everything is better crispy–bacon [which i don’t eat],

chicken skin [which i also don’t eat], potato chips, tate’s

chocolate chip cookies and… wait for it… broccoli.  here’s

how to crispify your greens:

-preheat the oven to 425

-cut broccoli into florets and then in half (so they can lay flat

on the baking sheet)

-toss with olive oil, salt & pepper

-roast for about 20 minutes, or until they’re browned

-top with fresh lemon zest and lemon juice

-eat your veggies [and actually enjoy them]


i know what you’re thinking: why is a jewish girl like you,

alexandra, preparing the least jewish dish ever–deviled eggs? 

well i’ll tell you, curious reader.  i was inspired by this dish

from fresh roast cafe and realized that the fusion of a

traditional jewish delicacy [smoked white fish] and a traditional

church dish [deviled eggs] was just about the best damn thing

i’ve ever experienced.  so here is my version of the better

deviled egg [without measurements, because the only measuring

tool you need to prepare these is common sense, really]:

1.  hard boil some eggs

2.  once cooled, cut in half and scoop out yolks into a bowl

3.  add mayo to yolks (enough to make it creamy, but not too rich)

4.  add brown mustard, garlic powder, salt & pepper

5. remove all of the meat from a smoked trout [be careful of

bones… those things are practically invisible]

6.  add the fish to the yolks, but don’t break it up

too much; it’s nice to have a little bit of texture in each bite

7.  use a small spoon to scoop the mixture back into the egg

whites [if you’re feeling really ambitious, you can use a piping

bag with a large star tip]

8.  top with chopped scallions and smoked paprika

8.  eat at least a dozen within the next five minutes


i am so incredibly proud of my latest body of work, which will be

on sale come april 1st on the “carefully curated” online shop,

straw & gold.  now that they’re officially signed and sealedthe

only thing left to do is deliver them to williamsburg tomorrow

morning for their close-up.  stay tuned for high res images of

the works, and be sure to check out straw & gold for other

beautiful things made by beautiful people. 


in no way am i trying to be dramatic [and/or cliché]
when say that shit has been bananas.  because of said banana-
ness, the only things i’ve had time to do are sing with my 
a cappella group, make art for straw & gold, and work at the gal.
and in honor of said banana-ness, i am revisiting these banana
cupcakes that i baked and photographed a while back.  hopefully
i’ll find time in the near future to whip up another batch. until
then, i’ll just reminisce throughout my hectic day about how
great they were….