Quick eye update for those who are interested. I know pioneers age gracefully and don’t have plastic surgeons on speed dial. And the real pioneers looked old before their time and their time compared to ours was way short. But, I’m the Pioneer of Central Park and that means plastic surgery is part of the package.

BEING A PIONEER IS FULL TIME JOB

Mar 4, 2010by tracey Comments

Quick  eye update for those who are interested. I know pioneers age gracefully and don’t have plastic surgeons on speed dial. And the real pioneers looked old before their time and their time compared to ours was way short.  But, I’m the Pioneer of Central Park and that means plastic surgery is part of the package.

Any way, I still look a tad raccoony – I’m going to see Jon Turk at one and see what he says.

I really, really wanted to go to the REAL LIFE HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK PARTY tonight.  The real PW is obsessed with the Orange County ones, another thing we have in common.

So I just went in to talk to Salva, who asked if I would be cooking this evening. And I said I might be going to a party. And she looked at me like I said I was going to man the next Shuttle to the moon. She raised her eyebrows in this way only Salva can, and said,  Paaaaarty Tracey????”  So I might not be going. Which kind of sucks cause I’m thin as I have been home and not eating much and I really wanted to go and I want to take Kelly who wants to go, Glenn like so doesn’t’ t want to go. But I will look so lame in glasses, like I’m so hot I have to cover my eyes, or I just had plastic surgery and so wanted to come I figured what the hell. I’m not crazy about either option.

I sent some photos to a few friends yesterday who hadn’t seen me. One friend (male) wrote back, “that is very disturbing, hope you are alright.” I think that is the subtext of Salva’s raised eyebrow.

You guys think I should just shove myself in an Herve Leger dress and put on some shades and go drink skinny girl Margaritas with the housewives or stay home and make PW chicken fried steak, eat all and never fit into another Herve Leger dress again?

The whole PW blog yesterday caused quite the surge of comments. Not all comments btw appear on the comment section.  I get lots of emails and FB messages.

Though my friend Kathy in Arizona wrote in that the only blogs she follows are PW’s and mine. I was so honored.

Kathy and her husband Andre live in Arizona where I’m going next week and bummer, bummer, bummer they are going to be in California.

I went to school with them and was dying to see them.

Kathy, did you see PW made apple fritters yesterday?

OMG – they looked so amazing. I so love apple fritters. Kathy, if you were going to be home next week I would be at your house so fast and I you and I would whip a batch of those fritters and sit down with Andre and catch up on the last two decades. And then we might even make another batch cause that’s what PW does. Even if we couldn’t eat them we could stare at them, photograph them and post them.

Maybe in May!

The thing I want to know is, does she, PW wake up and go in the kitchen and just whip up apple fritters for MM and the kids?   That’s a mom, that’s a wife, that’s a boat load of work and a lot of fat and sugar to start off the day.

If Lucy Horowitz woke up and walked in the kitchen and I was standing there making her a batch of apple fritters before school I think she would pass out cold. I do.  We would then have to take her to world’s best pediatrician Barbara Landreth who would say “of course she passed out she is suffering from shock, did you happen to bring along any of the fritters?”

Depending on what time Lucy wakes up she sees me in one of two ways – in bed, drinking my Nespresso while on my Blackberry or in my gym clothes running around the house yelling “ Has anyone seen my keys?”

Not many moms I know get up and make apple fritters.

I at least do make dinner every night. almost every night, five nights a week. I do! Before PW.  Always.

My step-mom is from Texas and she makes biscuits.  When we go out to see my dad, Lucy walks in the kitchen and Grandma Carol is whipping up a batch of biscuits from scratch in full makeup at six-thirty am –  this blows Lucy’s mind. Whenever the topic of Grandma Carol comes up the word biscuits from scratch in the morning are attached.

And then my oh-so-sophisticated, worldly and gorgeous friend Justine  in London said she was going to go trolling Notting Hill for the Notting Hill version of MM. Which I think Justine is either Hugh Grant or Eric Fellner.  She was making a joke, of course, I think – see her website below and you will get what I mean. And if you have like ten extra dollars you might want to help her cause in Kashmir.

So I sent PW my blog and we will see if she responds. Lucy wants to go to the ranch. Even though my dad has a ranch, a ranch in Santa Ynez in a gated community is different than a working cattle ranch drowning in sugar glaze and chocolate sheet cake.
I have attempted to do some PW things here over looking my ranch aka Central Park.

On Valentine’s Day – the goofiest holiday Hallmark is yet to come up with, I decided, well Lucy and I decided that we would have someone we loved over for dinner and that was Joan Kron aka Mamaface and we would cook for her and Glenn.

We thought about various dishes and then said wonder what the PW is cooking MM for Valentine’s Day?  I thought it would be something steaky and cheesy and hard to do in the middle of winter here.

But, alas, it was my favorite meal, caesar salad and this linguine with shrimps you bake in the oven.  My favorite dinner is pasta and salad. If I were on death row it’s what I would request. I didn’t know before PW about the linguine with the shrimps in the foil.

There was also a chocolate molten lava dessert that looked a tad beyond my skill set. So blessedly Mamaface brought her famous apple crumble.

The recipes are all on PW’s website.

The Photos for the most part are taken by Lucy.

The bad ones are taken by me.

Since to be a real PW one needs a real recipe, I’m enclosing Mamaface’s apple crumble. It’s the kind of dessert PW would really understand.

So this my attempt at being the PW of CPS.

Oil and garlic in the pan for the croutons.
Oil and garlic in the pan for the croutons.
Croutons on the baking sheet. I usually make them in a skillet and eat half before I put them in the salad. These cook for an hour.
Croutons on the baking sheet. I usually make them in a skillet and eat half before I put them in the salad. These cook for an hour.
Chopping parsley- duh
Chopping parsley- duh
PW of CPS in the kitchen, a little frazzled. To be honest this photo was taken by Guru Larry the week before when I made another dinner. The thing about the photo is it's dark and since Larry gets on my case about being out of focus, Larry you might want to deal with your flash?
PW of CPS in the kitchen, a little frazzled. To be honest this photo was taken by Guru Larry the week before when I made another dinner. The thing about the photo is it’s dark and since Larry gets on my case about being out of focus, Larry you might want to deal with your flash?
Pioneer Duck
Pioneer Duck
Completed Caesar Salad. Notice the bowl, hot pink lacquer purchased in Cambodia. I will put up link to shop when I finally do my Asian hot spots blog next week
Completed Caesar Salad. Notice the bowl, hot pink lacquer purchased in Cambodia. I will put up link to shop when I finally do my Asian hot spots blog next week
Another shot of the bowl. The salad was great! Lucy ate it. I actually made the dressing in the cuisinart and not in a mixing bowl.
Another shot of the bowl. The salad was great! Lucy ate it. I actually made the dressing in the cuisinart and not in a mixing bowl.
The pasta. The thing about this pasta is you start it on the stove but finish it in the oven. You wrap it in foil..Oh go on the website and make it yourself and see
The pasta. The thing about this pasta is you start it on the stove but finish it in the oven. You wrap it in foil..Oh go on the website and make it yourself and see
Admit it, you're impressed. You didn't know this side of me. I'm full of surprises. With a little help from PW
Admit it, you’re impressed. You didn’t know this side of me. I’m full of surprises. With a little help from PW
Ready to eat! Italians you may know have a real thing if you put cheese on pasta with fish in it. It's like insulting the Pope or something or you would think by their almost violent response when you ask for cheese. But I can't eat pasta without cheese so I don't care and all the snooty waiters in the world can be put off, but I like cheese on my pasta. Lots of cheese. And I bet PW does too.
Ready to eat! Italians you may know have a real thing if you put cheese on pasta with fish in it. It’s like insulting the Pope or something or you would think by their almost violent response when you ask for cheese. But I can’t eat pasta without cheese so I don’t care and all the snooty waiters in the world can be put off, but I like cheese on my pasta. Lots of cheese. And I bet PW does too.
Heads in bowls always a good sign. Kind of looks like I was using Larry's camera to take the photo.
Heads in bowls always a good sign. Kind of looks like I was using Larry’s camera to take the photo.
Joan Kron's Apple Crisp. Joan is a PW in many ways.
Joan Kron’s Apple Crisp. Joan is a PW in many ways.

Joan’s apple crisp adapted from Betty Crocker Boys’ and Girls’ Cookbook

Preheat oven to 375

TOPPING

1 cup granulated sugar (I mix ½ cup brown sugar with ½ cup white sugar)

¾ cup sifted flour

1/3 cup butter (a little soft)

Combine in a bowl and Cut in together till crumbly like sand.

APPLES (I use 8 granny smith)

Peel, core and slice apples thin

Arrange  in 8 x 12 metal pan or pyrex  dish (no need to butter pan)

In a measuring cup mix ¼ cup of water with 1/4 tsp salt…

Sprinkle  over apples

Shake a thin coating of cinnamon all over  apples

(some people add raisins—I don’t care for raisins)

Cover with topping

Bake for 45 min to 1 hr,  till apples are bubbly and topping is toasty colored.

(You can make topping in advance and freeze for weeks or months if sealed tightly in plastic container.)

Serve  warm with vanilla ice cream or  vanilla-flavored whipped cream,  or plain…

After Joan makes this she goes and writes about ten articles for ALLURE, takes a class in documentary film making, answers hundreds of emails. Total PW!

http://www.justinehardy.com/pages/aid_projects/healing_kashmir/intro.asp

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