Composition of a perfect Thanksgiving salad

Thanks to vaccines and boosters we are resuming our longstanding tradition of traveling to Chicago to be with my family for Thanksgiving this week. For the past several years we’ve gathered at my dad and stepmom’s home where our blended family each gets assigned a dish to be responsible for. Surprising to none, I’ve been…

The case for homemade granola

I admittedly have a weakness for granola. Maybe it’s the combination of savory and sweet, or that it feels like I’m making a “healthyish” choice for breakfast but I find it incredibly addictive and absolutely delicious! After years of trying different brands there is not one that I’ve found that I like more than my…

Simple Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash soup is one of my all-time favorites especially this time of year. I love how healthy yet filling this soup is, served with bread its the perfect fall lunch or accompaniment to dinner. I’ve toggled between different recipes and have finally landed on one that I keep coming back to because of its…

Tis’ the season for baking with apples!

Fall is definitely in the air as temperatures are starting to drop up in Bedford and we’re just starting to see hints of leaves changing colors. Farmers markets are filled with all varieties of apples yet my favorite still remains a classic honey crisp. With the kids back in school I’ve been in the mood…

Even a “failed” garden can produce a delicious meal

When we bought our place in Bedford, one of the things I was most excited for was having a real vegetable garden. We were lucky, I inherited a space that had raised beds already built into an enclosed space, protected from critters in a sunny patch of lawn. I approached the spring with lots of…

Skillet Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Next my series “What to Cook with my CSA” is a delicious chocolate chip zucchini bread made in a skillet. It’s the perfect way to use up vegetables in your fridge and makes a perfect dessert, snack or breakfast. Try spreading a slice with peanut butter while it’s still warm out of the oven. The…

“What to Cook with my CSA” Series

It’s Thursday which in the summer means pick up from my local CSA at John Boy’s Outpost in Bedford. I look forward to my haul of the season’s freshest fruit, veggies and eggs each week but also get a bit overwhelmed as I unpack my bag realizing I now have six zucchinis to use up….

Prize Winning Lemon Pound Cake

When my daughter entered us in our local town bake-off I couldn’t think of a better submission than a lemon cake. The fact that the town is called Pound Ridge made it an even more appropriate choice. Everyone should have a great lemon cake recipe, its the perfect accompaniment to a lazy brunch, dressed up…

Squash and squash blossom frittata straight from my garden

I completely forgot that I had planted rows of zucchini squash in my garden until their beautiful oranges blossoms began to bloom this week. As a first time vegetable gardener I’ve never cooked with blossoms straight from my garden before. I remember seeing a recipe using them in Susan Spungen’s cookbook Open Kitchen whose recipes…

Summer Strawberry Salad

One of the silver linings of covid and a move from Brooklyn to the country is that for the first time I experienced the joy of planting a vegetable garden from seed to harvest in my own backyard. Watching pea pods grow taller than my three children, seeing them gather fresh strawberries and bowls full…

Dressed up rice

I helped create this vibrant and flavorful rice dish for Equal Parts featuring turmeric, coconut and Thai chilies. The key is cooking the rice in coconut water instead of plain tap water, a method that could be adapted to even simple jasmine rice. The coconut water adds a subtle sweetness and I love the added…

A summer recipe that easily transitions to fall

The transition from summer to fall is one of my favorite seasons and these past few days have been glorious. We’ve been making use of our backyard garden by trying to incorporate as many tomatoes, banana peppers and beets into fresh pasta, tarts and even making our own pickled peppers. I’ve fallen a bit behind…

Cooking with an abundance of fresh mint and chives

Spring is slowly creeping into summer and temperatures are thankfully starting to rise. Our little herb garden is already overgrown with fresh chives and mint and I’ve been trying to think of ways to start incorporating these herbs into recipes. Peas are a spring vegetables that pair perfectly with mint and I love this simple…

Grilled Caesar Salad

Warning, once you’ve tried grilling your romaine hearts you may never go back. Below is a simple recipe for homemade Caesar Salad, no raw egg and the option to make it entirely vegan. Try mixing up your greens to include radicchio, the bright purple will add a nice pop of color. If you don’t have…

Moqueca – An adaptable and delicious Brazilian Fish Stew

Thanks to a recent delivery from Sitka Salmon Shares our freezer was stocked with an entire box of wild Alaskan cod. For those in search of excellent seafood from local Alaskan fishermen, consider joining this fish share. It’s the second season we’re doing it, I love not having to worry about where our fish is…

It’s lunchtime again? Try Shakshuka!

One of the few silver linings of the past two months isolated at home with our family is getting to eat three family meals a day together. Rarely would we all get to sit down for family dinners during the week and lunch/brunch was saved for just weekends. These days, thanks to coronaviurs, mealtime has…

On Mother’s Day

As I’ve written before, Mother’s Day will always be a bittersweet holiday having lost my mom 8 years ago to cancer. I’ve been thinking a lot about the approaching day and how many of us will be celebrating without moms and grandmothers this year because of coronavirus. Like so many other holidays, carrying on old…

Tips and recipes to make the most of produce

I miss the luxury of being able to make daily runs to the store for specific ingredients and now must make food, especially fresh produce last for a week and sometimes more. It’s incredible how quickly our fridge empties after cooking three meals a day for four plus keeping up with my kids’ endless snacking…

Summer Gazpacho

Gazpacho is one of those dishes that I often order in restaurants throughout the summer but rarely make myself at home. A recent NY Times Cooking article titled,”Best Gazpacho” inspired me to try my hand at it at home using as many vegetables out of my CSA as I could. The Times ran a beautiful…