STUPIDLY SIMPLE DEVILED EGGS

SOMETIMES, STUPIDLY SIMPLE SNACKS ARE INSPIRED BY MY FRIENDS’ SUGGESTIONS. Other times, my talented guest stars share their secrets. Of course, then there are those snack recipes which are the product of pure guesswork. My deviled eggs recipe, however, was not one of them. By combining knowledge from three well-known personalities, I made DEVILED EGGS the Stupidly Simple Snacks way. Video instructions from Chef John of Food Wishes guided the hard-boiling process, Tim Ferriss of The 4-Hour Work Week showed in this video that there is, apparently, a way to peel eggs without peeling, and then there was Martha Stewart’s Creamy Deviled Eggs recipe, which seemed like a good one to follow. I didn’t follow it strictly, naturally, because I am a person with a limited attention span and mild aversion to shallots. I’d eat them if I had to, but if it means getting dressed and heading to the supermarket, then that would defeat the purpose of Stupidly Simple Snack-ing and that just wouldn’t do. amy • december 5, 2010

Follow my MASTER GUIDE TO DEVILED EGGS on my other favorite website, which is Foodspotting, of course.

STUPIDLY SIMPLE DEVILED EGGS

SERVES 3 to 4

WHAT YOU NEED
6 eggs
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
2 teaspoons aged white wine vinegar
hot sauce
salt & pepper
1 tsp baking soda

MUSIC Danni RosnerIn The CityiTunesFacebook / Myspace / TwitterYouTube

December 5, 2010. Hungry Nation, recipe, videos, YouTube. 10 comments.

My Romance with SWEET POTATO FRIES

ONCE, IN MARCH, I DEEP FRIED SWEET POTATO FRIES WITH THIERRY PEPIN. If you have no idea what a thierry pepin is, that is okay. I had no idea what I was in for either.

Earlier this year, my food/social media friend Aaron Ginsberg approached me to make a snack video with one of his clients, T Poutine, on the Lower East Side. I was flattered that the restaurant wanted to get in on the Stupidly Simple Snacks action, so, of course, I said yes. Ironically, I asked him “Do you have a charismatic employee who’d like to be on camera?”

The T Poutine team and I decided to make a French-Canadian dessert that they called The Canuck, which was sweet potato fries tossed with Asian Five Spice, cinnamon, sugar, and maple syrup. They had a deep fryer, so it was stupidly simple enough to throw frozen fries in a vat of boiling oil there. However, to make it feasible for the casual sweet potato fry eater, baking would be the better – plus, an equally tasty and arguably healthier – option.

I kept the video under wraps after I learned T Poutine closed, but it was a matter of time before sweet potato fries starred in an episode. Naturally, I had to include footage of Thierry, who turned out to be the owner of T Poutine and an underwear model. You may recognize him from the Ralph Lauren Romance commercial too. Confirm below. amy august 11, 2010


SERVINGS 2 to 3

WHAT YOU NEED
4 sweet potatoes
2-4 tablespoons olive oil
pinch of salt
pepper to taste
paprika
ground cumin

FOR “THE CANUCK” BY T POUTINE
sweet potato fries
Asian Five Spice
cinnamon sugar
maple syrup

MUSIC Kelly Harper Till This Goes Away website / myspace / facebook

August 11, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Dessert, Lower East Side, recipe, Stupidly Simple Snacks, videos, YouTube. 7 comments.

The CHEWY CHOCOLATE HEART of Bad Habits

lots of heartsAS A KID, I WAS RARELY TOLD “NO”. I didn’t hear it when I asked for Little Debbie oatmeal cream pies for breakfast (Food was food.) and not when I abused the snooze button knowing I should’ve been on the F train en route to my 7 a.m. English class. I’d lie in bed and rationalize: I read Animal Farm already and, besides, my second class didn’t start til nine. So I slept through first period English for 30 days.

Most of those who hear this story tend to conclude: How ironic it is to pursue the writer’s life with English: Failed inked on the high school report card.

At the time, I didn’t realize my bid for success was tied to my alarm clock. After all, I may not be a morning person, but I’m a writer (damnit). It’s clear now, however, that my death grip on the snooze button is holding me back. amy • november 30, 2009

Beautiful_Blogger_AwardThis morning I woke up to find a small gold star in my mailbox – a Beautiful Blogger Award bestowed on this little blog by one of my new friends, Viola Comes In Colours. I can’t put my finger on what I did to deserve Maria’s kindness. Must have been the pumpkin pie ice cream shake that sealed the deal. In any case, I have a nifty new JPEG now.

To compensate for my lack of purpose routine, I bake. For the most part, I bake the same thing, chewy chocolate cookies, again and again because it brings Jason inexplicable joy. It’s like telling an 8-year-old that dessert will be served in lieu of brussels sprouts. For life. Jason could eat chewy chocolate cookies everyday if it weren’t for the fact that we devote the weekends to wandering New York City for rice pudding, miniature cupcakes and 6 ounce cookies.

I’m wary of sharing this information because I know how easy it is to misconstrue: hedonistic to some, excessive to others. Indulgent, irresponsible, unhealthy – like multiple bangs on the snooze button. Certainly, I see the merit of moderation, but, blame my parents, I also believe in the unwavering pursuit of happiness – even if the road is long; even if it’s on foot. You have to burn those calories somehow. So blog on, bloggers. Eat away, eaters. Some habits are worth maintaining. And while sleeping in is not a vice, exactly, I will work on snoozing less. amy • december 1, 2009

IMG_2776CHEWY CHOCOLATE COOKIES • courtesy of Jason’s mom who I’m meeting over the Christmas holiday on a ranch near San Antonio! Ten Days in Texas post to come. Note: Her original recipe is reprinted here with slight modifications, like the addition of 1/4 teaspoon of instant espresso, which was Jason’s idea.

1 1/4 cup softened butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups unsifted flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon instant espresso
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
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Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Blend. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add dry mix to the creamed mixture.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. (Do not overbake! Cookies will be soft. They will puff during baking; flatten upon cooking). Cool on cookie sheet until set, about 1 minute. Move to wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 4 1/2 dozen. Heart shapes optional.

Jason prefers them plain, but I serve them warm – to myself – in a mug of vanilla ice cream.

December 1, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . cookies, Dessert, recipe. 6 comments.