Archive for December 2009

Eat Me Daily: Blog-to-Book DealBlog-To-Book Deal: Big Girls, Small Kitchen
By Helen Rosner

“Cara Eisenpress and Phoebe Lapine of Big Girls, Small Kitchen have been tapped by Harper Studio to write Cara & Phoebe’s Quarter-Life Kitchen, which Publisher’s Marketplace describes as “the story of two best friends and their sophomore year in the “real world,” told through a series of cooking adventures, homemade recipes, and shared meals.”"

Read the full article here.

DISH: Pink Greens; Arugula and Beet Salad
MAIN INGREDIENTS: Beets and their Greens

I don’t know why, but I always seem to over-estimate how many beets I will need for any given meal that features them. There was certainly no exception when it came to our latest catering gig—I roasted nearly double the number of beets I would need for my relish, and still came away from the baby shower with leftovers of that to add to the beets still sitting in my fridge. Despite the fact that cooking these pink veggies en masse transforms my small kitchen into …

Recipe Flash: Teriyaki Soba Salad

Posted by on Wednesday Dec 16th, 2009

VEGGIE-CARNIVORE DINNER PARTY MENU: BBQ Chicken Satay; Soy-Sesame Tofu Skewers; Teriyaki-Dressed Soba, served warm; Mixed Greens with Creamy Mango Vinaigrette; Coconut Shortbread

When I turn to tasty soba noodles to offer me some sustenance, I’m more likely than not to dress them with julienned raw veggies and the sesame oil vinaigrette I threw on these rice noodles I made a while back. For a recent mag club, though, I wanted something a little different–but I also wanted something different from the hearty fall dishes like gratins I was starting to feel like I was eating ad nauseum …


EVENT: Mary’s Baby Shower
VENUE: Rebbecca’s Apartment, Chelsea
PARTY SIZE: 40
TYPE: Afternoon Sit Down Tea
MENU: (Cocktail Fare) Caprese Skewers with Pesto Dipping Sauce; Deviled Eggs; Asparagus in Parmesan Puff Pastry; (Sit Down) Sexy Ugly Caramelized Onion Tarts; Green Apple & Brie Sandwiches with Honey Mustard; Turkey & Beet Relish Sandwiches with Dill Mayonnaise; Mixed Greens with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette; Zucchini & Walnut Bread; Chocolate Chip Banana Bread; Cherry Scones; Apple Cinnamon Scones; Magnolia Cupcakes

Our friend Jocelyn is lucky enough to have two older sisters who have made her an aunt three times over. We love to …

EVENT: The Ina-Inspired Perfect Holiday Dinner
VENUE: Phoebe’s Apartment, Flatiron
PARTY SIZE: 8
TYPE: Festive, Fancy-ish Sit-Down Feast
MENU: Caramelized Onion Pizzettes with Smoked Mozzarella and Arugula; Tagliarelle with Truffle Butter; Chicken with Goat Cheese and Sun Dried Tomato; Roasted Root Vegetables; Individual Red Berry Parfaits with Olive Oil Pound Cake
BUDGET: $60 (not including dessert)

I’ve been extremely lucky to have a very venerable cooking mentor over the years: Ina Garten. My dad met Ina back in high school in Stamford, Connecticut, and they have been friends, save for a twenty year gap somewhere in mid-life, …

Tribeca Film: Food & Film, Happy Holiday HangoverFood & Film: Happy Holiday Hangover
by Wendy Wecksell

“In this festive time of year, one holiday tradition receives the cold shoulder—The Hangover, which is also a movie out on DVD this week. Recipes for just such an occasion included, courtesy of biggirlssmallkitchen.com!

…To execute such an evening, I enlisted my close friend and cooking mentor, Phoebe Lapine, whose blog biggirlssmallkitchen teaches you the fine art of working wonders in a NYC apartment.”

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EVENT: BGSK Weekly Book Meeting
VENUE: Phoebe’s Apartment, Flatiron
PARTY SIZE: 2
TYPE: Productive Midday Nosh
MENU: Baked Eggs on a Bed of (Leftover) Pumpkin-Leek Stuffing; Savory Leek Pancake with Smoked Gouda

It sometimes seems like only yesterday that I was racing into the office at 7am to finish my post for the day or sneaking Cara messages about the awesome tagine I had made the night before in between work emails about fragrances and the rising prices of facial moisturizer. Since we’ve left our day jobs and taken on BGSK as our full time gig, communication has been …