Appetizers/Snacks

Potstickers have been on my things-to-make-someday list for way too long. I’m obsessed with them, and I always go through the bags of frozen potstickers from Trader Joe’s in, like, 2 days. And because it is a huge project to get around in, let alone check out at the Trader Joe’s closest to me, I [read more →]

Fava Bean and Ricotta Crostini

Matt and I found out today that we got student housing in NYC for the upcoming year! We’ll be in “family housing” (not dorms, don’t worry) in what they call a 2-room studio. I’m sure space will be tight, but that’s actually not too bad by New York City standards! We’re mostly happy that we [read more →]

Egg and Asparagus Toasts

Phew. We are finally moved and (mostly) unpacked! I really should be more organized and used to moving at this point. I mean, since college I’ve moved from Philadelphia to Chicago to NYC to Boston. Here’s to hoping the next move (in, oh, 3 months) will be easier! It has been awesome to return to [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 →]

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 →]

Chickpea Bruschetta

When Matt and I first started dating, I was honestly a little skeptical about dating a vegetarian. This chickpea bruschetta was one of the first things he ever made for me. On that particular date night, he made the brushcetta along side some really good polenta with tomato sauce. He definitely proved to this carnivore [read more →]

Spicy Cajun Shrimp

For Matt (and probably everyone else in Boston), the Super Bowl may as well not be happening this year. I’m not even a big football fan, but I was definitely shouting at the tv the other weekend… Still, I love making football food. I’m sure we’ll still watch the game, but we’ll need some good [read more →]

Coconut Date Balls

Marathon training has made me extra snacky lately, so I’ve been looking for healthy things that I can have on hand or bring to work when hunger strikes. Enter the Daily Garnish’s Coconut Date Balls. They might not look like much in the pictures, but I highly recommend you give them a try. The recipe [read more →]

Ricotta and Oven-Dried Tomato Crostini

Thanks to my mom’s new tomato garden, Matt and I have had more tomatoes sitting around our apartment than we know what to do with. I know, such a tough problem to have… Matt had the idea to keep our cherry tomatoes from going bad by oven-drying them. The idea is that you put the [read more →]

Quick and Easy Garlic Shrimp

Garlic shrimp are one of my favorite Spanish tapas, and have become sort of a go-to dish for me. I can hardly call this a “recipe”; it’s more of a cooking method that is incredibly easy and basically fool-proof. I grew up eating garlic shrimp as a tapa, and my mom and I to this [read more →]

Vietnamese Pork Summer Rolls

Vietnamese summer rolls are one of my all-time favorite dishes. I don’t know if it’s the fresh flavor of the mint and cilantro, the springy texture when you bite into the rice paper, or the decadent peanut dipping sauce, but I can’t think of a much better appetizer on a hot summer day. The other [read more →]

Not everyone knows this, but I staged at Bondir for a few months last Spring. “Staging” – a word I didn’t know until I started – basically means working for free at a restaurant. Chefs usually stage as a “try-out” for a position, or to simply get a little experience at a top-notch restaurant. As [read more →]

Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs

I kind of went all out with Easter food this year, or at least what I consider Easter food (what, people don’t make paella on Easter?) :). I made lamb on Saturday night and the paella on Sunday, along with some appetizers for both days. I wasn’t going to go an Easter without having deviled [read more →]

When Matt and I decided to buy a truffle for Valentine’s Day, I knew we needed an egg course. We both love eggs and truffles and eggs seem to be a classic combination. We kind of wanted to go all out with these eggs. I was envisioning some kind of silky, slow-cooked scrambled eggs on [read more →]

Grilled Scallions with Romesco Sauce

Spring onions with Romesco sauce is a popular Catalan combination. I couldn’t find spring onions at the store last weekend, so we did the same thing with scallions on the 4th of July. It turned out to be a great recipe for summer grilling. There are tons of recipes out there for Romesco. It’s typically [read more →]

Provençal White Bean Dip

I feel like I’ve kind of OD’d on hummus, so the Provençal White Bean Dip recipe on Serious Eats last week caught my eye. The addition of roasted garlic really takes this recipe to a whole new level. I also added a little bit of lemon juice to brighten the flavor a little bit. Aside [read more →]

Thai Curry Mussels

Thai curry mussels are popping up on menus all over the place these days, but I feel like I’m always disappointed when I order them. They’re never spicy enough! Last weekend I made my own using some panang curry paste and coconut milk. I probably would have normally used red curry paste, but I had [read more →]

Matt and I are huge fans of Marco Canora, his restaurant Hearth, and, mostly, his wine bar Terroir. Terroir is probably what I miss most about living in the East Village. Anyways, Matt bought his cookbook recently and has been making a lot of the things that we usually order at his restaurants. His tomato [read more →]

Pimientos de Padrón

Pimientos de Padrón are something my mom always talks about from when she lived in Spain. The great thing about these little green peppers is that some are sweet, and some are spicy. Really spicy. There is really no way of knowing until you put one in your mouth. It’s like Russian Roulette! I was [read more →]

I’m back! Given that I’m kind of a LOST freak, I thought it fitting to start back up by blogging about the LOST-themed food I made for the premiere. I stretched the theme a little to make it a good excuse to buy some sushi-grade fish, so I made some Tuna Poke and Hamachi Carpaccio. [read more →]

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