Saturday, October 15, 2011

Morningside Weekend

Autumn is slowly creeping around the edges of things. The trees are still mostly green, but there are tinges of gold and red, and the breeze is brisk. This weekend we knocked around our little neighborhood after I taught my Saturday high school creative writing class, so I'm wearing my most pseudo-professorial attire. Riverside Park, where we spent most of the afternoon, is long and thin (rather like Manhattan), and is made up of many different levels and staircases as it gradates down to the Hudson.

Aside from Riverside Park, another of the jewels of Morningside Heights is the Hungarian Pastry Shop, right across the street from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. I tried their strawberries and cream spongecake. It was fresh, light, and moist.

Our pastry-eating companion, one of the peacocks that lives on the grounds.

Quick State of the Cold update -- The real sign that I'm not sick anymore: Not only did I go grocery shopping, but I've started cooking again!
This weekend I made a menu from "The Heart of the Artichoke" by David Tanis, one of my favorite cookbook authors. On the plate: Peppery Oven-fried Chicken, Scalloped Corn (I made it with Greek yogurt and milk rather than half and half, and it was awesome), and Spicy Cabbage Slaw (which is simply purple cabbage, red onions, salt, pepper, lime juice, and jalapeƱo). Everything was really yummy. I'm cured!


  1. Again, a lovely balance of food, nature, and favorite-people photographs. You both look healthy. That is a lovely park, and I think they filmed a famous scene from Kramer vs. Kramer there. We are just surprised that there aren't more people on such a beautiful day.

  2. I live on a California Riverside, myself! Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz. Just trying to connect you with your roots a bit. I like your professorial garb. Can I just say that you have a wonderful blog aesthetic. You always give just enough information coupled with beautiful and informative photographs. Loves.

  3. I'm glad to hear you're better. We has spicy cabbage slaw tonight, so remember where you had it first (and I thought I had invented it!).

    I'm going to be very interested to hear about *real* seasons.

  4. How I envy your turned up cuffs and floppy sleeves. I am destined to live my life in 3/4 sleeves. (PS I thought that Mag and I invented spicy red cabbage slaw at the fish site . . . :) Your fall looks wonderful. Continue to enjoy all the new sights and sounds and smells and . . .