Wait–what is the Manhattan [food] Project?

The Manhattan Project:  in brief, the codename given to the project that would ultimately produce the first atomic bomb.  Not to be confused with:

The Manhattan [food] Project: originally launched in 2009 upon our move to New York City from New Haven, it was intended to be a log of our cooking projects as well as the experience of discovering what it was like to shop in such a huge, diverse city. Since then, we’ve moved a few more times, including back to Connecticut (Stamford that time around) before landing in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, MD. After more than ten years of living a fairly nomadic life we went and bought an apartment in an old Catholic school, which is still a rather new and sometimes unsettling sensation for both of us.

Here’s a little bit about us, awkwardly written in the third person:

Michael, , (we now share cooking duties fairly equally), claims that the kitchen is the center of his power.  He’s a PhD with mad knife skills and an affinity towards red cabbage slaw, Pacific cod, and a well-brined pork chop. He doesn’t write as much here these days as he used to, but you’ll see those knife skills on display in the occasional IG story.

Elizabeth, the grocery store geek, is always on the hunt for the next big culinary project and/or something delicious to make, and can often be found parsing through her cookbook collection on weekend mornings to figure out what they’ll make that weekend while they watch reruns of Top Chef.

The below photo was taken nearly ten years ago in October 2008 when we were in Acqui Terme, Italy for our honeymoon. It remains fairly accurate as to our dynamic to this day, only I now have a better camera and Michael is more apt to take his own photos as well.

Outside the Salumeria Centrale, Acqui Terme Italy

Things we like to make (likely to excess) include duck prosciutto, limoncello, lots of fresh pasta and too many pizzas.

It goes without saying, but we’re saying it anyway:  when it comes to our content we’re more than thrilled to share–but please attribute with a link back to us.

You may have seen us (or even found us!) through the lovely folks at Serious Eats when they have featured our photography in the Weekend Cook & Tell roundup:

We’ve even been featured on Foodpress and Food Network’s website! (You can see my beignet and café au lait photo from Cafe du Monde on the third entry of that slideshow.)

We’ve also made some appearances in other blogs and websites as well as on local television in New Haven under our old blog name (which we’ve since merged into this one):

How To Butcher a PSMO (Peeled, Silver Skin, Side Muscle On) Beef Tenderloin (from The Kitchn)

Connecticut Style appearances:

15 Comments Add yours

  1. loretta says:

    first my language is italian, – even if food is a real worldwide language – so i think i can’t explain very well.
    I’m crazy for your blog, and I’m a cook too, my partner is the expert in bread, even if he is an engeneeriner, and when we can we cook with fresh ingredients from our vegetable garden.

    1. elizabeth says:

      First of all, grazie mille! 🙂 Secondly, please feel free to correct me on my bad Italian.

  2. Domathan says:

    SOOO when I graduate in December I plan on making a trip up to visit you guys asap. I also expect a welcoming meal of this blogs caliber :]

  3. dhaleb says:

    Superfudge was one of my favorite books! I think I still have the original copy in my mom’s house! Glad to see there’s another fan out there 🙂

  4. Just found your lovely blog due to your “friend-ing” me on FoodBuzz … and so glad to be here. I’m a transplant from the New Haven area to NYC myself … albeit 25 years ago! I’m also an upper west sider and lived for a year in the Columbia Univ. ‘hood … so we have much in common.

    Looking forward to catching up on your blog. Cheers!

  5. Alisa says:

    I found your blog from the foodie blogroll and I love what you have here! I look froward to reading more of your delicious projects 🙂

  6. Enjoying your adventures! Keep up the important work….just don’t tell the enemy.

  7. Hester says:

    Ooh la la… so happy to be introduced to your blog! A PhD in chemical physics… I’m working on my BS in Biological Sciences. And OMG, I have that book! On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee! I was just reading it last night on the section about herbs. Took a Biology and Chemistry of Cooking class and ooh… definitely reaffirmed my love of mixing science and food together 🙂 Looking forward to perusing your blog during my times of procrastination from studying/homework!

  8. I am so down with your writing style. It makes me want to read more, which obviously, makes your blog a raving success. I can’t wait to read and learn more from the two of you. I live in PA, but my BF lives in Yonkers so we eat and enjoy NYC a lot. Any recommendations?


    1. elizabeth says:

      You made my day with this comment. 🙂 Seriously! I’ve sent you an email with some of our favorites, most which don’t cost an arm and a leg.

  9. Suzee says:

    You got me with the transplant story – where you used to know where to get all the most fabulous things, and now needing to learn it all over again. We came from Portsmouth, NH to NYC, and part of the transition is this re-education, and the other part is trying all the other cuisines! Love your blog! Keep up the awesome work!

  10. Elizabeth, this is fascinating! I always enjoy reading anything about NYC. What a terrific place to live! And your food pictures. . . WOW!

    1. elizabeth says:

      Thank you! This comment made my day today. : )

  11. Hey there just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading correctly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.
    I’ve tried it in two different internet browsers and both show the same results.

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