Bell & Basket - It's Still Winter, Best in Food Show, and Prunes for President!

It's Tuesday and we're back at it. Another week, another seven dollars.  This past weekend we bought
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Bell & Basket - It's Still Winter, Best in Food Show, and Prunes for President!
By Bell & Basket  • Issue #4
It’s Tuesday and we’re back at it. Another week, another seven dollars.  
This past weekend we bought candy apples on the Coney Island boardwalk (on the coldest day in March). We walked through Sunset Park and were mesmerized by the smell of street fish and roasted chestnuts mingling in the air. 
We ate hot pot for the first time and had NO idea what we were doing. We ordered fresh shrimp and they brought the little guys live, to our table. Now that’s fresh. I splashed hot pot liquid everywhere and at one point, Colin looked at me and said, “I’m judging you.”
I also cooked some delicious things including a low and slow short rib stew. And then I baked brownies for dessert. Because it’s still winter!!
‘Til next week. 
-Michelle

Mister Hot Pot, Sunset Park
Mister Hot Pot, Sunset Park
WHAT'S BAKING
New to B&B is this Blood Orange Upside Down Cake from Jessica Koslow’s, Everything I want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking. Citrus is still in season–if you move quick. 
Aren't they beauts.
Aren't they beauts.
Voilà.
Voilà.
BEST IN FOOD SHOW
Is anyone else watching the latest season of The Great British Baking Show? Season 3 is now on Netflix. Unlike American cooking competition shows there are no stakes, sob stories or crazy interpersonal drama. The straightforward competition, cheesy puns and British humor take the cake for best baking show on TV (go PBS)! 
PRUNES FOR PRESIDENT
Often thought of as “nasty” dried lumps of fruit that loosen your stool, in real life, prunes are actually delicious. Even The New York Times Magazine’s recent post, In Praise of the Pruneagrees. I can eat an entire bag of juicy, sweet, sticky dried plums in one sitting. And did you know prunes are plums? This prune tangent distracted me just long enough from the current state of political affairs, Russian entanglement, and my dream of rapid presidential impeachment. Which led to the silly title of this even sillier post–Prunes for President! 
NON FOOD PHOTO OF THE WEEK
D.A Sempre, Union Square
D.A Sempre, Union Square
Samba sounds ripple off the strings of D.A Sempre’s modern classical guitar at New York City’s Union Square subway station. 
@dasongs can be found here or at an underground depot near you. 
-Colin
FOOD NEWS
Photos © Colin Berg 2017
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