Close your eyes and think of the perfect backyard cook out. Ice cold beer, fresh summer veggies, rich cuts of meat, hot and charred, the smell of hardwood charcoal smoldering and the laughter of your best friends as you hang watching those steaks or chicken thighs cook on the grill. [Read more…] about Why I Love Grilling: My Delicious Recipe for Marinated Skirt Steak
For the past six years I’ve started my farm market cooking season the last weekend in March. From then, until Thanksgiving, I’m at a farm market almost every weekend cooking farm-fresh, seasonal dishes, handing out free samples and recipe cards and telling stories. Over time, there’s something I’ve observed about the start of each season. [Read more…] about ‘No Really, It’s Spring’: My Recipe for Blood Orange Glazed Beet Salad
Happy New Year fabulous people! What incredible things are you going to accomplish this year? New adventures, more time with the people you love, great success? However you’re planning to make your fabulous life even better you should think about food. Sure we could all be a little healthier carrying a few less pounds, but I’m talking about preparing and sharing delicious meals as a way to celebrate the joy in each and every day. Really. [Read more…] about With Fabulous Resolve: My Recipe for Vegetable-Loaded Fried Rice
No, I’m not getting fresh, but you can do better than a stolen kiss under the mistletoe this year. Go for a little nibble. Sound scandalous? I’m talking about your next hot party bite. [Read more…] about A Little Nibble Under the Mistletoe: Wild Mushroom Grilled Cheese
There’s a very good reason your high school math teacher assigned so many word problems. For instance:
Q: Your stovetop has four burners. You can fit three casserole dishes in your oven at the same time If you cram them just right, with that oval one slightly tipped. With a resting time of 45 minutes when your turkey comes out of the oven, how many side dishes can you deliver to the Thanksgiving table hot and fresh?
A: AHHHHHHHHHHHH! *run screaming from the kitchen* [Read more…] about Giving Thanks for Math Teachers with My Latest Recipe
You get the dreaded invite. “Brunch. My place. Bring something to share – and a bottle of bubbly.” Ugh. What do you do? If you bring anything people actually want to eat you’ll get carb shamed. And lets not even talk about the shade that was thrown when your one unsuspecting friend brought something pre-made to the last brunch, even if it was from Dean and DeLuca. [Read more…] about You Just Won Brunch! My Roasted Chicken Apple & Kale Salad Recipe.
Close your eyes. Imagine a perfect summer afternoon. The sun is shining as July’s pink lilies and phlox give way to the bright yellows of August sunflowers and Black-eyed Susans. Zac Brown Band is playing as you tip back an ice-cold beer, surrounded by family and the best of friends. The smell of rich smoke from hardwood charcoal wafts off the grill where you will soon be charring juicy burgers to top with thick slices of the freshest summer tomatoes you can find. Life doesn’t get any better than this. [Read more…] about Fresh and Magical: My Recipe for Italian Pasta Salad!
Welcome to my personal shame. I grew up hating garden-fresh tomatoes. Every time I admit this I feel like I should have my identify protected, filmed in blurry profile behind a screen with my voice modulated. I’d like Darth Vader if that’s an option. [Read more…] about I (Sorta) *Heart* Tomatoes: My Fresh Herbed Tomato Salad Recipe!
Hot as bowls. No, you read that right, and it was just that hot six years ago on the July Saturday morning when I gave my first live, farm-market cooking demo. It was so hot I had to ice down my salad bowls so the farm-fresh greens wouldn’t wilt on contact. [Read more…] about A Culinary Hail Mary Pass- Strawberry and Ricotta Pasta!
Five years ago, at almost 7pm on the nose, I made a promise. I was standing in a swimming pool in southern Florida and it was the last night of vacation. My husband and I, cocktails in hand, began a ritual exchange of promises we had no intention of keeping that closed out each of our trips to the sunshine state. [Read more…] about Check Out This Delicious & Tasty Stir-Fry Asparagus Recipe!