Zach & Ali’s Engagement

Our friends Zach and Ali got engaged on Saturday!!Zach staged an adorable proposal near their old apartment in Stuy Town and I stealthily blended in with residents on the benches nearby to photograph the moment. After Zach popped the question, Ali spotted me (and Will …. who was videotaping) which led to some beautiful celebratory pictures.  Congratulations, Zach and Ali! We love you!


Upcycled Tea Set

I really love tiny, antique-y things that I have no space or use for, like the teeny Japanese tea set my grandmother gave me years ago. I’m not sure if it ever fulfilled a tea-serving purpose while she owned it, but I can say with certainty that it was not living up to any potential in my possession. Continue reading

Sweet Potatoes and Brie

Happy New Year!!!! I hope your holidays were lovely. Mine were – until I got sick.

I spent half of last week trying to pretend I wasn’t sick and the other half in bed, struck down in the prime of lime (get me?) by the common cold. I didn’t cook anything (although I defrosted some excellent soup that I wanted to hug my past self for making) all week, which is probably why I chose to attempt a bunch of new recipes in this first full week of 2015. So, here we go!

I got the idea for this recipe from the Vegetarian Student Cookbook, but I didn’t read the whole thing (oops) and I thought I was making a pizza. I love to make naan bread pizzas, so I picked up some garlic naan at A&P and was pretty excited about it. Continue reading

Ranch Parmesan Crusted Shrimp

IMG_0071Over the weekend I went to have lunch with my best friend Ashley at D’Italia’s in Avenel, NJ. It was a gorgeous day (but hot!) so we sat outside with Giorgio. Ashley suggested we order the Parmesan Crusted Shrimp but substitute the pasta for a house salad. It was SO delicious that I decided to give it a shot at home. I present to you: “Ranch-Parmesan Crusted Shrimp” over a veggie-filled house salad with homemade balsamic vinaigrette!

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