A Duchess Cooks in Brooklyn

Food, Love, and Opinions in an Outer Borough


Brooklyn, New York, USA
December 31
A Duchess Cooks In Brooklyn
I cook, I write, I live and love in Brooklyn.


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AUGUST 2, 2010 10:16AM

A Block in Brooklyn

After weeks of stifling, miserable, all consuming heat, Mother Nature gave us a break.

It was beyond lovely this weekend. We turned off the air conditioners, put in the window fans, and even had to sleep under a blanket at night. Saturday morning I took a walk through the 'hood…

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JULY 26, 2010 12:34PM

30 Lessons

I turned 30 this past weekend. It was a wonderful and quiet event - in the Hampton's with my parents and husband gorging ourselves on lobster in a shack on the water in Montauk... perfection.

As I was trying to think of something wise to say,/…

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JULY 19, 2010 11:00AM

When Simplicity is Best

I had plenty of this leftover and brought it to my father who happily gobbled it down. He appreciated how un-fussy this was. When you have good ingredients, ingredients that are in season and tasty, it doesn't take much to create something delicious.

So here is a very simple tomato…

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JULY 15, 2010 11:23AM

A Supper Club in Queens

I thought they were myths, urban legends... I was wrong.

When I got an email from a friend saying she wanted to take me to a Low Country Shrimp Boil in Queens but I had to act quickly, there wasn't much thought to my immediate yes. After/…

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JULY 14, 2010 9:12AM

Berries and Almonds

We went to a picnic this past weekend, it was lovely as most picnics are. I offered to make something of course and then conveniently forgot about said promise until about 8pm the night before. I needed something fast and yummy with what I had in the kitchen. I know you've…

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JULY 7, 2010 9:37AM

Our Sweet Weekend

While most people were grilling this weekend, we were eating the sweet life.

I had a real sweet urge and dove headfirst into sugar, vanilla, and butter. The seed was planted when I was reminded of exactly how wonderful The Barefoot Contessa's Lemon Pound Cake was thanks to fellow blogger,…

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JUNE 28, 2010 9:46AM

Saturday with Friends

Although it was somewhat last minute, it was wonderful!

We had some friends over Saturday night for a light dinner at our place. The weather was kind and decided to be cool enough to eat and enjoy with just some fans running. Although the… Read full post »
JUNE 24, 2010 3:13PM

Pop, Pop, Fizz, Fizz

Crows like shiny things, I like bubbles. I love seltzer, sparkling water, fizzy water - anything with a bubble and I'm sold! So as soon as I had my husband hooked on bubbles as well, the hunt/…

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JUNE 21, 2010 10:01AM

Sesame Crusted Goodness

This was really good. I only mention that because it came from nothing. I needed to go grocery shopping and there was little left in the apartment. It's a good thing this came out so well otherwise we would have called for a pizza!

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JUNE 16, 2010 4:46PM

Educational Purposes

The eternally wise Mary Poppins gave us Supercalifragilistic.
Emeril Lagasse gave us Bam!
And I would like to add Educational Purposes to the mix...

In 1993 I was on vacation with my parents in Spain. It became very clear, very early on,/…

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Editor’s Pick
JUNE 11, 2010 10:25AM

Soup and Sandwich

When its been a few days since I've cooked a meal, when work or life in general gets in the way, my hands get itchy. My right hand longs for my knife and my mind starts coming up with recipes. I've said it before, but people who love to cook, chefs…

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JUNE 7, 2010 10:10AM

Cherry-Apricot Hand Pies

You know its officially summer when one day there were no cherries to be seen and the next, they're everywhere you look.

When I got off the train at my station on Thursday night, there was a fruit stand overflowing with bags of dark red cherries... two dollars a bag!…

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JUNE 3, 2010 10:15AM

Polenta, the Other White Meat

This actually has nothing to do with "the other white meat" a.k.a. Pork. But I thought it was clever nonetheless, (feel free to let me know it's not).

While pasta is wonderful, and it really is, I get bored with it and my husband goes through this odd sighing, eye…

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JUNE 1, 2010 10:05AM

Heard: @ Spice Market

It was an "only in New York" moment. The kind of moment that was so wonderful, I simply had to share.

My Mother and I spend this past Saturday together. We walked the Highline. It was my first time walking it and I have to say was a fabulous addition…

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MAY 26, 2010 10:43AM

"Crab" Salad

In case you were wondering, the quotation marks were intentional.

While this would in fact work with real crab meat, this was made with imitation crab sticks - the same stuff they use in Japanese Restaurants. In fact, this was something I had from our local Japanese take-out place, and…

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MAY 24, 2010 11:06AM

Slow and Easy Wins the Race

Time to dust off your slow cookers and crock pots my friends!

I never grew up with a slow cooker and until Sunday, I had never used one. We received our slow cooker earlier in the week, I can't remember what sparked my desire for one, but out of nowhere,…

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MAY 17, 2010 10:18AM

Sunday Brunch

I love brunch. Don't most people? This was actually what I made for Mother's Day... and sorry for the delay. I think the wonderful pictures and easy yummy recipes should make up for it though right?

Simply Sweet Sandwiches

The surprise of the sweet fig jam is what…

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MAY 7, 2010 3:45PM

The 100

Very Good Taste, a British blogger created "The Omnivore's 100." It's a fun idea - 100 items that VGT feels every Omnivore worth their salt should try once. I think it's a cool check list, but I also think since it's not all meats, poultry, or fish items, it should be/…

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Editor’s Pick
MAY 5, 2010 9:49AM

It's so Pretty!

I was speaking to a foodie friend yesterday and somehow fish came up. The details aren't all that important, what is important is last night's dinner. She told me about the incredibly simple way she makes fresh fish and all I could focus on for the rest of the day was…

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MAY 4, 2010 10:40AM

The Birthday Boy

My husband turns thirty next week.

In the grand scheme of birthday's, its a biggie, a milestone. For some our age, turning thirty is a terrifying prospect. Its time to buckle down, become a homeowner, a parent, a useful member of society... I feel that pressure too, but somehow, it's…

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APRIL 27, 2010 9:55AM

The Sunday Roast

We had a dear friend over this Sunday afternoon. He decided to stay for dinner and I couldn't have been happier because I had an actual honest-to-god Sunday Roast prepped. It's funny how giddy making a pork roast for Sunday dinner made me. It was oh so June Cleaver and I…

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APRIL 23, 2010 9:29AM

I-Talian Wontons

It's a fairly silly name for an elegant dish, but you'll understand shortly.

Although I'm a trained pastry chef, making fresh pasta dough intimidates me. Something about the lack of confines usually provided by a bowl and the fear of over kneading... plus I'm fairly certain that like with fried…

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APRIL 20, 2010 5:29PM

Lazy Day Omelet

There’s no picture to be had, because as the title suggests, I was feeling lazzzzy.

It was one of those nights where you get home more tired than you have any right to be. Your shoulders are slumped, your neck is sore, and your brain… Read full post »
APRIL 14, 2010 4:31PM

A Foodie Musing

My partner in love, life and food aka: hubby, said something both very funny and very true last night. It was a lament for the bygone days of  "the dish."  Foods today, he said, don't have actual names. They're just a list of ingredients, he elaborated. And ain't that the truth…

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APRIL 12, 2010 2:07PM

Egg Salad for a Duchess

 A dear friend of mine told me to check out OpenSalon.com because there was a little egg salad contest going on there. I chuckled to myself and wrote, “Sure - but I hate egg salad.”

“Perfect,” she wrote back.

Is it strange that a foodie should… Read full post »