Quick and Easy

I get giddy whenever I pick up our weekly CSA box. I’m sure the excitement will wear off after awhile (maybe). This week we got huge bags of braising mix and mesclun, along with red Russian kale, scallions, bok choy, head lettuce, fennel, cilantro and green garlic. Tonight’s CSA-inspired meal featured the scallions. Matt and [read more →]

In a way, signing up for a CSA has simplified our dinner planning for the week. I’m making an effort to resist the urge to still buy a bunch of ingredients to cook with our CSA veggies. Instead, we’re trying to rely more on pantry items to go with our vegetables to make cheap, delicious, [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 →]

For me, it doesn’t get much better than a sweet potato hash for breakfast. I’ve been trying to make it something that’s quick and easy to throw together when I wake up because if something seems too complicated to make when I first roll out of bed, I just won’t do it. I’ll just make [read more →]

Matcha, Mango, and Ginger Smoothie

The February issue of Bon Appetit this year featured several recipes using matcha. Matcha is essentially green tea powder, but it’s supposedly even healthier than brewed green tea because you consume the entire green tea leaf. I spotted it at my local Japanese market recently and didn’t think twice before putting it in my basket. [read more →]

Egg and Asparagus Toasts

Phew. We are finally moved and (mostly) unpacked! I really should be more organized and used to moving at this point. I mean, since college I’ve moved from Philadelphia to Chicago to NYC to Boston. Here’s to hoping the next move (in, oh, 3 months) will be easier! It has been awesome to return to [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 →]

A Green Smoothie for Beginners

I’m a little behind on the green smoothie trend. A smoothie instead of a meal just does not satisfy me, and I tend to go for more savory snacks. Some might call me a high-maintenance eater. It’s fine. It wasn’t until I started marathon training last summer that I became a smoothie drinker. When I [read more →]

My parents always made lamb curry with leftover roasted lamb. As good as a beautifully roasted leg of lamb is on Easter, I can’t help but look forward to the lamb curry to follow. I had almost forgotten about this recipe since we’ve sort of abandoned our Easter lamb tradition in the past few years. [read more →]

As much as I love grapefruits, they’re not something I usually think to buy. My grandmother used to have a grapefruit tree in her backyard in Florida, and most grapefruits I’ve had since just haven’t lived up. (Does that make me a grapefruit snob?) When they were on sale last week at Whole foods, though, [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 →]

Marinated Shrimp and Artichokes

Since I’ve started doing some catering, I’ve had fun going back to some of the old recipes my parents used to entertain with. One of mom’s favorite party appetizers is marinated shrimp and artichokes. It’s incredibly easy to throw together and completely make-ahead. And – I swear – people literally hover over it at parties. [read more →]

Variations of spinach with pine nuts and raisins can be found on most Spanish tapas menus these days. While it’s always a good combination, it never particularly excited me until I tried the version at Kika Tapas last summer. The key to their version? Just barely wilting the spinach and adding a squeeze of fresh [read more →]

Chicken with Honey and Beer Sauce

As you may have noticed, Culinary Colleen has undergone a little facelift. Huge thanks to Yellow & Savvy for my new design! So, this chicken. It’s sad how many food magazines I’ve read, yet how few recipes I’ve actually made from them. I’m trying to change that. This recipe for Chicken with Honey and Beer [read more →]

Chickpea Bruschetta

When Matt and I first started dating, I was honestly a little skeptical about dating a vegetarian. This chickpea bruschetta was one of the first things he ever made for me. On that particular date night, he made the brushcetta along side some really good polenta with tomato sauce. He definitely proved to this carnivore [read more →]

Spicy Cajun Shrimp

For Matt (and probably everyone else in Boston), the Super Bowl may as well not be happening this year. I’m not even a big football fan, but I was definitely shouting at the tv the other weekend… Still, I love making football food. I’m sure we’ll still watch the game, but we’ll need some good [read more →]

Sweet and Sour Cabbage With Tofu

So, I’m trying something a little new with my blog and recipe formatting. I’m getting my blog redesigned this month (yay!) and realized I should probably figure out how I want to format my posts going forward. I’m experimenting with Ziplist for my recipe formatting. Anyone with a Ziplist account can save Ziplist-formatted recipes to [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 →]

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