Fruits and Vegetables

First of all, happy (belated) Mother’s Day to all mothers out there! As usual, our mother’s day celebration over the weekend revolved around lots of good eats. My mom had been sick all week, but luckily felt better and regained her appetite just in time for the weekend. She actually had a conference to go [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 →]

Things have been slowly getting back to normal around here…except that our upcoming move has totally crept up on us. We’re not moving to NYC until sometime in August, but we’re actually moving to East Cambridge for the summer to house sit for my mom’s friends. I swear, packing always takes longer than I think [read more →]

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 →]

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 →]

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 →]

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 →]

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 →]

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 →]

I’m not a big salad eater. That said, I’ve had some root vegetable and hearty green based salads out recently that have started to change my mind. This shredded brussels sprout salad was born yesterday when I randomly found myself actually craving salad. I’m pretty it was my body’s way of trying to cancel out [read more →]

Mushroom Bolognese with Gremolata

While I’m usually a huge fan of cooking in for Valentine’s Day, Matt and I went to one of our favorite restaurants, Posto, last Friday for a belated Valentine’s meal. We’ve been making an effort to eat out less lately, so going out these year seemed more special. When we do go to Posto, we [read more →]

Blood Orange Old Fashioned

I used to love whiskey, but I must have overdone it at some point because I’ve had an adverse reaction to it for the past couple of years. I’ve found it a little difficult to find a cocktails I like since I don’t like very sweet drinks and usually avoid whiskey drinks. So, I’m doing [read more →]

I don’t know about you, but my winter blues are in full effect. And that upcoming blizzard here in Boston? Ugh. (Also, since when did they start naming blizzards? Is it going to be that bad that it needs a name?) Anyways, I may not be able to change the weather, but I can certainly [read more →]

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