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…

Breakfast to Dessert: Apple Cake

It’s funny how no matter how many cookbooks I own and how many food blogs I read, what I always end up coming back to is my family’s recipes. I made this apple walnut raisin cake, which is my grandmother’s recipe, recently while participating in the Food52 Holiday Swap (I could not recommend more highly…

Holiday Gifting – Cocoa Truffles

People tend to think of holiday gift-giving in terms of broad strokes and grand ideas, but I’ve found over the years that it’s the small, heartfelt gestures that mean the most. Whipping something up in your kitchen has that hand-touched sentimentality that makes every recipient smile. It also doesn’t hurt that this is a gift…

Is There Such a Thing as a Perfect Salad?

You know those times when you have an average, even lackluster, salad and it leaves you craving more? And you know when you have a knock-your-socks-off salad and it blows you away and makes you believe in a bed of greens again? This recipe falls into the category of the latter. It is a bit…

Smashing Pumpkin (Cookies)

I hate to admit it, but I think this this country has a pumpkin spice problem. It drives me crazy that for as beautiful of a season as autumn is, we have boiled it down to a single flavor. Yes, pumpkins and cinnamon and nutmeg and cloves are all lovely things, on their own or…

The EASIEST Weeknight Fish

As much as I love to cook, there are those nights where I get home late from work, the gym, or my plans and just don’t have the energy to spend an hour prepping in the kitchen. I have an arsenal of quick-prep weeknight meals that I keep on hand for when I want something…

A HAVEN for Amateur Chefs in NYC

Has it ever happened where you show up expecting one thing, and end up leaving with a completely different experience? I encountered something like that this past spring. The place? Haven’s Kitchen. My parents had gifted me a Knife Skills class at this local Chelsea cafe and cooking school, and so on a Tuesday evening…

Greeking Out: Greek-Style Zoodles

So I have officially become a zoodle devotee. I have drunk the zoodle kool-aid, am a zoodle zealot, and sing their praises anytime I am given the chance. Not only are there a plethora of amazing zoodle-specific recipes out there (many more of my faves to come), but if I come across the right pasta…

A Match Made in Heaven: Cocoa and Olive Oil?

Listen up ladies and gents. I have had this salted double-chocolate olive oil cookie recipe from Food52 in my recipe binder for months, and have been staring at it with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Olive oil cookies? With cocoa powder and chocolate chips? REALLY? Having finally made these bad boys this weekend, I can…