July 16th, 2014

NYC List: Baked

by Manasi

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We are settling in pretty well here The Big City. Our room finally isn’t a chaotic clutter of crap that we probably need to just throw away already and I’ve even made some meals in our new “kitchen.” I shouldn’t be so mean to our new kitchen–for New York, I gather it’s pretty luxurious, but the fact that we had to buy an island and use a gigantic baker’s rack to fit our things makes me little worried as to what a ‘normal’ New York kitchen is. Anyway, the meals were nothing exciting, but at least they happened. read more »

June 23rd, 2014

Father’s Day with the Mets

by Manasi

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Well, I put together a working list of things that I want to do in New York and a mere two days later, I already had the opportunity to start crossing stuff off of it. The first place we went to was actually a little bit of a surprise for me. A little back story–I’m used to baseball games at Fenway Park, where it’s been sold out forever and you can never get tickets, no matter how bad the Red Sox are. So imagine my surprise when friends suggested casually that we go to the Mets game the very next day! read more »

June 17th, 2014

Cherry Pie Bars

by Manasi

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Sometimes, a recipe jumps out at me and I’m instantly making excuses to run to the grocery store to buy ingredients. That’s what happened with these bars–I read the recipe and luckily it was grocery day, so no weird excuses needed. I didn’t get a chance to make them immediately, which benefited Rabi’s family who was visiting for our medical school graduation {I know…it’s about time!}. This was also the very last blog recipe I made in my old kitchen, which makes them extra special. read more »

June 13th, 2014

The Move

by Manasi

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I think I alluded to a move that was going on–which sort of explains the lack of posting. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks–heck months–since we matched and figured out that we were going to move to New York! We had some highs {learning that we were going to move there} and lows {the first day of apartment hunting}, but we finally found a place that we really love and is reasonably close to our places of work. Of course then there was the actual act of packing up our place and moving. Given that we have lived in an apparently very large place in the ‘burbs, our stuff is NOT fitting into our ‘large for New York’ apartment. I’m sure it will become better over time, but right now, I have anxiety attacks just walking around everything. read more »

May 29th, 2014

Roasted Asparagus and Pea Salad

by Manasi

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I wish I could take credit for this salad. My salads usually consist of greens, goat cheese, spicy/sweet pecans topped with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Basic, but really get the job done as a side. This lovely salad, is inspired by my friend Meg, one of my medical school classmates. For her bachelorette party {in the ever classy Dewey Beach, DE}, we stayed in this fab house and Meg brought the ingredients to make an outstanding salad. After our trip to The Azores, where our diet consisted of fish, carbs and cheese {not that I’m complaining}, I needed some greens! I decided to try and recreate Meg’s Salad while adding some of my own elements. read more »

May 20th, 2014

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

by Manasi

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Whew–it’s been a while, eh? I apologize! I was in The Azores on vacation and while I tried to work on this post during my time there, it just wasn’t happening between the multiple coffee breaks and glasses of wine. Better late than never, I always say {usually because I’m often late!}. Remember that arugula pesto I made recently? It works great with pasta and such, but I whipped it up specifically as a dip for these very potatoes. read more »

May 9th, 2014

Homemade Pizza Dough

by Manasi

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Pizza is a quintessential weeknight meal, right? I mean, between the ease of ordering and the cheesy, salty comfort it provides after a long day, what’s not to like? As of late, I’ve become a bigger fan of making my own pizza. I know this may seem to defeat the purpose of simply being able to pick up the phone and having pizza arrive at your door, but after moving to Worcester, we never found a reliable pizza place. I initially started making my own pizza using the pre-made Trader Joe’s pizza dough. While this works fine, I eventually stumbled upon this recipe, which has changed our homemade pizza lives! read more »

April 30th, 2014

Arugula Pesto

by Manasi

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Before I bought my food processor, I remember coveting one for years. I was so envious of people whipping up hummus, dips or whatnot in their food processors. It was always touted as the workhorse of the kitchen with limitless potential. Then I got one and realized one important thing that everyone had left out—it’s an absolute pain in the {ahem} to clean! Seriously! Ingredients get stuck in the crevices, plus there are so many parts! I know it’s all dishwasher safe, but it takes up a lot of room in the dishwasher and if we don’t run it soon enough then I will inevitably need it again and have to wash all the parts before using them, then have to wash them again! I know, I know, First World Problems. read more »

April 20th, 2014

Chocolate, Almond and Raspberry Rugelach

by Manasi

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In my other life, I’m a medical student–which you would know if you read my About Me section. I was gifted this blog right before I started school and now, five years later I am almost done. Yes, I realize medical school is usually four years, but I took an extra year for many reasons, one being having a kid and whatnot. Anyway, of all the weird things that medical school makes you do, one of them is applying for residency and entering The Match. This is a weird process where you decide what you want to be when you’re a grown up doctor, then apply to different program is that field (for me it is Pediatrics), you interview at all these places and then finally you make a list of what programs you want to go to. This all gets fed into a computer, which spits out an answer. Then on one day in March, every student in the country finds out where they will go for residency. Sounds nuts? Well it is. This March, Rabi and I found out we had matched in NYC, which we’re really excited about! read more »

April 15th, 2014

Raw Chocolate and Cashew Bars

by Manasi

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Are you a snacker? I am a person that HAS to have snacks. I’m in awe of those people that can eat nothing between meals–I become a crazy monster if I go too long without eating. Seriously–ask my friends. read more »