Pasta and Grains

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 →]

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 →]

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 →]

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 →]

Vegetarian Hominy Chili

Sometimes, recipes don’t turn out as planned. I had grand plans last week to make posole using the bag of Rancho Gordo hominy that had been sitting in the pantry for far too long. After deciding on a recipe from 101 Cookbooks and starting to cook the hominy, I realized the ground chile I bought [read more →]

Maltagliati with Mushrooms

One thing I’ve been doing in my time off of work has been experimenting with homemade pasta. I’ve been using Marco Canora’s recipe for the dough, and have wound up with a lot of pasta scraps while trying to form tortelli. So, what do you do with pasta dough scraps? Call it maltagliati and turn [read more →]

Fried Rice with Cauliflower

I recently read this blog post about using sauteed, grated cauliflower as a healthier alternative to rice or couscous. I was intrigued because I absolutely love cauliflower and had never thought of grating it. However, I also like carbs with my meals, so I tried the technique for the first time in fried rice using [read more →]

I get so many cooking ideas in my head, but never seem to have time to execute them. One of my goals while I’m taking a little time off and figuring out my life is to really experiment with new recipes instead of falling back on the same old standbys. I tried out this Glazed [read more →]

Almost everything that is tomato based is comfort food to me, and that’s exactly what I was craving last night. I was in luck because the folks at Tuttorosso tomatoes recently send me a gift basket of canned tomatoes to try out and review. Now that I’m unemployed and working with a much stricter food [read more →]

I know it’s cliché, but one of my favorite things about fall is eating all things pumpkin. I’ve experimented with different versions of pumpkin pasta sauce over the years, and this version might just be my best yet. I used evaporated milk to get a little creaminess without having to use heavy cream. I also [read more →]

Today I’m guest posting over on Amy’s blog Wicked Good Travel while she’s getting settled in her new home in Scotland. I made a grilled corn and arugula carbonara, which is a great way to squeeze in some fresh corn before the season is over! Have a great weekend!

Tomato Fideua

Fideua is a paella-like dish made with thin noodles called fideos. It used to be one of my dad’s specialities (and I think I always secretly like it more than paella). I’ve developed my own version over the years, which I’m not even sure I should call “fideua” anymore, as mine are usually vegetarian and [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 →]

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 →]

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 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 →]

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