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…

Prosciutto Pinwheels

My experiments with puff pastry entertaining continues… this week it’s a blend of ingredients that tastes like a tiny pizza pinwheel. This is certainly a simple one to spin into your regular apero rotation. Proscuitto Pinwheels 1 sheet of puff pastry 2 T. Dijon mustard 2 T. mayo 1 tsp. Italian herbs 4 pieces of…

Red Thai Curry

Something about these cozy, rainy days of January had me craving a warm, savory bowl of something exotic like this gorgeous Red Thai Curry. If Covid restrictions and heavy diagnoses have you traveling more by book than plane, this is just the recipe for you. The leftovers jazz up in flavor as they work their…

Ina’s Roasted Meatballs with a Swiss Makeover

Ah Switzerland, known for beauty and cheese, banks and yodelers…not being well-attuned to delivering complete grocery store lists. A few missing ingredients, and a few substitutes are how Ina’s Roasted Meatballs came to get their great Swiss makeover. While absolutely delicious, (as always, thanks Ina) I still look forward to trying the original recipe. Simmering…

Ina’s Mustardy Chicken

Before I knew that I also couldn’t have diner guests during quarantine, I bought a bunch of chicken and planned to make Ina’s Chicken Thighs in Mustard Sauce. It’s too bad I didn’t have company, because this was next level good. If you plan to visit me in the next year, be ready to try…

Super Model Project: Asian Pear & Avocado Salad

All I can say is that I have no excuses. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to make this salad. It is so simple, but the perfect mix of sweet, savory, crunchy, creamy. All the things. The dressing sounds like a weird combo of ingredients, but is truly next level. Don’t make…

Rainbow Salad

Happy Pride All! Need a rainbow inspiration for the last weekend of prideful June? Here’s a delicious idea that’s really not much of a recipe, but made for a week of excellent meals as well as a nice Sunday lunch. Rainbow Salad Butter or romaine lettuce base, lightly tossed in Ina’s Greek dressing Diced tomatoes…

Greek Sc-alad

This weekend I combined two of my food loves- Greek salad and scallops- into a marriage called ‘Scalad.’ Pretty satisfying combination even if the scallops were very sandy like these were. I’m French, they call seared scallops, “snackee” for the sound they make when you sear them. Apparently this is “snack, snack.” No recipe, just…

Coconut Curry Sauce for Scallops

Here’s a super simple scallop drizzle with ingredients that you probably have in your pantry. Coconut milk, curry powder, and Siracha. That’s it! Dial the combo that way that feels right for you. In my example here, I was working with reduced fat coconut milk, which made things quite thin. Opt for the full deal…

Bearnaise Sauce

In the month of May, I made a lot of salads, went on vaca, then made a bunch more salads. I was hungry for a steak. A steakhouse steak. What’s the difference? Bearnaise. While I’d never made the sauce before, it was deceptively simple and really stepped up the meal. Excellent with both steak and…

Hot Greek Salad

Everyone has been baking together feta and tomatoes during quarantine and while I still haven’t tried that, I have invented a hot Greek salad that’s quite nice. It feels healthy, so maybe it will even bring you a hot Greek? Yet to be seen…. It’s a great way to use up veggies in your fridge,…