Curried Corn Stew with Lentils and Sweet Potato


Have you ever seen an ingredient in the market and wondered what it was? And how to use it?I know I have and I am a culinary school graduate!But that's the wonderful thing about cooking and food -- there's always a new discovery to be made.  By stepping a little outside our comfort zones, we can find amazing, … [Read more...]

Apricot Chocolate Almond Cookies Recipe


The other day, I was in line at Trader Joe's.I had finished my shopping.And then I saw them:  a bag of bright, pretty, plump, soft, dried apricots.The bag was not in its usual spot, in the aisle with the nuts and other dried fruits.They were up front, right next to me in line.  And they were totally … [Read more...]

Portabella-Chorizo “Pizza” with Pickled Shallots

Portabella-Chorizo "Pizza" with Pickled Shallots

You know how people say "everything's better with bacon?"  Well, I've officially decided that everything's actually better with Lime-Pickled Shallots!  They definitely made the Asparagus-Parmesan Salad addicting, and wait till you try this "pizza!"Remember that I learned about these wonderful delights as I was … [Read more...]

Asparagus-Parmesan Salad Recipe


You know how you can't stop eating a bowl of chocolate-covered pretzels? (I can only assume that happens to you, too.)  Well, have you ever been served a salad you simply can't stop eating -- in the same way?!I promise you, you'll experience that with this Asparagus-Parmesan Salad!  And so will your weekend guests! … [Read more...]

Lime-Pickled Shallots


Sometimes my husband produces and edits shows about relationships.  Sometimes his work is car or beer commercials, and sometimes it's really bad (and by really bad, I mean really good) reality TV, but his current project is a show about pizza restaurants in Brooklyn.  Awesome, right?!I hear snippets here and there … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Geraniums and Hollywood Eggs

Hollywood Eggs

Over the years, my mom has been famous for many different things: her amazing design and decorating skills, planting trees on every street in our town, her ability to speak her mind, just being cute, and her cooking, for sure!Oh, and you can't walk down a street with her without learning that her gardening clippers … [Read more...]

Minty Grapefruit Brûlée


Is this dessert? Or is it a side of fresh fruit?  Is it simply pretty on the plate? Who really cares -- it's divine tasting and absolutely stunning to look at.I'm serving this as part of brunch this weekend, but I think it'd work brilliantly after dinner, too.  (Well, as brilliantly as any dessert that doesn't … [Read more...]

Bacon, Basil and Balsamic . . . on a potato!


Okay, I'm taking a quick, brief break from chocolate (I had quite a bit of chocolate for Valentine's Day -- and by quite a bit, I mean enough to satisfy four or five small families.)  The holiday is past, and I am looking forward to cooking up a super tasty breakfast this weekend.How does crisp, basil-scented … [Read more...]

Happy Valentine’s Day!


A true romantic.  My husband, that is. This is by far my favorite Valentine's Day gift -- ever! I'd mentioned in passing that I'd wanted a new paring knife months before. He knew Wüsthof is my knife brand of choice. It was wrapped in red and engraved with my husband's sweetest catch parse, "3 boys love 1 … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Recipes- 2012!


A romantic Valentine's dinner for two? A family Valentine's dinner with the kids?  A Valentine's girls' night in?  A Valentine's party?  A Valentine's night on the sofa with some good reality TV?  Sounds good to me! ;-)Whatever your plans are, you must, and I mean must, have a lovely, delicious, beautiful chocolate … [Read more...]