PB&B • Stupidly Simple Sandwich

AFTER TWO WEEKS OF TRAVELING IN ECUADOR, I vowed to stay put in New York to regroup and save. But, as it always does in August, an urban strain of cabin fever kicked in and I began to plot my next escape. Cue Providence, an exceptionally agreeable city in Rhode Island just three and a half hours away from Manhattan by train. I’ve been to Providence a few times as a college student in nearby Boston, but it was my visit last August for an offManhattan.com article that planted the seed for this year’s return trip. Even then I knew I had to go back to see WaterFire and have dinner at Bacaro with Jason in tow. (Their flatbread-like pizza is justification enough for the train ride up.) But it’s the city as a whole – the ubiquitous Del’s Lemonade carts, antique shops, and easy, artsy energy – that brings me back. Thus, it seemed most fitting to find former New Yorker Jessica Becker on charming Wickenden Street where she and her husband Daniel had recently opened The Duck & Bunny – part-bar, part-creperie, with a whole lot of English-inspired treats, like scones and afternoon tea.

On the Friday I arrived in Providence, I made a Stupidly Simple Snacks video with Jessica and cleaned my plate of PB&B (Peanut Butter and Banana). The next day, I returned with Jason who, despite having just had lunch, made room for scones, tea sandwiches, and a Nutella-filled cupcake. Believe it or not, even the Duck & Bunny‘s cucumber-cream cheese sandwich is better than the ones I’ve madeamy • august 31, 2010

SERVES one

WHAT YOU NEED
bread
peanut butter
banana
honey
powdered sugar

MUSIC Keelay Sassmachine

Thanks to the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau for making this trip possible.

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August 31, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Rhode Island, Stupidly Simple Snacks, Travel, videos. 9 comments.

Ice Cream Lollipops With GALE GAND

A FEW WEEKS AGO, I was invited to interview Gale Gand, a Chicago-based superstar pastry chef, restaurateurcookbook author, and former Food Network host, who was in New York to promote Breyers’ Sundae Scoop-Off. Gale had created a series of ice cream recipes to inspire young (at heart) sundae makers, including one for ice cream lollipops, which we created together under bright studio lights and heavy makeup. The experience was a far cry from my last snack video, which I filmed in my uncomfortably warm kitchen and jeans. But, isn’t that the damnedest thing? You can be anyone anywhere and wear whatever you want while making Stupidly Simple Snacks, including balls of ice cream. amy • august 30, 2010

SERVINGS varies

WHAT YOU NEED
ice cream
magic shell chocolate sauce (available in most supermarkets or make it from scratch using Brownie Points recipe)
sprinkles, crushed nuts, etc. for topping

MORE ICE CREAM RECIPES BY GALE
Mini Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches
Snowball Sundaes
Spaghetti & Meatballs Sundaes

MUSIC Loomis & the Lust Bright Red Chords myspacefacebookyoutube


August 30, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Hungry Nation, ice cream, Stupidly Simple Snacks, videos, YouTube. Leave a comment.

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.