Author: Ariel and Whitney

Penne with Balsamic Brown Butter

Hello everyone!!! So sorry that I have been MIA for so long. Ditto to everything Whitney has said. Sometimes life just gets crazy, but I’m SO glad to be back! The good news is that we survived the first two weeks of school- academics, mental breakdowns, oven fires and all. Will we survive the next two? Only time will tell… For a long time I have been very interested in brown butter. What’s so great about it? And what is it anyway? Well I finally went to my favorite Italiana, Giada to figure it out. She has a recipe for Ravioli with Balsamic Brown Butter  and it looks amazing. While I was reading her recipe, which in fact looked very simple, I realized that brown butter is literally browned butter. Who knew! Nothing fancy! Just butter in a pan for a few minutes until it turns brown. I knew I had to make this dish. I went into our pantry and our fridge. Yikes, we didn’t have ravioli! We didn’t even have real butter! I …

Lookie at my Cookies: Reese’s Cake

HELLO! Sorry all, we had to take a hiatus from the blog for a bit due to our extremely hectic schedules over the past week. No worries, we are back and here to stay–we missed y’all! It’s too bad school has to come first sometimes, ah well, such is life.Since we were MIA, here’s a quick recap of our past week:1. We started our second kitchen fire–I say we, but really it was just me…as I was cooking for my sorority rush I decided to jump in the shower to make myself presentable. Got out and of course I see smoke billowing from the oven. I open the oven and my pigs in a blanket are ON FIRE–despair. The piggies got pretty soggy when I had to throw water on them to put out the fire but I managed to salvage some from a previous batch. Oh well.2. We ate a lot (duh) but more so than normal since our kitchen was churning out food for hundreds of people each night of rush. Yes, you …

Rel’s Ravenous Review of Bubby’s Brunch

Ahhh Brunch. The truly perfect meal; it sits delightfully between breakfast and lunch, allowing you to sleep late and eat twice as much. You can order eggs or french toast or a greasy cheeseburger. You can sip on hot coffee or nurse your hangover from last night with a mimosa or bloody mary. No judgements here when you’re brunching.  On Sunday my Mom was in town and we decided to go to Bubby’s in Tribeca. I’ve been to Bubby’s before and have always had a deliciously positive experience. There’s something about the calm atmosphere that makes me forget I’m in the city. Walk in and you’ll be engulfed by delicious smells. There’s a quiet hum of patrons devouring their meals and heavy coffee mugs clanking together in waiters’ hands. These are the classic sounds of American Brunch done the right way.  Bubby’s is not just your average restaurant for a few reasons. While the name does boast a Jewish connotation and the menu offers matzah ball soup, the restaurant has a little southern flair- a …

Whit’s Tidbits: Herbed Lima Bean Hummus

As I said in my last post it’s back to school time! For me that also means it’s time for rush for my sorority and all the other Greeks at NYU. Confused? Yes, we actually do have Greek life at NYU, it’s a little known fact but we do exist. Along with spending hours “flirting” with girls trying to get them to join my sorority, I also decided to contribute by enticing the PNMS (potential new members) with my cooking and baking skills. So far, so good. For those of you who aren’t familiar with recruitment and how rushing goes, lemme give you the sparknotes version. In formal recruitment every girl must see every organization at the beginning and then can narrow down her choices from there. There are hundreds of great girls out there that we have to get to know in just a few nights. It’s our job to impress them, chat them up, and welcome them into Greek life. Smiles and good munchies are highly encouraged to lighten the mood and keep …

Polenta Pizza

The other day I was brainstorming with Whit. What haven’t we done on Nosh and Tell? What should be our next thing to share? I immediately realized that we have been missing a massive staple of the American diet, a massive staple of the world’s diet! Pizza!  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love pizza. Whether it’s cheese, meat lover’s, veggie or even white, it’s everyone’s favorite; you can always “have it your way”. It is the ultimate fast food, as well as the ultimate comfort food. It is perfect when devoured hot with gooey cheese and a crunchy, yet doughy crust. It is also perfect when enjoyed cold for breakfast. Have pizza on a bagel, on toast, on pita. Have it sweet with chocolate or savory with cheese and figs. The opportunities are endless.  I remember watching a recent episode of Chopped on the Food Network and one of the ingredients was polenta. This wasn’t quick cooking polenta, it was ready made. I had never seen anything like this before: a long tubular shape …

Lookie at my Cookies: Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

  So Welcome Week is officially over and school has started. Meaning we are now trying to piece together our schedules and figure out where to fit in time for friends as well. So far it’s going pretty well, except for the whole class thing. I think this is the least prepared I have been for school–normally I spend hours in Staples picking out school supplies like an excited middle schooler. This year…not so much. I had to call friends for an SOS to look at my schedule for me and figure out what room/time I had class. Oops! Oh well, it’s kind of liberating actually.   So far classes are looking pretty good. I’m taking a few Food Studies classes that I’m really excited about and then a few others that I’m…eh…less excited about. Gotta take the bad with the good I guess. Anyway, in an effort to start off my year the right way I’m getting ahead and writing this blog post early! (Okay so it’s really only the night before I would’ve …

Sticky Buns, Faulty Fire Extinguishers, and Disaster Averted

When I decided to make sticky buns yesterday, I figured that going for something simple would be best. After all I’m no master of the oven; I’m actually a full fledged novice when it comes to anything baking. Who better to turn to than Ina when looking for a straight forward recipe with a delicious result. I found her Easy Sticky Buns on the Food Network Website and got baking.      Ina’s Easy Stick Buns 12 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temp 1/3 cup brown sugar lightly packed 1/2 cup pecans, lightly chopped 1 package frozen puff pastry, defrosted For the Filling: 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2/3 cup light brown sugar 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 cup raisins Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Take a 12 muffin tin and place it on top of a sheet pan. With an electric mixer or a strong arm, mix the 12 tablespoons of butter and 1/3 cup brown sugar together. Put one rounded tablespoon of the mixture into each of the 12 muffin cups. Then sprinkle …

Lookie at my Cookies: Chocolate Chip Pie

I went to an all girls high school, and I loved every minute of it. With no boys around we wore absolutely no make up, rolled out of bed, threw on our uniforms, and went to school each day. We played ridiculous pranks on each other, had so much fun, laughed a lot, and ate a ton! I think I gained the “Freshman 15” my Freshman year of high school–no joke. I didn’t really think about it at the time but a lot of our events at school were centered around food. We had weekly advisory meetings where a group of us who shared an advisor would get together, talk, and feast. Advisory happens to be where I picked up my habit of dipping butter cookies into a tub of icing–yum! It was actually gross how much food we would consume in a half an hour…but it was so good. And of course there’s the whole school lunch cuisine. We were lucky enough to have a great dining hall at school–almost too great. By senior …

A Nosh and Tell Movie Review: No Impact Man

A movie review is definitely a first here for us at Nosh and Tell. We’ve cooked, reviewed restaurants, and discussed cookbooks. But what about movies that involve food? When we were invited to a special press screening of “No Impact Man,” we decided the wait was over; we would make the move to the film industry.  Like most college students, especially here at NYU, I feel pretty educated in environmental ethics and like to pride myself on various things I do to keep this world a “greener” place. I have taken a class about sustainability, did a project about organic clothing fabric, and hey, I occasionally recycle too. I get pretty scared when people talk about water levels rising, tropical storms that could destroy major cities, and cute fuzzy polar bears becoming extinct. But in my complacent ignorance, I usually deny that I could possibly do anything to help stop these- while a little far fetched but perhaps relatively possible- outcomes. Furthermore, I have forgotten that consuming in and of itself not only effects the …

100th Blog Post Celebration: a dinner party & giveaway!

Well here we are..100 posts later, lots of food consumed, money well spent, and pretty full of food and happiness. When we realized we were nearing our 100th post milestone we contemplated the ways to celebrate. It only seemed fitting that we host a dinner party since what we do on this blog is cook, eat, and talk. Plus we love a good party! So it was decided: a dinner party for the dearest friends of Nosh & Tell. The menu? Eggplant, Squash, Tomato and Pesto Tarts; Chopped Salad; Julia Child’s Bouef Bourguignon (Kosher style); Mashed Potatoes; and then Fruit Pizza for dessert. Perfect. Aside from four sink fulls of dishes, the dinner party went off without a hitch. We had an incredible meal, great company, and lots of wine! The only thing we could have used was a massive air conditioner, remember it gets hot when you’ve got the oven on in the summer y’all! So here’s the run down of the meal. We, of course, had a cheese and cracker plate (Whit’s fave) …