It’s October!

Hi Everyone,

It’s finally October! During this amazing time of the year (can you say Halloween?), there’s going to be a lot of hubbub on EveInTheKitchen, so stay tuned for plenty of Fall fun and festivities.

I’m going to kick things off by telling you about an amazing book called The Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook by Liz Gutman and Jen King! I absolutely love it!! It has so much cool stuff you probably never imagined you could make at home, including gummi bears and butterscotch drops. It even has my personal favorite: chocolate-caramel turtles.

The chapters have great titles like “Chocolate Loves You and Wants You to Be Happy” and “Gummi and Gooey and Chewy, Oh My!” The authors, who own a Brooklyn-based candy company, give away many trade secrets, including how to melt chocolate perfectly for coating and how to pipe ganache like a pro. And the photos are mouth-watering!!

So if you’re giving a Halloween party, why rely on mass-produced candy when you can serve your guests some treats they’ll always remember?!

By the way,  you can visit the authors’ Web site at www.liddabitsweets.com)

When you’re not busy whipping up homemade mint patties or peanut brittle, remember to check in with EveInTheKitchen. And if you feel like leaving a comment, tell me what YOUR personal favorite candy is!

The winner!

 

I’m excited to announce that the winner of my last contest, chosen using Random.org, is loyal reader Karen!

Karen will be getting the cutest mini recipe box filled with chocolate recipes. Also–a tin of French vanilla solid perfume, so she will smell as good as anything she cooks!

Congratulations, Karen! I have your address so your prize will be in the mail this coming week!

Thanks to everyone who entered and left me get well messages and wishes for a happy school year. Stay tuned for recipes and other fun stuff in future posts!

The Cutest Utensils Ever!

 

I got a gift in the mail from my Aunt Linda yesterday. Can you tell what each item is?

The chick is a potato masher, the monkey is a peeler, the octopus is a whisk, and the mouse is a cheese grater. I can’t wait to use them!

Stay tuned for tomorrow when I draw the winner of my latest contest. (It’s not too late to enter if you haven’t already. Just leave a comment on this post.) I can’t promise the prize will be as cute as these utensils, but I can promise you’ll like it!

 

I’m back!

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Hi guys, I’m back! I’m really sorry about not posting but I’ve been really busy–from sleep-away camp, to going on vacation, to landing in the hospital overnight. (The doctors thought I had appendicitis, but thank goodness I didn’t!) To say I’m sorry, how about a contest? Simply leave me a comment to be entered. I’ll going to draw the winner on Friday. Best of luck to everyone!!!

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Eleanor. Your name was chosen at random in the summertime sweepstakes!

Your awesome prize includes a great veggie cookbook and a cute cutting board shaped just like an eggplant. Thanks for reading and entering!

I’ll be at sleepaway camp for three weeks, so I might not be blogging much, but I hope everyone keeps cooking and having a wonderful summer!

Lots To Report

I had a great weekend at the pop-up Super Duper Market in Chelsea. There were so many great people and vendors there!

I met the awesome cartoonist Maira Kalman, who was there because she illustrated a very useful book about healthy and delicious food. I also met AndrewAndrew–yes it’s two guys but one name. I think they are mainly DJs and performers but they also bake the cutest cookies in the world!! I meant to take a picture of the one I got, but I was too busy eating it!

I met Neesa Peterson, who owns Imperial Woodpecker Sno-balls at 124 MacDougall St. Her New Orleans-style snow cones were so fluffy and refreshing, they would have been good even without syrup, but we had pear! Delicious! (You can check her out at www.iwsnoballs.com)

Speaking of delicious, my friend isaac and I ate two whole bags of King County beef jerky (www.kingcountyjerky.com). It was VERY good.

Did you know you can get Montral-style bagels right in NYC? I didn’t until I saw Mile End Deli at the Super Duper Market. I plan on visiting their store at 53 Bond. St. one day soon.

There were so many other great products there. These are just a few. Thanks to Paper Magazine for organizing it! I hope they do it again! BUT . . .

The fun didn’t stop after the weekend. On Monday, my camp group visited Eataly in the Flatiron District. It’s a huge Italian marketplace and restaurant complex. I might dream about the fresh, homemade mozzarella we sampled!

 

ONE LAST THING: Don’t forget that I’ll be using random.org to pick a winner in the summertime “veggie” contest later this week. If you haven’t already entered, you still have time!

Summer is Happiness

 

 

Summer IS Happiness!! And wouldn’t winning a cool prize from EveInTheKitchen make summer that much better? Well–I think so!

At camp, we’re visiting a bunch of the city’s green markets, including the enormous one at Union Square. The fruits and vegetables look like works of art, and the sellers are so knowledgable and friendly.  So this week’s awsome prize is something vegetable-related . . . I promise you’ll love it! Just leave a comment on the blog or like it on Facebook to enter.

Good luck–and remember–you never know what’s going to “turnip” on EveInTheKitchen!

Salumeria Rosi–The Best Italian Restaurant on the Upper West Side!

Remember when I told you that we were going to take a bunch of great field trips during summer camp at Bank Street?

Today we went to one of the best Italian restaurants I have ever been to.

The food was amazing, the customer service was great, and the atmosphere was homey and inviting.

I asked so many questions about the food and the staff answered every one knowledgebly.

I tasted almost everything on the menu, which includes many artisan salamis, cheeses, and pastas and the best little bits of puff pastry filled with meats and herbs.

If you have a chance, I have to insist that you go. You’ll love it too!

You are probably wondering the name of this wonderful restaurant–it’s Salumeria Rosi at 283 Amstersdam Ave.

Who runs this wonderful place of fabulous food and exceptional service? It’s Cesare Casella! Here’s a picture of this mastermind of Italian cooking:

 

To learn more, visit their Web site at www.SalumeriaRosi.com

Thank you Mr. Casella and your whole incredible staff for one of the best Italian meals imaginable!

An Update

Hello and welcome back to Eve in the Kitchen!

As I’m writing this, school just ended a few hours ago. I’m so excited for the summer! (That’s why I’m planning to give away lots of fun prizes over the next few months, so stay tuned!)

I will be going to summer camp. Not just any summer camp! A culinary summer camp!

Now, you might be asking yourself why I’m telling you this–what does it matter what I do over the summer? I’ll tell you why! During this summer camp session, I’ll be going behind the scenes at many popular places–like Fairway (for those of you who don’t live in NY, that’s the greatest market in the world) and Stone Barns, a farm upstate!

I will be telling you lots of things I learn on those trips and how our food is handled–from the field to the grocery shelves! Keep reading Eve in the Kitchen to find out more!

And meanwhile–here’s a picture of some nice crisp lettice (romaine and buttercrunch) that I picked from my backyard garden. We’ll be eating a lot of salad this week!

An Unusual and Fun Cookbook

I just got a new cookbook. It’s called Desserts in a Jar by Shaina Olmanson. She blogs over at FoodForMyFamily.com.

Why jars? Because you can make individual desserts that look really cute and homey and taste great!

There are so many interesting recipes here, including kid-friendly things like peanut-butter-cup cupcakes, fruit desserts like apple pie and lemon merengue pie, and even frozen desserts. I can’t wait to try banana splits in a jar!

Shaina gives tips on how to choose your jars, decorate them for a nice presentation, bake safely in them, and much more! I think this book will get a lot of use at my house!