Fruits and Vegetables

I swear the pasta tasted much better than it looks on camera. It was good enough that Matt said he couldn’t wait to make it again, and I have never known him to be a huge broccoli lover. The Pasta e Broccoli recipe he found was our original meal plan for Sunday night. And since [read more →]

The second course of our Valentine’s Day truffle dinner was a creamy cauliflower soup with truffles and homemade croutons. Like the other courses, I kept it really simple. I started the soup with shallots and garlic, then added vegetable stock and cauliflower, and then pureed it all with a little bit of heavy cream. If [read more →]

This dish was a result of not really feeling like grocery shopping on Sunday night. We had some brussels sprouts and fresno chilis in the fridge. Between that and our ridiculous pasta supply, we had the makings of a good meal! As an ode to my first ever blog post, I added some pine nuts. [read more →]

I’ve been itching to try my new sous vide machine with fish. Worried that a delicate white fish might fall apart too much, I went with some salmon fillets for the first attempt. They came out beautifully, and the cooking process is foolproof! I just love creamy sides with my salmon, so I made some [read more →]

Last night’s dinner turned out pretty amazing for a clean-out-the-fridge dinner. We used some leftover butternut squash and mushrooms to make a delicious risotto, helping get our growing rice collection a little more under control. I’ve been a huge fan of raw kale salads lately, like this one from 101 Cookbooks, so I tossed some [read more →]

Ensalada Rusa

I usually dread office potlucks. However, my client in Miami had a thanksgiving potluck last week and I was actually intrigued. Most of the people at this office are from South or Central America, so they made things like rice and beans, plantains, and flan. It was – dare I say – tasty! My contribution [read more →]

I came up with this quick and fun dish to throw together when I got back to my hotel after work on Halloween. For the sake of time, I started with canned pumpkin and black beans. I tried to go for the whole sweet-spicy thing by making a pumpkin mixture with onion, brown sugar, and [read more →]

The first snowstorm of the year seemed like the perfect time to stay in and make a comforting winter meal. We started with pumpkin soup, and then made some roasted chicken breast, braised cabbage, and mushroom farrotto (risotto with farro instead of rice). I realized when I was taking pictures at the end that I [read more →]

Thai Curry Pumpkin Soup

Happy Halloween! Even though it seemed more like Christmas than Halloween in Boston over the weekend, I made some pumpkin soup to remind myself that it is still Fall. I came up with this Thai curry pumpkin soup for something a little different. I started by roasting a sugar pumpkin, and then added it to [read more →]

Moorish Chickpea and Spinach Stew

I’m going to Spain for the holidays this year! My mom and I will be spending Christmas with friends in Madrid and Matt is going to meet us there after Christmas for another couple of weeks. We went over to my mom’s to book flights on Saturday night and made Jose Andres’s Moorish Chickpea Stew [read more →]

Mushrooms in Sherry Sauce

The Mushrooms in Sherry Sauce from The Foods and Wines of Spain by Penelope Casas were a nice change from my usual sautéed mushrooms with garlic and parsley. This simple recipe is a prime example of why sherry and mushrooms are so perfect together. The recipe calls for white button mushrooms, but I instead decided [read more →]

Eggplant, Pepper, and Tomato Salad

I was looking for something light and refreshing to go alongside the tortilla and mushrooms I made on Sunday. The Eggplant, Artichoke, Pepper, and Tomato Salad that I found in my favorite Spanish cookbook, The Foods and Wines of Spain by Penelope Casas, seemed a perfect way to squeeze in some of the last summer [read more →]

Spanish Tortilla

Where do I even begin with tortilla? It’s something that I grew up with and first learned to make from my dad years and years ago. It’s amazing to me that a combination of such humble ingredients – potato, onion, egg, and olive oil – can taste so spectacular. Everyone who makes Spanish tortilla probably [read more →]

Three Bean Chili

What I love about making chili is that it’s so easy to improvise. It turns out differently every time, but only gets better and better. I used three types of beans for this version – black, pinto, and kidney. The base consisted of cooked down onions, red bell pepper, and poblano pepper. A few chipotle [read more →]

Doubles

While brainstorming “tropical” things to cook for dinner on the night of the hurricane, Matt thought of a dish he had tried called Doubles. They’re a street food from Trinidad and Tobago that he described to me as spicy, curried chickpeas sandwiched between fried flatbreads and served with a variety of hot sauces and chutneys. [read more →]

I had pretty much been through all of my standard food magazines last week, so I reluctantly picked up a copy of Martha Stewart Living at the airport. I was skeptical, but I got a pretty amazing recipe out of it: Pennoni pasta with grilled eggplant, burrata cheese, thai chilis, and mint. It looked pretty [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 →]

Ribolitta

Marco Canora’s ribolitta is made with a type of kale called cavolo nero (aka black cabbage, or Lacinato) and served with lots of parmesan cheese and crusty bread. The recipe can be either made with a meat stock, or with water to make it vegetarian. It’s so comforting, but extremely healthy as well. I don’t [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 →]

I talked about this brussels sprout salad that my friend Katie and I had at Hub 51 in Chicago in my very first blog post. For some reason, I thought to Google it the other day to see if there was a recipe for it online. Sure enough, I found it here and I made [read more →]

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