Saturday, March 26, 2011

My Favorite NYC Restaurants - Great Jones Cafe

One of the things we love most about NY is the abundance of incredible food!  I have been thinking of sharing some of our favorites with you for a while, and finally decided that Saturdays are perfect for that! 

We usually try new restaurants on Friday nights, but sometimes we can't help but go with the old trusty.  We first tried Great Jones Cafe about a year ago, and it quickly made its way to the top of our list.  Great Jones serves  delicious Cajun food.  The low-key place that is easy to miss from the outside is probably about the size of your living room, so expect a 45-minute to an hour wait during busy times.  Don't expect a menu when you sit down - it is printed on the wall instead.  Daily specials are written on the chalk board (just like this!).

image from here

My favorites are Creole wings (an appetizer), Jambalaya (the main course) and jalapeno corn bread (a side).

Ready to visit?
54 Great Jones Street
New York, NY 10012

If you try their weekend brunch, do let me know how it is.  We went today, but the wait was 45 minutes.  After trying two other places, we went here instead - but that's a whole separate post!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thursday Edibles - Dumpling Soup

This soup is so easy to make and so delicious!  You can taste each and every ingredient.  It has quickly become one of our favorites!  I found the recipe in Food Network magazine, and modified it slightly.

Active time: 25 minutes

Ingredients
4 cups chicken broth (or 4 cups + Better than Bullion concentrated paste - that's all I ever use!)
1/4 pound thick-sliced ham, diced
2 tablespoons dry sherry or Chinese rice wine
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
4 3-inch strips orange zest
salt and pepper to taste
2 scallions, sliced
1 cup sliced mushrooms (shiitaake, oyster, cremini, a mix of all three, or any other type you like)
2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
2-3 napa cabbage leaves or bok choy leaves, thinly sliced
24 frozen meat or vegetable dumplings or pot stickers
Soy sauce, for drizzling (optional)

Preparation
1.  Combine 2 cups of water, the broth, ham, sherry, sugar, ginger, orange zest, salt and pepper to taste in a large pot.  Cover and bring to a boil over high heat.  Add the scallion whites, mushrooms and carrots.  Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the carrots are crisp-tender, about 4 minutes.

2.  Add the cabbage or bok choy, dumplings and scallion greens.  Cover and cook until the dumplings are soft and headed through.  Add a drizzle soy sauce to each bowl when serving, if desired.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

MY Food. Not yours. Mine.

Hey all!

Ruby here.  How are you?  Good?  Glad to hear.  What's new with me, you ask?  Well, Mouse continues to ruin my life in so many ways.  Why am I being so dramatic, you say?  I am not.  See for yourself.


I know what you're thinking, Erica: "As soon as Ruby steps away..."  Don't even think about it.  I am onto you.


The second I do step away...


Which part of "This is MY bowl" don't you understand, Mouse???

Love,
Ruby

Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday Wearables - New Cancer Awareness/Charity Colors!

Several months ago, you gave me some great suggestions for adding new awareness colors to the Cancer Awareness/Charity section of my shop.  I was thinking long and hard about the best way to incorporate multiple colors into the bracelets, and have found it!  I  am thrilled to introduce the beautiful Big Dave's Big Gift Bracelets.


Each bracelet is made with freshwater pearls 6-7 mm in diameter, a sterling silver Awareness ribbon and a sterling silver toggle clasp. It is accented with four Swarovski crystal rondelles, representing awareness color(s) of your choice. You can select up to four different colors.  All proceeds go to the David Turner Lymphoma Foundation.

Big Dave's Big Gift Bracelet - White Pearl, Swarovski Crytstal Rondelles and Sterling Silver Ribbon Custom Cancer Awareness Bracelet - Made to Order, $33


I wear one of these.  I love it.

Big Dave's Big Gift Bracelet - White Pearl, Swarovski Crytstal Rondelles and Sterling Silver Ribbon Custom Cancer Awareness Bracelet - Made to Order, $35

If you like these, please help spread the word!  Happy Friday, everyone!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Simplifying

We were going to buy a place, but it didn't work out.  We're OK with that!  Instead of moving, we updated our living room with a new rug (it's a beauty!) and coffee table.

This weekend we are going to go through a bunch of stuff we never use and toss it (or donate it, depending on the condition).  I decided not to wait until this weekend.  Thanks to Ms. Ruby, our side table lamps no longer work.  What do we need non-working lamps for?  We don't!  I tossed them.  They just take up space and collect dust.  Our phone is so old, and it doesn't really work.  And we barely use it.  I don't even know our house number!  I tossed it.

The side tables are looking bare, but not too bare.  Just right.  Simplifying is good!  Try it.