Pasta and Grains

Happy (belated) new year! I’m back after falling out of the blogging habit again. I have so many travel posts I want to catch up with from my Spain trip in August, but for now, I have a quick and very easy pasta dish to share. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of [read more →]

Pasta with Sun Gold Tomatoes

Matt and I didn’t get out act together in time to sign up for a CSA this summer. While there is certainly no shortage of great farmers markets in NYC, I’ve missed the weekly surprise veggies to plan our menu around. I think it’s actually easier for me to be surprised because I’m so indecisive [read more →]

I’ve been experimenting with my slow cooker lately without much luck. I love the idea of slow cookers – that you can just set it, forget it, and dinner is just ready when you come home. And I love how slow cookers can make tough cuts of meat tender with almost zero effort. I just [read more →]

Potstickers have been on my things-to-make-someday list for way too long. I’m obsessed with them, and I always go through the bags of frozen potstickers from Trader Joe’s in, like, 2 days. And because it is a huge project to get around in, let alone check out at the Trader Joe’s closest to me, I [read more →]

Coconut Red Lentil Curry

Sometimes I’m amazed at what can be made out of pantry ingredients. The other day, I was trying to figure out what to make with what I had: red lentils, coconut milk, and lots of spices. A quick Google search later, I came across this recipe for coconut red lentil curry. The original recipe calls [read more →]

Pasta e Ceci (Pasta with Chickpeas)

It’s taking everything in my power to not go on a rant about this weather. I know, it’s winter. I’m just a total wimp. I seriously have no idea how I survived living in Chicago for 2 years. But let’s focus on the positive. Soon we’ll be onto salads to lighten up for spring and [read more →]

Quinoa Pasta with Kale and Lemon

No, I’m not going gluten-free. I’m lucky that I don’t seem to have any issues with eating gluten, but I do eat an awful lot of pasta and am looking to branch out a little. I recently bought some quinoa pasta out of curiosity and was pleasantly surprised with the taste and texture. The big [read more →]

I must have been living in my own little world because I had no idea were were getting this “polar vortex part 2” this week. I got back from Boston the other night with my light peacoat and ballet flats. Let’s just say I’m never traveling without my snow boots and puffy coat ever again. [read more →]

Paella Quinoa Patties with Garlicky Spinach

The idea for paella quinoa patties came about when I was catering a dinner over the summer. I already had sort of a Spanish theme going on with garlic chicken as the main dish, and was looking for a fun but healthy side dish. So, I made some quinoa with the flavors of paella – [read more →]

Broccoli Risotto

Risotto is kind of a go-to Friday night dinner for Matt and me. We always seem to have risotto rice, parmesan, and some kind of vegetable on hand. It’s the perfect cheap date-night dinner. Broccoli risotto was on the menu last Friday night. The result was like an adult version of cheesy broccoli and rice. [read more →]

Spiced Coconut Almond Granola

I’m normally an eggs for breakfast kind of a person, but my new class schedule has me cutting majorly back on the time I spend making breakfast. It takes me a solid hour and a half in rush hour by subway to get to my classes in Brooklyn, and early morning tests and quizzes mean [read more →]

I think grain salads make a pretty ideal packed lunch. When I was working in an office, I would try to avoid bringing anything for lunch I had to reheat because the office microwaves were disgusting (and I’m sure many office microwaves are the same). Now that I’m in school, I don’t even have access [read more →]

Matt and I signed up or our very first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) this summer. It’s sort of a win-win because you’re supporting a farm, and you also get tons of delicious, organic vegetables to look forward to each week. And I love the surprise! We had been wanting to sign up for one for [read more →]

Kale and Pasta Frittata

I’ve talked about how much I love frittatas as a way to use leftovers. This recipe is great for not only using leftovers or spare vegetables, but also to clean out the pantry. Whenever I notice there are several partial bags of different types of pasta in our pantry, I make a pasta frittata. Having [read more →]

It might seem like I eat such a variety of foods because of what I show here, but much of the time I’m not blogging, I’m eating pasta and red sauce. Its one of the few meals I literally never get bored with, which is great because I can make a big batch of tomato [read more →]

Things have been slowly getting back to normal around here…except that our upcoming move has totally crept up on us. We’re not moving to NYC until sometime in August, but we’re actually moving to East Cambridge for the summer to house sit for my mom’s friends. I swear, packing always takes longer than I think [read more →]

Spaghetti with Ramps and a Fried Egg

I look forward to ramp season every year, partly because it signifies the start of spring for me, and partly because they’re just so darn tasty. Their unique flavor, sort of like a cross between onion and garlic but with a peppery bite, elevates simple dishes like pasta and eggs to a whole new level. [read more →]

Vietnamese Chicken and Noodle Salad

I felt kind of low on food inspiration this week. Next week is a busy catering week for me, and I think my mind was so occupied with catering menus that I had no idea what to cook for myself. And I’m trying really hard to resist the urge to order pizza whenever I get [read more →]

Fava Bean and Mushroom Farrotto

Formaggio is a dangerous place to shop without a list. I went on Friday looking for dinner ingredients, not knowing what I wanted to make yet. Matt and I were having a date night in and I wanted to make something fun and springy. I started by grabbing some fava beans. I had never encountered [read more →]

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 →]

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