Appetizers

Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls

Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls

It’s pretty easy to fall in love with fresh spring rolls, especially if you’re only used to eating deep fried spring rolls or egg rolls. Fresh spring rolls are made with rice paper that’s either fresh or moistened so that it’s pliable. It’s a little […]

Sunchoke and Radish Tartine

Sunchoke and Radish Tartine

So we’ve already pretty well established that I love cheese and bread. I’m really just always trying to find socially acceptable ways to eat more of both. And Tartines feel like a pretty good way to do that while still adding in some vegetables for […]

Chicken and Vegetable Hand Pies

Chicken and Vegetable Hand Pies

We’ve already talked about how much I love store bought puff pastry for its short cutting ways in the kitchen.  And I’d like you to know I feel very much the same way about store bought rotisserie chicken.  I’m unashamed to admit that I can’t […]

Baked Feta with Honey and Herbs

Baked Feta with Honey and Herbs

As far as entertaining goes, I’m going to contest there is literally nothing more crowd pleasing than melty cheese with some sort of dipping mechanism.  Tell me about your favorite appetizers – they almost all have melted cheese in them in some fashion. One of […]

Winter Endive Boats

Winter Endive Boats

Endives and radishes are two vegetables I will always associate with living in France.  Neither were foods I ate regularly prior to living in Paris, but both were abundant in the French markets during winter and early spring.   While endives are only occasionally eaten […]

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 […]

Tomato and Roasted Beet Gazpacho

Tomato and Roasted Beet Gazpacho

Do you have any food experiences that you have marked as particularly formative?  Any meals that really stick out in your memory?  As you can probably imagine, I have a few 🙂 . One of them is eating my first bowl of cold gazpacho on […]

Grilled Peach Crostini with Corn & Burrata

Grilled Peach Crostini with Corn & Burrata

There are a few glorious weeks in the summer when peaches and corn are both in season, and this easy peach crostini is my go to appetizer recipe.  I first tried the flavor combination two years ago at a now sadly closed restaurant in Nashville, […]

Rustic Italian Panzanella Salad

Rustic Italian Panzanella Salad

One of my favorite ways to experience the culture of a new place when traveling is to take a cooking class.  It’s a great way to pick up some new skills, learn about local ingredients and food customs, and it’s just plain fun. The first […]

How To Make an Epic Cheese Board

How To Make an Epic Cheese Board

Confession:  I have a cheese board obsession.  I have at least 3 different sets of cheese knives, I have multiple wooden boards for serving, and the cheese drawer of my fridge always contains the proper fixings.  I am not against (and am actually very for) […]

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 […]