Mallory's Kitchen

Pictures and step-by-step recipes of simple, seasonal, from-scratch food and drinks, tasteful DIY crafts and home decor, travel pictures. Live simply, make your own stuff! Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Maple Pumpkin Polenta Cake

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I’ve been dreaming about making pumpkin polenta cake since last September when we had a harvest dinner upstate and small ramekins of pumpkin polenta cake were served for dessert. I’ve also been interested in trying out different flours in my baking. When my mom brought me back a can of high quality maple syrup from Montreal I knew now was the time to try this out. It took a few tries to get right, but the final result is a dense, mapley and almost caramelized cake with a nice whole grain toothsomeness to it thanks to polenta and spelt flour. I’s great morning coffee cake, and it reminds me a bit of cornbread.

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Recipe after the jump.

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Upstate Craft Coven Weekend

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For Erin’s birthday, the Craft Coven / Ravenous Dinner Party Series had a weekend long edition upstate. We made dinner, crafted, picked apples, met a Satanic goat, and foraged in the wilderness. 

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My sister brought us these bat nuts from Chinatown, and we thought they looked pretty cool.

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Many more pictures and adventures after the jump.

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Apple Spelt Muffins with Walnuts

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Crusty and sweet on the outside and warm and soft on the inside, these spelt muffins are killer. I went apple picking last weekend and had a huge haul of apples to experiment with. The recipe is adapted from my grandma’s German Apple Cake- I decreased the sugar a bit and substituted in some spelt flour and the results were fantastic. Making the cake into muffins was also a great choice because of the greater surface area and thus more crusty goodness. Please, even if you don’t like muffins, try this out and you will not be disappointed.

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Recipe after the jump.

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Oktoberfest Pretzels

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Last year around this time I became obsessed with learning how to make pretzels and mustard from scratch. I’d read all the recipes, techniques, and methods and was set on making the traditional-style Bavarian pretzels, with lye and pretzel salt, and my own assortment of homemade mustards to go along with them. I never quite mastered the mustard making (still working on it!) and the lye and pretzel salt proved difficult to come by. I didn’t order them online because I was hoping to find them locally, and in the meantime, Oktoberfest season had come and gone. 

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So this year I decided to at least try making them with household ingredients (baking soda) and they turned out pretty great. I got sort of inventive with toppings and am quite happy with the results. The dough is pliable and easy to work with, and it’s really up to you to decide whatever you want to put on them. I stopped obsessing over doing it the traditional way and found that Maldon salt is a pretty damn good substitute for pretzel salt. And that thyme and aged Irish cheddar are excellent pretzel toppings!

Recipe after the jump.

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Malmo, Sweden

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I went to Malmö for a film festival for work. The festival was lovely and I attended lots of screenings and met lots of great people, and toward the end of the festival I had the chance to get out into the city and do some exploring. It was my first time in Scandinavia, a really magical place with excellent design, great people with great style and remarkable food. I’m looking forward to visiting again. Here are some of the beautiful moments I esperienced in Malmö, some of the great food, and sights to see. It’s by no means a complete travel guide as my time there was limited but I hope I got a feel for the city and stopped by some of the best spots.

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Lots more pictures after the jump.

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DIY Pallet Wood Shelf

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I’ve had this dream of making shelves out of pallet wood for a while now. Since there are so many unused pallets all over the city, it makes sense to reuse their wood rather than buying new wood at a lumber yard the way it makes sense to buy clothes from a thrift store instead of buying it new- because the item has already been made and used, you’re not directly contributing to deforestation or human rights abuses by buying new things for cheap. 

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So a few weeks ago I picked up some pallets and got to work cutting them to size. I was going to make a shelf that fit perfectly in the space under my window in the kitchen. To store my craft supplies and sewing machine and to serve as additional counter space. Here’s how I did it, with the awesome help of our friends at Tri-Lox.

Instructions after the jump.

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Charred corn Ezquites

For my last late summer post and before I delve into autumnal goodness, let’s send off this glorious season the right way. One of my favorite late summer things to eat is fresh grilled corn on the cob, the kind with charred marks that they sell at street fairs and the Minnesota State Fair. But even better than that is when it’s slathered with garlic lime mayo and cotija cheese and sprinkled with Tajin spiced chili salt, to make one of the best things ever: Elote. But what if you want elote on the go? For a picnic or a dinner party? Because elote is best served made-to-order, typically a street food, it’s not so easy to serve to guests and definitely doesn’t last long enough to bring with you to a picnic. So this is why we have ezquites. Deconstructed, served in a cup or large bowl to share, ezquites are great for dipping corn chips into or eating with a spoon.

Recipe after the jump.

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Candlewood Lake, CT

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Last weekend my dad and sister and I went up to Connecticut for the weekend. Many years ago when they were newlyweds, they had a lake house on Lake Waramaug and then bought one on Candlewood Lake. Since my sister and I had only heard stories about these houses, and my dad was in town, he took us up to visit for a long weekend. We drove up in a rented convertible and breathed some nice country air, spent a day on a boat, went to some yard sales, and had a nice summer weekend away from the city.

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White Peach Basil Bourbon Cocktail

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Peaches are my all time favorite fruit. They’re a classic. And I found out not too long ago that I’m a descendant of peach farmers a few generations ago. So maybe it’s just in my DNA. But there’s nothing quite as disappointing as a peach that smells good, feels ripe, and when you bite into it, it’s mealy, tasteless, and sad. Unfortunately that’s how the past few years were with peaches- I’ve had only 2 or 3 excellent peaches in recent memory. But THIS season!! Holy cow I don’t know what happened but incredibly delicious, sweet, succulent peaches are bursting out of the farmer’s markets. 

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For this cocktail, you’ll need super  ripe, juicy peaches and although yellow peaches will work, the sweetness and flavor of white peaches combines well with the basil to make an excellent drink. Now that the peaches are finally perfect, this cocktail I’ve been picturing for years has finally become a reality. Now is the season, folks. Pick up a fresh bunch of basil and peaches at your local farmer’s market this weekend and invite some friends over and if you have outdoor space, please sip this outside for the perfect summer moment.

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Recipe after the jump.

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Brown Butter Seared Scallop with Kale and Grilled Corn

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Even though I LOVE seafood I don’t eat it often because it’s mostly sourced from unsustainable and questionable methods. At the few grocery stores around me with fish counters, the staff don’t know a whole lot about the sourcing and I’m not down with choosing between farmed Salmon and shrimp flown in from Vietnam. So although I will spend a bit more for good quality meat when I eat it, there weren’t a whole lot of options for seafood other than the great people at the farmer’s market. Until now.

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I had been following Greenpoint Fish and Lobster Co on Instagram for about a year following up to the opening and now that they’re here it’s super great to have them in the neighborhood. The owner comes from a long line of fishmongers, and my friend works there and loves it because they really know what they’re doing. So on my inaugural visit I picked up the insane spread above. Then I made a five-ingredient dinner for one and it was, dare I say, the king of weeknight meals.

Recipe after the jump.

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