillas, fresh corn chips.

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Thursday: guacamole, rice and a black bean and tomato stew.

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Saturday: scrambled eggs, a mushroom thing and banana pancakes.

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What was the tragedy, you ask? Look closer….no Friday! We had a family meal but not only can I not remember what it was, but I forgot to take a picture of it, too. I know this is not the kind of crack documentary journalism you’ve come to expect from this blog, and all I can do is apologize profusely and vow that it will never happen again.

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Sake Dinner on 5/20

The honey dinner back in February was a lot of fun, and now it’s time for a dinner I’ve wanted to do for a long time. It’s summer and time for lighter drinks than wine and beer and so get ready for the…

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Dirt Candy Sake Dinner

Thursday, May 20

with Rick Smith from Sakaya

a four course meal with sake pairings

$55/person

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Just up the street from Dirt Candy is Sakaya, one of only three retail sake stores in America. It’s run by Rick Smith and Hiroko Furukawa and it opened right around the time I started building Dirt Candy. Sake is one of those things that I wish I knew more about. I’ve had it warm and I’ve had it crappy and I always thought of it as a novelty drink until a few years ago when I went to Jewel Bako and had a sake tasting with dinner. The sake sommelier spent about five minutes giving me an introduction to sake and suddenly, I got it. Sake was like wine, only different, and what had previously been completely incomprehensible to me, now seemed slightly more comprehensible. I had gone from being totally in the dark to just being slightly in the dark and that little bit of illumination made all the difference.

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sakaya

It’s Sakaya!

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I can’t promise enlightenment, but I can promise a good, boozy meal where you’ll come away somewhat educated, and also drunk. A cross between infotainment and drunk-u-tainment. Rick and Hiroko will be here all night, and they’ve paired the entire menu with different sakes. It’s not a set menu – you can order whatever you want – but everyone will get hush puppies, an appetizer, an entree and a dessert, each paired with a bunch of different sakes that Rick and Hiroko will explain, and they’ll also give you some basic sake info, the ground rules of sake, so to speak. There aren’t set seating times, but you should decide if you want to come early (reservations from 5:30 to 6:15) or late (make a reservation from 8 to 8:45). Rick will speak twice that night and you’re guaranteed to catch him if you make your reservations in those windows.

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People have been getting smashed on sake

for hundreds of years. Isn’t it time you started

drinking it , too?

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By the time you go home, you’ll know the difference between a junmai and a junmai daiginjo, you’ll know how to pick a sake without adult supervision, you’ll know the basic rules of sake and hopefully, you’ll feel like sake’s no longer a closed, mysterious club, but a party where you now have an invitation.

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To make a reservation for the Dirt Candy Sake Dinner, just go to Open Table or call the restaurant (212) 228-7732.

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See you there!

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Sakaya’s website

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(Quick note: the $55 per person does not include tax or tip. Sorry!)

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Menu

Snack

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Jalapeno Hush Puppies $6
served with maple butter
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Appetizers

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Mushroom $13
portobello mousse, truffled toast
pear & fennel compote

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Cucumber $12
roasted cucumber hot and sour soup,
black sesame, garlic chili oil, wood ear
mushroom, cucumber jelly

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Tomato $13
tomato cake with smoked feta,
yellow tomato leather, herb puree

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Potato $12
warm potato salad, crispy Japanese
yams, grilled sweet potato, olives,
bitter greens, apples

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Entrees

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Beets $20
salt-roasted beets, thai green curry,
beet gnocchi, whipped coconut galangal cream

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Pepper $18
fennel & pepper tofu,
parsley spaetzle, grilled
yellow pepper broth,
mustard crumbs

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Broccoli $21
smoked broccoli dogs,
broccoli kraut, salt &
vinegar broccoli rabe

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Corn $19
stone ground grits, corn cream,
pickled shiitakes, huitlacoche,
tempura poached egg

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- everything on the menu can be made vegan on request.

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Dessert

Rosemary Eggplant Tiramisu $12
grilled eggplant, rosemary cotton
candy, mascarpone

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Ice Cream Nanaimo Bar$11
sweet pea, mint, chocolate

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Popcorn Pudding$11
salted caramel corn

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Celery Cheesecake Roll$10
celeriac ice cream, peanut filling,

& candied grapes

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- vegan dessert selection changes regularly, please ask your server.

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Our wine list (and other beverages)

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Gift Certificates

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