Month: June 2018

Basic Crêpes

Basic Crêpes

I remember very clearly my first nutella banana crêpe in Paris 11 years ago almost exactly.  Crêpe stands are all over the city, mostly clustered in tourist areas, but the French definitely eat crêpes regularly as well.  Crêpes can be filled with both savory or […]

Garden Herb Gin Gimlet

Garden Herb Gin Gimlet

What is it about craft cocktails that feel so daunting to make at home?  When I read a cocktail menu out at a restaurant, I barely recognize half of the ingredients, which makes me think it would cost a fortune to stock a home bar […]

Chả Cá – Vietnamese Style Fish with Turmeric & Dill

Chả Cá – Vietnamese Style Fish with Turmeric & Dill

You know those dishes you experience when you’re away on vacation that you just can’t wait to try or find when you get back home?  The ones where you think to yourself, how have I never tasted this combination of flavors before and how do […]

Classic Basil Pesto

Classic Basil Pesto

Every summer I look forward to the time when my basil plants finally grow large enough for my first batch of pesto.  It kicks off a cooking season where pesto is incorporated into as many Italian dishes as I can make.  Once you master the […]

Spicy Kale and Ricotta Pizza

Spicy Kale and Ricotta Pizza

Is there anything more satisfying that digging into a really good slice of pizza?  I can think of few things better.  Pizza is one of my favorite vehicles to use up leftover vegetables or cheese, so when I spied some remaining ricotta from last week’s […]

Peach & Burrata Salad with Sweet Basil Vinaigrette

Peach & Burrata Salad with Sweet Basil Vinaigrette

Late spring in Nashville means the arrival of hot weather, outdoor concerts, and Peach Truck peaches.  That might sound dramatic, but let me tell you – the Peach Truck is an institution here in Nashville.  From May to August you can snag a bag of […]

Garlic Scape and Ricotta Crostini

Garlic Scape and Ricotta Crostini

One of the best things about farmers’ markets is the variety of produce you can find compared to traditional grocery stores.  Going to a market is always my favorite way to experience a new city or place.  I love spotting heirloom varieties of already favorite […]

Vietnamese Style Scallops with Peanuts & Green Onion

Vietnamese Style Scallops with Peanuts & Green Onion

A couple of months ago my husband and I had the opportunity to travel to Vietnam.  We like traveling to places that push us outside our comfort zones and introduce us to new ways of thinking about things.  One of the major highlights of the […]

Swiss Chard and Goat Cheese Frittata

Swiss Chard and Goat Cheese Frittata

Italian frittata is just about as easy and versatile breakfast dish you could ask for.  It’s endlessly customizable, sustaining, and has none of the complexities of quiche or omelettes.  Once you add frittata to your breakfast repertoire, you’ll find yourself making it again and again. […]