Whataweekend

April 14, 2010

I know I know, it’s already Wednesday. But you guys, I can’t get over what an awesomely packed weekend I just got through.

It was filled old friends (Chris & Rebe visiting from L.A.!) and new ones (hello BakedByBub!), sweet treats, and lotsa Harvard Sailing Team activity. Even though my dogs were barkin’ by the end of Sunday night, the hard work and long days were worth it because I was busy doing the things I love. It’s always easier to put in those long hours when the work feels more like play, and you’re surrounded by people who make you laugh.

Photos from the weekend to come.

If you can’t tell, I’m on a bit of a lifehigh right now. For now, I’m happy to ride this wave because inevitably, New York will have another rainy Spring day and I’ll have to pay my taxes and I’ll curl up on the couch with a tub of Ben & Jerry’s and lament. But until then, I’m welcoming these happy giddy feelings.

Greenpoint Food Market Brings You Fanny & Jane Tomorrow

April 9, 2010

Get yer Fanny & Jane fix this weekend at the Greenpoint Food Market! Been dying to try our Salted Peanut butter Buckeyes? They’ll be there. Fancy yourself a Classic Brownie Bites person? Those’ll be there too! It’s all happening tomorrow, people!

This is our first food market of the season, and it’s always so exciting to get ready for a market. There are a ton of extra factors to consider that Jen and I don’t have to think about when we are preparing our online orders (like mainly, should we wear our matching aprons or not??). But it’s always so rewarding to meet, not only our fans, but also all the other inspiring vendors that are making great stuff in Brooklyn! It’s a wonderful community of creative and foodie-minded folk. I’m particularly excited to sample some of Slant Shack’s Jerkey tomorrow. Nothing like a little bit o’ salty followed by somethin’ sweet!

The event is “Spring” themed, so it’s sure to be a lovely time. Look forward to seeing you there!

The market is open from noon till 5pm, and then Jen and I are running off to wear our other hats: our sketch comedienne hats. At 9:30 Harvard Sailing Team is performing our comedy show at The PIT. And with all 9 members in town performing together again, it’s sure to be a memorable show! Busy bizzy Saturday. I imagine Jen and I will be running on adrenaline (and large amounts of coffee) until Sunday.

Click here for location details and the official Greenpoint Food Market website.

Click here for a complete list of vendors.

And check out our twitter for updates throughout the day!

Have a great weekend!

Matzoh Toffee

April 8, 2010

Got a few extra boxes of matzoh burning a hole in your pocket?

If you’re anything like my mom (who would happily eat matzoh with butter for breakfast for the rest of time), you’ll hoard those matzoh boxes until next Passover.  But if you’re looking to do something fun with your leftover matzoh this year, here is a recipe for AMAZING matzoh toffee!  This is the first time I’ve ever made matzoh toffee, and it was a huge hit among all my toffee-loving chocoholic friends at this years’ seder.  Anything covered in butter, chocolate, and sugar — I mean, really, how can you go wrong?

This is one of the quickest, easiest, and yummiest recipes I’ve ever made.  You can buy already-made matzoh toffee from Whole Foods (it’s my fave), but you’ll get a lot more gratification out of telling your fellow seder-ers that you made it yourself.

Matzoh Toffee – a recipe lovingly passed on from my mother

(can be made with or without the almonds)

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2  sheets unsalted matzos
  • 1  cup  unsalted butter
  • 1  cup  firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1  cup  semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 1/3  cup  finely chopped toasted slivered almonds

Preparation

1. Line a 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan with nonstick aluminum foil. Arrange matzos in prepared pan, breaking as necessary to fit and completely cover bottom of pan.

2. Bring butter and brown sugar to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Boil, stirring constantly, 3 minutes. Carefully pour mixture evenly over matzos in pan, and spread over matzos.

3. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. (Mixture will start to bubble at about 10 minutes. Continue to bake to 15 minutes.) Carefully remove pan from oven to a wire rack. (Mixture will still be bubbly.) Let stand 1 minute at room temperature or until no longer bubbly. Sprinkle top evenly with morsels; let stand 1 minute or until morsels soften. Spread morsels over brittle. Sprinkle with almonds; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Place pan in refrigerator; chill 30 minutes or until chocolate is firm. Break into about 20 pieces. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week in refrigerator.

Note: I used Manischewitz Unsalted Matzos.

A delicious treat you can enjoy long after the “chametz” is allowed back in the house!

Happy Quichester!

April 7, 2010
homemade quiche and pie, made by MacKenzie

homemade quiche and pie by MacKenzie

french toast stuffed with ricotta

beautiful birthday girl

Who’s a Jew that loves Easter and has two thumbs?

>Points thumbs enthusiastically at self<

This guy.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve suffered from a mild case of Goy Holiday-envy. As soon as Thanksgiving is over, I play my “Holiday playlist” nonstop, and I don’t retire it until a few weeks after new years. I’ve never had a christmas tree, I’ve always yearned for my own stocking over the mantle, and I didn’t even fully understand what a Cadbury egg was (it’s a chocolate shell but the inside is filled with white and yellow goo?) until just a few years ago.

This past Sunday was a heavenly delight. One of my best friends’ birthday’s coincided with Easter this year. So like any good shiksa would, she planned an Easter brunch. And we called it an Easter slash Birthday brunch. And it was at my apartment. And I couldn’t wait. Not only was I co-hosting an Easter brunch, but I also got to participate in my FIRST EVER EASTER EGG HUNT! I heard that, apparently, traditional easter egg hunts take place outside, preferably in someone’s yard.  But due to limitations of my Brooklyn apartment (mainly the fact that I don’t have a yard to speak of), we did an urban version: eggs were hidden in my bathroom and living room.  Hey, good enough for me!

The whole experience was just as I had imagined: exhilarating, hilarious, and drunk. And delicious. There were Rolos and Hershey Kisses inside!

Enjoy the photos, and Happy birthday, Natalie!

Boys Will Be Girls

April 3, 2010

Harvard Sailing Team performing at The Kennedy Center

My sketch comedy group, Harvard Sailing Team, has been getting a nice bit o’ buzz lately.

The internet has been showing the love for our two new videos we just released! This has definitely been generating the most buzz than any of our previous videos have ever received, so it’s very exciting.

The major highlights for us include props from Best Week Ever, Buzzfeed (who says we’re “going viral!”), Jezebel, and my personal fave shout-out: New York Magazine’s blog “Vulture”, calling our video “A masterpiece!”  Woot woot.

We had a blast making these videos, and it’s always nice to know that people are digging them too.  But for every “SO FUNNY! Great skit!” (thanks youtube commenter, R4nd0mn33s!), there’s a “WHAT THE HELL??? THIS IS A FAIL!” (no thanks, youtube commenter, zizzork). Oh, internet.  The widely varied comments that people post on all of our videos has always been a great source of amusement for the team.

Hope you enjoy!

And if you’re in New York, you can catch our live show tonight at 9:30!  We perform every Saturday at The PIT!  Click here for tickets and info.

Ladies Brunch

March 30, 2010

The yucky rain weather of these past few days has kept me mostly inside, and mostly delegated to my lovely, albeit overcast, pocket of Brooklyn.  Spring weather, wha happen?  I guess the sunny days and flowy dresses of last weekend were just a tiny taste of what’s to come.  Oh New York Spring, you’re such a tease.

For now, I’ll have to settle for sitting inside, listening to the rain, and dreaming of the amazing homemade brunch lovingly made by my dear friend Marina.  Always the most amazing hostess and cook, Marina invited a small group of ladies to her apartment for an incredible brunch last weekend.  It was quite the spread!  Homemade lemon and blueberry scones, citrus salad with ginger yogurt, and BREAKFAST PIZZA!  Great company and great peach bellinis.

Check out her blog for the recipes and more photos!

Selleck Waterfall Sandwich

March 27, 2010

So, this exists.  And I’m so happy to know about it.  Photo courtesy of a blog called selleck waterfall sandwich.

We Flead

March 16, 2010

The awful wind and rain storm that hit New York this past weekend–and the cloud that seemed to be hailing directly over my apartment building–kept me indoors for the most part. (Cue my roommates, several pints of ice cream, a couch, and the Star Trek movie). However, the previous weekend, the weather was absolutely gorgeous. Go figure.

So last weekend (the previous gorgeous one), David and I decided to take a stroll over to the Brooklyn Flea’s indoor location at One Hanson Place. I’d only been to their original outdoor location in Fort Greene, and loved it!  In the summer I got a great wooden table with fold-down flaps there. So I was interested to see how the Flea people would set everything up indoors.

Turns out, it totally worked! The location is gorgeous.  I’d never been to this building before, but the high ceilings and old architecture was beautiful. The set-up however, was a little claustrophobic for my taste. But I guess that’s all in the spirit of Flea-ing: get nice n’ close and haggle! I saw several jewelry pieces and accessories that I would have loved to investigate further, but the crowds were a little too much for us.

Besides, we were hungry anyway.

We made sure to go on an empty stomach, because, as most NY food bloggers will tell you, the Brooklyn Flea is all about the food. And boy, these food vendors did not disappoint! I wish I had taken more photos, but I’m still figuring out my favorite settings on my new-ish camera.

And now presenting…

An amazing pulled pork sandwich from Asia Dog!

A profiterole with a chocolate passion fruit filling from one of mine and Jen’s fave Brooklyn confectioners, Whimsy & Spice!

Aaaand a jar of McClure’s garlic dill pickles!

A woodsman and his jar.

It’s great to see all these delicious and unique food vendors representin’ Brooklyn!  Every food vendor I spoke to at each table was so excited to talk to me about their food and to be sharing their wares.  It’s a great little community, I tell ya.

Can Every Day Be a Lazy Saturday?

March 11, 2010

Another reason why I am convinced that I will never move (have I ever mentioned on this blog just how much I love my apartment?  I love my apartment), is my close proximity to Prospect Park.  It’s like having a really big backyard…open to the public.  But the cutest public imaginable: lots of babies and little puppies.  And being just minutes away from the Grand Army Plaza entrance has it’s perks, one of which is the Saturday greenmarket.  Every Saturday, in front of the big arch, farmers set up their wares and all afternoon you can stop by for a fresh focaccia, refreshing milk, or even a succulent plant.

Look at these kids playing in the little patch of snow (bottom right)!  A-door-a-bull.

Come on, Spring!  I’m ready to let the sun shine in.

Fanny & Jane Buzz!

March 10, 2010

Our Mini Choco Buttercream Sammies have been getting some lovin’!

via blondieandbrownie.blogspot.com

The sweet ladies of the Blondie & Brownie blog enjoyed our bite-sized cookie sandwiches last week after discovering them at a coffee shop!   Several Fanny & Jane products are now being offered at the wonderful little coffee shop, Cup on Norman in Williamsburg.  The owners are lovely, and the coffee is delicious–stop in for a coffee and a bite!

Click here to read the full Fanny & Jane review!  And check out the Blondie & Brownie blog to follow “Two girls’ adventures in food”.  Glad you enjoyed the sammies!  Thanks for the review, girls!

And if you aren’t in the neighborhood to grab one of our treats at Cup, as always, all of our sweets are available to order on our website, Fanny and Jane dot com.  Check back often for new treats and sweet deals!