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The Squeaky Skillet: Top Recipes

The Squeaky Skillet: Top Recipes

One of the benefits of having a full kitchen in your office is…food! Healthy Food! Homecooked Food! FOOD! We here at Squeaky like to take advantage of this as much as possible. Taking a mid-day break to spend time in the kitchen allows us to step away from our work and get our creative juices flowing in a new way (most of the time via lemons) so that when we step back in, we are satiated and ready to help bring home the bacon for our clients.

Here are some of the top recipes that have sizzled on the Squeaky Skillet lately.

Zuchhini Noodles with Avocado Pesto and Spinach from Eating Well

We followed the recipe closely, but it took us about 2x the amount of time then they said (#noobs). We also made it with angel hair zoodles as opposed to thicker ones, which ended up allowing us each to have very hefty serving sizes – no complaints there!

Next time: More dressing, more shrimp, add cheese

Squeaky Rating: A

Farro, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Salad from Tasty Kitchen

Photo Credit: The Tasty Kitchen 

We followed the recipe closely, with a couple of exceptions:

  • ‘Pearled Farro’ – We used Whole Farro instead of Pearled Farro, which required soaking beforehand for 15-20 minutes
  •  ‘Cook farro according to package directions.’ – Sometimes there are no package directions (Hey Rustichella d’Abruzzo, call us, we can help with that 😉), which was the case for us. We cooked the Farro for about 20 minutes, and that seemed to do the job!
  • Transfer to a bowl to cool’ – Creative minds are hungry minds, y’all. Skip the cooling, straight to the EATING!

Next time: Add in another crunch element.

Squeaky Rating: A

Sundried Tomato, Spinach and Quinoa Salad from Cookie and Kate

Photo Credit: Cookie and Kate 

We followed the recipe exactly.

Squeaky Rating: A- 

Next time: More dressing, more greens, some more crunch.

Spinach Goat Cheese Zucchini Spaghetti Frittata from Inspiralized

We were not not ‘inspiralized’ by the vague recipe directions. Ie: “After the eggs set on the bottom, place the skillet in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.” Er, set on bottom- what does that mean? For how long? On what temperature!? We had to wing this step so we put the frittata on the stovetop burner for about 10 minutes on Med-High, and then put it in the oven for about 25 minutes. The result was a very burnt fritatta bottom, so the mystery remains unsolved!

Squeaky Rating: B+ 

Next time: Less burn, more pancetta, add sriracha

Office By Day, Music Venue By Night: Squeaky x SoFar NYC

Office By Day, Music Venue By Night: Squeaky x SoFar NYC

If you’ve ever been to Squeaky- or bopped around to our “hold” music when giving us a call- you know that music is central to our culture. That’s why we love transforming the office into a concert venue to enjoy Sofar Sounds shows. Our first show was in 2016, and we were blown away by the talent that SoFar brought into our space.  As our founder Anthony said in a recent interview with SoFar, “When we did our first show the evening was so electric that I was hooked and looked for ways for us to do more.  There have been some great performances here, and I think it’s important to in some small way help the artists celebrate their gifts.  I just love people on their grind and love discovery, so I adore everything Sofar is about.”

As a host, we welcome dozens of strangers into our home – both fellow New Yorkers, and travelers who incorporate SoFar as a staple when exploring of a new city. Together, we share in a musical rarity – to enjoy a night of music that isn’t disrupted by peopling talking through sets and long, noisy lines at overpriced bars.  Plus, we get to discover up and coming artists whose talent is so raw and fresh, that it is truly inspiring to witness. Take YEBBA, for example. At the time of her Squeaky performance, she went by Abbey, and had never performed and original song in front of an audience. Her nerves were evident – Anthony even had to give her an extra little push to get up on stage.

And then this happened:

In the time that has passed since that performance, she has transformed into an artist who Ed Sheeran mentions on the radio, opens up for Chance The Rapper and performs on Saturday Night Live. We were able to be there for her very first moments and to provide her with the stage, thanks to SoFar.

And here are a few of the other amazing artists we’ve had grace our space with beautiful sound (click the links to watch their powerful performances):

Thank you, SoFar, for bringing the magic back into live music.

Photo Credit: Photos courtesy of SoFar Sounds photographers, including Cheyenne Cohen and Carmen Gonzalez.