Garden Inspired

Sometimes the best recipe inspiration comes from the simplest ingredients – these recipes inspired by perfect produce coming out of my garden and farmers’ markets show exactly that!

Crudités with Homemade Aioli

Crudités with Homemade Aioli

There are few things better than eating fresh vegetables from your garden or farmers’ market.  There’s something about the intense seasonality of it that feels so satisfying.  When the fresh produce gets going, it’s best enjoyed simply so you can really taste the flavors of […]

Savory Carrot Tarte Tatin

Savory Carrot Tarte Tatin

I finally pulled all of the last of my carrots growing in the garden this weekend.  Knowing they were getting ready to harvest, I had been thinking of recipe inspiration all last week.  I knew I wanted to do something French inspired as carrots are […]

Baked Eggs with Garden Greens and Herbs

Baked Eggs with Garden Greens and Herbs

Anyone else’s garden going crazy right now?  There always hits that point in the middle of the summer when things just seem to take off, and my garden is definitely there now.  Sadly, this is also the time when my greens start to slow down […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Spring Pea and Garden Herb Fettuccine

Spring Pea and Garden Herb Fettuccine

Late spring is my favorite time of year in the garden.  Everything is young and green, and excitement is so high to see how the plants progress.  It’s around this time I first start noticing the need to prune any herbs that are growing.  Pruning […]

Lemon & Garlic Roasted Broccolini

Lemon & Garlic Roasted Broccolini

Lemon and garlic.  Two ingredients that when used in combination will knock your taste buds straight to the middle of the Mediterranean.  I particularly think of Italy when it comes to lemons, and my fridge is never not without a few on hand.  The Amalfi […]

Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta with Fresh Mozzarella

Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta with Fresh Mozzarella

What to do when you got your hands on fresh mozzarella, and you want to make caprese salad but it’s not yet tomato season?  Yea, yea I know you can buy tomatoes year round at grocery stores.  But we’re talking about a dish with under […]

Radis Au Beurre

Radis Au Beurre

If you find yourself in Paris and really want to do as the Parisians do, then you need to go to one of the markets.  My personal favorite is the Marché Bastille (sometimes referred to as the Marché Richard Lenoir) in the 11eme arrondissement.   The Marché […]