Recipes

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 →]

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 →]

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 →]

Hello friends! I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July. I had some friends over for a cookout and to watch the fireworks, but haven’t had much of a chance to blog about any of it yet. The star of the show was definitely the St. Louis ribs that I sous vide for two [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 →]

Rice Biryani

When I mentioned to Katie that I wanted to make Tandoori Chicken last weekend, she emailed her uncle P.K. (who happens to be from India) to see if he had any recipes to share. Having already tossed around the idea of a vegetarian rice biryani dish as a side, I was thrilled when he emailed [read more →]

I’m going to be honest. I’ve been in a serious blog rut lately. Something about all of the traveling I’ve been doing has left me uninspired in my own kitchen, and all of the writing about dining out has just served as a reminder of how little I have been cooking lately. When I have [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 know what you’re thinking. Savory oatmeal? Let me explain. I’m really not a sweet breakfast person. I usually have an egg sandwich, or a regular sandwich even. Sometimes I’ll just eat leftovers from the night before. Oatmeal? Not so much. I go through phases where I try to get myself to like it. It’s [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 →]

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 →]

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