Monday, November 30, 2009

Lemon Orecchiette with Spinach and Peas

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Lemon Orecchiette with Spinach and Peas

After eating plate after plate of Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings, plus slice after slice of pumpkin pie, I'm actually surprised that I settled on a pasta dish with a cream sauce for my first Gourmet, unbound recipe. But, for some reason, no matter how many times I paged through the Gourmet archives on Epicurious with my laptop perched precariously across my legs as I lounged on my boyfriend's couch, I kept coming back to this recipe for Lemon Gnocchi with Spinach and Peas from the December 2007 issue.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving Leftovers: Easy Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's Pie | Taste As You Go

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving feasts yesterday and spent some quality time with their loved ones. I managed to escape any heavy cooking responsibility this year and was spoiled by an amazing meal with my boyfriend and his family in Pennsylvania. Of course, I couldn't help but wonder what was happening at my father's house in Connecticut. Did he drop the turkey this year? What types of cutie-pie outfits did my sister dress my nieces and nephew in? How many different kinds of pie were laid out when it came time for dessert? And, most importantly, was there any leftover chestnut stuffing and was my father willing to overnight to me?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Guest Post: Good Food and Good Wine Is What You Make of It

I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing bloggers through Taste As You Go, some personally and some virtually via Google Reader and Twitter. In an attempt to introduce my readers to some bloggers they may not already know about and to highlight the writing skills of some incredibly talented people, I will be featuring Guest Posts on Taste As You Go from time to time.

Today's Guest Post was written by Nancy and Matt Shields. I've been friends with Nancy on Twitter for what feels like years and years and she's always been very encouraging with regard to m blogging efforts and supportive of my personal pursuits as a half-marathoner-in-training. When you're finished reading Nancy and Matt's Guest Post, you should check out their blog, Food Tastes Yummy! Thanks for writing, guys!


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Food Blogger Meet-Up at Ma Peche (Momofuku Midtown)

Mezzanine of the Chambers Hotel in New York, NY - Photo by Taste As You Go

Ma Peche (Momofuku Midtown)
Temporarily in the Mezzanine of the Chambers Hotel
15 West 56th Street
New York, NY | Map

I am a very bad Asian. Up until Tuesday of this week, I hadn't eaten at any of the Momofuku restaurants, let alone set foot in any of them. I just never had an occasion (or the budget) to go until I was invited to have lunch with Jen (from Tiny Urban Kitchen), Brian (Jen's husband), Andrea (from High/Low Food/Drink), Cindy (from Chubby Chinese Girl), and Christine (from Fresh Local and Best) at Ma Peche (Momofuku Midtown), the newest of David Chang's Momofuku locations. Who wouldn't want to spend a meal with others who share my love of food...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

One Lovely Blog Award

Dark Chocolate Melt Away Cake - Photo by Taste As You Go

A month ago, Jen from Tiny Urban Kitchen awarded Taste As You Go an award -- the "One Lovely Blog" Award. Seeing as Jen and I are relatively recent blogging buddies, I am absolutely honored to have received this award from her.

Here's what Jen, from Boston (technically, Cambridge) wrote:
Michelle from Taste As You Go has an interesting background. She studied music history in graduate school, currently lives in New York City, and is an avid runner. Her blog highlights interesting restaurants and events around New York City. She also shares about her cooking experiments and she often features guest bloggers. Michelle is an avid tweeter, and her tweets are personal, fun, and interesting to follow.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Curried Roasted Parsnip Soup with Bacon Crumbles

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I went to the market a couple of weeks ago with a simple plan in mind: pick up milk. One quart of 1% milk. However, when I entered the store and found myself standing in the middle of a very neatly arranged produce section, with all of the colors of the fruits and vegetables popping and pulling my focus from here to there to there, my simple plan flew right out of my brain.

I suddenly pictured my empty refrigerator crisper drawers and felt compelled to buy something, anything, to rectify the situation. I fell into the grocery store placement trap.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Guest Post: Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie

I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing bloggers through Taste As You Go, some personally and some virtually via Google Reader and Twitter. In an attempt to introduce my readers to some bloggers they may not know about and to highlight the writing skills of some incredibly talented people, I will be featuring Guest Posts on Taste As You Go from time to time.

Today's Guest Post was written by Greg Palmer, a fellow graduate of Lehigh University, an inspiring friend, and the first non-food blogger being featured here. Greg has been a source of relentless support and encouragement since I was laid off in August and I'm honored to offer him another forum in which to showcase his abilities. When you're finished reading Greg's Guest Post, you should check out his blog and his new online venture, CitizeNYC. Thanks for writing, Greg!


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Chocolate Chip Cookies For One

Chocolate Chip Cookies - Photo by Taste As You Go

Living alone can have its benefits. I decide which DVDs to watch and when. I get to drink juice straight out of the carton. And, I can walk around my apartment in nothing but my skivvies without worrying about offending a roommate with my chosen state of undress. However, living alone can also have its downfalls.

 I'm 100% responsible for the rent and the paying of all of the bills. It gets lonely around here without having anyone to talk to. And, when I cook, I'm usually left with more leftovers than I know what to do with or a headache after trying to pare down a recipe that's meant to make 6-8 servings down to one that'll make 1-2 servings.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A Taste of the Caribbean at Ideya Latin Bistro

Ideya Latin Bistro
349 West Broadway
New York, NY
(212) 625-1441 | Map

Do you know how difficult it is to schedule a dinner for four twenty-something women in New York City? I'll give you a hint. The last time I wrote a blog post about the adventures of the Phi Mu Dinner Club (PMDC), it was June. Um, hello... It's November now. I suppose that's what happens when one of us is in law school (Jena), one of us gets engaged (Linda), one of us gets a new job (Sarah), and one of us gets laid off (me). It took months and multiple instances of rescheduling to get us all in the same restaurant at the same time, but we were finally able to continue on our tour of world cuisine, ABC-style.