After many friends telling me, “You should do a cooking blog!” here I am. Welcome to my cooking blog, or more accurately a recipe journal. This is an attempt to document my adventures in a small kitchen near Gramercy Park. I love to cook, and especially love to bake. I learned a lot about cooking from my amazing grandmother; born in Greece, everything she touched in the kitchen turned into culinary gold. One goal of this blog is to try to replicate some of her recipes.
Another goal? Finding a balance between healthy eating and enjoying the finer things in life (defined here as butter, chocolate, sugar, and the like). This is not a healthy eating blog, but I try to eat well every day. Can I eat any of the many cookie recipes on this site every day? No – but that doesn’t mean I won’t occasionally indulge. The key to eating (and life) is a very simple, ancient rule: everything in moderation.
Oh, and what is Pâte à Chew? It is a play on pâte à choux (pronounced “pat a choo”). Pâte à choux is a French pastry dough used as the base of many sweet and savory foods, like profiteroles, cream puffs, eclairs, etc. Yet for such a fancy pastry, it is incredibly simple with only four ingredients: butter, water, flour, and eggs. This is the theme of my kitchen, and this website: making delicious food can be surprisingly simple. At least usually; you might see a few kitchen disasters here. But all you can do is laugh and learn.
To answer a question I get a lot: yes, I take all the photographs you see on this blog.
All recipes, text, and photos © Pâte à Chew 2010-2012 except where otherwise noted.
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