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What Claire Ate: April 22nd, 2016

Happy Passover!

The first thing I ate was a cheeseburger.

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Then I helped my friend prep for her amazing Seder.

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Then we ate a bunch of delicious food and drank wine at said Seder.

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Pea and green garlic soup with honeyed beet and salmon and anchovy terrine

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Sous vide lamb

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Flourless chocolate cake

Sorry some of the photos are crap; I had some wine.

After the festivities concluded, I went out and had some drinks (a beer at Apex and a not-pictured cocktail at DD).

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What Claire Ate: April 3rd, 2015

Finally, all of my stuff was arriving.

I went to a nearby bakery and picked up some cupcakes for the movers. I got myself a savory scone and an iced coffee (not pictured). I hate about half of the scone.

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For lunch we picked up a pizza, downing a couple of beers while it cooked.

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Say yes to pineapple on pizza.

Say yes to pineapple on pizza.

After a bunch of unpacking, we went to a Passover Seder at Amanda’s house.

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Cream of parsnip soup

Cream of parsnip soup

Matzo

Matzo

Roasted lamb with colorful carrots and potatoes.

Roasted lamb with colorful carrots and potatoes.

THE BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE

THE BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE

Not pictured: all the wine.

After the festivities, Sean and I went to a bar in our new neighborhood. I got a vinegar-champagne cocktail, which was okay, and a charcuterie plate because I was hungry again. (Or maybe I was just drunk; I didn’t eat a whole lot of it.)

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It was a LOT of meat tbh.

It was a LOT of meat tbh.

Then I slept a fitful sleep.

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Happy Tasty Weekend Link Roundup

Claire’s Happy Weekend Tasty Week Roundup

Happy Good Friday, Easter and/or Passover or none of the above, depending on what you’re all about!

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I’m writing this post from my new kitchen, standing at the counter because there are no chairs. The moving company just got here with our stuff though, so I’m gonna make this quick.

Let’s launch into the links.

What do you put on Matzo? I like butter and salt the best, maybe a little nutritional yeast on there.

Pancakes and cocktails, what more do you need?

Too real.

I love a woman who brews, but I’m not sure that makes these beers “feminist.”

If you love Jiro Dreams of Sushi, give this a gander.

Way back in the day, my husband took me here for dinner and a flamenco show. I remember feeling so grown-up ordering cocktails at the bar beforehand. (I was 21.)

Need this shirt in my life.

HAVE YOU HEARD THE GOOD WORD ABOUT EASTER PIE?

Speaking of Easter, which chocolate would you rather have in your basket? This super-fancy goose with luggage? Or Benedict Cumberbatch.

And finally, a very important question: Which is better, Chili’s or Olive Garden?

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Awkward, Holidays, Sweets

Celebrate Passover With a Traditional Matzo House!

Guys. I made a matzo house. I saw it on Epicurious. Theirs is super pretty.

Photo from Epicurious.com

Photo from Epicurious.com

I feel bad for Passover, guys. Easter is such a pastel-hued harlot who is always stealing the spotlight. How can Passover compete? All it has is weird gummy candies and some more different chocolate covered gummy candies and Gifilte fish.

Easter has caramel Cadburry eggs and Whopper eggs an Reese’s eggs and giant chocolate bunnies.

BUT.

But…Passover has matzo, and matzo is pretty awesome. You can make matzo brittle , people. Matzo brittle almost makes up for Gefilte fish…almost.

What better way to celebrate the awesome unleavened bread that is matzo than build a house out of it? When I first ran it by my Jewish husband, I expected him to be all “That’s not a thing, babe.”

And he was, but only after he expressed unbridled joy for the idea.

ANYMATZOBALLS. Let’s do this thing.

1. Assemble your supplies.

This was pretty much the entire Kosher for Passover section at Publix. The Easter section was of course obscene, but let’s not talk about that candy-colored tramp.

Building Materials.

Building Materials.

2. Lay down the foundation. I used peanut butter.

Lay it down thick.

Lay it down thick.

This was not enough peanut butter to keep the walls up. I would have been frustrated, but I kept saying “Shaka, when the walls fell,” and giggling to myself.

3. Put in reinforcements.

I used some coconut marshmallows around the foundation to prop that business up.

Darmok and Jalad, at Tenagra.

Darmok and Jalad, at Tenagra.

 

4. Decorate.

Mine is not nearly as festive as the one on the Epicurious site.

It’s okay, I guess.

Tradition!

Tradition!

So yeaaahhhh…it’s okaaaay.

My life can basically be summed up by the following:

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WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK?

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