Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

In lieu of latkes…

All the bloggies and food sites are proudly showing off their potato pancakes this week in honor of the festival of lights–happy Hanukkah! But I do not have any crunchy latkes to give you, even though I love them, because truth be told, I still haven’t had a chance to go food shopping, let alone cook a meal, since returning from our holiday in Minnesota. So I got nothing for you, latke lovers.

Instead, I decided to show you what I’ve been doing–working, at that desk, above.
I don’t think I’ve ever actually shown my work lair at Glamour magazine to you, but here it is: piles of lovely books and galleys, piles of paper, a cool phone that I still don’t think I’m using properly.
I show you this because next to my desk at home and the kitchen counter, it’s where I spend a lot of my creative time. The photo is also a means of explaining how sometimes things get in the way of cooking, eating with my family, food shopping…all the things I love to do.
In fact, last night, I got home so late (thank you New Jersey Transit for another stellar commute) that I didn’t get to put my kids to bed for the second night in a row. When it came to dinner, all I could manage was to slice one ripe avocado into succulent slivers, drizzle it with an herby vinaigrette, and put it in my mouth while watching a really great documentary on PBS about John Lennon’s years as a New Yorker (I didn’t know he got back together with Yoko after performing Whatever Gets You Through the Night with Elton John at Madison Square Garden, did you?).
So that’s my true confession. Like you, I’m sometimes too tired, too busy, too tied to my real job to cook and take pretty pictures. So I reheat pasta and eat an avocado and drink a glass of wine.. As John and Elton would say, whatever gets you through the night.
But tomorrow is a new day!
And stay-tuned…my mom is having a winter art party at our house tomorrow and I’m going to be making all kinds of lovely finger foods. Smoked salmon pizza with creme fraiche? Prosciutto wrapped figs? Little fried olives? So many possibilities.
And also Devilandegg will soon be boasting a groovy (yes, groovy) new look.
Keep watching right here!


3 Responses to In lieu of latkes…

  1. Caren Gittleman says:

    that's ok about the latkes….I am Jewish but am on a diet!
    Soooo…no latkes for me! (said like the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld…."no soup for YOU!!)
    Loved seeing your desk…reminded me of my advertising days at the newspaper.
    Your menu sounds delicious for the party, can't wait to read about it and view some marvelous photos.
    Also am excited to see the new look to your site!
    Cat Chat

  2. Caren Gittleman says:

    forgot to also mention that I have loved all things John Lennon since I was seven…see my blog post
    Missed that special on PBS but hopefully it will be shown again.
    Yoko had banished John for over a year…he repeatedly begged to come home and she rejected him many, many times….that is when he sported the sanitary napkin on his head in L.A. and had the affair with the woman whose name was May Chong or something to that effect.

  3. Sarah Jio says:

    Awww, loved the realness of this post (and this pregnant gal got a little teary-eyed when reading about missing your kiddos before bedtime!). It's comforting knowing that we all have these long and grueling days now and then, and that even the finest of cooks settle for an avocado or, like me, a bowl of cereal before slumping over on the couch. Hugs to you! Fun to peek at your Glamour office, too, stack of galleys and all! xo

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