August 21st, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

by Manasi

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Sometimes, you just need a good, basic cookie. The other weekend, I was on call overnight and decided a sweet pick-me-up was going to make the world a better place. I mean, I know there are problems that cookies can’t fix, but that list is small. Trust me. At the very least you can eat your feelings, right? Well one problem that can definitely be solved with cookies is being stuck at the hospital. Being a resident means that you often spend more time at work than anywhere else, but usually it’s not so bad when cookies and awesome co-workers are involved. read more »

August 15th, 2014

The NYC List: Momofuku Milk Bar

by Manasi

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So way back when before residency {also known as 30-something days ago, but who’s counting?}, Rabi and I had all sorts of time. We also had our third wedding anniversary. We were pretty exhausted trying to get settled before ‘real work’ started, so decided that a dessert adventure was more realistic than trying to do a whole dinner thing. Also dinner in NYC is way more expensive than in the Woo. read more »

August 6th, 2014

Stuffed Peppers with Green Salsa

by Manasi

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Oh hey, remember when I used to cook and not just go around to bakeries and eat lots of delicious things? Well, turns out that residency is pretty time consuming and there’s not a lot of time to dabble in cooking and picture taking. To be fair, I have been cooking, but it’s been a lot of quick dishes such as stir fried vegetables with tofu or simple pasta dishes. While I was perusing through blogs on my way to work (one advantage of a long train ride), I saw this recipe, which seemed like a perfect way to get out of my cooking rut. read more »

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

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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 »

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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 »