Pasta and Grains

Braised Kale and Grits with a Fried Egg

Instant grits have their place – they’re tasty when loaded up with lots of cheese, butter, cream, or all of the above – but you don’t need to go overboard with good grits. They have a beautiful texture and nutty flavor on their own. My favorite grits are from Anson Mills. Unfortunately, they can be [read more →]

I am addicted to reality TV. If I’m honest, I don’t even think Jersey Shore is even the most embarrassing reality show I watch. But no need to get into that now. I consider Jersey Shore to be a sort of social experiment, with a lot of booze. It’s full of drunken antics, love stories, [read more →]

Quinoa ‘n’ Cheese with Cauliflower

Cooking in a hotel kitchen is a fun challenge. With two small burners, horrible knives, and no oven, I’m always trying to find ways to improvise. I really wanted some kind of healthy-ish mac ‘n’ cheese the other week, but didn’t feel like buying butter, milk, and a whole bag of flour to start a [read more →]

After a week of working from home – which included food at Dali, Journeyman, and of course our truffle feast (plus the two days of truffle dishes we had with the leftover truffle) – I was actually looking forward to some healthy eating this week. I came across these black bean and goat cheese quesadillas [read more →]

I swear the pasta tasted much better than it looks on camera. It was good enough that Matt said he couldn’t wait to make it again, and I have never known him to be a huge broccoli lover. The Pasta e Broccoli recipe he found was our original meal plan for Sunday night. And since [read more →]

This was probably my favorite course of the night, but how can anything compete with fresh spaghetti with truffles, lots of butter, and cheese?? It’s almost unfair how good it was. I picked up some fresh spaghetti from Dave’s Fresh Pasta to make things easy. The rest of the ingredients were simple: the truffle (obviously), [read more →]

This dish was a result of not really feeling like grocery shopping on Sunday night. We had some brussels sprouts and fresno chilis in the fridge. Between that and our ridiculous pasta supply, we had the makings of a good meal! As an ode to my first ever blog post, I added some pine nuts. [read more →]

Arroz Con Leche Brulee

I don’t think I realized how delicious arroz con leche was until I was in Spain last month. We had SO MUCH of it there, and I didn’t come across a single version that I didn’t like. My favorite was definitely at El Ñeru, where they actually bruleed the top. Oddly enough, I actually own [read more →]

Last night’s dinner turned out pretty amazing for a clean-out-the-fridge dinner. We used some leftover butternut squash and mushrooms to make a delicious risotto, helping get our growing rice collection a little more under control. I’ve been a huge fan of raw kale salads lately, like this one from 101 Cookbooks, so I tossed some [read more →]

I bought a Sous Vide machine! I had been itching to buy one for while, and when I suddenly got two catering gigs lined up I thought it would be the perfect time to go for it. It has been well worth it so far. I’ll have many more sous vide posts, but I’ll start [read more →]

Now that my vacation is over, I’m back on the road for work again. I flew to DC on Monday morning and was looking for something fast, healthy and comforting to make after work. It’s not too often that I come across a recipe that is both healthy AND comforting, but Martha Rose Shulman’s recipe [read more →]

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 →]

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 →]

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 →]

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 →]

I realize that this is yet another post about a tomato recipe, but Matt had a huge bag of them in his apartment that needed to be used last weekend. His fault! I also wanted to use the Zingerman’s Marash pepper flakes he got me from his trip home to Ann Arbor the prevous weekend: [read more →]

Gnocchi (and Football)

Matt was psyched for the first Patriots game of the season last Sunday and we had been talking about making homemade gnocchi for awhile, so we combined the two and made a day out of it. We slow-roasted some amazing tomatoes from my neighbor’s garden and pureed it into a sauce to go with the [read more →]

Lobster Fideua

(As you can probably tell, I’m a little behind on blogging on all of my cooking while I was in Boston because we kind of cooked non-stop, but here goes my last post from my trip.) My parents met in Spain and lived there for some time before I came along and, as a result, [read more →]

Basil and Arugula Pesto

I picked up some beautiful basil at Green City Market yesterday and decided to make some pesto. If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you know I love to make a lot of something and freeze it for later, so that’s exactly what I did with my pesto: I saved a little bit for [read more →]

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