Easy Summer Salad – Part II

To me, there is nothing better than a Saturday morning stroll through the Union Square Farmers Market. At this time of year, it is an absolute bounty of all things farm-fresh. This weekend, I visited the farmers market and made it my mission to buy only what I felt was the most seasonal and most…

Easy Summer Salad – Part I

  When something bears the name “best ever,” curiosity immediately takes over and I cannot help but fantasize about having this life-altering experience. In the case of the Fergus Salad from Lucky Peach, I was intrigued but how such a simple and healthy ruby-hued salad could fall into this category. I learned from tasting that…

Copycat Levain Chocolate Chip Cookies

For anyone who’s read my NYC cookie guide, or at the very least been to NYC and had a penchant for excellent baked goods, Levain Bakery has surely been top of mind. Their larger-than-life, ooey-gooey in the center cookies are pure baked good heaven. In my own kitchen, I’ve baked a lot of cookies, especially…

My Go-To Breakfasts

Breakfast is always a tricky one for me, as I’d love to slave away in my kitchen over a perfect creation every day, but then by the time I get to work and lunchtime rolls around, I’m starving. These days, I’ve been eating breakfast when I get to work to avoid the 5-hour lag between…

Salmon 3 Ways

Salmon is one of my simple, go-to weeknight staples. I easily make it once per week, and it helps me start my week off on a healthy and happy note. It’s the kind of protein that you can have prepped and on the table in 15 minutes, and it is excellent cold the next day…

Coconut Milk Panna Cotta

Here’s a riddle: What’s delicious, vegan, and healthy all over? Hint: it’s also really easy to make, and it’s from one of my favorite wellness sites, MindBodyGreen. Answer: coconut milk panna cotta. This better-for-you alternative to a whole milk or cream-based panna cotta is gluten free, vegan, and absolutely delightful. I topped mine with homemade…

Homemade Pizza Dough

Let’s begin with an admission: I am a pizza lover. I could probably eat pizza every day of the week. Neapolitan, thin crust, toppings galore – you name it, and I’m on board. So naturally, as part of my eternal quest to find the best pizza, I figured that I should also try my hand…

Food Blogs -What I Read

I always think it’s interesting to pick the brains of people within a particular industry about their industry, from an insider’s perspective. With the world of food blogs being as over-saturated as it is, it can be challenging to wade through the clutter and find something of substance. I read a lot of blogs about…

A Gluten-Free Baking Experience

I’ve never been able to get on board with the gluten-free baking movement, as I find that the recipes are rife with substitutions that try to get around the flour, often at the expense of texture and taste. I feel the same way about meat substitutions, and tend to stay away from anything that imitates…

How To: Roast a Chicken

Roasting a whole chicken is one of the most meal prep-friendly things that you can do in your kitchen. Taking a few hours to prep and roast your bird on a Sunday gives you infinite options for weekday lunches and dinners. A simple roast chicken is delicious on its own, perfectly portable when sliced up…

How To: Roast a Rack of Lamb

Large format meats have always been one of the most intimidating categories of food to make in the kitchen for me. It even took a bit of time and personal pep-talks to work up to roasting a simple, whole chicken on my own. When it comes to entertaining, being able to do a large meat…

Reinventing Brussels Sprouts

I don’t know when brussels sprouts became such a ubiquitous menu item, but I feel like I’ve eaten them at every restaurant in New York City. Baked, fried, sauteed, in a salad, as a side. I’ve also cooked them myself in every possible manner – roasted with rosemary, sauteed with sriracha, browned with fish sauce…