Fruits and Vegetables

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 →]

Feeling inspired from our New Hampshire trip last weekend, I told myself I wasn’t going to stress out over the little things this week. One thing I tend to over-stress about: weekday meals. Now, I love to cook, but I often accidentally make elaborate food plans on weekdays, which I really don’t have time for [read more →]

I subscribe to a lot of food magazines. Last summer they really started to pile up, and I couldn’t bear to just throw them all away. So, I started clipping out recipes I wanted to try and consolidated them in a binder. Fast forward to today. I’ve only looked at this binder a handful of [read more →]

I went a little overboard and made something like 5 cups of barbecue sauce for my 4th of July cookout. We’ve been trying to come up with creative ways to use it since then, and Matt came up with the idea of making barbecue tofu sandwiches. I wasn’t initially psyched about the idea, but my [read more →]

Pea and Mint Soup

Fresh peas are one of my favorite summer vegetables, and I couldn’t believe it when I realized last week that I hadn’t bought any yet. I eat frozen peas year round (I just can’t get enough), but there’s nothing like the sweetness and pop of a fresh pea. I was also all excited about my [read more →]

Our Memorial Day cookout turned out to be a low key affair with just Katie, Matt, and me, so we decided to get a little experimental with our menu and also really learn how to use the charcoal grill that Matt and I bought last summer. I decided that I wanted to grill pork chops [read more →]

Not unlike most weekends these days, Matt and I had recently had weekend plans to cook some ramps. Last Spring I decided my favorite use of ramps was in this ramp and mushroom hash – or creamed ramps, as I like to call it – from the New York Times. Matt and I both agreed [read more →]

I have always loved a good panzanella salad, but it was one I had at Marlow & Sons in Brooklyn last summer that really blew me away. The crunchy bread and juicy tomatoes were topped with a perfectly runny poached egg. I know tomatoes aren’t quite in season yet, but I am getting impatient. I [read more →]

I’ve been wanting to make peanut noodles for awhile now, but Matt always eats all the peanut butter I can’t seem to keep peanut butter in the house. It was my lucky day yesterday when I noticed that there was actually some left in the bottom of the jar. I started with a recipe from [read more →]

Linguine with Asparagus and Mushrooms

We clearly needed to have some pasta the night before the 5K. Carb loading is key, right? Katie, Matt, and I got a late start after picking up our bib numbers at the Boston Marathon expo and stopping for a couple of drinks downtown, so we picked up some fresh pasta and veggies from Dave’s. [read more →]

Making a paella has turned into an Easter tradition in my family. I don’t know when or how it came about. All I know is I look forward to it every year. Our Easter Sunday this year included Katie and Matt (who had just taken an overnight bus back from New York…he’s a trouper). We [read more →]

Easter was quite a blog-worthy weekend. I have so much to catch up on! (Hence the long post title.) On the Saturday night before Easter, my friend Katie and I went to my mom’s house to cook dinner. Katie and I have been friends since freshman year in college and she just moved to Boston [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 →]

Braised Kale and Grits with a Fried Egg

Instant grits have their place – they’re tasty when loaded up with lots of cheese, butter, cream, or all of the above – but you don’t need to go overboard with good grits. They have a beautiful texture and nutty flavor on their own. My favorite grits are from Anson Mills. Unfortunately, they can be [read more →]

Mushroom Miso Soup

I can’t believe I discovered a new favorite soup right after winter officially ended. Funny how that works. It seemed as though winter was coming back with a vengeance last weekend when the temperature dropped, oh, 30 degrees overnight (ok, it may not have been that bad). That kind of messed with my emotions, and [read more →]

I am addicted to reality TV. If I’m honest, I don’t even think Jersey Shore is even the most embarrassing reality show I watch. But no need to get into that now. I consider Jersey Shore to be a sort of social experiment, with a lot of booze. It’s full of drunken antics, love stories, [read more →]

The people behind the Sous Vide Supreme should pay me to sell their product. Just kidding. Sort of. I had my mom over for kind of an impromptu Sunday dinner last weekend and decided on pork tenderloin, mostly because that was the next thing on my list to try in my Sous Vide Supreme. Pork [read more →]

Quinoa ‘n’ Cheese with Cauliflower

Cooking in a hotel kitchen is a fun challenge. With two small burners, horrible knives, and no oven, I’m always trying to find ways to improvise. I really wanted some kind of healthy-ish mac ‘n’ cheese the other week, but didn’t feel like buying butter, milk, and a whole bag of flour to start a [read more →]

My typical Sunday consists of rolling out of bed at around noon (I’m still not a morning person) and heading to brunch, usually at Posto. Last weekend I actually planned ahead and bought ingredients to make brunch. Why don’t I think of that more often? It’s cheaper, and has got to be healthier than eating [read more →]

After a week of working from home – which included food at Dali, Journeyman, and of course our truffle feast (plus the two days of truffle dishes we had with the leftover truffle) – I was actually looking forward to some healthy eating this week. I came across these black bean and goat cheese quesadillas [read more →]

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