Chrissy’s Cucumber Salad

Happy lunar new year, ya’ll! I don’t know anyone more ready for some cleansing, fresh vibes than this girl right here…which I suppose is ironic being that the holiday was ushered in by a carb-laden dim sum brunch and just wee bit of wine with the girls. There was this cucumber salad that Chrissy Teigan…

Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice

One of my favorite restaurant appetizers is anything involving spicy tuna and bonus points if its resting on a bed of crispy rice. So, when I found this original Nobu copycat recipe, I knew that this had to be my special new year’s eve dinner. I need to try again on the rice as I’m…

Hashbrown Crust Quiche

Christmas this year saw the introduction of a beautiful new brunch creation that was as simple to make as it is colorful– hasbrown crust quiche! Made in a springform pan, it looks daringly more elegant and complicated than it actually is. She held together quite nicely when sliced! Hashbrown Crust Quiche For the crust: For…

Ina’s Winter Squash Soup

Is it clear I’m coming upon 40… I love soup….this must be a key sign of entering the next decade. This one was so easy, so comforting, and ludicrously simple if you buy squash that is already cubed. It’s definitely one for the winter rotation and if you top it with pretzel bread croutons and…

Ina’s Roasted Salmon Tacos

The ridiculous title of this blog post makes me like this recipe even more than I already do. Of course Ina’s salmon tacos would be straight fire, I’m just surprised at how good something so simple can be. Jefferey certainly is not. I made a few adjustments since I’m just one lady (who hates dill)…

Ina’s Cauliflower Toast

Crunchy, creamy, savory goodness- I can now understand why Cauliflower Toast (with a simple green salad) is one of Ina’s purported favorite lunches. It’s perfect for a cool day as comfort food and cut into much smaller pieces would be an excellent apero snack with a glass of something bold and red. Ina’s Cauliflower Toast…

Ina’s Spinach & Artichoke Dip

The first fall-like day of the season brought with it rain, wind, and Ina’s Spinach Artichoke Dip. Simple to make, indulgent to snack on without being overly so…sure to be a hit with the friends you’ll entertain this fall. Dare I say, it was even better the second day, so make it in advance and…

Salami Bombs

Salami bombs…otherwise known as pepperoni bombs or prosciutto bombs, depending on your fancy. I personally shall stick with salami bombs for the chuckle it elicits as they sound like perhaps they should be on another website. 😉 Really, tough these were the simplest appetizer and froze well too. What could be easier than prepping these…

Figgy Goat Cheese

If your figgy pudding is a labor of love for the holidays, let your figgy appetizer treat you easily! This is really a no-recipe recipe, just perfect in a crunch (and it even has a crunch!) Flag this one for the holidays. Figgy Goat Cheese One log of goat cheese (even better if it’s goat…

Fruity Cobb Salad with Ina’s Orange Vinaigrette

During a recent Sunday brunch hosting, I opted to commandeer the orangy vinaigrette of Ina’s Orange & Roquefort Salad, but made it a bit my own. It was fruity and springy and my guests loved the vinaigrette. Shall we call her a “fruity cobb?” I don’t think she’ll mind. That’s the salad, not Ina. Fruity…

Baked Pasta with Leeks & Broccoli

Recently, I had my neighbor for dinner and wanted to make something that I could prepare in advance and provide some decent leftovers for my upcoming surgery recovery weekend. I ran across this recipe from Alison Roman in Bon Appetit. After reading the description that it was like a version of broccoli cheddar soup in…

Saltimbocca Alla Romana

Not much of a pork fan generally, the way I found myself with this recipe was really only because I thought I’d bought veal. So here we are with some thin pork cutlets and an appetite to try something new. Basically, a metaphor for life. I used Tyler Florence’s recipe as my muse and paired…