Recipes

I was feeling a little under the weather earlier in the week, so I wanted to make a bowl of something comforting, but still somewhat nutritious, for dinner. This combination of tomato sauce, sausage, and cheese with pasta really hit the spot. I crumbled the goat cheese on top and it melted into the tomato [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 →]

To ease the burden of traveling for work every week, I finally started booking hotel rooms with kitchens. My new three month assignment is Miami – which is lovely and all, and not short of dining options – but I still miss being able to cook and eat my own food.         [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 →]

Zucchini and Jalapeno Cornbread

I love making cornbread when I make chili, but I haven’t yet found a recipe that I’ve fallen in love with. This time, I went with this recipe from Bon Appetit for zucchini and jalapeno cornbread. The recipe calls for grated zucchini and an entire stick of butter, which is browned before adding to the [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 →]

Eggs In Purgatory

I’m not sure how the name Eggs in Purgatory came about, but it’s basically eggs baked in tomato sauce. It’s also my new favorite brunch dish. The dish is very basic and starts with a good tomato sauce. My go-to tomato sauce is the Rich Tomato Sauce from Marco Canora’s Salt to Taste. The recipe [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 →]

Black Spaghetti with Shrimp and Chorizo

My mom recently came back from a three week trip to Spain. The trip was to chaperone a school trip, but she was luckily able to spend a lot of time with a lot of family friends who live in Madrid. Her friend Nieves sent her back with, among other things, a package of squid [read more →]

Banh Mi Picnic

The day after our Summer Rolls and Satay, Matt and I made our own version of Banh Mis with our leftovers and picnicked. Banh Mis are Vietnamese sandwiches usually made on a baguette made partially with rice flour. They can include a variety of fillings, but they traditionally include pate, grilled meat or ham, pickled [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 →]

Barrel Aged Negronis

When Matt and I first moved to the Boston area, we spent a lot of time at Temple Bar drinking their barrel aged negronis. They simply mixed up a large batch of negronis – equal parts gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari – and aged them for 3 months in whiskey barrels. When Matt’s birthday rolled [read more →]

Provençal White Bean Dip

I feel like I’ve kind of OD’d on hummus, so the Provençal White Bean Dip recipe on Serious Eats last week caught my eye. The addition of roasted garlic really takes this recipe to a whole new level. I also added a little bit of lemon juice to brighten the flavor a little bit. Aside [read more →]

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