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8.04.2009

Figuring it out

I meant to post this last Friday. You can see how well I did with that.


I also meant to take a picture of some pizza, since that’s what this whole business is about, but that didn’t work out either. The cook we hired to help Brandon with the pizzas didn’t show up for his first official day of work - the day before our first pre-opening dinner - which has left only Brandon and me in the kitchen. That means that I do my work at my station, run over to his station to help top and finish pizzas, and then run back to my station again. This has not left much time for photography - or breathing, or thinking, or sleeping. If I ever see our no-show again, I am going to break his face. Mark my words. In the meantime, Brandon has burned his business card in the pizza oven. Do not cross us, people.

But as of this evening, we’ve found two people to work part-time until we find a full-time cook. We’re going to sleep better tonight.



And not only will we sleep better, but I will dream of tomato salads. I have three boxes, three whole boxes, of these beauty queens sitting at my station. These particular specimens, called Big Beef, were grown by Billy Allstot, a farmer in Tonasket, Washington. Billy grows the best tomatoes at the farmers’ market, and they cost a small fortune, and we’re so proud to serve them. For our first pre-opening dinner, I used them in a composed salad, along with fingerling potatoes, green beans, hard-boiled egg, anchovy, and shallot vinaigrette. The second night, I cut them into thick slices and topped them with fresh corn cut from the cob, cherry tomatoes (again from Billy), basil, and more shallot vinaigrette.


My mother was here for our first dinner, and as it turns out, she is an absolute champ of a sous chef. She also bought sunflowers for the bar, and on our night off, she treated us to beers and bourbon sours. She was in town for five days, and I don’t know how we could have made it without her. I cried when she left. I have never been as tired as I am right now. I never even knew that I could be so tired.



But I never seem to get tired of making raspberry yogurt popsicles, which is good, because I’ve already made almost two hundred of them. I’m in love. They’re one of two items on our soft opening dessert menu, along with bittersweet chocolate chip cookies with gray salt. The popsicles up there, the ones in the photo, were from one of my test batches, made in small glass juice jars. At the restaurant, I make them in vodka shooter glasses. I’ve only broken two glasses so far, and our dishwasher has broken three. It’s not a terrible record, I don’t think. We’re figuring it out. Not just popsicles, but everything.


I can’t say much more tonight. It’s almost midnight, and I’m still at the restaurant, and I’ve got tomatoes to go home and dream about. But if you want to read a bit about one of our first dinners - and get a look at the pizza! - go read this. And for a peek into the dining room this past Sunday night, click over here. (Thank you, Lorna and Viv!)

I’ll see you in a little bit.

148 Comments:

Anonymous jen said...

such gorgeous photos, as always, molly! I still cannot stop staring at that first one. floury dreamyness ;)

11:42 PM, August 04, 2009  
OpenID maybenextweek said...

I'm amazed that with all you've got going on, you're still making the time to write and take photos (which still, as always, read and look amazing, as if you'd taken hours over them). It's so great you're posting again - I'd been missing my Orangette fix! And the photos in The Cookbook Chronicles look fantastic too - congratulations on a beautiful restaurant!

11:48 PM, August 04, 2009  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Hot damn, Molly - that all looks fabulous! Best of luck getting through the next week.

12:00 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Lickedspoon said...

It's a real, (almost) live restaurant! Can you believe it? Everything looks wonderful. How I wish you weren't an ocean away. Best of luck with everything.

12:06 AM, August 05, 2009  
Anonymous Cate said...

I'm incredibly impressed you managed to post this with everything you have going on!
The food you've been serving sounds absolutely perfect. I really need to get to Seattle soon!

12:09 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Kimberly said...

I cried when my mom left after helping me with the first two weeks of my daughter's life. Didn't know how I was going to manage without her. I guess opening a restaurant is much like having a child. Good luck!

12:17 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Holly said...

I just recently discovered your blog (and consequently... ordered your book). It's safe to say I am in foodie heaven, and adds to my list of reasons that I miss living in Seattle more than anything on earth. The next time I get back for a visit... I will SO be checking out your restaurant! Congratulations on making your dreams come true!

12:37 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger nath said...

well yay for you for just keepin' on keepin' on! all that food sounds just so delicious, and i haven't even had my breakfast yet. it's all going to pay off, don't you know it!

12:58 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger simply blogged said...

Well it looks like you are busy and filling your seats. Congrats. Great photos of the great food. Sweet tomato dreams to you~!

1:03 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Rachwins said...

Everything all looks so gorgeous! Good luck with the opening, it'll all be worth it soon!

1:04 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger la ninja said...

it definitely is a shame I live in another continent 'cos you "sell" it well, lass, would love to have a meal at your restaurant...
sounds like you're doing really really well! congrats!

1:15 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Blushing hostess said...

I am sorry the cook made things so difficult at the lat minute but you will overcome and everything looks delicious!

2:23 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Astrid said...

oh wow! this is all so exciting, molly! i love reading all about your restaurant. best of luck to you and brandon.

2:44 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Rose said...

I agree with Kimberly; that does remind me of my mom helping me with my first child and then leaving. It makes sense that you have similar feelings after your "birthing" experience, especially since the lack of sleep is also similar to having a newborn. So hopefully the analogy will continue and it will get easier. Best of luck! It all sounds wonderful!

3:32 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Oh, I saw those popsicles in Lorna's photos and I've been drooling about them all week! Good luck to you in figuring out the rhythm of Delancey. You'll get there.

3:45 AM, August 05, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know you, and since I live in Australia and I am about to have my 4th baby I imagine it will be many, many years before I get to travel, but I wanted to wish you all the best (and some sleep). Your restaurant sounds like such an exciting and brave adventure. The photos look gorgeous, and the bits of the menu you've mentioned have my mouth watering!

3:47 AM, August 05, 2009  
Anonymous Tara said...

i am not as good a chef as you, but i can feel your pain!!! i've just started taking my own cooking seriously, and it's really really tough! i've just started a blog so i'll be back for more cooking news. :o) Tara

3:47 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

I'm so excited to see your dream come true! Congratulations!!!

3:55 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Molly, each photo is beautiful! The dreamy tomato salad sounds to be lovely. Im so sorry about the first pizza guy not showing his first day! How rude?! Glad your Mother was able to help!!

4:00 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger trupeach said...

the exhaustion is almost tangible in reading your words, but the photos (from everyone) are just glorious. congratulations once more!

4:29 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger kendall*micayla said...

wow. everything looks wonderful! my mom makes something like those popsicles, just in whatever flavor of juice we happen to have during that time :)
i love all of the photos, they are so beautiful!
as for that chef, im glad you found out what kind of a person he is early on, or else you might have been stuck at a later date in a tighter spot! (what a creep he is) i hope that you find a new chef that is everything you hoped for :)
best wishes, as always.
xoxo
kendall*micayla

4:31 AM, August 05, 2009  
Anonymous Victoria said...

Congratulations. The stove looks BEAUTIFUL, and the pizzas are GORGEOUS!

I'm sure if you and Brandon ever need help, there is an army of readers who would answer the call.

To the person who didn't show up -

Don't mess with Moe Lee.

4:33 AM, August 05, 2009  
Anonymous radish said...

i've been trying to plan a trip to seattle and now this makes me want to go immediately! lorna's photos, the menu, it all sounds wonderful. i hope the cook situation is resolved in no time and you can sleep even better!

4:34 AM, August 05, 2009  
Anonymous ladyironchef said...

good luck and all the best! keep us updated with the exciting stories from yr restaurant :))

4:34 AM, August 05, 2009  
Anonymous Laura. said...

oh, raspberry yogurt popsicles! they look so good, i almost forgot about the jerk no-show cook. your photos are gorgeous, and you are all champs, i think! i just woke up, but i'm also exhausted and wouldn't mind going right back to sleep and dreaming about those tomatoes.

4:53 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Linda said...

thanks for this fabulous update & our virtual "peek" into delancey ...wishing you & brandon the very, very best!!
...& i'll have to give grey salt a whirl!

4:54 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger petoskystone said...

am amazed that you still have the energy to put a cohesive sentence together!! great photos!

5:07 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Rebekka said...

LOVE those desserts. Both perfect with pizzas. I wish you so much success in this endeavor!!!!!

5:13 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Jim said...

Looks like I need a trip west. Good Luck and enjoy we are.

5:38 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Caroline said...

I wish I lived in Seattle and could check out your restaurant! The salads sound amazing and so do the popsicles! How do you get them out of the glasses? Would holding them under hot water work?

Good luck with finding a new cook.

6:00 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Leslie said...

Wow, it all looks so wonderful! The restaurant is gorgeous and the food looks amazing (of course)! I'd love to try some of that pizza and those popsicles, too!

6:01 AM, August 05, 2009  
Anonymous Robin of Hippo Flambe said...

As I sit here in the tomato blighted Northeast I am so jealous of your tomatoes. The restaurant sounds fabulous for your patrons and exhausting for you. I barely have time to blog this summer with my kids at home and you are blogging with a new restaurant, incredible!

6:07 AM, August 05, 2009  
Anonymous The Gardener's Eden said...

In the midst of all the craziness, Molly is still a poet. Thanks for sharing your words and beautiful photos. I wish I could breathe in the smell of your wonderful pizza baking; fresh tomatoes and pungent herbs smothered in cheese. Ah well. 3,500 miles... can I catch it in the wind?

Michaela

6:08 AM, August 05, 2009  
Anonymous cookingschoolconfidential.com said...

I'm a culinary school student and right now I am working in our school (open to the public) restaurant.

I know, I KNOW, what you are going through. I feel the weariness, the rush, rush, rush, the delight, the joy, the bone-tired satisfaction.

So good for you. You should be silly proud!

Cheers.

6:42 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger shari said...

i love the top photo so much too. everything looks and sounds wonderful, molly. thank you for sharing it all with us. xox

6:43 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Valerina said...

Best of luck with everything. Based on the menu and pictures I think you will be a huge success! And if you were able to survive last night's mayhem then the future seas should feel much calmer in comparison. :)

6:55 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Even with all the stress simply everything looks beautiful - the food, the service, the light, the chef, all perfect! I love that you serve popsicles, too, for dessert! Can't wait to get up there to try it all and to congratulate you two in person!

6:56 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Anna said...

Everything you are doing sounds amazing! I can't believe you had the time and energy to write such a lovely post in the midst of it all. Thanks for sharing and giving those of us who are far away a glimpse of this amazing project.

6:57 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Claire Mauksch said...

I can't decide how early I should arrive at Delancey next week (a week from today)! Good luck and I will definitely be there on opening night...

7:03 AM, August 05, 2009  
Anonymous Nathalie, London said...

That's it. I am planning a holiday to the States next year. Wonder how I could bribe my boyfriend... blueberry popsicles would probably do the trick.

It looks amazing. Damn you are both wonderfully talented!

7:07 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Ivy said...

It all looks wonderful. The pictures from the Cookbook Chronicles made me hungry. Good luck with all of it!!!

7:12 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Lisa said...

So excited and happy for you guys. I really need to get out to Seattle, if not just for those cookies!

7:23 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Amanda said...

The dining room looks amazing-I love the clean, airy feel and the pendant lights! And the food...wow...it all looks and sounds so amazing. I'm so happy for you both!

7:29 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger RW said...

I am tired just reading about it.
But, how exciting!

And if we ever come across the border for sure we will come and visit.

7:52 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Jenny said...

hi Molly...you don't know me but you recently met my sister-in-law, Kristen, and her sweet little boys.

I'm just now reading your book (loved the banana bread recipe and am about to make french toast this morning if my 8 month old will stay asleep) and I'm SO excited for your restaurant to open up- we live in Ballard, this is going to be so perfect!

thanks in advance ;)

7:55 AM, August 05, 2009  
Anonymous Angie Burke said...

So excited for you! Tonasket is my husband's home town - so fun that you're buying from the Allstot farm.

8:04 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Rebecca said...

how sweet of your mama...
i'm so excited for and your new business! can't wait to get to seattle and have a slice of pie:)

8:07 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Anna said...

amidst all that craziness, it looks like you are churning out some classy, classy food. i can't wait for my thursday reservation!

8:12 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Kate@ Kids and Cocktails said...

It all looks amazing! It's my dream, but I'm glad somebody is getting to live it. Even if it's not me! :)

8:12 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Jennywenny said...

Gosh, it all looks wonderful! I hope you find some good staff soon! I've just started reading your book and it was a real struggle to put it down and turn off the light.

8:14 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger auntjone said...

How retched of your cook to abandon you like that! I'm mentally punching him for you, too. Hope you find a good, reliable replacement soon. Best of luck with the restaurant!

8:15 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Alice Q. Foodie said...

What a bastard, not showing up for work! Sure you will have no trouble finding replacements/volunteers to help out. Good luck with everything!!!

8:17 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Cheryl Arkison said...

When you guys write your pizza cookbook that top photo has to be the cover.

And as someone already said, this is your baby, so that consuming exhaustion is common. But I can still hear exhilaration in your voice. This is so awesome!

8:28 AM, August 05, 2009  
Anonymous isabel said...

Oh, how I wish I could be there. I have been looking into flights in the late-August range. Hopefully I can swing it--I'd love to actually EAT your food, instead of just reading about it and haphazardly recreating it. I have been quite jealous of your dining companions these last few years, and so glad your talents will be made available to the public!

Best of luck Molly!!!

8:36 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Suzanne said...

I am in heaven! Between the beautiful photos and your lovely descriptions, I simply wish I lived near Seattle instead of in Florida.

8:41 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger chocokat0718 said...

oh my gosh, I'm so happy for you guys!! it all looks and sounds fantastic and it will all be wonderful. cheers to a beautiful dream come true! I can't wait to visit, one of these days! :) XO

8:59 AM, August 05, 2009  
Anonymous emily said...

oh man. oh molly. so exciting, i get goosebumps just reading about it. sending you and brandon wonderful wishes for the next week and beyond! xo.

9:11 AM, August 05, 2009  
Anonymous Liz said...

Just a tip: make sure you have backup glasses in a storeroom, because one day when it's really busy someone is going to drop them by the rackful!

We were so exhausted helping our daughter open a little boutique that we came down with various illness.....just our bodies' way of getting us to slow down, I guess!

10:17 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger delicious said...

i love reading about you guys. it makes my heart so happy to see what you are accomplishing. i just wanted to cheer you on :D

10:18 AM, August 05, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like things are hectic now, but hopefully will be better soon after you get permanent and loyal staff who are trained! Miss your happy blog and recipes....

10:20 AM, August 05, 2009  
Anonymous Cat said...

When I make my first trip to Seattle, I will definitely be headed straight to Delancey for whatever is on the menu. In the meantime, we'll just have to satisfy ourselves with roasted potatoes and your salsa verde, which we made buckets of last weekend. Sweet Lord, that stuff is good.

10:22 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Anne Zimmerman said...

That cookie sounds amazing. I want one right now!

10:29 AM, August 05, 2009  
Anonymous Andrea [bella eats] said...

I love the yogurt popsicles, salted chocolate chip cookies, and tomatoes with a story. I especially loved getting a peek of your soft opening dinners. And am so very, very happy that you are posting again!

10:30 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Raquelita said...

Molly, thank you so much for continuing to let us peek into your wonderful life, despite the exhausting busyness of late. Your efforts with the blog are much acknowledged and appreciated. The blogosphere is such a strange thing - I feel like I know you even though I don't...suffice to say, I read that post and felt so proud of you and Brandon for all that you are achieving. I'm sure you sometimes struggle to see it through the 'trees' of stressful detail, but on those days, please remember that your faithful readers are here to remind you that the 'wood' sure looks beautiful.

Oh, and should you ever cross paths with that no-show on a street somewhere, you just let us know...there's a line of readers out here who are ready to rap him on the knuckles with a mighty big ruler!

10:33 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Sara Ohlin said...

Molly, I discovered your writing in a backwards way, I think, first through Bon Appetit, then to your blog right before your book came out. My mom and I devoured your beautiful book and I've loved catching up with all your old posts, but I can't wait to visit Delancy...you guys are going to be amazing!!!!

10:56 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger anya said...

Now, what kind of person that 'no-show' must be to let you down like this? And maybe it's all for the better that he didn't appear after all? Who knows what he is up to...

Best of luck, Molly! (pronounced a dozen times)

11:07 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger gabe said...

You are an entrepreneur Molly. May all your dream materialized. Hard work does pay.

11:21 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Meg Trainer said...

yippee! Molly ~ I am so excited for you and I can't wait to bebop over for some amazing pizza! Congrats!

11:23 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Danielle said...

oh, I just love that photo of the sunflowers!

12:04 PM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Marie M. said...

Oh boy. How exciting for the two of you. All my best wishes for a well-deserved success. Here's my humble suggestions for two composed tomato salads.

1. Tomato, red onions, avocado and basil. Slice tomatoes, thinly slice red onions and separate into circles. Quarter avocados, then slice. Fan tomatoes around plate, salt and pepper, fan avocados around center, artfully strew red onions on top. Chiffonade of basil last. Be sure use enough salt and pepper. Use your favorite vinaigrette and splash over. Let set at room temp for a few minutes, serve.

2. Tomatoes, mayo, kalamata olives, anchovies. Slice tomatoes, place on nice plate. Top with a blob of mayo. Top mayo with small anchovy. Salt and pepper. Strew olives around. Eat. Enjoy.

12:25 PM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Wylie said...

Molly, Do you have gift certificates for dinners yet? We would like to purchase one for our brother and sister-in-law living in Seattle.

Please let me know. Thanks!
Wylie

1:25 PM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger lottie said...

oh molly, this is all wonderful. well, apart from the chef. he is other adjectives. i can't wait one day to journey to delancey and see that pizza oven in person x

1:40 PM, August 05, 2009  
OpenID biz319 said...

Molly, if I lived anywhere near you, I'd volunteer my services in a heartbeat.

Um, I've probably made about 1,000,000 pizza in my lifetime, and I am only 41!

I have a giveaway the first of each month, and this month I am giving away your book! I thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope my winner will too.

Best wishes!

1:49 PM, August 05, 2009  
Anonymous alison said...

Molly:

1. Loved your book. I laughed, I cried, I cooked A LOT!

2. I was reading "The Stranger" online, and in the restaurant review of "A Caprice Kitchen", they named checked Delancy, as in "the much anticipated Delancy... I was so excited! I don't know you, or even live in Seattle, but was very excited for you!!!

3:40 PM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Melanie said...

Hi, Molly! I know I'm coming into this late in the game, but I'm so excited about your blog, book, and the restaurant. I just learned about your blog and book when I was visiting Bailey Coy Books in Capitol Hill last night. I can't wait to read your book and visit Delancey. Best of luck to you and your husband! :)

3:45 PM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Erin said...

Thank you for sharing this incredible adventure, Molly.

3:56 PM, August 05, 2009  
Anonymous Laura Gaskill said...

Oh goodness! My heart goes out to you two for dealing with Mr. no-show, i.e., he-who-shall-not-be-named.

Gorgeous tomatoes. Lovely dough. Hang in there!

4:22 PM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Entropy's Bitch said...

I am so there.
I live very close, but don't have a food handler's license. But I'll leave my email if you need something else.
Seriously. You have my utter admiration.

5:00 PM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Elizabeth B said...

I'm really happy for you, Molly. You deserve every happiness.

5:20 PM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Judy said...

I'm so happy for you and Brandon. I jsut read the Bon Appetit article too. I'm making the peppers this weekend. I follow you a lot but don't comment often. I love your cookbook. My fav recipe so far is the cider braised salmon. To die for Molly.

5:40 PM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger shot in the arm said...

you are making me hungry
and wishing i could come eat there

6:28 PM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Paul Michael Smith said...

Sorry about your cook, seems to be the nature of the business. I think most of the reason I've been moderately successful has been my habit of showing up every day. I'm sure after your shake-out you will settle into a regular and dependable cadre of great employees. Best of fortune to you.
I really enjoy your photos and am thnking of moving into a medium or large format soon. How do you like the medium?

6:39 PM, August 05, 2009  
Anonymous sonya said...

congratulations! gorgeous looking, both the food and the place. hope you're both wearing comfortable shoes :)

6:52 PM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger quinn said...

As I sit here reading, eating salted peanuts and gingersnaps, it's like a postcard from another world...

good luck with your multi-faceted endeavor!

Now get some sleep :)

7:10 PM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger jen said...

I hate to say it, but as far as the no-show goes, WELCOME TO THE FOOD SERVICE WORLD. It is inhabited by amazing/interesting/dedicated people and complete losers, both in equal number. But my bets still on you and Brandon making a go of it!!

7:38 PM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Amanda said...

You can almost see the warm yeast sighing in that photo. Lovely.

9:25 PM, August 05, 2009  
Anonymous symphonic chef said...

you did it!! fantastic molly. the yogurty popsicles look so creamy and full of real flavor. how did you make them? Is it like a frozen fruit smoothie?

12:37 AM, August 06, 2009  
Anonymous sophieq2 said...

Oh Molly, I'm so happy for you and Brandon!! There is nothing so satisfying as a job well done, is there? Best of luck to you!

5:40 AM, August 06, 2009  
Blogger Italian Country Cooking said...

You will do it! Have faith it will all work out.
I loved your article in Bon Appettite.
There is always demand for great pizza and it is so hard to find so I am sure you will be extremely busy. Buona Fortuna e Ciao.

7:18 AM, August 06, 2009  
Anonymous Jamie said...

molly, everything looks awesome!
I only wish I was in your area so I could actually taste that wonderful food rather than just stare at the computer screen and drool!

7:31 AM, August 06, 2009  
Blogger courtney.singer said...

I can tell you lady that sitting here in my cubicle, debating whether or not to answer my latest group of hysterical emails over trivialities like mailing labels, your life looks grand. Like the sleepless, thankless, overworked, overcooked, tear-inducing, back-straining, endless kind-of perfect. You are living your dream for yourself, and writing about it for all of us that wish we were so brave!

7:47 AM, August 06, 2009  
Blogger lauren lim said...

HOLY CATS! I just saw the photos from the soft opening on Lorna's website, and the food looks amazing. I'm fairly certain it wants to leap off the computer and into my mouth. Congratulations!

8:42 AM, August 06, 2009  
Blogger Travelbunny said...

I bought your book yesterday and I'm 1/4 thru it all ready. Love it, love the blog, love you, and can't wait to go to Delancey's in October for my honeymoon!!!
Big hugs from way over in Alabama. Sounds like you could use some.

Penney

11:29 AM, August 06, 2009  
Blogger MsJess said...

Damnit if there weren't those pesky 2700+ miles between DC and Seattle I'd love to go visit your restaurant.

11:46 AM, August 06, 2009  
Blogger Nurit "1 family. friendly. food." said...

Love that top photo! He's holding that ball of pizza as if cradling a little baby. So much love.
I'm soooooooo looking forward to Saturday when it's *our* turn to dine at your place.

11:56 AM, August 06, 2009  
Blogger Ann said...

evil no show cook. how?

your restaurant is warm and simple and looked like it will ripen with time. best of luck to you both!

12:14 PM, August 06, 2009  
Anonymous Hillary said...

I'm amazed you even have time to write to us and give us updates but oh so grateful! I would love love love to try those popsicles and salads one day, not to mention the pizza! Good luck with everything.

12:38 PM, August 06, 2009  
Blogger Lorrie said...

Wishing I was still on the West Coast! You guys are gonna own the pizza world!

2:19 PM, August 06, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this post cheered me up!

2:39 PM, August 06, 2009  
Blogger SlightlyUnhinged said...

That exhaustion is just the byproduct of success. Congrats Molly! Keep on cookin'!

4:56 PM, August 06, 2009  
Blogger Anne said...

Hey, are those the cookies you wrote about from The New York Times - the ones you said were the best chocolate chip cookies you'd ever eaten? They look delish! Nice and fat and hearty. I hope one day I'll make it over to the other coast for a delicious dinner!

5:49 PM, August 06, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking forward to the opening! And I think you're in my neighborhood. So, expect to see me a lot.

6:20 PM, August 06, 2009  
Anonymous Carrie Turner said...

I'm very inspired by your writing and photography - thanks for sharing! The restaurant looks amazing - if we weren't on the other side of the country we'd be checking it out. Best of luck to you!

I've started a little food blog of my own, mostly about our experience with Community Supported Agriculture. As if you need more things to do, I'd be honored if you'd check it out sometime:

http://iwantnina.blogspot.com/

6:24 PM, August 06, 2009  
Blogger smith kaich jones said...

I have owned a couple of businesses in my life and oh man, you will hang onto a good employee when you get one. Thank your lucky stars you found out about your "cook" now.

Good luck!! Break a leg? Oh, wait - break a vodka shooter glass! :)

Debi

7:58 PM, August 06, 2009  
Blogger Mommy of three said...

All the talk of your mother being there, not knowing what you would do without her, crying when she left and being so tired, more tired than you thought was possible, well, it reminds me of when i had my first baby.
And this is kind of like that.
It's hard, but it is also really, really wonderful.
And, no one is waking you up every 2 hours or so.
I love the picture of the dough. So beautiful.
Keep on trucking!
Cheers,
Greta

10:04 PM, August 06, 2009  
Anonymous samarahuel said...

You sound very busy, but if you have a moment to answer a question about one of your older recipes, I would be delighted. I have made your Coconut Banana Bread a few times now, and while it's delicious and wonderful, I always have to bake it an extra 30 minutes and it still comes out a bit underdone in the center. I'm afraid to bake it any longer lest the dark brown top turn to black and charred. I have been using sweetened coconut and light rum, and this last time I swapped a bit of the rum for coconut extract. Would decreasing the sugar or adjusting the alcohol help it to bake through better? Or could it be something else?

5:35 AM, August 07, 2009  
Blogger Erika said...

mmm, the zucchini pizza reminds me of Rome.

Best of luck with the rest!

5:52 AM, August 07, 2009  
Blogger Cherie said...

Congratulations! Sounds like a rough time but all of it looks and sounds lovely.
Good luck and I hope you find time for sleep soon...

Cheers,
Cherie
http://cheriepicked.com

6:49 AM, August 07, 2009  
Anonymous SunsetHill Girl said...

I was lucky enough to have dinner at Delancy last night. It was worth the wait. We are frequently disappointed when we eat out because we eat so well at home, not one speck of disappointment last night. How good was dinner ??? I didn't want to brush my teeth because I could roll my tongue around my mouth and still taste my pizza, OMG. I have never moved my tongue around my mouth trying to experience a flavor again. That's how good the pizza is.

Molly, the tomato & corn salad was summer on a plate. The salt on the cookies is a perfect accent to the chocolate.

We'll be back over and over again. Brandon's tables were beautiful, it all is. Good luck, don't worry you're a hit.

7:05 AM, August 07, 2009  
Anonymous rick @ à la mode said...

it sounds exhausting but so exciting! i wish i was in seattle so i could try it..

9:28 AM, August 07, 2009  
Blogger Jen Z. said...

Congratulations! It all looks so beautiful and I am anxiously awaiting a trek over the mountains to enjoy some real pizza! If I didn't live in on the east side of the mountains, I'd come beg you to let me sling pies with you both. Best of luck - looks like you are off to an amazing start!

10:27 AM, August 07, 2009  
Blogger LadyJayPee said...

I got my hands on your book, finally, yesterday morning, and finished it by last night. Unheard of for me to read that fast, but I couldn't put it down. I loved it; I love your story. I got a lump in my throat reading parts of it and smiled at others.

We're in Smalltown, USA, but eagerly look forward to visiting Delancey soon on one of our drives to Seattle.

I don't think you have all of the recipes in the book on your blog, huh?

Thank you so much for the blog, the book, & the restaurant!

11:08 AM, August 07, 2009  
Anonymous sally said...

my stomach is growling! i want to jump through the screen and take a bite. what a lovely and inviting place you've created. exactly the way i think restaurants should be--high quality fresh food, comfortable atmosphere, and people who care about and love what they create. best wishes for continued success. i look forward to making it there someday.

all the best to you and brandon, and i hope you two get some much deserved rest soon!

12:53 PM, August 07, 2009  
Blogger Nikki said...

Deep breath. You're living the dream. Can't wait to visit and taste all your goodies!

2:35 PM, August 07, 2009  
Blogger Andrea said...

Thank you so much for the delicious dinner this evening. Everything about the meal was exquisite from start to finish. You aren't kidding about those tomatoes and the yogurt pop was the perfect end to the meal.

We'll definitely be back. Welcome to the neighborhood!

7:15 PM, August 07, 2009  
Blogger Chris said...

Ate there tonight and we (2 middle aged parents, but finicky), one 10 year old soccer player and my aging 83 year old mother (she is a bit forgetful!) all loved it! We will return. I agree, it is a it!

9:08 PM, August 07, 2009  
Blogger clickbangboom said...

I've never left you a comment, molly, but I think your writing and cooking are both amazing and I hope to one day come to your/ brandon's restaurant and eat your delicious food (if my tries at home are any evidence, it's safe to say I'm excited). I really love how you are sharing the crazy and wonderful experience of starting a restaurant with the rest of us foodies / dreamers. It is priceless.

I bought your book for my girlfriend and we love it. You have made me us both better cooks and for that I thank you a million times,

Logan
whoisloganbeck.com

10:26 PM, August 07, 2009  
Anonymous Carla said...

So glad you're back. Been in Spain cooking and eating on a home exchange so I missed your grand re-entrance. Posting some great Catalan food if you're interested www.bainbridgestyle.com. Congrats on the restaurant.

2:06 AM, August 08, 2009  
Blogger Chousa da Alcandra said...

Te felicito por tu blog.
Deberías informarte sobre la empanada gallega (galician empanada) y dedicar un post a ella.

Un saludo

5:19 AM, August 08, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molly, I know you are having a tough time now, but just think about what a great book that opening a restaurant will make. You can of course include your recipes and everyone will love it. I am sure you and your publisher have thought of that! I am making your pickled peppers and slow roasted tomatoes today and made your tomato salad a few days ago -- all wonderful and fun to make. Best of luck to you.

8:35 AM, August 08, 2009  
Blogger Steph said...

Congratulations on your perseverance and flexibility - and maintaining a sense of humor!

11:45 AM, August 08, 2009  
Blogger Gaile said...

Congratulations on your soft openings. I've seen other bloggers posting about it and it seems a smashing success! Hope you get some sleep soon. One q: how do you get the popsicles out of the glasses?

12:07 PM, August 08, 2009  
Anonymous jessiev said...

oh, molly - how WONDERFUL to be so tired out from such a successful set of openings!! WOW! can you imagine, the pure joy people get from eating there? billy's tomatoes, and those lovely yogurt pops. WOW.

2:24 PM, August 08, 2009  
Blogger Antonietta said...

Good Luck Molly! Your opening will be great! Keep us posted!!

4:43 PM, August 08, 2009  
Anonymous rachel said...

Just wanted to say thanks to you and to Brandon for booking us at the last minute for the soft-opening dinner Friday night. It meant so much to me, and the food was delicious. I wrote a review on my blog. Thanks again!

9:17 AM, August 09, 2009  
Blogger Hadley said...

gaaahh the exhaustion sounds like some of the most satisfying exhaustion around. Good luck with the rest of the process!

11:26 AM, August 09, 2009  
Blogger Sheila said...

I just finished your book. As an Oklahoman, it brought back lots of memories (hadn't thought of the McCain Bros. in years!) The recipes are great. I made Burg's French Toast, and the family loved it. I will definitely make some of the other recipes, and I am anxious to make the Buttermilk Cake. Good luck to you in all you do!

5:31 AM, August 10, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your blog. I love your book. Thanks for all the recipes and inspiration. Would appreciate your honest opinion of the blog I just started:
http://40somethingqueenofnothing.blogspot.com/
Do you think it's worth continuing?
Thanks Molly!

7:54 AM, August 10, 2009  
OpenID spoonful said...

I always love your photography!

1:46 PM, August 10, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I can't wait to eat at Delancey. I have just finished reading your book Molly, and I am truly inspired to make every single recipe in it! Yum!

3:01 PM, August 10, 2009  
Blogger THE DOMESTIC DAISY said...

I love your blog and I just wanted to know...what kind of camera do you use? Your pictures have a dreamy quality to them. I can spend all day on your blog and congrats on Delancy! The pictures of Brandon's pizzas sure looked scrumptous on The Cookbook Chronicles! Can't wait to go to your restaurant!!:)

4:01 PM, August 10, 2009  
Blogger Anna said...

Raspberry yogurt popsicles! Those sound delightful. So does everything else in your post...mmmmm. I wish I could eat at Delancey. :)

7:23 PM, August 10, 2009  
Blogger Christina said...

Hi,
I promise if I ever will make it to Seattle (from Munich, Germany ;-)) I am coming to eat at Delanceys!!
I made colleague of mine - who is returning to Seattle in September - promise to visit you and tell me about it :)
I wish you all the best for your opening and a lot of success!
chris

12:36 AM, August 11, 2009  
Blogger Jessica said...

I see that you're opening tomorrow...good luck! All the photos and menus so far look totally amazing!

7:07 AM, August 11, 2009  
Anonymous jen said...

opening tomorrow!! (and though I am sure it all is so very real already serving customers for soft opening dinners) I just wanted to pop in and send another hurrah your way!

We're cheering from chigago (and england).. sending all good vibes your way!

xo

8:33 AM, August 11, 2009  
Anonymous Irina said...

Good luck tomorrow, Molly! I am wishing you all the best and will definitely check out Delancey when the crowds subside a bit - maybe in a month or two?

10:22 AM, August 11, 2009  
Blogger Erin said...

It has been so fun to follow you through your journey to open Delancy. Best of luck with the official opening tomorrow! I'm sure it will be great, and we all can't wait to hear about it!

7:39 PM, August 11, 2009  
Blogger Gemma said...

Good luck to you both for today.

Gemma x

6:01 AM, August 12, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Golly, Miss Molly!

First of all, I have to comment on the cookies with the gray salt picture. They look even more nubb-y-licious and crackly than usual (based on the pictures from your "some cookies" post and the ones I churn out). Other than the addition of Gray salt rather than Maldon/fleur de sel, did you tweak it in any other ways? Spill it!

Cooking involves evolution and I want to know if you've found a way to make this masterpiece of a dessert stand a little more "erectus" (Anthro Quip!).


Also, I read your book twice and sobbed both times-absolutely lovely! thank you for sharing your story and love of culinary culture!!!

7:31 AM, August 13, 2009  
Blogger sfgirlbybay said...

congratulations. i have your book in my hand, well, actually laying next to me in bed next to the laptop, and i can't wait to start the read. have a smashing opening!

8:01 PM, August 14, 2009  
Blogger heidicindy said...

yum!!!

2:35 PM, August 21, 2009  
Blogger bugheart said...

amazing.
i can't
wait to
come to seattle
and taste
the pizza...
i am so
excited
for you
both.
xo

1:59 PM, August 24, 2009  
Anonymous baguetterie said...

I`m also have the same opinion like you.

hello from france:-)

6:03 AM, September 01, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please post something soon. I'm in withdrawal. And hunky tomato slices with raw, fresh corn and tomato vinaigrette has already become my summer signature salad. What else?

2:49 PM, September 08, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the past six months or so, I have loved going back and reading about your experiences in Seattle. A UW alum and Ballard native currently living in Los Angeles, your tales of Seattle keep me homesick =)

We had a great experience at the restaurant back in August. Though the wait was lengthy, the staff made sure we were set with a bottle of wine to enjoy. Even with 6 of us crowded around the little table by the window - it was the perfect place to enjoy a cool breeze and our pizza!

9:56 AM, September 13, 2009  
Blogger Annie said...

I want these cookies! Are they available all the time?? Can't wait to try your place - it looks great and I'm always happy to have a new neighborhood place to haunt.

10:46 AM, September 15, 2009  
Anonymous Pola said...

Hey there Molly,

I hope you are having happy holidays...things are dandy here (92 year grandmother plus parents to stay for two whole weeks, gulp) and my mother just made the tomato and cilantro stem soup for us this evening for dinner. It was magnificent. She of course had to vary it slightly, as is her wont (fresh tomatoes peeled and de-seeded as well as the can). We put our own homemade creme fraiche into it and all sighed as our cold noses warmed up!

Thanks for the excellent recipe.

I found an episode of your blog about jam, and also read the comments for extra learning (it was I who mentioned the disappearance of the jam article from the BA website after your last post), but I am still a little clueless on a particular point: years ago we got some baskets of bitter oranges which we made into the best ever marmalade, as the oranges came with a recipe from the family whose trees gave us the oranges. But for the life of me I can't remember what to do about the peel...did we cook it with all the peel? or just the zest, but chunky? or no peel whatsoever?

We now have other friends with a laden orange tree in their garden who have offered us a generous share of their booty but what do we do about the peel? Do you have a suggestion?

By the by are you shutting the restaurant for a break over the hols. or are you keeping right on going? Which ever, I hope this period is productive and fun, sometimes relaxing and always inspiring and filled with love.

Tanti saluti cordiali di Pola x

1:48 PM, December 20, 2009  
Blogger Molly said...

Pola, I'm not sure what to tell you about the marmalade! I've actually never made marmalade. Just berry jams and stone fruit jams.

And as for the restaurant, yep, we're closing for a couple of weeks for the holidays. Brandon, in particular, needs some rest! He hasn't had a full day off since sometime in July. Eeek.

8:09 PM, December 20, 2009  

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