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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 →]

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 →]

Cauliflower and Black Olive Gratin

I made such an effort last week to eat so healthily – fruits and vegetables galore – only to end up with a nasty cold this weekend. Perhaps the weeks before that of traveling and celebrating the holidays have finally caught up with me. Oh well…I guess if there is a good time to get [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 →]

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 →]

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 →]

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 →]

I know spring has officially arrived, but let’s be honest…it’s still soup weather. Good thing I have a freezer full of 8 – that’s right, 8 – quarts of homemade chicken stock. Braised chicken has been on a lot of my catering menus lately, and I never let a good chicken carcass go to waste! [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 →]

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 →]

Sometimes the simplest foods are the best. Matt and I were blown away by the kale salad we tried at City House in Nashville, and our recreation of it has been in our repertoire ever since. The original salad of kale and thinly sliced radishes was dressed with lemon juice and olive oil, and topped [read more →]

Baked Eggs with Cauliflower and Tomatoes

Now that my marathon training is in full force, Saturday brunches after my long runs have become a regular thing. And I love it. There’s seriously nothing better than coming back from a 13 mile run to a delicious brunch and some mimosas on the deck. Matt and I have been making a list of [read more →]

The World’s Best Garlic Bread

I assure you that is not an exaggeration. Matt was the one who really came up with this recipe after reading how Wylie Dufresne makes garlic bread for family meal at his restaurant. We roast off several heads of garlic in foil and then put that through the food mill and blend it with some [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 →]

Ribolitta

Marco Canora’s ribolitta is made with a type of kale called cavolo nero (aka black cabbage, or Lacinato) and served with lots of parmesan cheese and crusty bread. The recipe can be either made with a meat stock, or with water to make it vegetarian. It’s so comforting, but extremely healthy as well. I don’t [read more →]

I talked about this brussels sprout salad that my friend Katie and I had at Hub 51 in Chicago in my very first blog post. For some reason, I thought to Google it the other day to see if there was a recipe for it online. Sure enough, I found it here and I made [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 →]

Turkey and Spinach Lasagna

I actually don’t always love lasagna because I find that the noodles can get soggy, but I came across a Cooking Light recipe for Turkey Lasagna that doesn’t call for pre-cooking the noodles. I’ve made it a few times, tweaking the recipe a little bit each time. I kept the base recipe (uncooked noodles, cottage [read more →]

Dinner with Mom and Ice Wine Martinis

With my parents living in Boston and me living in Chicago, I don’t get home as often as I would like. I grew up watching my parents’ love of food and cooking, so there’s nothing I like more then spending time with them in the kitchen. When I do get home, we always make at [read more →]

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