Spaghetti with Ramps and a Fried Egg

I look forward to ramp season every year, partly because it signifies the start of spring for me, and partly because they’re just so darn tasty. Their unique flavor, sort of like a cross between onion and garlic but with a peppery bite, elevates simple dishes like pasta and eggs to a whole new level. [read more →]

Vietnamese Chicken and Noodle Salad

I felt kind of low on food inspiration this week. Next week is a busy catering week for me, and I think my mind was so occupied with catering menus that I had no idea what to cook for myself. And I’m trying really hard to resist the urge to order pizza whenever I get [read more →]

A Green Smoothie for Beginners

I’m a little behind on the green smoothie trend. A smoothie instead of a meal just does not satisfy me, and I tend to go for more savory snacks. Some might call me a high-maintenance eater. It’s fine. It wasn’t until I started marathon training last summer that I became a smoothie drinker. When I [read more →]

Fava Bean and Mushroom Farrotto

Formaggio is a dangerous place to shop without a list. I went on Friday looking for dinner ingredients, not knowing what I wanted to make yet. Matt and I were having a date night in and I wanted to make something fun and springy. I started by grabbing some fava beans. I had never encountered [read more →]

I catered an office lunch for 11 last week and proposed a menu with some of my favorite Spanish dishes: garlic chicken and chickpea and spinach stew. The office manager liked the menu but requested an additional vegetarian dish, perhaps something with tofu. As much as I love tofu (seriously, I do), I don’t normally [read more →]

My parents always made lamb curry with leftover roasted lamb. As good as a beautifully roasted leg of lamb is on Easter, I can’t help but look forward to the lamb curry to follow. I had almost forgotten about this recipe since we’ve sort of abandoned our Easter lamb tradition in the past few years. [read more →]

Pimento Cheese

Pimento cheese is a wonderful thing, so my mom and I both agreed it needed to be part of our Easter spread. The combination of cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, and jarred pimentos might sound strange…until you try it. It’s dangerously addicting, especially on ritz crackers. Inspired by the pimento cheese I had in Chattanooga last year, [read more →]

I have always loved menu planning, so turning that into an actual job has been absolutely incredible. Since I’ve started catering, it’s been an extra treat to plan a menu that I actually get to eat! My mom and I are hosting Easter this year for some of our family and we got together last [read more →]

As much as I love grapefruits, they’re not something I usually think to buy. My grandmother used to have a grapefruit tree in her backyard in Florida, and most grapefruits I’ve had since just haven’t lived up. (Does that make me a grapefruit snob?) When they were on sale last week at Whole foods, though, [read more →]

Samosa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

I wasn’t really sure what to call this recipe. These “samosa stuffed sweet potatoes” aren’t actually stuffed with samosas (that might be weird), but rather with the flavors of a samosa filling. I know…samosas aren’t usually made with sweet potatoes. I guess I’m sort of using the word samosa loosely. The flavors are reminiscent of [read more →]

Union Square Donuts

The thought of a maple bacon donut got me out of bed and to Union Square bright and early on Saturday morning. Union Square Donuts just opened in February, and its random location next to the highway on the east side of Union Square and lack of seating don’t seem to be deterring anyone. It [read more →]

I know spring has officially arrived, but let’s be honest…it’s still soup weather. Good thing I have a freezer full of 8 – that’s right, 8 – quarts of homemade chicken stock. Braised chicken has been on a lot of my catering menus lately, and I never let a good chicken carcass go to waste! [read more →]

Smoky Whipped Rutabaga

Have you ever cooked with rutabaga? Getting kind of bored of winter vegetables, I randomly picked up this strange looking root at the store recently. It’s starchy like a potato, but with an earthy and lightly sweet flavor. My favorite way to use it so far is transforming it into smoky whipped rutabaga. Check out [read more →]

Before I get to this pasta, I have some news to share… Matt got into medical school! He’ll be starting at Cornell in the fall, which means we’re moving back to NYC in August. As much as I’ll miss Boston, I didn’t feel done with New York just yet. This news was so exciting on [read more →]

Nutella Brownies

Testing out recipes for catering jobs has given me a great excuse to bake. I don’t normally like having trays of baked goods sitting around the house for just the two of us, but you gotta do what you gotta do… Last weekend, I was trying to come up with a dessert for an Italian-themed [read more →]

Marinated Shrimp and Artichokes

Since I’ve started doing some catering, I’ve had fun going back to some of the old recipes my parents used to entertain with. One of mom’s favorite party appetizers is marinated shrimp and artichokes. It’s incredibly easy to throw together and completely make-ahead. And – I swear – people literally hover over it at parties. [read more →]

Trying to make the perfect gnocchi has become a bit of an obsession in my house…and we have a freezer full of homemade gnocchi to prove it. I’ve learned that the key to making them light and fluffy is to add as little flour and egg as possible. This week I set out to make [read more →]

The Presbyterian Cocktail

If you look up “presbyterian cocktail” on the internet, you’ll probably find two things: (1) it’s usually made with whiskey and ginger ale, though the recipe is very much subject to interpretation, and (2) no one really knows why it’s called a presbyterian other than the fact it’s sometimes made with scotch…and the Presbyterian Church [read more →]

Variations of spinach with pine nuts and raisins can be found on most Spanish tapas menus these days. While it’s always a good combination, it never particularly excited me until I tried the version at Kika Tapas last summer. The key to their version? Just barely wilting the spinach and adding a squeeze of fresh [read more →]

My Dad’s Garlic Chicken

Garlic chicken was one of my dad’s specialties. It was originally based off a recipe in an old favorite Spanish cookbook, but has evolved over the years and now lives in my (and my mom’s) head. I’ve been so busy lately experimenting with new recipes that this old favorite somehow fell out of my repertoire. [read more →]

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