Recipes

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 →]

Spanish Hot Chocolate

Like I mentioned in my last post, my life is kind of up in the air right now. There’s the fact that we don’t know where we’re living in the fall. I’m also not used to not getting a regular paycheck… It’s not like I can sit around feeling bad for myself. After all, I [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 →]

Chicken with Honey and Beer Sauce

As you may have noticed, Culinary Colleen has undergone a little facelift. Huge thanks to Yellow & Savvy for my new design! So, this chicken. It’s sad how many food magazines I’ve read, yet how few recipes I’ve actually made from them. I’m trying to change that. This recipe for Chicken with Honey and Beer [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 →]

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 →]

This brussels sprout panini kind of came together on a whim. I had bought a bag of those shredded brussels sprouts from Trader Joe’s without a real plan for them. When trying to figure out what to make for lunch, I realized I had a ton of leftover fresh mozzarella from pizza making over the [read more →]

I used to get really frustrated trying to make homemade pasta. The dough would never be the right texture, and trying to roll out dough that’s either too dry or too wet and sticky can be infuriating. Thankfully, it seems that all of my practice lately has finally paid off. I’m not an expert by [read more →]

Spicy Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Matt and I are starting to realize why we got such a good deal on our Davis Square apartment. Being on the third floor of an old townhouse means that it’s unbearably hot in the summer, yet our apartment has basically no insulation to keep the heat in during the winter. I’m pretty sure when [read more →]

Sweet and Sour Cabbage With Tofu

So, I’m trying something a little new with my blog and recipe formatting. I’m getting my blog redesigned this month (yay!) and realized I should probably figure out how I want to format my posts going forward. I’m experimenting with Ziplist for my recipe formatting. Anyone with a Ziplist account can save Ziplist-formatted recipes to [read more →]

Cuban Quesadillas

Writing about the Cuban sandwich at Chez Henri got me thinking about the best Cuban I’ve ever had. Chez Henri’s version came close, but it was the one I had at General Greene in Brooklyn years ago that still sticks out in my mind. Their version isn’t exactly traditional, with prosciutto replacing the ham and [read more →]

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