mum's visit, in food.

pig, three ways: after bacon-y polenta and pancetta bruschetta at al di la brunch {which i really can't get over}, we met a pig on a leash. i didn't even know that was legal, i said, ummm actually it's really common, said the pig mom all attitude like, oh ok well i just ate pig and i intend to eat more tomorrow and the next day and the next, imaginary me said.
rugelach: but obviously not better than mum's.
kind of like the best brunch i ever had: at miriam, and with schnitzel. that would have been enough, but challah french toast, shakshouka, and civilized political conversation added a little somethin somethin that defied my sometimes impression of brunch as being just a fun hangover activity. 
afternoon coffee + cake: olive oil cake and a caramel-y mini bundt from one girl. with a side of, please can you fill me in on my sister's wedding plans?
morningtime punkin bread, two ways: dog days closing pumpkin bread and thank-you-for-driving-me-to-rehearsal-through-all-that-new-jersey-traffic pumpkin bread. [fact: early morning baking with mum is the best beyond bestest best thing in the brooklyn.]

marzipan cookies, trombones, etc.

yesterday included two of my favorite holiday things:
marzipan cookies and the annual trombone choir holiday performance.
and then i got to experience my very first office holiday party!
it had sushi, so i was impressed. but more importantly it had pigs in blankets {!!!} and fried mac and cheese. i would have spent even more time by the pigs and blankets, but there was no mustard, so i felt a little awkward. 
my marzipan cookies were a success, methinks. i basically used this recipe {minus the peanut butter, with a little more real butter in its place, and with a little almond extract} and then i added a thin layer of marzipan over the top. oh, they were scrumptious! i am really enjoying this #mollymariamarzipanfestival
{i am also enjoying my new hand mixer. 
i feel as though i can conquer the world now.}
p.s. you should all go see new dances
it is the most fun dance performance i ever seen.
p.p.s. the we bought a zoo soundtrack is what's playing right now
 and i recommend you play it too.
yay, trombones!!

cure me, smoke me, eat my belly!

the older brothers of my friends have historically been good for things like hogging the nintendo 64, burning green army men, and being boring spy victims. but i think i've hit the jackpot with jeremy: his brother makes bacon. and is a cook, most recently at torrisi. last night he made a tasting for me and maria and jeremy {a.k.a. the luckiest people on earth}. it was:
brûléed maple bacon amuse-bouche 
arugula salad bacon dressing
bacon steak an egg + purple potatoes + the best broccoli i ever had
cocoa cured bacon ciabatta bread pudding + peachies + smoked cocoa nibs 
99% cocoa chocolate bar just cause
[to drink: the red that gg got me for my recital]
...and during it, we discussed how good fat is for you. 
and how life is too short to not eat chocolate & bacon many, many times a day. 
{it was sort of like a role-play}
{{but a yummy one}}
i wish jeremy and brother didn't live so far uptown so i could come over for dinner every day.  
but then again maybe the bike ride there and back is what will keep me fitting into my jeans...

breakfast for dinner

lentil sausage pigs in sourdough buttermilk vanilla blankets... with brown sugar strawbee {juices}
my quest for turning all meat things into lentil/almond/egg things continues. 
when i was a wee one, i'd eat those pig in a blanket things that came on a stick and that looked like corn dogs. and that you could nevvver quite microwave right, for either the middle was still frozen or the outside was overcooked. but they were still really good and fun and you could eat them on the school bus. 
...that on-a-stick thing was what i was going for, but the lentil sausage had the consistency of what happens when you eat too many sunchokes in a day. so i just made poo-shaped lentil sausage logs, and they were really good.
lentil breakfast sausage: {mix together} ground cooked lentils + almond flour + white flour + eggs + salt + pepper + allspice + nutmeg + sage + thyme + brown sugar + cayenne. form poo shapes, cook in olive oil.