Cookbook Cooking, Best Thing I Ate, and Top Chef Finale is Two Days Away!

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Cookbook Cooking, Best Thing I Ate, and Top Chef Finale is Two Days Away!
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This past weekend I did lots of uncomfortable cooking. And that does not mean cooking in heels–because who does that? For me it means cooking from a cookbook and following a recipe to a T.
This crazy idea started when I picked up Jessica Koslow’s Everything I Want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking. Once I flipped to the picture of the strawberry jam and ricotta cheese toast that was it. I thought, “I need to make this.”
Then I attended a cookbook launch event at the William Vale hotel last Thursday night. The conversation was led by author & chef, Julia Turshen, as she interviewed two new cookbook authors: Sarah Britton of My New Roots and Jessica Murnane
I ended up buying Sarah Britton’s cookbook, Naturally Nourished, which is made up of mostly vegan recipes. Totally not my style, but who knows, maybe I’ll get inspired to make her chilled avocado soup once the weather gets warmer. Or I can just read her inscription to me over and over again (she is so pretty). 
But since it’s still February, check out this Chickpea Stew with Kale, Poached Eggs and Smoked Paprika I perfected this weekend. Served with a crispy baguette, it’s practically perfect. Thanks to Jessica Koslow. 
And stay tuned for the Sqirl blood orange upside down cake, coming soon. 
-Michelle

Chickpea Stew with Kale, Poached Eggs and Smoked Paprika
Chickpea Stew with Kale, Poached Eggs and Smoked Paprika
BEST THING I ATE
We went to an authentic Indonesian dinner party, hosted by the spectacular Miranti Kisdarjono. We ate with our hands, talked about sourdough starters (her husband is a baker) and we laughed–a lot. She also cooked the best thing I ate all week. 
Quail Egg Stew in Spicy Coconut Curry @thejoyoffeasting
Quail Egg Stew in Spicy Coconut Curry @thejoyoffeasting
SPEAKING OF EGGS
‘Why Do Americans Refrigerate Their Eggs?’ - The New York Times
TOP CHEF FINALE THIS THURSDAY
Battle of the babes! Brooke Williamson and Shirley Chung are going head to head against each other in Mexico. So proud there are two women in the finale but I’m still grieving the loss of Sheldon last week. Because, Mahalo… Get all caught up before Thursday’s episode with Eater’s latest recap. 
‘Top Chef’ Recap
NON FOOD PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Jose Moran, Union Square
Jose Moran, Union Square
I first noticed this man as I was seated on the train, making my way to the Not My Presidents Day Rally. The doors to the train opened to the profile of Jose Moran, sitting at his loom. On my way back I took some photos of him and struck up a conversation in Spanish. He is an NYC subway vendor artisan and artist from Atuntaqui, Ecuador who weaves custom name bracelets. “Cuanto cuesta?” I asked him. “5 dollars, in 5 minutes.” He delivered.
A true underground immigrant artist, he can be hired to offer his services at parties and events. Get in touch with him on Facebook
-Colin
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Photos © Colin Berg 2017
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