Appetizers

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 […]

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 […]