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: initially 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. 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 is 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?
Moreover, now that we no longer live in New York, how can we maintain that spirit no matter where life takes us?
Your intrepid food enthusiasts are about to find out:
the primary cook in the household, (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.
Elizabeth, the grocery store geek, is always on the hunt for the next big culinary project and/or something delicious to make on the weekends together. 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.
Late spring of 2011 we found ourselves moving back to Connecticut for work reasons, though fortunately this time around we were a 45-minute Metro-North ride into Manhattan (assuming the trains are functional, which isn’t always a sure thing) and we had a Fairway less than a mile away with another Dinosaur BBQ popping up next to it, so it wasn’t so bad. (I mean, I don’t miss Stamford all that much, but it had a few perks.)
Not having to schlep bags of groceries back up the Amsterdam Ave hill in the sweltering heat or freezing cold was a pleasant change, I will admit.
Of course, all of that changed again, and more dramatically this time, when circumstances 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 love our neighborhood and now we’re within a 25-minute drive of a couple of Wegmans locations, so that’s a plus. And getting to New York via Amtrak is downright convenient.
The below photo was taken nearly ten years ago as of September 2018, when we were in Acqui Terme, Italy for our honeymoon. It remains fairly accurate as to our dynamic to this day, only I have a better camera and Michael is more apt to take his own photos as well.
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