Saturday: Littlenecks and Linguine, Cider and Cinnamon, Fourme d’Aigle Blue and Baguettes, Two Days in Paris

Saturday, September 17, 2011 16comments No tags Permalink 0

Did you go outside today?

I think it is officially fall – hooray! Woke up early, walked to the Greenmarket for fresh clams and mint. Lunch: Melissa Clark’s recipe of linguine with littlenecks, roasted tomatoes and caramelized garlic. Sounds simple enough, and yet so luxurious. It’s a blessing to walk up University Place in the mornings, the quiet allows for time to think, even if only for a few short blocks. An honest email (always appreciated) I received from a longtime reader was on my mind. She said this blog feels less “real” than it used to, back when I just moved to NYC and everything was exciting and more…spirited.

So I’ve been combing though my archives and unnerves me a little to see that maybe she is right. In some ways at least. If you look through the older posts – the really old ones, everything had genuine energy. It was also a lot more personal, and I’m still trying to find a balance between professional and personal (six years blogging, you’d think I’d have this part down at the very least). She ended the email with, could it be you’re jaded?

That is the worst possible answer: jaded. People who live here love to say that they’re “jaded,” like it’s a good thing, like it makes them a Real New Yorker. If that’s the case, I’m working on it, working on the process of un-jading. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. There’s so much change and constant discovery in NYC…if anything, the people who live here should be the least jaded ;)

By the way, you really have to try this pasta recipe. It was my first time cooking with clams (!!!) and certainly won’t be my last. Tiny tomatoes are roasted with smashed garlic in the oven. Lots of white white, olive oil, fried garlic, red chili flakes, and a finish of torn fresh mint. Involves more effort than the pasta dishes I usually make, but well worth it.

So. While we ponder more, let’s get apple cider on the stove. I like the one they sell at Red Jacket Orchards. Slide in a cinnamon stick. And make at least one valiant attempt to to get through my pile mountain of unread books. All that’s missing is a fireplace.

And the evening? It’s been a while (over two years, in fact!) since I’ve had a cave day. So that what I’ll be doing. Light those 007 Tocca candles – obsessed! Chicken soup with extra carrots (one day I’ll start making my own stock), and baguette with this Fourme d’Aigle blue cheese on the side.

Off to find our copy of Two Days in Paris…fairly certain Pierre buried it in the closet after I watched it one too many times. Julie Delpy is seriously awesome and the movie is set in Paris, love indeed. Have a good weekend everyone.

16 Comments
  • Samantha
    November 30, -0001

    Hi Kathy :) I've read your blog for years now tho i must admit i never comment (shameful perhaps but i always feel i don't have anything useful to say haha) and just thought i'd like to leave a comment on what the other reader said. I kinda get what he/she means – Your blog has become a bit more proper is the word i would use! Though i would like to stress it's not made the blog any less enjoyable! I think the older blog posts have more detail in just your life around it and details in general. Like i used to adore reading hawaii posts and then getting a little story about Buddy getting sneaky treats off your gran etc (bless Buddy he's adorable. How's he doing? And can i have him? kthanxbai ;) )Your newer posts are indeed more professional like you say but it's not bad at all. I don't think you should feel down about the posts or feel you are jaded. If you really do feel you need unjading just stop thinking that take a breath and be open and you and say whatever you like a bit more than attempting to project a professional post :) But i have to INSIST.. (With 2 full stops for emphasis i'll have you note) I and i am certain all of your other readers love and adore your blog no matter what cause no matter what or how you write and what you write about it's always so entertaining and interesting. However, we and i love to hear about all of you so maybe throw in a touch more waffle for us Kathy fans and i'm sure that'll keep us extra full! I hope this helps and that you feel very not jaded (quartzed perhaps? haha okay that was lame…) and that you enjoy your sunday :) Lots of love, Samantha

  • Natalie
    November 30, -0001

    Hi Kathy! I haven't been reading your blog that long, but i really love it and your writing voice, and I'm sad that anyone would call you jaded, or that you might even think you are jaded. The idea of being jaded is such a sad one: I feel like it means that you're losing your impressionability, your freedom to be influenced easily and to love on a whim, to refuse to let things carelessly impress you, and to shrivel into some bitter, withered thing. It's sad that jaded seems to come alongside maturation or getting older, but I don't think it's irreversible either. I think NOT being jaded means waking up and making sure it's a new day

  • Natalie
    November 30, -0001

    whoops i didnt even finish my comment before i posted it! but anyway, i was rambling on any way – i think that the fact that you can ask yourself so humbly if you're jaded means that you're not! i look forward to reading more of your blog, it's very lovely.

  • anonymous
    November 30, -0001

    I love your blog, and by no means do I think your posts have become jaded, but I, too, have noticed a pretty significant shift over the years. The blog has become much more high-end, which doesn't particularly bother me, and much more focused on tea as of late than actual food. I have to confess: I miss the food postings! And, while I'm being honest here, I also miss than level of energy the posts used to have, the down-to-earth-ness of your writing. Most of the time now, I feel like I'm looking through a bakery window (think Pierre Herme) at sweets I can no longer afford. It's a pleasant experience, but not exactly a REAL one, if you get my meaning. I any case, I still adore your blog and your writing, so please don't be offended–I'm just agreeing that something has changed . . .

  • anonymous
    September 17, 2011

    I have to say that I respectfully disagree with the other reader. To me, your blog has evolved and matured as you have, and I find it to be "spirited", just in a different manner. For me, reading your blog is like sitting down with a good cup of tea–it's thoughtful, enjoyable, and I always come away feeling a lttle bit happier I appreciate that you're finding a balance between too much/too little, and I think you're managing it well.

  • anonymous
    September 18, 2011

    Personally… I love your blog. Yes… it has changed over the years… your taste has become more sophisticated & less relateable to those who do not live in NY. But that is to be expected. Your blog is a reflection of you… and it undergoes changes when you do. It's a growing process… but I don't think that your posts now reflect your view on life in general… I think it just goes to show that you are growing and finding your path. And if that path includes fine dining… why the heck not?! I do agree that I wish you would include more personal info… but that is a personal preference. I love food… period… so I am just as happy looking at your beautiful pictures. But other than food… I'm not sure what else we might connect on. Catch my drift?On the other hand… this is your blog and at the end of the day… the only person that should be happy with it is you. Also… nobody would ever mistaken your blog for being anything OTHER than a foodie blog :)

  • anonymous
    September 18, 2011

    There are critics everywhere, but you must answer to yourself. If you question whether everything you write appeals to every reader, what are you left with?I think we all tell the stories that we need to, and readers embrace and comment on those things that speak to us.

  • miss brooklyn snapshots
    September 19, 2011

    I read your blog since few months and i don't have the impression that you are jaded (thanks for this new 'new yorker' word!). Jaded people lost the enthusiasm of life. They think thay know everything! Sad for them.You really enjoy what you tasteI have a real pleasure to read youGo on and don't listen them!

  • anonymous
    September 19, 2011

    Love your blog! I like the pretty pictures and fabulous food you posted. I dream and drool over the food and stuff you get to try everyday. Very jealous! It is an escape for me to read your blog. You can't satisfy everyone but as long as you stay true to yourself and enjoy what you are doing you'll be fine. No one stays the same. So keep up the wonderful work you are doing.

  • anonymous
    September 19, 2011

    I've been reading your blog for years and I love it! It has certainly evolved over the years and became even better. I love all your pictures and comments about New York, food, and life in general. Please don't ever feel like you need to change over some comment. You're a great blogger and please continue to do what you do. =)

  • anonymous
    September 19, 2011

    Dear Kathy,I just simply love your blog.It is my guide for my dessert map for NYC!

  • anonymous
    September 19, 2011

    long time reader, first time poster! keep doing your thing dude, you're good news. i visited nyc last month for the first time (im from perth, australia) and pretty much ate at all the places you posted up haha :DJames.

  • anonymous
    September 19, 2011

    Whoa. Someone called YOU jaded? I nearly laughed. You're the least jaded person in NYC I know personally. And I constantly wonder, "How does she do it?" I lived here for most of my life to know what a jaded person exudes in presence. Hey, you can be "jaded" all you want, but you don't show it on the outside.I assume the person isn't from New York.I am not familiar with your older writings as I only started to follow anyone's blog some time last year or so. So, I am bias to only your more "newest" writing gin the last two years. It is simply a more prose fashion if not romantically. You make New York sound romantic. Maybe a little too romantic. Haha.

  • anonymous
    September 19, 2011

    Kathy if your blog didnt grow with you and your life experiences then it wouldnt be a true representation of what's happening in your life..I actually adore reading it..yes,I love to hear about Hawaii too but its ALL beautiful,informative and an extremely interesting blog..and it makes me long to be in New York instead of languishing in Spain !!

  • anonymous
    September 21, 2011

    Hi Kathy, I've been a longtime silent follower of yours, for a few year at least :). Your blog was the one that introduced me to the world of food blogging, and that will remain unchanged. I do like your blog, but I do have to agree with the reader in that the your style has evolved. It has a more dreamy, modern and high end style. I admire the elegance factor, but I miss the personal connection that embodies a blogging experience. However first and foremost is that you enjoy blogging, it really shows if it is a chore. And I do see a few slight changes (picture of you and Pierre :) so I think you are attempting to cater to our suggestions. I hope to see more of your life and individual thoughts, and those delicious photos :)- Fenny

  • anonymous
    September 22, 2011

    damn, six years blogging? haha, that's amazing. i've been in NY 10 years now and i just can't see it the same way like the beginning. i'm not sure it's a bad thing though… everything evolves though and it's not always bad.

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