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You just go on your nerve. If someone’s chasing you down the street with a knife you just run, you don’t turn around and shout, “Give it up! I was a track star for Mineola Prep.”
     That’s for the writing poems part.

-Frank O’Hara, Personism: A Manifesto

It’s for the cooking part, too.

Recipes found here are flavored, mostly, by seasons. Particularly the way seasons move in New York City, from market to market. Quickly.

Crystal Rivera is behind the words and photographs of this blog. Born a Russian-Puerto Rican Jew in Queens, NY, many of my dishes merge cuisines into poems. You can see what I’ve been admiring and cooking by following me on Instagram as well.