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: the next chapter in the lives of two young married food bloggers: one who happens to have a PhD in chemical physics, the other who spends all day immersed in the consumer-packaged-goods industry, much of it centering around how we all buy food. Having relocated from New Haven to New York, the easy swagger they commanded in their prior blog thanks to the confidence in knowing where to shop to get the best food has been completely eradicated as they try to navigate the unfamiliar streets of Morningside Heights and as many of the other neighborhoods and boroughs they can reach via subway. While cooking in their cozy galley kitchen remains an ever-present force of the story, this is also a tale of exploration–how does one take advantage of one of the best fresh food sources and best restaurant cultures in the country?
Your intrepid food enthusiasts are about to find out:
Michael, the primary cook in the household, 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.
Elizabeth, the grocery store geek, is always on the hunt for the next big culinary project and/or something delicious to give Michael some ideas on what to make for dinner. The 11-year old in her cannot believe that
she’s living she lived in New York, the setting for so many of her favorite books growing up: From the Mixed–Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Superfudge, and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.
As of the summer of 2011 we are back in Connecticut, but living where we do in Stamford means we’re only a 45-minute Metro-North ride into Manhattan (assuming the trains are running properly, which isn’t always a sure thing) and we have a Fairway less than a mile away, so we’ve been able to make a fairly smooth transition.
Not having to schlep bags of groceries back up the Amsterdam Ave hill in the sweltering heat is a good thing, I will admit.
Of course, all of that changed again, and more dramatically this time, when cirucumstances prompted us to move to Baltimore at the end of 2014. While we’re a little sad that we no longer have Fairway and all of New York within an easy distance anymore, we are looking forward to exploring our new neighborhood and our new city at large.
Here we are in Italy back in October of 2008, and it’s a pretty typical sight: Elizabeth with a camera in her face photographing everything, and Michael looking on, trying to stay patient:
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:
- Your Bread
- Edible Giftables (second photo)
- You Say Tomato
- Party Spreads
- Salad Days (second photo)
- Put an Egg On It! (second photo)
We’ve also made some appearances in other blogs and websites as well as on local television under our old blog name (which we’ve since merged into this one):
Connecticut Style appearances:
- Roasted Red Pepper Soup
- Pacific Cod Tacos with Red Cabbage Slaw
- Vegetarian Croque Monsieurs with Arugula Salad
- Shrimp with Mango Mojo
- Pizza Margherita